I'm going to break the days up into different replies to make for easier reading.
Previously solicited feedback from this thread which also contained link to my previous trip report. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8005...
Thanks for all who chimed in on that.
Loved the Max, airport to downtown PSU area was a breeze. Was checked and settled into my hotel by 3. Davis Street Tavern was a good stop after the initial walk through downtown and stopping at the visitor center to pick up materials. I had the duck wings, chicken liver mousse and half dozen primitivo oysters. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of food given the prices. Oysters were light and slightly briny, good refresher after a long trip. The mousse was rich but not heavy, I liked the bread. The wings although meaty and substantial disappointed me a bit. I love duck and but it didn't have an overly ducky taste. The coating was fried crisply well but the bottom sitting in the chile oil had gotten soggy quickly and ruined the wonderful texture on half of it. I did like the oil with the wing meat.
After relaxing a bit and perusing my maps, I packed up and decided to make my trek to Laurelhurst Market down Burnside. Despite the unfortunate timing of being in town on one of the hottest days of the year, I enjoyed my walk. The sights along the bridge and through the neighborhood was very entertaining and I worked up quite an appetite by the end of my trek.
I decided to start off with four appetizers and go from there. I chose the sweetbreads, marrow bones, tartare and the small charcuterie plate. I loved the duck and mortadella the best out of the charcuterie. The duck tasted meaty and had the essence of duck. The mortadella so was creamy, so unlike the flabby mass produced ones. Marrow bones were good but not great. Liked the sweetbreads a lot, crisp on the outside but still creamy on the inside and I liked the beans and broth that came with it, well balanced with the sweetbreads. I wasn't as enamored with the tartare. I liked the richness and beefiness of the meat. But as a tartare, it didn't quite work for me. It needed more pop from some of the other ingredients and I missed the contrasting saltiness of some capers.
Service was very attentive throughout, people were very nice. The appetizers were delivered in pairs, after the second pair was dropped off I asked my waitress to check back with me when I was halfway through to see if I would want to order the steak of the day. She was very prompt but unobtrusive. I did try the bavette cut with the frites. I normally get my steak rare but server recommended medium due to the cut. I was happy with it, still juicy and tender while also loving the sauce. The fries were wonderful, very well executed. I really enjoyed mopping up the sauce with the fries. As much as I liked them, they gave such a huge portion I couldn't finish the fries.
Well sated, the great serving staff offered to call a cab for me. I had decided that a long day of travel and all that food meant not enough energy to walk back to the PSU area. All in all a great start to my trip.
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232
Davis Street Tavern
500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209