Hey folks - I am a pseudo Portlander (lived there for 10 years) who is now living in Rhode Island and will be visiting with a friend who loves food as much as I do. We will only be in town for a couple of days and will have one, possibly two dinners out. I've been telling him how wonderful the food is in Portland and am having a difficult time deciding where to take him to best show off Portland's culinary treasures. Genoa is an old favorite of mine, as is Paley's Place, but I've heard wonderful things about Carlyle, Fenouil, Hurley's, and Clarklewis (never made it there before moving). I'm not a big Higgins fan, and have experienced too much inconsistency at Wildwood... What would you all recommend?
Also, I used to love La Sirenita, but have heard that it has slipped some, and have been reading rave reviews about Ochoa in Hillsboro. I've never been to the new one on Oak, but was a little let down the one time I visited the old location. My friend is half Mexican and currently lives in Hawaii (where there is no such thing as good Mexican food), and I'd love to take him for a good authentic Mexican lunch.
Mmmm... I'd love any and all recommendations... My mouth is already watering thinking about Pearl Bakery bread, Pazzoria's croissants and cookies, Pazzo's gnocchi, Mama Mia's mozzarella, Karam, Andina... so much food to eat, so little time!