For lunch on our second day in Portland we chose Wildwood. We had a hard time finding a place to park so DH dropped me off for our 12:00 reservation. We were promptly seated and given menus but I kind of already knew what I wanted from their website.
I started with the crispy fried oyster and bacon salad on a herb crepe with aioli and baby greens. The flavors of this salad were wonderful with the oysters being very flavorful yet not overpowering. The portion was a pretty good size for me and could have easily been a lunch entree.
I also had the grilled Idaho trout with baby spinach, smoked prosicutto and black pepper-creme fraiche dressing. Excellent! The trout was very fresh and all of these flavors worked wonderfully together. I was very happy with both of my dishes here.
I tasted a couple of reds from Oregon, a Pinot Noir from Patricia Green Cellars and an Abacela red. I passed on the $9/glass tho, since I knew we would be visiting Vigne in the Pearl District later on.
DH had the Wildwood burger on a housemade seeded roll with thick cut fries. I tried to persuade him towards the house made pork sausage, roasted garlic & broccoli pizzawith white Cheddar& chili flakes, but he had to have a burger which he said was excellent!
We passed on desserts since I knew later we would be dining at Higgins and I wanted to save my calories for there. I loved Wildwood and will definitely return.
Higgins-We barely got in here on a Fri. night and landed a 6:00 reservation. We were seated at at a table by the window and our server was very jolly and jubliant. He said he had been working there since it opened ten years ago.
I didn't get menus, so I'll try to remember what we had there. Still a but full from lunch, DH ordered the spinach salad for his entree. He was not too impressed with it, said it was rather on the boring side, but enjoyed it. Just not like the Park Kitchen or Wildwood dishes.
I had the Chinook salmon special that was definitely worth returning here for. It was cooked to perfection and made with lots of citrus flavors and served with a risotto that all worked very well togehter. I really enjoyed this entree and DH wished he would have also ordered it.
For dessert we shared the flourless chocolate torte with red wine sorbet. These flavors went very well together and the red wine sorbet was a special treat. I enjoyed Higgins very much still place Park Kitchen, Wildwood and clarklewis a bit above it on my list.
Pho Van Viatnamese Bistro-- We stumbled on this placeby mistake after learning that Apizza Scholl and Bluehour don't serve lunch on Sat. I didn't take menus from here, but we loved this place. We ordered two apps, one of the paper-thin crepe with shrimp that came with a very good dipping sauce and a spring roll that was also wonderful.
I had the salmon salad that had the most tender and moist chunks of salmon ever. Served with some rice noodles and lots of yummy dipping sauces. Also, the ginger-creme brulee that was warm and perfectly prepared. A glass of Sauv Bland went very nicely with the salmon. DH loved this place and saidwe would return in a heartbeat.
We also enjoyed Vigne and had a glass of their Pinot Noir there from Eversham that was very good. They were doing a flight of Riesling that looked very good but we passed on that. Would have done a Pinot flight tasting tho. We enjoyed all of our meals in Portland and can't wait to try more places and do some repeats of our favorites. Cheers! ***kim***