Need Oregon restaurant recommendations

May 3rd, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Good advice.....thank you.
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May 3rd, 2007, 07:34 AM
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MrRip, if you are able to visit the wineries on a weekday you will run into far fewer people, however, I always enjoy chatting with other people during wine tasting to find out where they are from and what brought them to our beautiful state.

One of my favorite wineries is Tori Morr. They serve superb Pinot Noirs. Don't visit there during the weekend because the wine servers are very stuffy. Go during the week and have Par pour for you. He is a charming and sweet gentleman and I always enjoy his stories.

As for Thai you really can't go wrong with Typhoon. There is also one in NW off 23rd and Everett, which is my favorite. The one on Broadway has some strange service, at times just downright aweful! Typhoon serves the best Pad Kee Mao (drunken noodles)around!

Thai Orchid off Burnside and Tara Thai off 23rd, both in nw Portland are also great.
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May 3rd, 2007, 08:26 AM
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If everyone in Oregon is as helpful as the posters on this site...........I am in for a great time! Thanks everyone.
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May 3rd, 2007, 08:33 AM
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eurotraveler, my favorite there is the duck and their ahi for an appetiser.. hmmm wonder where the Thai restaurants are in Buenos Aires lol

mms, being a local expert on TripAdvisor, knows her stuff when it comes to Portland but she and beachbum are reeeally experts on the wine areas...no, they aren't wine-o's lol, well, I don't think mms is..ha!
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May 3rd, 2007, 09:09 AM
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...no, they aren't wine-o's lol, well, I don't think mms is..ha!

Not so sure about me though, huh, Scarlett? ;-) Neither am I!

Not sure what part of wine country you're headed to, MrRip, but if you plan to taste over Memorial Day - a good recommendation - do bring plenty of those $$$ mms is talking about. In addition to wine tasting, most wineries will include some food and a glass in their fees. Don't be surprised at $20/person. Yikes, I know!

If you're just a casual wine drinker, you'll enjoy places like mms suggests: Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin, Domaine Serene.... All are relatively large wineries in beautiful facilites and settings, and serve very good (and comparatively high priced) wine. Since it's next door almost, throw in De Ponte; you won't be disappointed.

If you're a little more serious, you'd like some of the wineries scattered off of North Valley Road from Newberg west: Bergstrom, Brick House, Penner Ash, Patricia Green, Beaux Freres.... Excepting Penner Ash, facilites and settings aren't anything like on the other side of the hill, but the wine... ;-)
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May 3rd, 2007, 10:21 AM
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For your wine tasting adventure, check out the Carlton Winemaker's Studio in Carlton. You will be able to sample several different wines here and the building is very pretty. They also have an outdoor area if you would like to picnic or take your tastings outside.

I would also schedule a visit to Scott Paul, also in Carlton. He does a very nice Pinot Noir called "Audrey" that we loved and purchased our last visit to the wine country this past summer. Cheers and enjoy your wine tasting! ***kim***
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May 3rd, 2007, 10:40 AM
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Thanks for the latest suggestions. I probably fall into the casual wine drinker category, but I do enjoy all of the Oregon Pinot Noirs that I try on a regular basis. I will offer at least one toast to my Fodor's Oregon friends.
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May 18th, 2007, 06:37 PM
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Interesting post. We'll be in Portland late next week. Scarlett, sorry we never got to run into you, the pup, and the Yankee at the Vault.
Admit that I've been eating at Jake's for 50 years--but maybe because Ilike their (too small) but potent Irish coffees.
Which side of the river is the Farm Cafe on?
My son lives in Portland, so I am always looking to try something new.
What kind of food is Olea -- think they leave coupons at the hotels (as does McCormicks). Maybe that's why some people find these places touristy.
One of my favorits is The Veritable Quandary -- assume it is still around.
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May 18th, 2007, 08:17 PM
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Jakes in NW Portland is indeed a fun place, it has a long history in Portland.

I loved Andina (Peruvian) in NW in the Pearl District that someone else mentioned. Andina's is very popular so you need reservations way

In McMinniville there is a great hotel that has a winery and has a wonderful restaurant called Edgeville.
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May 18th, 2007, 08:30 PM
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Yes, the VQ is still around

nanabee--I think you are thinking of McMenamins...but the Edgefield property is out in Troutdale not in McMinnville. In Mac, the McMenamins there is called Hotel Oregon. Fun place though!
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May 18th, 2007, 09:21 PM
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Hopingtotravel, The Farm Cafe is right across the river on the east side at 7th on the south side of Burnside. Truly delicious!
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May 19th, 2007, 06:59 AM
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Thanks, euro. After picturing the location, I think I've seen the Farm Cafe and didn't know the name.
McMennimans has several restaurants (some located in vintage buildings) throughout western Oregon. My son once worked for them. He now works at the Tin Shed on NE Alberta. It's been written up many times. Their breakfasts are considered one of the best. They also have a garden eating area, partially covered, with outdoor fireplace, where dogs are welcome to try the doggy menu.
My husband and I first went to the VQ when it was a tiny one room bar in the '60's. When we came back to Oregon in the '70's, it was two rooms. Now look at it! The original building, I think, is the little dark portion with booths where you first walk in the door.
This isn't foor per se, but Tues-Sat night I think they have jazz in the Benson lobby.
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May 19th, 2007, 07:00 AM
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I mean food, not foor.
Sorry, hadn't had my coffee yet.
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May 19th, 2007, 07:17 AM
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Yes, there are quite a few McMenamin locations. I know there are over 50 pubs, and about 6 or 7 hotels. I really like how they take old unique places and turn them into something totally different, while retaining so much history.

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May 23rd, 2007, 06:42 PM
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"Hopingtotravel" mentioned (and I agree) The Tin Shed is a great place for breakfast and lunch.
NE Alberta Street is a real happening street with lots of great restaurants, locally owned shops, art galleries, and a small couple of blocks with authentic Mexican restaurant/grocery stores. Being from So. Calif. I find good Mexican eateries hard to come by in Portland!
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May 23rd, 2007, 07:55 PM
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Tess has her pooper scooper out. She's having a good laugh at those who are so blind but hopefully will be bright enough to see, one day.

Asian food in Portland shouldn't bee too difficult. Call the concierge desk of Amex Platinum if you have the card. They're a great help.
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May 31st, 2007, 05:24 PM
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Just back from a few days in Portland.
Enjoyed Tin Shed as usual.
My son (the cook) knows of an extremely cheap Mexican restaurant -- maybe Killingsworth--where you keep an eye on your car. Will ask him. I know there are still places far NE where you don't just park the car full of luggage and leave.
Anyone been to Cha Cha Cha in Sellwood?
Tis hard to find good Mexican in Portland.
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Jun 5th, 2007, 06:25 PM
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hopingtotravel: I'm betting on King Burrito as your son's fave cheap mexican. It's on Lombard and it's such a good little fix. I buy tacos 6 at a time and stick them in the freezer at work for snacks (after I microwave them). Lots of cumin in the beans. Delicious.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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It's been a year since I was there, but am thinking Killingsworth.
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Jun 8th, 2007, 07:52 AM
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Hi
We lived a few blocks from the Cha Cha Cha in the Pearl District, we liked them a lot.
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