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Seeking fine-tuning advice for first Portland trip

StarryFork | Nov 11, 201303:20 PM

HI all,

I’ve been looking forward to a Portland trip for ages, and Mr. SF and I have finally found a long weekend we can take off together, Dec. 5-8th. I’ve been putting together a food itinerary using my fellow Van-hound greyelf’s very useful trip reports, as well as the original recommendation threads, but I could definitely use some feedback, so thanks in advance for anything you have to add!

We’ll be staying downtown, and no car, but we’re happy to take transit and/or cabs within reason. We love fine dining, great burgers, donuts, local food, brunch. As always, there just isn’t enough time! We often plan our dinners more comprehensively and then play it by ear earlier in the day, hence the flood of breakfast/brunch/lunch/happy hour possibilities.

Little Bird (table reseved)
Firehouse (this seems difficult to get to from downtown core without a car? Worth it? Could be replaced by Roost)
Café Castagna (burger! Also, am I correct in my guess that Hawthorne is a funky, hipster area with lots of interesting boutiques for browsing around in, earlier afternoon?)

Is there any really great fine dining spot that would be a good replacement for any of these? Or a second restaurant not a million miles away from Café Castagna that we could visit later that night?

I was really excited to try the 5-course tasting menu at Uptown Billiards, but opentable isn’t showing any reservations there for the entire month of December, so I suspect they are taking a hiatus :(

Lunches/early afternoon:
Gruner (burger!! Also conveniently close to hotel)
Savoy Tavern (is this location at all easy to get to by transit?)
Evoe – is this place still a going concern, or has chef Kevin Gibson already decamped?

Bunk (bacon roll!)
Blue Star (fritters!)
Lauretta Jean’s (biscuits!)

Ned Ludd? I’m not sure how we’d get there…
Veritable Quandry (overrated?)

Thanks again,

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