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Critique and Suggestions for Portland! (and Willamette)

Amuse Bouches | Mar 24, 200807:25 PM

The husband and I are going to Portland for a long weekend this weekend, with our six month old in tow. She's pretty well-behaved in restaurants (and if she's not we take her out) but she's a baby, she "talks" and a quiet, subdued restaurant is maybe not the best choice. Please let me know if we're making totally wrong choices with this in mind.

We're staying downtown, but renting a car. I should probably add that we're from LA, would love some real "Pacific Northwest" cuisine, adore microbrews and love Pinot Noir.

We're getting in Friday morning, and we thought since we can't check into our hotel until afternoon, we might drive down into the Willamette Valley and taste at a couple of wineries. I thought we'd have lunch at Bistro Maison - it will be cold, and some French onion soup might hit the spot. Any good suggestions of wineries with good tasting rooms? Also, a good place to buy a few bottles (to drink after the little one goes to bed)?

Friday night I thought we'd maybe hit Silk -- I love Vietnamese food, and it's surprisingly hard to find in the parts of LA where we wander. Is this a terrible choice? I know Pok Pok is very popular on these boards, but we live right by Thai Town in LA, so it's not a real destination cuisine for us.

Any suggestions for a light breakfast in the downtown area? Coffee and a muffin is fine.

Lunch on Saturday I thought maybe we'd try a brewpub and wash lunch down with a beer or two. Any suggestions? We were also going to check out the Saturday Market, so if there's a good watering hole near there it would be ideal. Also, no smoking, for the babe.

Dinner on Saturday -- if we eat, early, would Wildwood be OK with a baby? Any other suggestions for good local/seasonal food?

Sunday Brunch -- we might drive into the Columbia River Gorge and eat brunch at the Columbia Gorge Hotel, but if we stay in town, maybe Mother's or Simpatica for brunch, but I'd love other suggestions. Especially if they don't involve waiting outside for an hour in the rain with a baby.

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