DOC

Big Spoon has been raving about DOC for sometime, so finally there was an occasion to celebrate.  I took Dumpling Man here for his birthday.  We were quite surprised by the “quaint” or “humble” design of the restaurant, which feels more like you’re eating in someone’s house.  Walking into the restaurant puts you immediately in…

Beast

Beast is a unique dining experience.  It is a restaurant composed of a staff of 5 (2 chefs, 2 servers, 1 busboy) and 2 communal tables (20-30 seats) with a large open air kitchen.  Dinner service is only offered Wednesday through Sunday with two seatings at 6:00pm and 8:45pm.  Brunch is offered only on Sundays…

Veritable Quandry

When it comes to the food in Portland, I will have to admit, I do have a case of food “beer goggles.”  I’m a little more generous on my compliments and generally hold food in a Portland to a lower standard than to food in LA.  Why that is the case? I’m not quite sure….

Tabla Pasta e Vino

Some of my dinners in Portland don’t end as well as they start off.  Dinner at Tabla was just such a meal.  Strong starters, good wine, weak finishers.  Sometimes its actually easy to forget bad appetizers if the entree and desserts are a smash hit.  Unfortunately its not so easy to forget when its the…

Davis Street Tavern

I haven’t had a bad dining experience in Portland.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Portland is a “total foodie town” but it’s fair to say it does well for itself.  It’s size and limited diversity will always be the limiting factor in its rise to greatness like the cities of LA,…

Farm Cafe

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a proud carnivore.  How can one live without meat?  The juicey tenderness of a perfectly roasted chicken?  The marbled succulence of a cut of rib eye steak?  The hearty homey taste of your mom’s pork stew?  I won’t even delve into seafood.  It’s safe to say, I…