From the Washington Post on Portland and this website:
Portland, Ore.: A town where you can eat and drink … and walk it all off
Where to eat: You’ve got some tough choices to make, but here are some suggestions to get you started.
— According to a readers’ survey at Portland Food and Drink.com (“Throwing ourselves on the grenade of bad food to save you”), two excellent choices are Laurelhurst Market (3155 E. Burnside St., 503-206-3097, ), a butcher-shop-cum-steakhouse, and Metrovino (1139 NW 11th Ave., 503-517-7778, featuring “refined yet rustic” fare.
— Two intimate, romantic spots recommended by TravelPortland’s Hibdon: Castagna, whose Spanish-trained chef, Matt Lightner, was recently named a Best New Chef of 2010 by Food & Wine magazine (1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-231-7373, and DOC, specializing in Northern Italian cuisine (5519 NE 30th Ave., 503-946-8592 .
From Atlantic Monthly:
Portland, From Artisan Meats to Pinot Noir
We breakfasted the next morning at Kenny & Zukes (pastrami bacon, terrific bagels), perused the almost endless cookbook shelves at Powell’s Books (too many—reminded me not to write another cookbook), went to for a delicious Indian lunch at East India Co, stopped in at the IACP information fair—do I want the home model of the Sous Vide Supreme? Maybe. We chatted with authors at the book signing, strolled back to the hotel, went to a party at Clyde Common hosted by Chronicle Books, and met friends for dinner at Laurelhurst Market, a meat market-restaurant. Meat and artisanal salumi are certainly back with a vengeance.
After a quick morning stroll at the enormous and wonderful farmers’ market and a taste of nettle custard and fiddlehead stir-fry from Catherine Yoemans’s vegetable demo at the Springwater farm stand, I took off for Eugene, Oregon, to teach a class at Cooks, Pots & Tabletops. Back to Portland, in time for brunch at Beast, where the food was not for my palate—sugar in every course, and the wine list was strange: wines listed by cultivar, with prices but without producer’s name or vintage. Dinner, with Wendy Lane and fellow wine geek Lisa Hall at Paley’s Place, was lovely, all seasonal and local.