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Steve Hunter recommended Jake's Famous Crawfish
Jake's Famous Crawfish401 Sw 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
I ate here years ago, but since it's been around over 100 years, still going strong, and I still remember how good the lunch I had there was...I feel pretty confident in recommending it. The seafood ... read more
was fresh out of the sea and delicious. The chowder was delicious and they have a great selection of local wines. Also, at least by NYC standards it was fairly inexpensive...yet still one of the best seafood meals I've had...
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Connie Pistilli recommended The Nines, Portland
The Nines, Portland525 SW Morrison, Portland, OR 97204
the Nines is a glam, chic, sexy, cool (and all other synonyms) type of hotel. I scored an excellent deal on the Nines' website during a sold out weekend for stay one night get the second for 50% off ... read more
in a city view deluxe corner room, which came out to about $400 total. Prior to arriving, their concierge sent me a welcome email and asked if I had any special requests, which I thought was a nice touch. This is great if you're celebrating a special occasion, because they do send you a nice congratulatory treat. The room was stunning, with soothing hues of Tiffany blue, taupe and cream. And the view - it was amazing! Since it was a corner room, there was a panoramic view of the Courthouse and downtown. Try not to get a room that faces inside - your view will be of the restaurant below. The bathroom was so big you could do cartwheels inside. Luxurious bath products from Gilchrist & Soamies were a big plus. And while the bedding was very comfortable, the bed was not a heavenly bed (the Nines is a Starwood property), so that was probably the only gripe I had. Departure, their penthouse Asian Fusion restaurant and open air lounge, is super chic and has amazing happy hour specials. And you'll find a bunch of people dressed to the Nines there late night. Urban Farmer, the hotel's steakhouse is great for dessert and drinks - and I hear the food is superb too. Since the hotel is located at the top of the Historic Meier & Frank Building which also houses Macy's (unfortunately a pretty sad one), it's centrally located downtown. While the MAX light rail is located right outside (free rides within a certain boundary), it was very easy to walk to most destinations. It's only a short taxi ride to the Pearl District or Nob Hill (which is where the cool boutiques are!). Easy access to shopping - hello tax free retail! Directly across the street is Pioneer Place mall, and to the left is the Nordstrom flagship store.
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Connie Pistilli recommended Beast
Beast5425 Northeast 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211, United States
Beast beats any brunch I've had in a very long time. It's not very often that I have a meal where I find myself saying "wow" after every bite of every dish, but it happened while having brunch here. ... read more
It was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had anywhere, including the Bay Area. We were lucky to get reservations for Sunday brunch. There are only two seatings on Sunday (10am & noon) and dinner happens Wed-Sat. Brunch is a $28 (yes, ONLY $28!) four course pre-fixe meal, with no substitutions. So, if you're vegan or vegetarian, this is unfortunately not the place for you. There are only two communal tables which seat about 25 people total and everyone gets served at the same time. From my seat against the wall, I had a great view of Chef Naomi and her sous chef in the open kitchen, so I was basically watching magic happen. The phenomenal meal consisted of incredibly fresh ingredients, with all the veggies just picked up from the farmer's market.
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Connie Pistilli recommended Tasty N Sons
Tasty N Sons3808 North Williams Avenue, Portland, OR
THANK GOD I don't live in Portland, because I would come here every morning and be twice as big. I don't know how the staff here stays so skinny. There was absolutely nothing on the menu that I didn't ... read more
want to devour. The food is tapas style and not your typical brunch offerings. The three of us shared two orders of their chocolate donut holes, three bacon wrapped dates, fried egg and cheddar biscuit with fried chicken, Burmese red pork stew with fried egg over rice and polenta & sausage ragu with mozzarella and fried egg. EVERYTHING was to die for. As our server said, there is nothing on the menu that she wouldn't recommend. The portions were perfect - anything more, and we would need to be rolled out of there. The libations looked amazing, but I didn't partake in any. Our bill came out to $41, which was totally reasonable. And did I mention, the space is super cool? Yeah, it's a good thing I don't live here because I would LIVE (and then probably die an early death) at Tasty.
