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Weekend in Portland report


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Weekend in Portland report

srr | Feb 10, 2009 10:17 AM

We just got back from a long weekend visiting friends in Portland and we had some great meals.
-We had a late lunch at Clyde Common right off the plane. I had a tongue sandwich and DH had house corned beef and pastrami sandwich. While his was good, mine was awesome. I was expecting a Jewish deli-style tongue and it was a Mexican style stewed tongue with pickled onions and jalapenos. Nice surprise.
We went out to breakfast all three mornings
-Sat we went to Helser's which was OK, but the least good of the three mornings. I had smoked salmon hash and eggs and DH had two sausages with potatoes and eggs. We also ordered a scotch egg just to try it. My hash was pretty bland with very little smoked salmon. His potatoes were better. The best part of the meal was the really spicy hot link. The scotch egg was tasty too.
-Sunday we went to the TIn Shed. I again had smoked salmon has and it was much more flavorful here. DH had a kooky combo of eggs with spinach and mushrooms topped with blue cheese, walnuts and apples. I couldn't bring myself to try it. Great bloody mary and huge mimosa to drink. Service was a little flightly, but it was a crazy Sunday morning. There seems to be a bit of a lack of organization, but maybe that's what people like?
-Monday we went to Bumblekiss for a quick bite before the plane. This was, surprisingly, the one we liked most. I had a Greek scramble and substituted real sausage for fake veggie sausage. It came with really good potatoes which I couldn't help but dip in the Secret Aardvark sauce on the table. DH had huevos rancheros which were a special. Both delicious.
-DH's birthday dinner was at Le Pigeon and it was as good as everyone says. We loved the foie gras profiteroles for dessert. Service was really professional and friendly. Great meal all around.
-We had one quick lunch at Pambiche. Wow, what a deal. I got the arroz con pollo which was about $8.50. It seemed like a lot of tasty food for that little amount of money. DH had a braised pork sandwich.
Lastly, the prize for the coolest-concept-ever goes to the McMenamin's. We went to Kennedy School and to Edgefield. We didn't eat at either one, just drinks, but we wandered around and checked out all the cool spaces. What fun! We are from SF and had never heard of the McMenamin's.

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