I am glad it worked out. I was just joking around though. If there is one thing I cannot stand it is a post for info that goes unanswered. You know if it was Portland, ME I would have been all over it... right?
andina for lunch(south american and i think best food in city) for nw style - wildwood, clarklewis, fife(my pick) french food and deepest cellar-heathman for brunch - veritable quandry best eggs benedict - milo's on broadway best eclectic wine list - navarre(between the food and wine, my favorite place in town)
portland = fresh local food cooked with passion & unstiff service.
I'm in Portland. Thanks for dinning tips guys. Honestly, I'm a little bit too freaked out about how good the food tastes here. We ate at Heathman last night and oh, my gawd!, what a menu. Berries, chanterelles, local pork, venison, greens. Highly recommended!! I won't bore you with minute details but this is a superb restaurant. Cool wine list too, with lots to choose from. We had a local Pinot - '03 Patricia Green Quail Hill. Tremendous wine: spicy green peppercorns, mentol, orange marmalade and figs' preserve. The depth and multifaceted personality can rival that of a top Grand Cru.
Andino is next and then Olio, a new rest opened by an Italian couple from Chicago 2 months ago. Will report back.
Have a great time in Portland, grunhauser. It's my hometown, so say hello for me!
Wildwood used to be my favorite restaurant in Portland, but the last time I was there(Dec. '03), it seemed a little tired. Try Paley's Place in the same area (NW). It's more of a French joint, with a pretty good wine list. Enjoy!
BTW, grun, on the topic of another thread, after rethinking the matter, I tend to agree with you.
Ok, so it's not Andino, but Andina, and it's not Olio, but Olea. In any case, we ate at both of these places and Olea was an absolute best dining discovery in a long, long time for me. While Andina turned out to be simple, loud and painted in rude colors and offering an equally unsophisticated array of obnoxious primary flavors, Olea was a complete opposite of that - cool, tasteful and ... did I say cool? Oh, yeah, it's inexpensive too and corkage is only $10 (seems like the norm around those parts). The wine list will please many self-respecting wine aficionados with its eclectic tangent, but it might be a bit challenging for "regular" people. Their menu seems a bit clumsy at first, but once you see the matrix and realize what the team had in mind putting it together, you are destined for a culinary experience of truly grand proportions. Yes, the food is simply perfect. It's rich in flavor yet light and delectable. From appetizers to main courses to deserts, everything we ordered was absolutely perfectly prepared, and served and presented with proper attitude and just the right amount of friendliness. The staff is young, cool and good looking; the space is open, bright and modern. The food is so freaking excellent and the prices are ridiculously moderate ... It is an absolute gem!!!! From what I've seen and tasted, and from talking to owners, Chef and Somme, I can tell you with all the certainty - this could be one of the top restaurants in the country right now….and I'm sad to add, we have nothing of this sort in the Bay Area.
Paley's is still very good, but Sel Gris is excellent. Toro Bravo is fantastic for the price, if you can get a table. We are trying newly opened Lucier next weekend. It is suppose to be comparable in quality and wine list to The Herb Farm. We shall see...
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