I have a dear friend coming to visit. He's very comfortable financially and has a crazy expense account we have tested the limits of before. He travels about 2-3 weeks out of every month for both business and pleasure and eats well...very well. He and I also love good wines (esp. reds of every type) and good wine/food pairings. He is a professional gay male suit-type of guy who likes the trendy and chic, but knows good food and appreciates it, so won't sacrifice the food for the trendy.
The thing is I have never been in his tax bracket, so to speak, and moving to Portland meant a huge decrease in income for me (I'm not complaining here, I have a job and benefits and I am grateful for it in this climate!) so I do not go to high-end restaurants much at all here. I read the reviews and all and I look at the postings here, but I still can't decide where to suggest we eat while he's here.
I'd love a bit more info/detail about some places I've read about. I'm also open to suggestions...so if you have any suggestions other than what I mention, please post! Another thing - if you could let me know how difficult it is to get a reservation (like should I call a week or 2 weeks in advance (now) or a day or two) - or if it is even required.
-I know we won't have time for both so which should it be (and why - tell me why one over the other, or tell me the best things about each so I can try to decide):
Navarre or Noble Rot?
-It's his b-day weekend when he's here, so I'd like to take HIM out for a change. Is Fife a good choice? I took him to Daily Cafe the last time he was in town and he loved it, and I am thinking that Fife might be similar in terms of value for the not so outrageous price tag. What do you think?
-We went to Southpark last time he was here and we liked it a lot. I'd like to go to another of the "top" places in town I have not tried (and that would be most of them). So should it be Bluehour, Heathman, Higgins, or Wildwood? I'm tempted to rule out Bluehour in favor of one of the others - I think it would be nicer to go to a place with more local foodstuffs and wines. He can get the hype and the "scene" in NYC, London, Amsterdam or any other major world city...and he might be tempted to mock what serves as Portland's "scene" in comparison (and lack of "scene" is a major reason why I love Portland!). So, if you could pick one of the other 3, which would it be and why - or if you think I should do Bluehour, why?
I'm kinda sorry to even ask that last one. I understand how tedious it is when it keeps coming up. I have searched each name on this site and have found a bit here and there, but not enough info for me to decide. The main things I am thinking about are food, wine list (good selection, lots of locals, price not as important), easy to get a reservation (for 3 or 4) over July 11-13. (Ambience/decor/vibe info nice but not vital.) If you could rank the high-end places above in those categories, that should help, even if you find you can't discuss it anymore. I understand, really...
Thanks 'hounds, I appreciate it!