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PDX - Helsers, Ciao Vito, FarmCafe, KyoFu, BoldSky, Heathman

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PDX - Helsers, Ciao Vito, FarmCafe, KyoFu, BoldSky, Heathman

MyNextMeal | Nov 30, 2005 12:18 PM

Spent the weekend giving my folks a tour of Portland both in a sightseeing sense and a culinary sense. Here is a recap.

Heathman Hotel - Thanksgiving Buffet
Excellent - I would do it again. The seafood bar (oysters, tuna sashimi, smoked fish, etc) and salad bar (lentil salad, wine poached pears, etc) were standouts for me as I'm not too fond of traditional T'giving foods. They had a nice roast pork tenderloin in addition to turkey. I avoided a pasta dish as the oil had separated from the cream sauce and looked...oily. Desserts were decent – a chocolate/peanut-butter mousse-like square was the most memorable for me - it had a light smooth texture and intense flavors.

Helsers at 16th/Alberta. I really think they have the best breakfast in the city even though the dining room was rather cold. Their breakfast specials before 9am can’t be beat. Their dutch/german pancake is better than what I've had at Zells – not as eggy and heavy IMHO.

Bold Sky on Mississippi. Brunch there was okay (we ordered the porkchop, fritatta, latkes). The food is fine but the main attraction is the comfortable eclectic ambience.

KyoFu on Powell. One of our favorite meals. The chef is very proud and enthusiastic about his restaurant. We shared a shrimp okonomiyaki and a combo dinner of teriyaki chicken and the vegetarian dinner. The only drawback was the hot-tea served. It was pre-brewed and stewed instead of freshly made.

Ciao Vito on Alberta. We ordered the walnut-cheese-onion tart, the day's special (chicken/pork sausage with polenta), halibut with fried polenta, and the clams with linguine. The linguine was the weakest or most plain dish – I’m not sure if that had to do with the preparation or just the inherent nature of the dish. Overall, we agreed that we'd return - good flavors, good service, interesting menu.

Farm Cafe on NE 7th. I’ve eaten there 3-4 times. I think the tastiest item on their menu is the veggie burger. The mushroom stroganoff needed more salt (and there was none on the table) and the pan-fried trout was deemed ‘just fine’ but nothing revelatory. The chocolate souffle was, however, pretty fabulous.

At all the places we dined at, it was happily noted that the food always came out to us really HOT.

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