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Portland City Guide

Portland Restaurants Guide

Dining al fresco is certainly a treat -- and even more so in Portland, where the sea air is refreshing.

Northwest Cuisine is the phrase you'll see on many Portland menus. What it translates into is fresh, locally available ingredients from dependable, small suppliers, including mushroom foragers, goat cheese makers, anglers, ranchers, and farmers. In fact, most top chefs know their suppliers personally.

In Portland, making food is an intimate affair. Restaurant customers share in it when they order dishes featuring fresh-caught seafood, farm-raised livestock, and just-picked produce. It's impossible to pinpoint one great location for restaurants because they are in every part of town.

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Mobil Three-Star Higgins (1239 SW Broadway, 503-222-1244) and Mobil Three-Star Paley's Place (1204 NW 21st Ave) hold their own as esteemed purveyors of Northwest Cuisine. At Higgins, try the house-made charcuterie plate with Higgins pickles as a starter for seasonal seafood or meat. Matzo-crusted halibut is one of many delicious entrees at Paley's Place, which also features an excellent cocktail bar.

Returning to the pantheon of top chefs is the former chef/owner Cathy Whims of the highly esteemed Mobil Three-Star Genoa (2832 SE Belmont St). Now she's making pizza and Tuscan specialties while garnering accolades at her new place, Nostrana (1401 SE Morrison St), where she turns out authentic Neopolitan pizza and other rustic Italian specialties.

Another noted personage on the Portland restaurant scene is Bruce Carey, who is credited with starting the food renaissance here with his first restaurant, Zefiro (2203 NE Alberta St). Now Carey is operating three restaurants, all of them favorites among appreciative diners. You won't go wrong ordering the ravioli stuffed with braised veal at Bluehour (250 NW 13th Ave), Shanghai kung pao chicken covered with a hot chili-garlic sauce at Mobil Two-Star Saucebox (214 SW Broadway), or the veal scaloppini at Balvo (529 NW 23rd Ave).

At Bluehour (250 NW13th Ave), Mediterranean cuisine is the specialty of this sophisticated restaurant. After a dinner of New York steak with wild mushroom hash, try the outstanding selection of artisan cheeses.

Saucebox Cafe and Bar (214 SW Broadway) serves Pan-Asian and Pacific Island cuisine, such as Roasted Javanese Salmon. They're also noted for their cocktails and nighttime scene, when DJs perform until the wee hours. At Balvo (529 NW 23rd Ave), a modern trattoria inspired by the Chef Kenny Giambalvo's family recipes, try Rigatoni alla Nonna, with Nanna Giambalvo's Sunday meat sauce.

No matter where you dine, it's customary to tip servers 15 to 20 percent of the bill, unless a gratuity has been included.

Portland is a city filled with so much to do and see that you may need help combing through all the options. See the next page from some suggested itineraries.

No matter where you dine, it's customary to tip servers 15 to 20 percent of the bill, unless a gratuity has been included.

Portland is a city filled with so much to do and see that you may need help combing through all the options. See the next page from some suggested itineraries.

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