One month out from our fourth trip to Portland, it seems appropriate to post a query on Valentine's Day, given our burgeoning love for your city :-).
Combing through my 38-page list of Portland eateries netted way too many "short list" choices for our five dinners, five brunches/lunches and myriad snacks/coffees/beverages/happy hours (see LOOONNNGG list below). We'll be in town Thursday night to Tuesday noonish with a car, staying nearish downtown. We're line up averse, especially for dinners, so would prefer places that take reservations. We prefer to eat dinner around 7/7:30, primetime as you might say. I've starred our potential return engagements, but we want to try lots of new places too.
Note that some obvious places aren't listed as we've been already. These include Clyde Common, Tasty'n'Sons, Gruner, Le Pigeon, Teardrop Lounge, Deschutes, Metrovino, Ken's (pastry and 'za), Tabor, Lardo, Helser's, Wildwood, Aviary, Olympic Provisions, Nostrana, Cascade, Cafe Castagna, Saraveza, Luc Lac, Pata Negra, Racion (popup), Laurelhurst Market, Breakside, Firehouse, Country Cat, and a few I'm forgetting I bet.
All feedback and additional ideas welcomed! Can't wait for our visit...
5 dinners (Thu-Mon):
*Ned Ludd -- been for brunch, salads!
Podnah's -- Texas Cobb salad, brisket, burnt ends, also tempted by brunch on weekends
Ava Gene's -- pasta, veg dishes
Roe -- four course dinner, seafood
Smallwares -- mapo dofu, Cobb salad (seasonal re shisitos I think)
Simpatica -- Fri/Sat only
Lincoln -- new American, signature baked egg dish
Bar Mingo -- elusive risotto when it returns, otherwise pastas such as chitarra
Broder -- abelskivers which are apparently also available at dinner
Riffle NW -- seafood/fish
St Jack -- French, but also for pastries in the daytime
Apizza Scholls -- now that they take reservations
Luce -- not sanguine though re lineups
Navarre -- modern Mediterranean
El Inka -- worth the drive to Gresham? Or Las Primas in town?
Beast -- are they in the new digs yet?
DOC -- Italian, tasting menu
Dove Vivi -- another kind of pizza
Ox -- early and on a weekday only
Hokusei or Tanuki for omakase
*Evoe -- can't stay away
PDX671 -- because I've never had food from Guam (combine with Boyd's Coffee?)
Grain and Gristle (see also brunch)
Chef Naoko's Bento Café
brunch (chosen for lack of huge lines and food!):
Interurban -- salted caramel French toast plus savoury dishes
Grain and Gristle (see also lunch, beer) -- beef hash, scrapple, beignets
Otto (wary of them not being open when they say they are though)
Sweedeedee -- corn cakes!
*Matchbox Lounge -- Must.Have.Burger
Whiskey Soda Lounge -- som tam thawt and fish sauce chicken wings
Imperial -- drinks sound good here
Double Dragon -- pork belly banh mi plus sweet tea (combine with Apex)
Cackalack's chicken sandwich
Kir Wine Bar -- happy hour
Spints -- happy hour
Brasserie Montmartre -- because it is featured on Grimm, and JillO recommended the HH there
Coco or Blue Star doughnuts
People's Pig -- porchetta
brewers to watch for: Rogue, Ninkasi, Lompoc, Double Mountain, Migration, Coalition, Burnside
**Bailey's Taproom -- love the vibe here, must try a bat next time
Hair of the Dog
Horse Brass Pub
Apex (combine with Double Dragon)
Grain and Gristle
coffee (some we've tried, lots we haven't; anything noteworthy since Oct 12??):
**Sterling Coffee Roasters -- haven't tried the newish location yet
**Coffeehouse Northwest -- good coffee close to hotel!
**Courier Coffee -- great baked goods too
**Coava Coffee Roasters-- Nuvrei pastries
Boyd's Coffee -- just to try some old school brew (combine with PDX 671?)
Cafe Velo -- for pourovers
Case Study Coffee
Stumptown Coffee Roasters -- want to check out the roastery this time
The Fresh Pot
Castagna -- drop in if we ever have room after dinner :-)