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Restaurants & Bars

Portland Trip (Painted Lady, Simpatica,Bijoux Cafe, Half & Half)

LizK | May 17, 200607:50 PM     2

Had a great trip!
Painted Lady Friday night was excellent, tried the three course menu for 39 but added an extra course for ten dollars. Place was a bit hectic as there are only eight tables and a lot of courses. We shared the mussels and gnocchi (yummy) the ahi tuna w/greenbeans, and the smoked salmon. Then I had the salmon entee as a midcourse and we also shared an halibut (?) on a ravioli. And finally steak and pork chop. The food was excellent, the wine recommendation was a good price and very food friendly, service was friendly.
Stumptown for coffee next morn. Loved the espresso, coffee wasn't strong enough.
Simpatica for dinner. This is why I love chowhound. I heard about it hear and then made the reso and it was totally worth it. My friends were amazed that I could come from out of town and know about a place that they hadn't heard of yet. Salt cod fritters to start. Asparagus and fava bean salad. Housemade pasta with duck excellent. I wasn't as happy with the strawberry dessert. The crust was a little tough to me, but the flavor made up for it.
Simpatica for brunch. My friend made this reso cause after I told her about the dinner reso she ended up having brunch there the weekend before. Very busy a bit more hectic than dinner. Great burger! Everyone was very happy with their food. My husband loved the biscuits and gravy. I wasn't as thrilled with the waffle with dried fruit, but I like my waffles with a bit of contrast, a butter to syrup ratio thing.
Brunch the next day was at Bijou (?) cafe. Excellent breakfast. Best juice (oj and grapefruit) that I have had in a while. I had the French style omlette, husband had hash.
On the way back from Powell's grabbed a slice of peach pie at Half and Half. I can't remember who said it, but that is perfect pie. Sandwiches looked good too.
Had a great time. Can't wait till next time!

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