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    Upscale: "The Grill"

    by aquatic Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I had to book this one a day ahead and even then got early time. But I don't regret it. I asked for the table by a window and I got that. The view was just wonderful. The city washed in evening august sun was almost gold... Ah-h, would stay there forever, too bad, cannot eat a lot:)
    Food: I loved everything except the desert, considering that I chose a wonderful wine, and the wine was the best!
    Service was outstanding!

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    Ethnic: Japanese All you can Eat

    by Chip_Master Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you are downtown and really hungry for lots of Japanese food. Todai is your place.
    Its located on top of Pioneer place downtown right next to the Max train.
    Be warned this isn't upscale its high volume Japanese Sushi...

    Prices are a bit steep but offer all you can eat hot food, raw sushi. For dinner you can get crab, shashimi. THere is a large selection of fresh fruit and deserts as well. Unlike the Todai chains in other states I've never found a line here.

    They don't advertise it at the resturant but at the start of the sushi line you can order handrolls. My favorites are softshell crap, salmon/avocado, and of course Tuna! Don't be shy and ask the head chef.

    If it is your B-day you can eat for FREE!

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    LUCKY LAB PUBLIC HOUSE: DOGS AND BEER NUMBER TWO!

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lucky Lab Westside is found in a refurbished 1920's Masonic Temple. The Masons seem to be all getting old and don't need so many meeting halls anymore, but I think they would be quite pleased with the way this hall has found its second life. The building is on the east end of the little Multnomah District, which is like many other small gemlike neighborhood centers that can be found outside of Portland's center (for a good description of such a neighborhood in Seattle to the north, see jonathan_c's Fremont District The Fremont in Seattle (as can be said for Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, West Seattle, etc) is much like several neighborhood districts in Portland, maybe not obvious to the casual tourist who comes into for a one or two day visit, but the neighborhoods are what really make these two Northwestern cities so liveable. Back to the Lucky Lab, the same beer line-up as at the Eastside brewpub can be found here, though the food is geared more towards pizza, create a more family-oriented atmosphere. In keeping with the canine-friendly philosophy of the Lucky Lab, there are lots of picnic tables out front where you can enjoy a beer with your four legged friend in the sun while Life drifts by on Capitol Highway.

    Favorite Dish: Stumptown Porter (The original nickname of Portland back in the mid-19th Century because of all the treestumps left around as a result of rapid development), and Black Lab Stout are cherished favorites though Super Dog - a hopped up extra pale ale - is most popular.

    Lucky Lab West - Dogs, Men and Beer!
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    TUCK'S BREWERY: BREWING SCIENCE REVEALED

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of Portland's least-known breweries, Tuck's is located in a small building next to the Old Cider Mill Restaurant and Tavern/Fryer Tuck's Chicken (The last outlet for a home-grown fried chicken fast food chain in Portland - chicken with Little John spuds on the side). The brewery is only open on Saturday afternoons when you will find brewmaster Max Tieger usually doing the honors. There is always a wide variety of beers to be sampled and local homebrewers like to congregate and talk shop.

    Note that no beer is served in the brewery. You can find that next door.

    Favorite Dish: There is always something different on tap here. I am partial to the Farmers Daughter which is a Belgian farmstyle beer.

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    HILLSDALE BREWERY AND PUBLIC HOUSE: FIRST AMONG PEERS

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This small brewpub in the Hillsdale District - about five car minutes south of downtown - is the first of the many brewpubs in the vast McMenamin's chain. It is a negihborhood house with history. The McMenamin brothers were among the forces who persuaded the State Legislature to change the laws regarding breweries and the sale of beer. Before the law was changed, breweries could only sell their products through distributers. Distributers were dependent upon Big Beer and did not want anyone else to come along (Big Beer was pretty good at persuading the distributers what they wanted ;-\). The law was changed to allow breweries to sell their beers from their breweries and the brewpub was born. Hillsdale has been at it longer than anyone else. This is where the main stable of McMenamin beers originated, but they usually also have something else brewed up on tap ready to go. The food is good pub food - meaning soups, burgers, etc..

