We are both from upstate NY but she has lived in Portland going on 10 years. I am visiting for a few days to see her new baby boy (less then 3 months old!) and want to take her out one night. I am trying to fit in as many foodie stops as possible but still focus on the baby (the REAL reason for the visit). She is so very hipster and I am so very not...so I am trying to find places where we both can have a good time. I want to hit up one or two happy hours (with food) and then dinner someplace. No pretension, just delicious food. Thank goodness she eats meat, although husband does not. That's fine though because he will be home watching the baby.
My ideas so far:
St Jack for happy hour (wish it is was longer than one hour, hoping husband will get home from work in time so we can make it. Fortunately they live 5 minutes away)
Clyde Commons, maybe hit them up for the last 1/2 hour of their happy hour? Get a snack too?
For dinner Paley's Place (their menu looks delicious and I love that they do 1/2 portions, I am all about ordering a bunch of food and sharing), Laurelhurst Market (menu looks amazing), Tasty n Sons....I was considering Naomi's Beast but am just not feeling it.
Aviary is closed the week I am there. Should we consider Tasty n Sons as an option for one of our happy hour places instead of dinner? It is farther away from zip 97202 though so harder to get there in time for the tail end of their happy hour.
Any suggestions? Are these place too "mainstream"? I mentioned a few of these places to my friend and she has never heard of them, they are foodies but in a different way. Are these places "cool" enough for her? Also I don't eat a lot of meat at home and so want the decadent stuff when I go out (beef tartar, foie gras, pate) but also appreciate a light hand incorporating fresh, local produce. I plan on going to Pok Pok for lunch and I may be able to do one more lunch place on my own (considering Luce after the write up in Bon Appetit). I would do more but I don't want my friend to think I care more about food than the baby :)
Any recommendations for happy hour and dinner are appreciated. Open to any and all suggestions!