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Connie Pistilli recommended Teardrop Lounge
Teardrop Lounge1015 Northwest Everett Street, Portland, OR
Teardrop, you're so amazing, I just wanna cry. The cocktails here are INSANE! Rickey is such a master mixologist. It's riveting just watching him make a drink. Their happy hour specials are no joke. ... read more
No weak ass drinks here, you will get at least 3 shots of alcohol in your glass and be buzzing after spending just $5. Their gin fizz is off the menu, but ask Rickey to make one for you. It is seriously the best looking (and best tasting) gin fizz you will ever have. And don't dismiss the pina colada. It is not your typical tropical blended concoction. They make their own coconut milk and it is fan-freaking-tastic. Oh, and they make their own bitters. They have around 30 or so of them. It's like a science lab behind the bar. If you're DFW (down for whatever), then ask for the bartender's choice. You won't be disappointed with anything they come up with.
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Connie Pistilli recommended Vault Martini
Vault Martini226 Northwest 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209-2950, United States
Portlanders are truly spoiled with all of your happy hour spots - and the fact that they happen daily kills me! After having some stiff cocktails around the corner at Teardrop, we decided to continue ... read more
happy houring here. Vault is a swank martini bar in the Pearl that I would imagine hanging out frequently with my gal pals or fab gay bfs. $4 drops and $5 martinis?! Hello! There was a variety of choices on their HH menu. I decided to go sweet and had a mint chocolate martini. Yum - it tasted like a Thin Mint! I also had a sip of the banana drop and French 75, which were both tasty. Their menu is a book, and contains almost every martini you can think of. There were so many delicious sounding ones. I'm just glad I don't live in Portland, because I would definitely need a liver transplant.
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Connie Pistilli recommended Departure Restaurant and Lounge
Departure Restaurant and Lounge525 Sw Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204
Come aboard this ultra luxe rooftop lounge and restaurant during the hours of 4pm and 6pm Tuesday through Saturday for some amazing $5 food and drink specials - your belly will be happy you did. The ... read more
decor is Jetsons-meets-Love Boat, like a chic cruise ship in the sky. The panoramic views are breathtaking from the 15th floor of the Nines Hotel. It makes for an incredible place to soak in some rays with a cocktail in hand on a sunny day. The food is Asian Fusion, which means you'll find modern takes on Chinese and Japanese dishes. The Departure Wings are a must order - the chicken is super tender coated in a finger lickin' sauce. And their pork belly buns are delicious - they're almost up there with Momofuku's. Bartenders are great and they make some pretty tasty cocktails. If you're staying at the Nines, come here for a night cap. And the place does pop off during the weekend. Locals come here in droves and everyone is dressed, well, to the nines.
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Connie Pistilli recommended Andina
Andina1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
Lively Peruvian restaurant serving excellent tapas and cocktails! My favorites were the Yuca Rellena, grilled diver scallops, cebiche and the oysters. The small plates are indeed small, but when you ... read more
just want a taste of a variety of dishes, it's plenty. Unfortunately, we were too stuffed to have one of the divine looking desserts, but were brought over some complimentary treats. The owner is absolutely lovely, and while our server left mid-service, we were still taken good care of. Love the location in the trendy and artsy Pearl District!
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Connie Pistilli recommended Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton700 SW 5th Ave #2065, Portland, OR
Oh yesss, a stop into this LV store is not to be missed. The best way to justify that $1300 Louie bag? NO SALES TAX. Splurge without too much buyer's remorse! The selection is good - not great. The ... read more
shop is twice as small as the SF store, but it's sufficient. Customer service was friendly and patient. I couldn't decide between the Galliera PM and the Speedy for the longest time. But after lots of input from fellow shoppers, the Galliera won. I'm so happy about my purchase - I've almost gotten enough compliments to pay for the bag ($5 for every compliment).
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