Too many to limit to a favorite.Ethnic foods of all kinds plus Pacific Northwest cuisine.Bread and Ink is a great reataurant on Hawthorne, but watch out for tourists (like the one in the photo) trying to sell fruit on the street.Who is that guy?? He looks very much like Giampiero? One of the finer restaurants, with a fabulous city view, is the Portland City Grill. It is located on the 43rd floor of a bank building in downtown Portland. Dinners are in the range of $25-30.
Favorite Dish: Italian,Mexican,Chinese,Thai,and on and on. At Bread and Ink try the salmon or anything on the menu.There is a great New York style deli on 23rd St. It is Kornblatts. Great place! Kind of expensive, but most good delis are. A huge pastrami on rye is $8.95, same for corned beef. I always get a chocolate eclair to take home..they are monstrous and cost $5.25 each!, but they are so good and will make two deserts.
Jake's is the oldest restaurant in Portland, established in 1892. It has a patina of burnished woods, deep masculine tones and polished age fitting a restaurant into its second century. Probably the most popular place for Portlanders to take out-of-town guests, Jake's has always been a stellar seafood establishment. Its waiters are among the surest and the service among the crispest in town.
Jake's has an old big city feel, something like Bookbinder's in Philadelphia, or the old Luchow's in New York. The only problem is that the restaurant is so
popular you may have to wait even with a reservation. If that's the case the bar area, always on cruise (un)-control, is fun.
Favorite Dish: Jake's 'fresh sheet' comprises an astonishingly varied list of fish and seafood that changes daily. Founded to showcase crawfish, the restaurant still prides itself on those tasty crustaceans, but that is only the beginning. Our impulse is usually to have the simplest
preparations-great fresh oysters on the half shell, grilled or broiled fish-c'est tout, always allowing room for the fabulous whisky pudding, the chocolate truffle cake, or in the summer the three-berry cobbler. But there are terrific dishes done in more complex ways bouillabaisse, crab cakes, salmon with a honey glaze, seafood chili, tuna 'black and blue,' red rockfish with
roasted red pepper butter. There's nothing really cutting edge here-many of the recipes are variations on recent trends, but the preparations are solid.
Straight out of the 20's you'll feel like your in chicago only with a NW attitude.
Favorite Dish: Spanish coffee, never had a better one.