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Foodies dining with picky eaters in PDX

luckywonton | Nov 13, 200911:23 AM

This post is probably going to cause me to catch a lot of flak, but I'm stumped and I've decided to turn my query over to the experts.

My husband and I are foodies. We are traveling to Portland, a city we visit a couple of times per year, with another couple who are the most picky eaters EVER. Finding lunch is easy, but it's dinner that has me lost. Dining ethnic is basically out the window, which is a shame . Italian and Mexican are probably as crazy as our friends will go. They probably consider French "ethnic," and I don't even want to raise the subject of Lebanese, as much as I'd like to. And wait... it gets better. We'll have 4 kids with us--aged 3 to 11.

The last time we traveled with this family, we only ate dinner at pizza places, an "Irish" pub, and a steakhouse. I don't want to repeat those mistakes. I can only think of one place that my family likes that would be acceptable to our dining companions: Piazza Italia in the Pearl. Laurelwood off NW 23rd is okay, too, but I'm a little bored by the thought. We liked the Davis Street Cafe the last time we were down there, but it's not a good place for little kids.

We are looking for suggestions of good dinner places that can satisfy us as well as our companions. We'll be staying where Old Town and Downtown intersect, so places within walking distance (or the reaches of the MAX and the streetcar) are preferable. Please, no chains.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Piazza Italia
1129 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209

Laurelwood Restaurant
5115 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

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