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Grayelf seeking good eats for family and more on Feb trip from Vancouver, BC

grayelf | Jan 11, 201510:14 AM

Greetings, all! We are coming back for our 10th visit in the last three years. This time my parents, brother, SIL and small niece will be joining us for three dinners (Thu, Fri, Sat) and 2.5 days of Portland fun and frolic. We'll stay a bit longer on our own.

Using previous advice and experience, we are planning on locking in our dinners as it seems wise with a larger group. So far we have Mucca, Serratto or Nostrana (which would you choose for this group??) on the radar for the first night, then Davenport, then Firehouse.

We'll also book a brunch spot for Sunday before the troops hit the road. The newly Mediterranean influenced brunch menu at Café Castagna appeals, and it is such a nice bright room in the daytime (we've been for happy hour pre-chef change). Also intrigued by the new Verdigris but it really is new, despite the chef/owner's solid pedigree (EMP in NY and Farallon plus Town Hall in SF before Ringside Fish and Brasserie Montmartre in Portland). Plus the space looks small for our group but I'd be happy to hear if anyone thinks it superior to Café C.

Finally, Autentica would be a good choice as we have zero good Mexican options at home and it gets solid reviews. Plus they have simmered chilaquiles, though sadly not my fave green ones.

We might head back to J&M Café for breakfast on Friday or Saturday, or maybe the new Alameda Café if weekday breaky service has started; Muscadine also intrigues, otherwise it'll be coffee places and pastries -- anything new on that front since October?? Good Coffee's bricks and mortar may be a target, as we enjoyed their popup counter during the buildout.

We'll likely wing it for our three lunches but options include Little Bird (love and never been for lunch), Burrasca, Apizza Scholls on Sat only (mini 'zas!), Tarad Thai.

I'll post a separate thread for just me and the SO meals etc later. Thanks in advance for any thoughts you care to share!

Mucca Osteria,
Serratto Restaurant and Bar,
Enoteca Nostrana,
Castagna Restaurant,
Autentica Mexican Cuisine,
Little Bird Bistro,
Apizza Scholls,
Tarad Thai
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