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Need guidance for short trip to Portland-- researched!

i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream | Jun 17, 201201:42 PM

Hi all,
My husband and I will be spending about 2 1/2 days in Portland in July after spending the first part of the week in Seattle (posted on the Seattle board about that already) and Cannon Beach. I'm having trouble narrowing down our meal choices. I have a feeling from what I've read on this board and elsewhere that I will be in food heaven as a local food enthusiast, and my husband will be in beer heaven, but I'm a bit overwhelmed! We are from NY and want to try places that are unique to Portland. Coffee, ice cream, cheese, beer are musts. No Italian or pizza. We're staying at the Paramount but will have a car. However, can't imagine we'll get too far afield with such limited time. Thanks for any feedback!!!!!!

We need 3 dinners (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), 2 lunches (Thurs and Saturday), and 2 breakfasts (Fri and Saturday). We'll be spending the entire day Friday driving out to Hood River so will basically have 2 days (Thurs and Sat) to explore Portland and eat/drink as much as possible. :)

Thursday- arriving midday for lunch from Cannon Beach- lunch at food trucks near our hotel- seems like a couple of the pods are close by, what are the favorites?
Dinner- Toro Bravo? (The 30$ prix fixe sounds enticing)
Drinks- 3 or so bars/brewpubs close together for our own beer crawl

Friday- need a fast breakfast before we leave for Hood River
Dinner- Something on the cheaper side?-- maybe a series of small bites at a couple of places?
Drinks- another beer crawl

Saturday- breakfast- probably nibbles at the PSU Farmers' Market
Lunch- Pok Pok- this is a must
Dinner- ? Need a great final Pacific NW meal but nothing toooooo heavy as we will be getting on the plane back to NY after dinner

These are the restaurants on my radar...
Clyde Common, Gruner, Wildwood, Aviary, Toro Bravo, Pok Pok, Ned Ludd,St. Jack, Le Pigeon, Biwa

Desserts/Specialty food...
Salt and Straw, Cacao, The Meadow, Alma, Voodoo, Little T, Ken's

Amnesia, Cascade,Rogue, Deschutes, Bailey's, Hair of the Dog, Hopworks, Upright, Henry's, so many...

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