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Another Portland "one night" request, but slightly different...

Absonot | May 9, 200802:34 PM

Two San Francisco foodies are coming to Portland for three days...we've got most meals figured out except for Saturday dinner…I need a local's insight!

After scouring posts on this board, I have it narrowed down to:
-- Sel Gris
-- Carlyle
-- Paley's Place
-- Le Pigeon
-- Higgins
-- ten-01

What we're looking for:
+ A "true" Portland experience, with a menu of local ingredients and a lot of creativity with dishes that are more messy and sensual than composed and intellectual
+ High quality service that isn't stuffy
+ Cozy/charming dining room — no overly-designed, loud, or deadly hip rooms with a chaotic bar scene please
…good wine by the glass/half bottles and beers on tap is a big plus (which gives Higgins an edge)

So which do you think fits the bill the best? Any insight is appreciated.

I can't express how excited I am to come up and learn why Portland is rapidly overtaking SF as the West Coast Foodie Nirvana!

P.S. Is Apizza Scholl's really worth the effort? We are both NY-style pizza lovers…could Ken's suffice?

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