I would appreciate any feedback on my tentative agenda based on research I have done. Some basics to help the critique.
*In town from a Wed afternoon to Sun morning in August.
*Staying downtown by PSU
*Will not have a car until Friday when a friend is joining me.
*Used to walking a lot and taking public transportation. I love how easy it’ll be to take train from the airport to downtown.
*Planning to be mainly in the downtown free zone area to explore downtown by a walking tour, museums, Powell’s and Ground Kontrol.
*Research sites: chowhound, foodcartsportland.com and portlandfood.org.
*We are pretty adventuresome diners, only thing I don’t want in my meal is cilantro, I eat anything else.
*Preferred budget for most sit down meals before alcohol $20-30 per person, a couple of splurges at $50-60.
*But overall budget is flexible, if I save on some inexpensive cart meals and happy hours, then can splurge more on a nicer dinner.
*Only one previous Portland visit back in 2009 for only 24 hours. Trip report here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/651344
*Le Pigeon’s foie gras profiteroles still haunt my dreams. People carry pictures of their kids and places, I have a picture of the profiteroles to show people.
*I'm painfully light on late night options due to being unsure of eating capacity, energy and transportation.
The trip report is pretty typical of our M.O., wander around and hit a few places. I’m not a big sweets or traditional breakfast person. Agenda below is mainly focused on mid day snacking and some happy hours. I’d rather eat a piece of bread for breakfast and then hit the carts or restaurants as soon as they’re open for lunch. I know it’s not great oyster season but JillO’s posts on those have me intrigued. I love charcuterie boards, organ meats, foie, those kinds of items. I live in LA so not super interested in anything Mexican or Asian unless it’s a can’t miss such as Pok Pok
Plan with menu items of interest/board suggested
Wednesday HH – Davis Street Tavern (4-6, oysters, chicken liver mousse, duck wings)
Wednesday dinner – Le Pigeon or Laurelhurst Market; Walk there but taxi/bus back
Thursday – lunch at carts Frying Scotsman and People's Pig (Porchetta sandwich)
Thursday dinner – Laurelhurst Market or Le Pigeon; Walk there but taxi/bus back
Friday – lunch at carts Wet Hot Meat and Hog Time (Pork Burrito)
Friday HH -Dan and Louis (4-6)or Heathman hotel bistro menu (2 p.m. start)
Friday dinner – Toro Bravo (brandy soaked prune stuffed with foie, tasting menu?)
Saturday – PSU Farmer's market. (Pine Street Biscuits, Tails and Trotter)
Saturday dinner – Pok Pok (game hen has cilantro, wings, papaya salad, boar collar)
A question on Laurelhurst Market. I’d rather not take up eating room with a big steak. Will I still get a good experience if I just nosh on several appetizers? I had in mind the following: Marrow bones, sweetbreads, tartare, charcuterie plate.
I’d also appreciate any menu favorites or any other places near what I have listed already. Maybe another cart that I can add to the snacking or happy hour hit and runs.
Other places I’ve considered but not sure due to timing, distance or combination of both.
Taste of Poland
Ahla W Sahla
Flogene's Home cooking
Tabor Czech food
Taste of Poland
Clyde Common – highly rated but menu doesn’t seem to hit my tastes. Am I missing some selections?
EaT: an Oyster Bar
Thank you in advance for any help.
1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232
621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR
The Heathman Restaurant
1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212
Davis Street Tavern
500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209
525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204
The People's Pig
SW Alder St SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205