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Portland (NW) dining report

El Dorado | May 28, 200203:39 PM    

Hello all.

Spent a nice week in Portland, in the NW section of town, and had some nice dining. Here are some notes.

Wildwood (NW 21st and Northrup)
- Mixed greens with fried oysters and proscuitto
. Excellent salad, with a nice garlicy aioli. The bacon was crisper than I'd hoped, but it was a great contrast to the oysters.
- Wild mushroom and barley soup
. Nicely done, very filling. Kind of "fallish" for a May evening, but it's Portland, right? :)

L'Auberge (NW 27th or so and Vaughn)
- Chardonnay steamed mussels and clams
. Very nice and fresh, but not very filling. Nice tomato confit sprinkled over for a good acidic touch.
- Mushroom ravioli in a roquerfort cream sauce
. Pasta was okay, although a little underdone. The sauce was good, but the cheese "chunks" could have been smaller or more melted to be really effective.

Kells (2nd and Ash downtown)
- Fish'n Chips
. Good cod, lightly breaded and crisp. The chips were okay, but the fish with a little vinegar was great with a Guiness.

Overall, my favorite meal of the week was at Wildwood. I just love this restaurant - atmosphere, service and food have not failed to impress me the last few times I've wandered in. Even handled a large (12) party business dinner very well. The food at L'Auberge was okay - and the prices good - but the place has a strange feel to it. And what can you say about Kells but Pub Grub and good!

Good food and better wine to you all!

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