My family will be touring the Pacific Northwest at the end of this month, starting in Portland with a couple of days in Cannon Beach before venturing northward.
I've had a great time combing the board, the PDX people have been a plethora of information.
My focus will be on good food, regardless of the ethnicity although somewhat tempered by price, since it will be me and wife as well as my 10 year old son and 8 year old daughter. My kids enjoy good food (hence the price thing) and are adventurous (but don't like hot spice yet).
And if there are raw oysters to be found, please guide me to them!
We will have a car and I'm willing to drive anywhere, although for some reason my wife booked the Phoenix Inn in Lake Oswego, so I may be partial to staying on the east side. If there is anything in Lake Oswego I shouldn't miss, please speak up!
I'd like comments on the quasi-itinerary I've compiled so far, especially if there are any gotchas, like no minors allowed.
Unfortunately, looks like the food carts will have to wait, since they appear to be mostly closed on the weekends, as well as a good number of restaurants.
6/27 - Sat
Arriving very late afternoon into PDX.
Will attempt to get to PokPok, with backup choices being Por Que No or Cambiche.
If the kids are up to it, might hit Pix or Papa Haydn for apres dessert
6/28 - Sun
Brunch at Simpatica with Screen Door as a backup
How early do we have to get there for Brunch since it doesn't look like they take reservations? Early isn't an issue with us.
Will probably tour the Japanese garden and Powell's books, and waterfront (weather permitting).
For dinner, I'm leaning towards the new Laurelhurst Market, with Toro Bravo my second choice, and Biwa my third choice (Tanuki is closed Sundays).
6/29 - Mon
Checking out, but want to pick up a bunch of things from Ken's Artisan Bakery, and hopefully Sahagun before heading out to Cannon Beach.
However, if there is an early lunch place I shouldn't miss, then I'm pretty flexible.
The biggest quandry by far appears to be places to eat in Cannon Beach.
We'll be at the Inn on Cannon Beach for Monday and Tuesday.
No doubt we will have a lunch at Ecola Seafood, and possibly a dinner at Yummy Bistro in Seaside, but there seems to be little consensus for other places.
Unfortunately, Nehalem River Inn is not open to us, since they don't accept kids under 12.
Wayfarer Inn for lunch is another possibility, as we want to stay close to the beach as possible, but is there anything else worth trying?
Or, do we just save ourselves up for Wednesday, when we hit La Tarasca in Centralia and then Xinh's Seafood in Shelton?
Love the board and appreciate the help!