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the food is in the city

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.
Buon girno!

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.
Originally posted by grunhauser:

Andino is next and then Olio...

Ok, so it's not Andino, but Andina, and it's not Olio, but Olea. Roll Eyes 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 Eek... 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.

In short, Olea is a must!
Quick look/partial menu at Olea.

"Snacks/primi $2-6.00
Marcona almonds
Crispy frico & ceci, parmesan powder
Trio of olive oils

Vegetables $4-12.00
Bibb lettuce, Roquefort dressing, roquefort croutons
Roasted beets, goat cheese, kumquats, toasted fennel
Assorted French radishes. lemon jelly. French butter
Asparagus and brie soup, croutons, poached egg
Grilled dates, parma ham, vanilla-black pepper oil

Flat breads and crespelle $2-10.00
Chickpea flat breat
Potato focaccia, telaggio cheese, white truffle oil’
Pizza of the day

Charcuterie, salumi & cheese $4-16.00
Salumi and sausage
Affettati misti, assordted salumi, Arugula, cantaloupe
House pate, cornichon, grain mustard deviled eggs

Pasta and Polenta $8-16.00
Brown butter orecchiette, espresso ox tail ragu, rapini
Mascarpone shallot tortellini, smoked capon, endive, onion consommé
Sweet corn risotto, roasted red shrimp, pearl onions, basil just natural
Spaghetti caprese, bocconcini, heirloom tomatoes, basil

Shellfish & fin fish $6-18.00
Spit roasted octopus salad, marinated borlotti beans, citrus vinaigrette
Steamed cockles, harissa, basil, garlic, olives
Crispy cod brandade, basil mayo, tomato jelly, haricot verts
Pan seared skate wing, potato tapenade, nicoise broth
Fricasee of stuffed mussels
Monkfish brasato, English peas, mushrooms, red wine
Fluke carpaccio, celery root, lemon mayonnaise, warm truffle oil

Meat and poultry $14-22.00
Roasted half chicken, Panzanella, balsamic vinegar
Spit roasted duck breast, grilled French melons, white truffle honey, pistachios
Steak frites, hanger steak, French fries, shallot butter
Braised bacon, green apples, lentils de puy
Confit of pork rib roast, garlic puree, sour kraut, garlic sausage
Beef short rib bourguignon, roasted potatoes, pearl onions."

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