    Favorite Dish: Classic McMenamin beers are probably the Terminator Stout and Ruby Tuesday.

    Hillsdale Pub on SW Sunset Blvd
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    Nickolas': Do you love TABOULI ?

    by athena10x Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This of the beaten path resturant is the place locals take their out of town guests for good family , made with love food. Started by a Lebanese family about 18 years ago.
    It is by no means up scale however I feel like I am in a little village in Lebannon enjoying the crowed in feeling and the middle easter kitch.
    Middle eastern music fills the air along with the smell of fresh pita being made in the back.
    BEWARE! This place is so popular that you have to wait outside if you go during regular lunch and dinner hours.
    I go at 1:30 -2:00 pm to avoid lunchers and 5:00pm or 8:00pm to avoid the dinner crowd.

    Favorite Dish: I like the meat mezza . It starts with a platter of hummus, tabouli, falafal, and fresh baked pita. A yougart sauce for smearing.
    Then follows with a plate of kafta and lamb pattie with roasted tomatoes. Ummmmm!
    Add an addtional plate of TABOULI if you love lemony flavor with tons of parsley.

    last luncher of the day

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    RockBottom: Let's have a beer

    by carmenlilly Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The RockBottom Chain might be known to some ... I've been there for the first time and I enjoyed the beer and the food - real big portions, variety of dishes from Italian to tradional American

    Favorite Dish: I loooooooooved the Chicken Wings - they tasted great !!!
    The Hickory Burger is really tasteful too.
    and the Beer is delicous too!

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    Old Lompoc Brewpub: Great Beer, Patio, and Food

    by seoulgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    They have a great variety of beer that they brew themselves from lighter malty beers to very very hoppy IPA's. The food is very very good and consistently so. There is a area inside w/ a lively friendly local bar feel with booths around and outside is a huge lovely garden space w/ overhead hops growing. It is very casual and always a great spot to relax.

    Favorite Dish: They have nice fresh salads w/ alot of bold flavors. Also great sandwiches. There French onion soup ranks as high as they come. They do a great job with the food. Beers are cheaper than average at 2.25.

    The patio

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    Voleur: Late night snack and drink

    by deWilde Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Voleur is located on 1st street in downtown Portland. The location is obvious if you are riding the MAX or parking behind Kells, otherwise is it not off a main drag. The restaurant was opened a few years back and they have spent a lot of time working on the interior and making it feel like a great place to socialize, eat and listen to bands. It really is a great place to try at least once and since they are off the main drag it is not too difficult to grab a seat.

    As you well know I am a huge fan of the happy hour and Voleur has a great one to offer. The Chicken Satay is tender and is perfectly seasoned. They serve the two satay chicken skewers with a spicy mustard dipping sauce, however, the chicken s fabulous with or without the sauce. I live their home cut fries and the berry habanero sauce. It is sooo great and I would dip anything in it. The fried work as a nice plateau as they offer a neutral medium in which to taste the sauce. It’s really s about the sauce for me on this dish although the fries were perfectly crunchy on the exterior and tender inside. I’ve tried the crab cakes and they were okay, nothing to write home about through. I still prefer the ones at Jakes Grill.

    Favorite Dish: I am all about the berry habanero sauce - YUMMY!

    Chicken Satay Exterior Crab Cakes Fries with Berry Habanero sauce Interior Booth
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    Vivace: ~ViVACE-Yummy!~

    by Biljana Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you come to Portland, Vivace is a place you have to visit. Vivace is a creperie/coffeehouse. I personally prefer to think of it as a little slice
    of heaven located in Oregon. Vivace is located in the very posh 23rd area of Downtown Portland. Vivace offers a variety of sweet and savory crepes, something for everyone's taste. If you are not a crepe fan (do such people actually exist?) you can get your coffee fix here too. Vivace offers
    anything from an espresso, latte to a cappucino. Vivace is a self serve style of place. You place your order at the counter, grab your order and take a seat. For the computer geeks they even offer free WiFi.

