When I moved away from Portland almost 5 years ago, by far the best restaurant in town (in my opinion, anyway) was Claire Archibald's Cafe Azul. From time to time after I left, I would notice that her prestige seemed to be growing rapidly (nominated for a Beard award, named one of Gourmet's 50 best restaurants in the US, etc.)
I was so pleased to be finally coming back to Portland this week-- I could stop in and see how the place had grown and evolved-- and eat the best Mexican food I have ever eaten outside of Mexico.
So imagine my dismay when I discovered that Cafe Azul no longer exists-- at least not in its old location, and not in the phone book.
I asked the concierge at my hotel, and he just sort of shrugged and said that he'd have no way of knowing what had happened to the restaurant or to Claire Archibald.
So I'm making an appeal to you all-- anyone know the story? Is she still in Portland? Does she have a new restaurant?
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated...