Had a $20 off coupon for McCormick and Schmicks so we went there for dinner. What the hell. We're trying to save money. Quite mediocre with questionable combinations (blueberries and forest mushrooms) and weak sides (rice for both dishes for no apparent reason). Supposedly my cashew encrusted cod came with a rum sauce. Supposedly. The crab and shrimp cakes were mayonaissey or something. Nothing was bad, just mediocre and not up to the level of the ingredients (and the portions were small). The quality of the fish was obviously good, but their preparations got in the way. We skipped the boring looking dessert tray.
So...since we couldn't find parking around Mio Gelato, I gave a quick call to Wildwood to see if we could have dessert there. The online dessert menus had been tempting me for a while. No problem they said, either the bar or the counter. We ended up sitting at the counter in front of the wood oven watching the staff work. My first time doing that there. Man, they sold a lot of lamb and chicken with marionberry sauce.
Watching those wonderfully prepared plates go by -- nicely crusted meats, rich looking sauces, plentiful portions, wood fired pizzas, etc -- made me drool and I just got done eating. I was ready to order again.
I got the banana cream and graham cracker napolean with oregon walnut rocky road ice cream and my wife got the anjou pear chausson with honey ice cream and caramel (it also came with a ginger cookie, I think). Both kept the simple presentations I expect from Wildwood's pastries, but the flavors on both were fabulous, especially my wife's. The crust on the chausson was fabulous with tasty crystallines and pears that weren't mushy. The honey ice cream was great and matched perfectly.
There are some restaurants that approach Wildwood, but I don't know if anything surpasses it. This is an honest question: what restaurant in PDX is better and why?
Carafe's Lucere would have been my answer before, but now I can't think of anything.