Noisette

After only a short time in Portland, I feel like I’ve eaten at most of the big name restaurants, Beast, Andina, Paley’s Place, etc.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, I was worried there wasn’t going to be a restaurant special or fancy enough to truly celebrate the occasion.  Dumpling Man and I don’t like to repeat…

Little Bird

It’s always nice to already have some friends when you move to a new city.  Big Spoon and The Gunner are just a few of my fellow Portlandians.  We kicked off my first weekend in the new city at Little Bird, a relatively new French restaurant in Portland.  Ordering wine turned out to be a…

Fraiche

There’s been a lot of buzz about Fraiche and its new chef Ben Bailey.  Despite the 3 star ratings on Yelp, I had it on my list of to-try places even before Ben Bailey arrived because I really enjoyed their offering at Taste of Beverly Hills.  Plus, Wontuan gave it his seal of approval.  So with their…

Paley’s Place

My tour of Portland’s fine dining establishments continues with Paley’s Place.  It is owned by executive chef Vitaly Paley, who was awarded the 2005 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest.  It’s located in a Victorian style house in the Northwest area of Portland.  Reviews on Yelp complained about the place being small and cramped. …

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….

Melisse

I have a special treat for all my dedicated readers!  Today’s entry has been written by my foodie friend, WonTuan.   Unlike my guest writer, I’ll keep it BRIEF, and let him explain the why’s, who’s, and what’s. **************************************************************************** So I guess I should start off by declaring that I’m the first guest writer for this blog—the rightful…

Church & State

Church & State had been on my “to try” list for some time, but after the change in chef’s I heard the food was not as mind blowingly good.  In addition to that, RCM and Triple T went there and said it was just OK.  So Church & State got bumped down on the list. My…

Hatfield’s

I’m making good headway on my lists of “To-Try restaurants.” This list is mostly of higher end restaurants, which doesn’t mean I only want to eat fancy foods. It’s just that these types of places are good to keep in mind in the event of any special occasions that happen to come up. Our outting…

The Little Next Door

So I’ve been wanting to try this place for sometime, but Dumpling Man is not a fan of the frenchy stuff. So I was just waiting for the right friend to come along to suggest a nice brunch place to try. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the place until after noon at which time…