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Portland, OR (reply to Jim Dixon)

Gary Cheong | Feb 18, 199802:33 PM     8

Jim Dixon said (in another thread):

"If you're ever headed to Portland (Oregon, not Maine), drop me a note. We don't like to spread it around, but Portland is chowhound paradise"

Yes, Portland is quite a chowhound's paradise. I visited Portland last June and had a ball. Unfortunately, it was only for 3 days.

Managed to catch up at lunch with Philippe Boulot of the Heathman (know him from his New York days at the Mark Hotel). Mark Gould of Red Star Tavern really surprised me with his rendition of American cooking.

Also enjoyed the mussels at Wildwood. Other places I ate at were Paley's Place, Tina's (in Dundee, out in wine country), and Third St. Grill (in McMinnville).

Had some sausages at Good Dog/Bad Dog. The only bad spot I hit was BIMA (terrible food, super trendy).

I will have to come back for Couvron, Cafe des Amis, Higgins, Atwater's, Zefiro and Pazzo.

What's your opinion on Caprial's Bistro ? I've been a fan of Caprial Pence since her days at Fullers in
Seattle. She's not in the kitchen nowadays. I had a good meal there, but wished she was cranking it out for me in the kitchen.

As for not wanting to spread this around, I think you're too late. Portland's been getting quite a lot
of attention in the food press. Come mid-April, you will be inundated with hundreds of food-crazy people -- Portland is the host city for this year's IACP (International Assoc. of Culinary Professionals)
Conference. Good luck trying to get restaurant reservations!

Whenever you're ready to share, I hope you'll post Portland's "secret" restaurants here for your fellow

One more thing -- I would be remiss if I don't mention how close the Willamette wine country is to Portland. Lynn Penner-Ash (one of the very few women winemakers in Oregon) gave me a wonderful tour of Rex Hill. I also had the pleasure of meeting the great David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards. A very exceptional pinot noir I drank on that trip was from Witness Tree.

Anyone care to start a thread on Oregon Pinot Noirs?

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