I am looking for an informal place where I can eat very well but also comfortably as a solo diner (I don't mind eating at the bar) for a couple of nights in December. I will be picking my hotel based on proximity to good Portland eating, but it can't be too far from airport transportation and the Amtrak train station. I won't have a car, so it needs to be in an area safe for walking between restaurant and hotel.
Should I go with a Paley's kitchen (Paley's place or Imperial)?
Sorry I don't know the downtown area at all. I've looked at other threads but am unclear if they are mainly for couples who are dining or also have frequent solo diners. Le Pigeon looks too meaty for me. Ditto Ox. I am mainly looking for fabulous salmon and a good local wine list. (Paley's have that?) It would be nice if there was great coffee in the same neighborhood.
I'm not expecting a hotel recommendation. Just the names of the some promising restaurants and coffee vendors that a traveler using airport and train would find convenient but very tasty. I am willing to pay for excellent fresh ingredients and skilled preparation and appealing wine list.
Thanks for any guidance you can give.