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I just had 2.5 days of fab eating in PDX. We were fortunate to be with friends who like to eat as much as us. We also had some great luck in squeezing in before some major lines.
Podnah's Pit - brunch. Had the Hangtown Hash and it was great. Perfectly cooked fried oysters and delicious eggs to go with it. I'm not a huge fan of breakfast potatoes so I ate the biscuit instead.
Pok Pok - this met all expectations. Highlights included the duck larb and the special of the night, whole fried fish with papaya salad.
Lardo - split three sandwiches. My favorite was the korean pork shoulder (great kimchi), then cubano and lastly meatball banh mi. I was disappointed in the banh mi and was pleasantly surprised by the cubano. The dirty fries were awesome and it was a huge portion.
Cacao - tried some sipping chocolates. Two of us shared the sample flight - plain, cinnamon and spicy. My first sip of the cinnamon was disappointing but as it slightly cooled, the flavor improved significantly. By the end, I couldn't decide which of the three was my favorite. Great selection of chocolates in the store as well.
Blue Star Donuts - Tried the matcha, cinnamon sugar, blackberry filled with peanut powder on top and a fourth which I forgot. The jelly filled was the best, the peanut powder totally made the donut. It was kind of like a better version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The cinnamon sugar needed more cinnamon, it lacked the needed balance.
Salt and Straw Ice cream - Great coffee and bourbon ice cream. I was so distracted by that flavor, I didn't even see the middle column of chocolate flavors. perfect ending after Pok Pok.
Tasty n Alder - what a great breakfast place. Two of us split the korean fried chicken and the Bim Bop bacon and eggs. I couldn't decide which I liked better. Both had similar textural components but opposite. Either crispy rice or crispy meat. Everything just worked. Bloody Mary was an excellent accompaniment.
Toro Bravo - this may have been my favorite meal (or Pok Pok, can't decide). The squid ink pasta with hazelnuts, the chicken liver mousse and the grilled octopus were highlights. Just as strong were the veg dishes of cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Not a weak dish in the many dishes we ordered.
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