Portland Itinerary – Suggestions/Comments?
I waited for this posting until I had a fair amount of research done. Just looking for some clarification and help with final suggestions.
I am going to be in Portland for a wedding reception/party in mid July. Those festivities are on Friday evening. We are going to spend the rest of the weekend in Portland with another friend joining us from LA for Saturday/Sunday. We will be a group of traveling foodies looking to experience some of what Portland has to offer.
The plan is to do the Willamette Valley on Saturday – touring 2 wineries with another couple of tastings. We are going to procure sandwiches for this trip (Kenny and Zukes possibly…) and be out most of the day Saturday.
So I need to address dining options for two dinners and lunch/brunch.
Dinner #1 will be after wine on Saturday so it’ll likely be a bit later (say 9'ish)
Dinner #2 will be on Sunday evening prior to catching the red-eye back to the east coast so it will be on the earlier side (flight at 10PM so probably 5'ish)
For dinner #1 I was thinking about Sel Gris
Brunch on Sunday @ Simpatica
For dinner #2 I was thinking about Le Pigeon (open on Sunday’s…very rare in my part of the world that nicer dining is open on Sunday’s).
I’m pretty confident in Simpatica…seems like a good option for brunch on Sunday. I’m a little bit less certain about the two dinner choices.
Pok Pok and Toro Bravo have been on the radar but I don’t think any of us are specifically craving ethnic food on this trip.
Both of my current dinner options are decidedly more “fine dining” and may overlap a bit in terms of experience…a more relaxed atmosphere on Sunday may be welcome before getting on a plane for the night.
So, the questions are the following:
Are Sel Gris and Le Pigeon too close? If you had to chose just one which would it be?
Is trying to cram one of these places after a day in wine country too much?
If I replace one of these fine dining options with some a bit more casual, what would be a good option?