It is always sad to see a restaurant close, but some we miss more than others. A case in point, I’m still getting votes for Beaker and Flask. Here are the restaurants PortlandFoodandDrink readers miss the most:
1. Alder Pastry and Dessert
3. Ten 01
5. 50 Plates
My top 3 choices are the same ones listed here.
Alder was a real loss. While their desserts were really good, I actually thought their gelato was the real star. Their peanut gelato was life changing.
We still think about Ten-01 and the consistent quality and outstanding service they offered. What a loss. And, there is still no seafood centric restaurant in PDX that is able to step up to the level that Fin was at. PDX is rich with wonderful choices for places to eat, but both of these restaurants left a real hole.
Definitely agree with the top 3…
Wow, couldn’t agree more; the only one on this list that I don’t already miss is 50 Plates (and that would be tough since I never went there). And I definitely agree about Alder’s gelato!
I really miss Fin. I always felt it was so far ahead of what Portland wanted that it would have to struggle for a long time before it became a fixture on the restaurant landscape. I keep hearing that Riffle NW is trying to be the premier seafood restaurant in town, and I have not been there yet, but I think their concept is still quite different from what I found at Fin.
As a former cook at Belly, it definitely warms my heart to be well remembered.
Belly is sorely missed in our household. I’m hoping Ox can stand in, but I doubt it.
try the new incarnation (carpaccio). I’ve been there 3 times for happy hour (every day until 8pm) and it’s excellent. (The burratta is phenomenal although it isn’t on the happy hour menu)