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Edible Portland

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A travel journal to Portland by food&fun

A Portland Art Cow Photo, Portland, Oregon More Photos
Quote: Portland has its share of interesting restaurants, and getting around is as easy as finding a bus, tram, or light rail stop. Share my experiences during a few short trips to the Rose City.

Edible Portland

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Overview

A Portland Art Cow Photo, Portland, Oregon
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*You don't want to miss Powell's bookstore. You can get lost in the warren of rooms -- it's huge, with an enormous selection of used books. And although it's now online, there's still nothing like browsing through the stacks for that book you never knew you needed. *Cows! Portland has joined Chicago and New York in giving out fiberglass cows (life-size) to selected artists to decorate. Every time you turn a corner downtown, you find a cleverly-painted cow, like the Moo-net cow, a tribute to Claude Monet. *Drinking fountains downtown are always flowing...you're never far from being able to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Quick Tips: If you're there on a Saturday, check out the ...Read More

Hotel Vintage Plaza

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Hotel

Hotel Vintage Plaza Photo, Portland, Oregon
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We've stayed here twice. The first time, we had a special $99/night price, booked directly through the hotel. For this, we got a large room with a huge bathroom, which included the normal amenities, plus Q-tips, cotton balls, a lighted magnifying mirror, bathrobes, etc. And, because we're AAA members, we got free parking. The second time we stayed, we had a special $119/night rate, but our room and bath were much smaller. They still had all the amenities. When we asked about free parking for AAA membership, the front desk manager looked down his nose at us and haughtily said "not at that room rate." Hmph. But aside from that bit of snootiness, the hotel has been great. The rooms are a li...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Hotel Vintage Plaza
422 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 228-1212

Heathman Hotel Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Lunch at the Heathman Hotel restaurant was a calm respite from a morning of hiking around downtown Portland and shopping at Powell's, Nordstrom's, and the other downtown stores. Other diners were mostly young businesspeople in suits and a few ladies-who-lunch, but I did not feel out of place in my khaki pants. The dining room is elegant, decorated in art-deco style, and the tables are set with white tablecloths and napkins. The chef has a background of working at world-class restaurants. I was seated by one of the big windows, and I watched the people going by outside during lunch. My waitress was friendly, but not familiar. She kept my iced tea glass refilled without my asking, which, to m...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Heathman Hotel Restaurant
1001 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 241-4100

Wildwood Restaurant & Bar

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Restaurant | "Wildwood"

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Wildwood usually is at the top the list of Portland restaurants. The chef is known for making use of fresh regional foods. He has even written a cookbook, "Wildwood: Cooking from the Source in the Pacific Northwest." We started our meal with a signature dish: skilled roasted Washington mussels. They were cooked in garlic, tomato, and saffron, and were served with grilled bread. The fresh tomatoes must not have been very good at the market because sun-dried tomatoes were substituted, and they were too chewy. My grilled bread was burned (and never should have been allowed to leave the kitchen) and the mussels were strong-tasting, a day beyond when they should have been served. As a main dish...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Wildwood Restaurant & Bar
1221 NW 21st Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 248-9663

Couvron Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Couvron"

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This tiny restaurant seats only 32 diners, so reservations are a must. There is a fixed-price 7-course menu, with no choices except two choices for a main course. (The chef will try to accomodate allergies or strong food preferences.) We ate here a year ago, and it was a delightfully memorable meal, so, on a recent trip, we returned. We were the first diners to arrive, joined shortly by another couple. Dinner started out on a delicious note with house-cured salmon served with a dab of creme fraiche topped with a bit of caviar. This was followed by a delicious asparagus soup, like eating fresh asparagus. A peeky-toe crab salad was layered in a timbale with avocado and snap peas and was topp...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Couvron Restaurant
1126 SW 18th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 225-1844

Café des Amis

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Restaurant

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Located in what was once a house, Café des Amis combines a casual bistro atmosphere with elegance. It does not seem to draw a young lively crowd, and would be a good place for a quiet, romantic (but not pretentious) dinner. The decor is simple, but the tables are set with white cloths and good tableware, lending a formal touch. The menu is small, and doesn't change much, but that just means that the chef can concentrate on doing a few things really, really well. I started with beet salad, once of their signature starters. I was very tempted by another signature dish, salmon in the style of Troigros (a famous Michelin 3-star restaurant in France), which is salmon with a sorrel cream sauce. So...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 1, 2002

Café des Amis
1987 NW Kearny Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 295-6487

Kincaids

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Restaurant | "Portland Steak & Chophouse"

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It was my mother-in-law's 85th birthday, there were 20 of us, ranging in age from 10 to 89, and we ordered off the menu (rather than having a "banquet-type" set up where we had 2 or 3 choices) and it was a Saturday night. These conditions would be enough to try any restaurant, but the Steak and Chop House came through with flying colors. They provided enough wait-staff to see that our needs were filled. Miraculously, they were able to serve everyone in a timely fashion, and everyone's meat was cooked as ordered. Even the vegetarian found something good to eat. Everyone was happy. All dinners are served with a choice of green salad or tomato and onion salad, choice of potato (baked garlic ma...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 1, 2002

Kincaids
121 Sw 3rd Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97204
(503) 223-6200

To the MAX Photo, Portland, Oregon
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The Tri-Met system is an efficient and simple way to travel around Portland without ever needing a car. We got off the plane, walked out of the airport and out to the Max light rail terminal. There we met with the only glitch in the system. We were staying 3 days, and wanted to buy a 3-day pass. There are vending machines right in the station, but they do not sell passes, only 1-trip tickets and Quik-Tik 6-hour tickets. To buy a pass, you have to go downtown. So you have to buy a ticket in order to buy a pass that would have been good from the airport, if only it had been available at the airport. In addition, the machine does not take dollar bills, only dollar coins. However, a very helpful ...Read More