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Looking for an adventurous Saturday lunch and a less-adventurous dinner late Saturday night

creepygirl | Dec 5, 201110:33 PM

My husband and I will be visiting Portland (from Seattle) this Saturday and are looking for recommendations for a couple of meals.

Lunch: It's just the two of us, and we're fairly adventurous eaters. On past visits, we've enjoyed meals at Andina, Pambiche, Pok Pok, and Tasty & Sons. We'd be up for a food truck if it's not too cold outside.

Dinner: Relatives will be driving in from Eugene and will arrive sometime between 7 and 9pm. Since we don't know exactly when they'll arrive, we don't think reservations will work. We realize that Saturday night will be busy everywhere, but some guidance on which places might be easier to get into without a reservation would be appreciated.

Also, one relative does not enjoy spicy food (spicy means not only chili heat, but spices like cumin and coriander), so we're looking for something more along the lines of Pacific Northwest cuisine or Italian than Indian or Thai for dinner.

I've been looking up new-to-us restaurants and am not having much luck. It seems like the restaurants I find most interesting aren't open for lunch, and the more traditional places that would suit my relative aren't open late. Any suggestions? We will have a car, so we don't have any concerns about locations.

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