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…

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…

French Vietnamese at Jade: Portland, Oregon

French Vietnamese specialties can be found in the well-maintained Sellwood neighborhood of Southeast Portland, Oregon. It is the home of Jade Bistro and Patisserie, located among the quaint and colorful streets with numerous antique stores, Victorian homes, cottages, and Craftsman bungalows. The mother-daughter team of Lucy and April run the casual dining restaurant with dedication…

Tapas at La Rambla Restaurant & Bar, McMinnville, Oregon

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become a popular destination for wine touring. The valley produces some of the finest wines in the country, with a special emphasis on award-winning Pinot Noirs. And where there is good wine, you’re going to get really fine food. McMinnville, Oregon makes a wonderful base for wine touring in the valley….

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…

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…

Eclectic Beer and Gastropub Food at ABV Pub, Hillsboro, Oregon

Drinking great beer, especially craft and small-house brews, is a thing in . A big thing. However, it’s not always easy to find the range of choices you might want, even in the greater Portland area. But when you head to ABV Pub in Hillsboro, Oregon, your problem is solved. Hillsboro is in the heart…

Jakes Famous Crawfish in Portland, Oregon

It’s 1892, and , is booming. Some 90 trains a day bring people pouring into the city from across the country. The economy is roaring with good jobs in the lumber mills and furniture factories, flour mills and the ships being loaded and unloaded on the busy waterfront. Electric streetcars ferry folks from the downtown…

Pok Pok Portland

Pok Pok is the creation of chef/owner, Andy Ricker who fell in love with Thai food and culture during his first visit to the country in 1987. Since then Andy has returned to Southeast Asia every year in order to eat, cook, learn and experience all he can about the local cuisine and bring some…

Headwaters at the Heathman, Portland, Oregon

True to its watery name, Headwaters at the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon, is mostly about seafood. Fresh seafood. Raw seafood. Smoked, kippered and cured, dressed up or pared down. Finned and un-finned, the fish, scallops, crab, oysters, caviar, and more at Headwaters can make your tongue want to take you for a swim in…