Wine Shots – Olympic Provisions

Olympic Provisions

It took me a while to get into Olympic Provisions, the relatively new Charcuterie haven in the made-over Olympic Mills building.  Construction was happening while I was working in the building, but by the time they opened I had gone off to do another project.  The building itself is in an out of the way location, at … [Read more...]

Review: Andina – Restaurant of the Year 2009

Causa at Andina Portland

(minor updates 3/2013) With the myriad of restaurants opening in Portland every year, it is easy to forget some of the older ones, which often are better than the latest gastronomic trend-setters. In my opinion, Andina is one of these, a restaurant that rarely disappoints, always intrigues and provides a great … [Read more...]

Review: Tasty n Sons

Tasty n Sons Pork Cutlets

[updates 4.11 - prices, pictures, content] Owned by John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Tasty & Sons is in the old Anju/Nutshell space on north Williams. A group of us dropped to give it a try. The restaurant space has changed quite a bit. The back third of the room is now partitioned off, making it more manageable, … [Read more...]

Review: Higgins

On the way home from dinner at Nel Centro one evening, I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t had a good meal since I reviewed Tabla. At that moment, we drove past Higgins, which looked completely full. It had been at least five years since my last dinner there, but it used to be one of my favorite restaurants, so I … [Read more...]

Review: Nel Centro

Nel Centro

On a cool evening a few months ago, I sat with friends on the patio at Nel Centro. Three fire pits allowed heat to drift across our table. The flames, reflected in window after window of the hotel, were sometimes three layers deep. Sheltered from the transit mall, it was a little oasis. Vines climbed nearby walls, the … [Read more...]

Review: Bistro Maison

Bistro Maison McMinville

Over the years, two things have remained constant in my emails. The first question is something to the effect of, “I’m coming to Portland in two weeks, where should I eat?” There is almost never anything about price, cuisine, etc. Ugh. The next most common question is, “Where should I eat when I’m in the wine country?” … [Read more...]

Review: Meat Cheese Bread

Meat Cheese Bread

2008 was the year Portland sandwich shops blossomed. We went from a town with hardly any decent options to an embarrassment of riches. From what I hear, more are on the way. The secret ingredient that is setting these shops apart is the staff; they actually have a chef, and workers who are passionate about making … [Read more...]

Review: East India Company

East India Company

[updated 9.13. notes/hours] Downtown Portland is dotted with Indian restaurants and food carts. It has gotten to the point where, when making plans with friends, you have to make sure you all are talking about the same restaurant; otherwise some of your party will invariably end up at the wrong place.  That is … [Read more...]