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Well, there are several here. Ripe was the first one but a nasty divorce ended it. http://www.simpaticacatering.com/ has a $30 dinner on weekends in an industrial district (plus wine); get on the mail list if you are coming to Portland, it is fabulous but sells out immediately. I enjoyed a rotisserie rib eye and other things the last time there. There are a couple of others as well. Thanks for the responses.