Other Portland Eats from 2014 Trip

25 Jul

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So to conclude this short run of posts from my 2014 trip to Portland and the Willamette Valley, this is a quick roundup of other notable eats. We tried to get into Ox, the hottest restaurant in PDX these days. We got to the Argentinian meat palace about 15 minutes after it opened for dinner. They told us it would be a 3.5 hour wait for our party of 4. So that review is going to have to wait a few years.

We had brunch on Monday at Tasty n Sons. Brunch is a full-contact sport in Portland, so either make reservations or go early if you’re going on a weekend. Tasty n Sons is a pretty typical Portland place — pork-centric, slightly international inflected, hipster-full. Food is good with some interesting dishes.

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Here’s the fried chicken biscuit sandwich, with a fried egg and a slice of cheddar.

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We also went to Little Bird, the more casual of Gabriel Rucker’s award-winning restaurants. It’s a pretty straight-forward French bistro with classic French dishes.

I got the cassoulet, because I always order it when I see it on a menu. Unfortunately, this was just not right. It was unnecessarily gigantic — strike one. It was also strangely watery, like it hadn’t stewed long enough — strike two. The flavors also didn’t really mix well.

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But the meal was rescued by this incredible gnocchi dish. It was served with sauces of mushrooms and fresh peas, and topped with greens and some salty cheese. It was absolutely delicious, one of the highlights of the trip.

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We had a quick breakfast at Ristretto Roasters. It shows how deep the bench is of quality third wave coffee in Portland. In LA, this would be a celebrated coffee shop, with solid pastries and good house-roasted coffee. In PDX, it’s just another coffee place.

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We also ate at the Woodsman’s Tavern, but I was too tired to take pictures or notes and now I’ve forgotten what we ate. It’s an almost comically hipster restaurant, so you can go for the experience of ironically going to the ironic restaurant.

Little Bird
219 Sw 6th Ave
Portland, OR, 97204
(503) 688-5952

Tasty n Sons
3808 N. Williams, Ste C
Portland, OR
503.621.1400

The Woodsman Tavern
4537 SE Division Street,
Portland Ore.
971-373-8264

Ristretto Roasters
3 locations in Portland

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