This Division Street Italian restaurant mills their own flour on-site for their five daily pastas, has one of the longest wine lists in Portland, and has all the plants and hanging lights you could want for a dinner where you plan on staring into someone’s eyes for long periods of time. Though if you want to have a really big night and try even more of the menu, go for the family-style option, which includes a customized menu for $79 per person.
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Salt & Straw
If you have ice cream in Portland, it should definitely be from Salt & Straw. Try one of their seasonal flavors or a classic, like honey lavender.
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Lardo in downtown Portland is a great quick lunch spot and serves some of the best sandwiches in the city, along with a rotating list of local beers.
Olympia Provisions SE
Olympia Provisions cures all of their meat products in-house and is the perfect Southeast spot to split some charcuterie and cheese between meals.
Screen Door is an all-day East Burnside spot that serves huge orders of chicken and sweet potato waffles, and other Southern breakfast food you want.
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Pok Pok is the super cool Thai restaurant that your older cousin who went to college in Portland always used to talk about. However, it’s still great.
Tusk is an East Burnside Mediterranean restaurant where you’ll eat bright plates of fruits and vegetables and dip flatbread into some great hummus.
Toro Bravo is a small, Inner Northeast Spanish restaurant that serves small bites and entrées, along with a $50 tasting menu that we really like.
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