Little Bird – is the child restaurant to Le Pigeon, one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Portland. In 2011, Owner Gabriel Rucker won the “James Beard Rising Star Chef Award – Age 30 or Younger” and in 2013 he won the “James Beard Award Best Chef Northwest”.
Justifiably, the restaurant has a large, passionate following. The cuisine has been called French fusion and modern French – I think the latter best describes it, though there are some dishes that are true to the classic cuisine, such as crispy sweetbreads, cassoulet, and roasted marrow.
I always begin my meal with the Charcuterie – currently chicken liver mousse, blood sausage, smoked pork tenderloin, and foie gras brûlée. The salads are generally quite good. It is hard to go wrong with the Butter Lettuce Salad. Not long ago it was paired with watermelon, this week it is with garlic-artichoke dressing, capers, and parmesan. Other hits include a lovely Salmon Carpaccio with radish, avocado, pea shoots and grapefruit, and the Onion and Gruyère turnover with squash pureé, chanterelles and sage brown butter. The various trout preparations are also a good choice; the latest version is grilled, with a smoked trout and chestnut stuffing, perfect for a cool fall evening.
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- Address: 219 SW 6th Ave., Portland 97204 Map
- Phone: (503) 688-5952
- Website: LittleBirdBistro.com
- Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 12am, Sat – Sun 5pm – 12am
- Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 2:30pm – 5pm, daily 10pm – midnight
- Reservation Policy: OpenTable
- Noise Level: Moderate – high
- Price: Moderate – expensive
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