I have an offer on the table to relocate to Portland from Oakland, CA. I love the food here in the Bay Area. No question. I hear great things about the food scene in Portland but have yet to have had a really memorable, more expensive, "experiential" meal. Last summer I had Paleys and this last trip I had Serrato. Meh on both. Neither wowed me and some of the food was downright poorly executed & concepted. maybe poor choices? Just sort of forgettable-with the exception of the Wild Boar pasta at Serrato. That was pretty great. But the cheese plate was weird with smoked Gouda and marcona Almonds on a supposed Italian AntiPasti plate. Packaged Salumis too. Boo.
I also had Pine State(?) Biscuit OMG-best ever! and Clyde on Stark, which I liked for lunch. Nice, interesting, fresh. Went to the Farmers market at the college both times-awesome as well.
I love our ethnic blend here in the Bay you can have cheap lao, Viet, Burmese, etc all withing a small radius as well as a wide variety of Chinese regional cuisine. Is there that type of hole in the wall as well as "fanicer" food in portland?