A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"


Eating in Portland

August 26th, 2010

Portland, Oregon has captured quite a bit of attention on the food scene; and during my recent short stay I could certainly see why. I ate several dishes that were spectacular, and the restaurants had a real energy about them.

One night I ate at Le Pigeon (website). It was a small cozy place with communal tables and  an open kitchen. The menu was well edited and creatively reflected the best local ingredients. I started with Pork Belly; two luscious lardons of pork cooked to perfection…so good for the soul, but so bad for the heart. For the main course I had a Beef Cheek Bourguignon that would have made Julia Child smile. I loved the vibe of this restaurant; it reminded me of Provence.

Irving Street Kitchen (website) is another restaurant I was really impressed with. Irving Street is a large open place with a vibrant bar scene and a lot of energy.irving-street

The restaurant is in the Pearl District, a revitalized section that feels like Tribeca in NYC. There were 6 of us for dinner and everybody raved about their food. As a starter, I had Angels on Horseback (oysters wrapped in bacon) that were rich and succulent. I sure had a lot of pork fat in Portland. For my entree I tried the Duck; it was a combination of grilled duck sausage and a duck leg confit. It was was served over basmati rice and the flavors were fabulous. For dessert we split a huge Butterscotch Pudding that was served in a mason jar. Wow, so rich and creamy…pure heaven.

I know I just scratched the surface on the Portland food scene, but I have certainly got off to a good start. If you are heading to the northwest, make Portland part of your itinerary because there’s some great food just waiting to be eaten.

5 Responses to “Eating in Portland”

  1. Nick T. says:

    We always enjoy Toro Bravo as well when visiting my old hometown.

  2. Ralph Spielman says:

    Great town, Great food, Great people, Great bookstores…what more can you want?

  3. Alison says:

    You ate at our favorite restaurant — Le Pigeon — sat at the counter and watched them cook my beef cheeks. Yum! Love Portland. All that good food — and Powell’s Booksstore, too! Now if they only had sunshine more often!

  4. Glen says:

    Pearl Street…home, I assume of the great rock group, Pearl Jam from Portland. Yes Ed, you’ve done it again. Great food, great tips and well written piece. Bravo, maestro.

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