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My head is going to explode

hungry100 | Sep 23, 201303:44 PM

I will be in Portland for five days/nights staying with a dear friend who, I'm sorry to say, does not have his finger on the pulse, shall we say. I hate to leave a meal to chance (or maybe even to his suggestion). I've been reading and reading and my head is spinning with all the options. I would be happy eating at only food carts, but I think some sit down options are needed.

I'm interested in places that are unique or quirky -- that have character. I prefer down home to upscale (it's not about the money, it's more of the atmosphere).

I haven't seen a seafood place that has me yet (Fishwife is the only one so far on my radar). I'm not a big meat eater, but I'm not a vegetarian either (my friend is a carnivore).

Of course local ingredients, farm to table is good. HIggins was suggested to me.

For food carts, Viking Soulfood and Chez Dodo stand out.

I live in Philadelphia, so I have access to some great eats including many ethnic options.

Ma'ono looks fun, as does Pok Pok and Apizza Scholls.

What to do!?

Will probably be at the Japanese Garden one day, anything good nearby? I also hope to combine some funky thrift shopping with nearby eats.

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