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Return Trip: Help me narrow down my dinners

crsin | May 10, 201212:18 AM

Hey all,

Heading back to Portland from NY in a few months for three nights, and looking to narrow down some choices. One night will have to be Le Pigeon (I go here every time I'm in town, can't get enough). That leaves two night, and so far I was thinking about...

Nostrana - Eat a fair amount of Italian in NY. Still worth it?

Clyde Common - This menu really interests me. I'm into cocktails, but the rest of my party is not, so that should not really be a factor. Without the drinks, is it worth coming for just the food? If I do go, on a Thursday or weekend night (~6-8PM, 4 people) what kind of wait would I be looking at?

Toro Bravo - Have been wanting to try it for the last few years, but the inability to make reservations along with long waits scare me off. Others in my party are really not fans of long waits. Four people, peak dinner times, Thurs/Fri/Sat nights, how long of a wait should I expect? Is the neighborhood interesting (ie, if we went early knowing we would have to wait, is there stuff to browse in the area for an hour or two)?

Ned Ludd - Looks and sounds very Portland, which is great.

Aviary - A little concerned about the limited menu

Laurelhurst Market - Usually avoid steakhouses but this one looks interesting

Castagna - Also thought about eating here last year while Lightner was still at the helm. Now he's in NY, generating an insane amount of buzz, and charging $150 for meals in his tiny, likely very-hard-to-reserve space. Kicking myself as he's now cooking a bit out of my normal price range. But it sounds like the food is still great here?

Of course, I'm open to all suggestions...just didn't want to make another "tell me where to eat" thread. Staying downtown, but have a car so can go anywhere. Any type of food works, but would probably avoid any asian (although will be hitting Pok Pok for lunch). Prefer bigger, interesting flavors, lots of fresh/local produce, meat, etc.


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