Greetings, Portland Hounds! You've been so helpful in the recent past I'm hoping to trespass on your good will once more. We'll be in town Oct 3 to 9, staying at the Park Lane Suites again (good deal!). We are driving down from BC so will have wheels. In case you want to see what we tried in our previous two trips, here are the links to my long writeups: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838708 March 2012 report and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/852925 for May
I'm most interested in making choices for our six evenings in order to reserve where possible as I'm not much for lining up. The Sunday dinner will be for 6 people (two non-gluten types) and Laurelhurst Market is the front runner right now for that one.
For some reason, I'm finding dinner options more difficult than other meals so appreciate any guidance you may wish to offer. Need help in narrowing down all the great options!
So far OX seems to be the top new place that appeals, but resos for parties of 6 plus only at 5, 6 or 8pm and later.
Also interested in Luc Lac (we don't have any cocktail forward, "modern" Viet restos at home; Podnah's (brunch also) and Toro Bravo are in the running for evening, non-reso places.
Artigiano for an early pasta dinner is a strong cart contender.
Wed night only: risotto at Bar Mingo (apparently they make it to order from scratch)
Maybe Higgins' back bar for soup one night?
Pata Negra (we have very little in the way of Spanish tapas)
St Jack's (butter lettuce salad, steak tartare -- can you just order hors d'oeuvres here and make a dinner?)
Laurelhurst Market (menu just looks tasty, albeit beefy, and they had various padron pepper preps at the moment; also love that they list their bacon cheeseburger under Salads, woot!)
Cafe Allora for gnocchi, straight up pasta or maybe Accanto for gnocchi
Lucky Strike -- worth a bash for Sichuan or no? The SO might like the soy and Guinness braised ribs...
Tabla for the prix fixe dinner
brunch: Tasty'n'Sons, Country Cat, Navarre (Sat/Sun only), Podnah's and Grain and Gristle (gross name but scrapple and beignets, mmm) short listed for a brunch outing at some point, prolly a weekday to try to minimize lines. And looks like Otto is open 7 days starting early too...
lunch: Also looking for a really great burger that is not too fancy (Gruner's lunch offering is in the lead; we've been for dinner and loved the spaetzele especially). I like the sound of the burger at Jade Teahouse too. Also Las Primas for a butifarra sandwich as we have little Peruvian at home. Been hankering to try a "fancy" banh mi so may hit Double Dragon for their pork belly rendition (the sweet tea with lemongrass and Thai basil sounds good too). Xico's lunch window appeals (Sonoran hot dogs!). The recent addition of pre-dinner fare at Riffle might be an easier target than dinner too, no? Sok Sab Bai cart for their Cambodian sandwich. The puccia sandos at Oven and Shaker sound worthy, as do the non-alcoholic drinks. Rabbit and cornbread for lunch at Clyde Common? Yes please, La Estacion for the cochinita and other Yucatecan tasties, and Ocean City for dim sum (maybe coals to Newcastle but we haven't tried dimsum in Portland yet), People's Pig for porchetta sando
Evoe is a must, though prolly for lunch/afternoon snacks since they are only open till 7 W-Sun.
Other: Meat Cheese Bread for a breakfast burritto with hash browns INSIDE IT, Verde Cocina at PSU farmers market if we can't make it out to their bricks and mortar place, baopdx at 9th and Alder pod for a pork belly bao, tortillas and potosinas from Three Sisters, Roman Russian Market for cheburashka, An Xuyen for Viet/French pastries (check out the lotus paste pigs! http://www.anxuyenbakery.com/products...), DiPrima for zeppoli (if they have them), Cheese Bar (for a stinky and a blue board, natch), Coco for doughnuts, arancine for a daytime snack at Eastmoreland Market
I expect there will be a fair amount of coffee sampled, including the new Sterling, Maglia Rosa, Public Domain (as a Buffy fan, I feel it is my duty to check out the Slayer machine!), Case Study, Courier (revisit mainly for their baked goods) and Coava (revisit) and some beers sampled, including Bailey's (revisit for bats, maybe bring in a snack from Santeria) and Apex.
Whew, that's a lot of ground to cover in just six days! Thanks for reading this far and any comments or suggestions you have will be both appreciated and carefully considered.