Italian Tradition at Enzo’s in Portland, Oregon

You will undoubtedly feel like a guest in an Italian family home at Enzo’s Caffe Italiano, whether you are dining outdoors in their intimate patio or inside the cozy dining room. Location: 25259 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon Traditional Italian fare in the style of the Puglia region is food served from Enzo’s heart. He uses time-honored…

Chicken and Dumplings at Tad’s in Troutdale, Oregon

Chicken and dumplings with fluffy pillows of giant dumplings crown a tureen of tender, savory poultry. If you want a meal like Grandma made in the 1940s, Tad’s Chicken ‘n Dumplins is an ideal stop on your trip to the Columbia River Gorge. Location: 1325 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, Oregon. Tad’s is 20 miles east…

Departure Restaurant, at The Nines, Portland, Oregon

If you, like me, are a fan of TV cooking shows, especially Top Chef, then you really need to put the pan-Asian fusion restaurant Departure, in downtown Portland, Oregon, on your must-eat-at list. It’s helmed by Chef Gregory Gourdet, who was a Season 12 finalist. If you’re not a fan of the show, you still…

Gracie’s Sea Hag Restaurant – Depoe Bay, Oregon

A trip along the Oregon Coast is not complete without a stop at Depoe Bay and eating at Gracie’s Sea Hag restaurant right on the Pacific coast.  Gracie’s serves seafood fresh from the ocean and other tasty treats. Depoe Bay is famous for having the world’s smallest navigable harbor and for whale-watching. Whales can often…

Homestyle Cooking at LARKS in Ashland, Oregon

In As You Like It, Shakespeare writes, “I almost die for food, and let me have it!” He would like the LARKS Home Kitchen Cuisine. It is THE place to eat in Ashland, Oregon before catching a performance at the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Or, really, just about anytime. The succulent and unexpected combinations are sure…

The WildWood Café, McMinnville, Oregon

You know a café is good when the locals are willing to line up at the door and wait for a table. When it’s breakfast time in McMinnville, Oregon, the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, the place they wait is The WildWood Café. And it’s been that way for the last twenty-plus years. Location:…

Review: SaWa Sushi & Sake in Forest Grove, Oregon

Calling all sushi lovers! A new restaurant in downtown Forest Grove, Oregon, has taken the local scene by storm! SaWa Sushi & Sake shines with artistically crafted dishes and traditional Japanese settings. Location: SaWa Sushi & Sake is located at 2036 Main Street, Suite B, Forest Grove, Oregon. Menu: SaWa features a traditional teishoku menu:…

Peace, Tea and Lunch at Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland OR

The phrase “an oasis of peace” has become a sad cliché. But there’s no better way to describe the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a walled-in island of serenity in the heart of Portland, Oregon’s Old Town. You enter, and the busyness and noise of the city streets disappear into quiet, into green, into paths and…

The Blue Goat – Inspired Cuisine in Small-Town Oregon

If you don’t expect to find great gourmet, farm-to-table food in a tiny town of fewer than 2000 people, you haven’t been to Amity, Oregon. Or to The Blue Goat. Because what you get here is inspired Northwest cuisine in a casual, comfortable setting. And really, when a place is created by an artists and…

Ataula: Modern Spanish Tapas in Portland, Oregon

If forced to use one word to describe Ataula, it would have to be “happy.” An unusual choice for a restaurant? Maybe. But there is a joy in this place that’s tough to describe. And it starts with the chef. Born in , chef Jose Chesa’s resume spans the globe. He’s cooked in some of…