Fresh vegetables and spicy curries define the majority of dishes offered at Thai Peacock, which is popular with businesspeople and bike messengers. It sits between downtown and the artsy Pearl District. The twangs of Thai music will soothe the nerves as gold-plated Buddhas shine and smile at you from each corner of the room. Panang curry is one of the better items on the menu. For the not-so-spicy alternative, Phad Thai is a tantalizing noodle dish that will please the palate.
503 Southwest Alder Street Fifth Avenue Suites Hotel Portland, OR 97204
This eatery inside the Fifth Avenue Suites Hotel spans an entire block and attracts a primarily Generation X clientele, although all walks of life frequent it. Good, family-style American food is the theme here. Chef Kyle Rourke prepares salmon, duck, crab, pork and oysters with imagination. The menu includes many meat dishes that have been grilled, fired in the oven, smoked or roasted on the spit, but even the vegetarian is well accommodated. Sample the Oak-Roasted Vegetables with Caramelized Garlic and Sweet Potato Hash. A full bar with specialty whiskey cocktails is offered. To find out more, visit the website.
621 Southwest Washington Street Hotel Vintage Plaza Portland, OR 97205
Filled with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked breads, this cafe is a metropolitan morning must. The restaurant is warm and inviting-it makes for a relaxing place to enjoy your daily brew while you sit back and watch the city roll by. Tastefully rustic, this bakery is decorated similarly to its sister restaurant, Pazzo Ristorante, located next door. The wood and marble theme is carried throughout, creating a comfortable yet polished atmosphere. Grilled Panini with eggplant, peppers, garlic-lemon dressing and goat cheese on focaccia makes for a unique taste.
627 Southwest Washington Vintage Plaza Portland, OR 97205
The street level of the Hotel Vintage Plaza is just as upbeat as the city outside. The restaurant here adds many special touches to your dining experience, from the marble floor and wood-burning grill in the dining room to the romantic wine cellar downstairs. The restaurant bar, decorated with garlic wreaths, also serves the full menu. Private dining is also available for groups of up to 100. Wholesome pasta specials of ravioli and gnocchi satiates tastebuds and decadent desserts of panna cotta and tiramisu finish well each meal. A wonderful place for a quiet, special meal.
1001 Southwest Broadway The Heathman Hotel Portland, OR 97205
Portland would not be the same without the Heathman Hotel, a downtown landmark. The hotel's restaurant and bar are equally important to Portland's culture. The lounge paintings once owned by Vanderbilt, author-autographed books in the library and Andy Warhol Endangered Species prints boost the decor from upper crust to extraordinary. The dishes weave wonderful local flavors into delightful French creations. Salads are a lunch favorite. Try the Asparagus and Bay shrimp salad, served with lemon aioli. Enjoy live jazz in the evenings Wednesday through Saturday.
1035 Southwest Stark Street Between Southwest 10th and 11th Portland, OR 97205
Housed inside one of the oldest structures in Portland which was home to the Zack's Oyster House in the late 19th Century, Fish Grotto is a perfect place to savor fresh seafood. Featuring table settings with pale linens and intimate booths, it is a short walk from Downtown Portland/City Center hot spots. The fare is perfect for the Northwest purist, with dishes such as a steaming plate of linguini and mussels, or braised Alaskan halibut in olive oil and wine served with garlic-mashed potatoes. The menu changes seasonally. The wine list offers elegant choices, and the staff is charming and attentive. Walk in here with your date for an intimate candle-light dinner decorated with freshly cooked seafood delicacies and an exquisite selection of wine. Check out the website for more information.
Dimly lit, with aquariums and red tablecloths, this downtown restaurant is like the one that Mom treated you to for special family dinners. For two decades, the restaurant has served traditional Chinese dishes with an American flavor. The entrance, which can be elusive, is actually up some stairs on Southwest Park Avenue. Enjoy a cocktail from the full bar before your meal arrives. Try the T'ung T'ing Shrimp; large, shelled prawns sauteed in wine sauce with broccoli, water chestnuts and mushrooms.
This refined and reputable culinary institute is also a fabulous restaurant offering affordable feasts befitting royalty. The downtown restaurant features track lighting, well-placed prints and comfortable seating. Homemade breakfasts start at really low prices. Come back later for gourmet appetizers such as the Sun-dried Tomato and Kalamata Tapenades. Order the Fettuccine with Walnut Garlic Sauce, followed by the scrumptious Oregon Marionberry Mousse. The menu changes from day to day, but the price is always fair. Check the web site for information regarding classes.
This comfy Hilton Bistro 921 is cleverly named after its address. The casual atmosphere provides an upscale feel with elegant wood and lighting. It is the perfect place to unwind. Catering to business travelers and families, children are always welcome. Meet friends after work to catch the game in the lounge area. A selection of Portland micro brews is available and you can enjoy daily happy hour from 4:30p-6p. The tasty American food, including such basics as burgers and pasta, is served in large portions. The steaks are juicy and cooked to perfection.
Located on a busy downtown corner, Mayas Tacqueria eatery offers a good view of the bustling city any time of day. The fresh Mexican food is served cafeteria-style. Tacos and burritos come with fresh and tasty veggie or meat fillings. People of all ages pack in here at mealtimes to savor the delectable dishes like Chicken Tortilla Soup, Fish Tacos and Brazilian Beef Burrito; making it hard to find a seat. Try the two-seat bar; it is a good place to meet someone if you are alone.
Schnitzel reigns supreme in this original German restaurant, but rotisserie
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A part of the reputed Hilton chain, Hilton Portland &
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Enjoy dining, drinking and movie watching all in one 700
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