My husband and I are newly married and looking to spend a special birthday out in OR in January. We are looking for a restaurant for one night in Portland: he does not like anything too stuffy or formal; also we would like pacific northwest type cuisine--i.e. not french or italian food we could get elsewhere and a romantic/pretty venue--fabuluous food. Lots of requirements, I know! Any ideas?
then, heading to Willamette for two nights. i read some of the old posts on vineyards, but there is nothing recent. what are some of the best smalmer producers/cool tasting rooms/fabulous pinots? Heard about Domaine Serene and Drouhin...what else...esp. if anyone knows what they are pouring right now--new vintages in? And then, need a cute lunch place and a great dinner place with local food. Painted Lady is closed (o would be our first choice) and Joel Palmer seems a bit too stuffy/menu with many items I can have at home. any ideas/help is greatly appreciated! thanks!