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Marilou Appleby

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Great restaurants showcasing local ingredients

There will be 5 of us, all foodies, travelling to Portland, Oregon, Aug.18th - 21st.  It is a birthday celebration and we are looking for great restaurant/bars to eat and drink our way through the city.  Cycling ideas would be a huge bonus, also!  Thank you!

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  • Ned Ludd (restaurant)

    3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Portland OR 97212 (503) 288-6900

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  • Tasty N Sons (restaurant)

    3808 North Williams Avenue Portland OR 97227 (503) 621-1400

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  • Beast (restaurant)

    5425 NE 30th Ave Multnomah County OR 97211 (503) 841-6968

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  • Jeff Mills

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    Portland is a pretty fantastic town for what you are looking to eat. Here are a few that I think stand out with local ingredients. I suggest you call all these places or check online for reservations. Some take em, some dont.

    Le Pigeon - a portland requirement, Gabe Rucker is awesome. French inspired NW food. Sit at the counter if you can and enjoy. Your party is bigger, so you might want a table.

    Beast - Portland staple. Naomi Pomeroy kills it. Meat forward, local, very thoughtful - this is a pre fixe menu. Have a drink at Expatriate (Collaboration between Naomi and her husband), they make the best cocktails in town

    Le Pigeon

    Davenport - Kevin Gibson does simple, thoughtful, well-prepared dishes which showcase local ingredients

    Ned Ludd - Meat forward, but he does use a lot of local ingredients. The terrines are amazing.

    Aviary - Asian fusion, great drinks. Food is very nice and there are a few things on there which are unique - the pig's ears are great

    Bamboo Sushi - Sustainable sushi and is arguably one of the best in portland - great decor, amazing sushi

    Castagna Restaurant - Local, modernist focused. Great place and highly recommended.

    For a pretty comprehensive list of good places to eat check out:

    http://pdx.eater.com/archives/2014/07/01/the-essential-38-portland-restaurants-july-2014.php


    If you give me more direction of what you are looking for, happy to put together a more curated list of places based on your tastes/mood.

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      Marilou A.

      Amazing!! Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you, Jeff. · (2 likelikes)

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L.

      Oh, I love this list! I've only been to Le Pigeon and was unable to get reservations for Beast the last time I was in PDX. I'll save this for next time I'm in town :) · (0 likelikes)

    • Ellen S.

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      ISK or Irving Street Kitchen should also be on your list. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Rick Rezinas

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    Jeff's answer is great. I also like grain & Gristle and Old Salt Marketplace, both loosely related to Ned Ludd. Interurban is one of my favorite places as well for some great adult beverages and thoughful grub.

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      Marilou A.

      Thanks, Rick - these sound like great additions. Good thing we plan to cross the border at 6am Monday, we have a lot of ground to cover. · (1 likelikes)

    • Debbie L.

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      I've been to Portland a few times, but never any of these. I'll have to check them out! · (0 likelikes)

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      Grain & Gristle and Old Salt Marketplace are my favorites! I still haven't made it to Ned Ludd, but I think I'm wired to love it. ;) · (1 likelikes)

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  • Eva Galanes-Rosenbaum

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    In case you didn't get an answer, or in case others refer to this later...

    It's actually pretty hard to eat badly in Portland these days, and it would be impossible to list all the amazing places that fit your specifications. Here are a couple of my favorites, off the top of my head. All are easy to bike to.

    Umm... lots of others. Hopefully other people will answer this as well! Ned Ludd has been on my list for a long, long time but I have never made it there.

    Re biking: Portland is pretty much a cycling paradise amongst American cities. If you'd like a particularly lovely ride, I recommend doing the loop that links the Eastbank Esplanade with Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park (on the west side); you needn't do the entire loop, but if you start near OMSI and go north you can cross the Steel Bridge on the ped/bike underside and continue south for quite a while before you get into a really residential area. It's great.

    Plenty of more challenging rides to be had as well (e.g., Mt Tabor, Powell Butte Nature Park––both of which will give you gorgeous views of Portland).

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      Ned Ludd -- noted! · (0 likelikes)

    • Marilou A.

      Marilou A.

      Just got back to Vancouver, prob 10 lbs heavier - but definitely happier. Thank you to all - suggestions were great!!! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Michelle C

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    Jade Bistro, Teahouse & Patisserie in the beautiful Sellwood neighborhood is one of our favorites, if you like SE Asian food. It's pretty close to the Springwater bike trail, which is a great way to see the river and head up to the center of town. Other good restaurants that are big on local ingredients include: The Farm Cafe, Tasty N Sons, Grain & Gristle, Simpatica Catering and Dining Hall, and many more. Enjoy!

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