    Favorite Dish: I tried a few things at Vivace and everything was delicious. When it comes to beverages, I would highly recommend their white hot chocolate. It's one of
    the best hot chocolate cups I drank in my lifetime. For those with a sweet tooth, I would recommend the crepe stuffed with nutella, bananas and roasted almonds topped with whipped creme. If you are in the mood for a savory crepe I recommend the mushrooms, mozzarella, spinach and egg crepe. Yummy!

    Nutella, bananas, roasted almonds, whipped creme!

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    Portland Brewing Company: Grab a MacTarnahan's, fish and chips!

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When I was in high school, I had a classmate named Ryan McTarnahan, who told me about his grandfather... it was not until 10 years later that I know how great a beer he produces!

    Go into the Portland Brewing company for lunch while you are in Portland, and you can see why this Northwest town is so popular with the microbrewers!

    Delicious beer and great food is what to expect here... try the fish and chips for an old world style... of have the spinach and bleu cheese salad for more of a noveau feel!

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    Upscale: Dragonfish Asian Cafe

    by mcpangie Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I found Dragonfish Asian Cafe in Portland to be very reasonably priced compared to what I'm used to. The service was somewhat slow. You can make reservations, or order on line. A nice option if you are staying downtown.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Orange Peel Beef - made with asparagus, snap peas, green and red peppers and cashews. It was wonderful. It only cost $13.45. My whole dinner was close to $30 including a wonderful side of California Roll sushi and a beverages.

    Dragonfish

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    Pizzicato: Slice of Pizza Pie, near your hotel.

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Realistically, if I were to tell you that this piece of pizza was as good as Chicago or New York City, you would probably doubt my ability to rate tips, and therefore not trust other recommendations that I put before you.

    Having said that, Pizzicato is probably the best slice of pie you will find in the Northwest. The spices in the sauce and the fresh basil on top really made this pizza for me.

    They sell by the slice, and have all kinds of salad variations for those on the healthy side of life.

    Favorite Dish: I had the old traditional, Pepperoni. Delicioso!

    Pizzicato Pizzeria

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    GROLLA: Dinner is romantic

    by deWilde Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Grolla is off the beaten path but well worth a visit. The small corner restaurant offers open wall views during the summer and wonderfully romantic settings in the evenings. The rich colors and European charm are throughout and the food amazing. I really could have licked the plates!!! The meals were fantastic and the sauces were to die for. Yum! The owners are Chris and Angela and are both very involved with the restaurant and planning. Chris comes from a Middle East background and Angela from Oregon. The two met and put the two tastes together in a way unexpected.

    Favorite Dish: The last time I was there I split two appetizers [the cheese plate & shrimp dish] and the non-flour chocolate cake. I was stuffed! The meals are equally filling. Enjoy!

    Quick Bite
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    Capitol Bistro & Cafe: Everything is YUMMY!

    by deWilde Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Why is it that the best restaurants are always hidden. We have lived near this one for over a year and just found it. We thought it was a “café” and expected the usual sandwiches and such – no such case. Even the sandwiches are spectacular but it is really about the other dishes. Don’t let the cute old café stylings of the main floor fool you - sit upstairs for a good look at the current artwork and rich dark wood setting. This wonderful restaurant is run by Kevin and Colleen. It is yet another of the many family run places we are falling in love with. You really can see and taste the difference! It’s like eating at a really famous chefs house

    Favorite Dish: I dont know that there is one thing to recommend. It is all great! I guess I would say to try the butternut squash soup [soup changes daily], as it is mouth watering!!!

    Misc Food and Interior Shots Outside - You can see the back of my car.  LOL Corner Table Red Snapper and Couscous Upstairs Dining
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