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Portland, we love you -- grayelf's 14th gastrovisit

grayelf | Aug 17, 2016 11:34 AM

Definitely a long gap between our visit at the end of May and posting but here it all is anyway! Just did one pre trip post re Sunday night here http://www.chowhound.com/post/sunday-...

On Thursday it was clear sailing to our Seattle lunch at Vientiane Market for Lao food, where I overordered despite my best intentions and the ladies at the next table insisted on sharing some of their dishes with us as well; nem khao or rice ball salad as good as in March ($6), got the "E-sarn" sour sausages ($10?) which were excellent with lots of funk and huge with a side of sticky rice, and succumbed to an order of Lao noodles which were tasty if unremarkable save for the chunks of pigs' blood therein. I've included a photo of our two neighbours' platter which was huge (they ordered a bunch more things as well so we were pikers). A great stop even if eating at a table in a supermarket is not super glam :-). Picked up some tasty spicy tamarind snacks as well.

The SO cleverly suggested taking the large amount of remaining snausage with us and we made short work of it upon arrival in Portland around 4 aside happy hour beer and mead at new spot Untapped. Neither beverage was remarkable but it was very nice to sit outside in the sun on their small patio. Next we swung by Mr Green Beans and stocked up on unroasted coffee. A stop at Upright netted a great shot of their DIY signage on an unsuccessful mission to obtain a beer that had not yet been tapped (that'll teach me to read press releases more carefully).

After checking into the hotel, we headed over to Burrasca for an 8 pm reso. Quite disappointing after a solid if unappealing looking sformato starter and tasty if greasy frybread. Also overpriced ($17 for four small, overcheesed, undercooked zucchini and zucchini blossom ravioli that I didn't finish because the cheese obliterated any hint of what they were stuffed with). The inzimino was flat and one note at $17, nothing like what we had experienced on our visits to the food cart. And the green pea side ($6) was grey and overcooked, really sad for something that should have been spring-y and light. Someone else is cooking now and I think the quality is suffering. Would not return.

Opted to swing by the Pine Street Market to see what it was like and try some soft serve from Wiz Bang. The place was slammed at 9ish on a Thursday. I wasn't enamoured of the setup and it was terrifically noisy but we persevered, lining up for maybe 10 minutes to get a cone. The black raspberry dip was nice and tangy but the soft serve was bland and too sweet for me. Contrary to reports I'd read, we found free parking easily around the corner on the same block, but had to dodge a couple of streetfolk as noted online. I understand there is a good burger at Common Law but unlikely it will lure me back. I do hope they open up the Brass Bar from Barista soon as the empty space really stands out and not in a good way. I've since read that Common Law closed which is too bad as the burger sounded tempting.

Untapped,
Mr. Green Beans,
Burrasca,
Bakeshop,
Gold Dust Meridian,
Coquine,
Pine State Biscuits Schuyler,
Pine State Biscuits Division,
Sysco Portland Inc,
Courier Coffee,
Locale,
New Seasons Market Slabtown,
New Seasons Market Williams,
Apizza Scholls,
Lauretta Jean's,
New Seasons Market Happy Valley,
New Seasons Market Fisher's Landing,
Barista,
Blue Star Donuts
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