This Division Street Italian restaurant, which is owned by the same team as Tusk, mills their own flour on-site for their five daily pastas, each of which are great and worth trying if you eat here with a group. Along with a few pastas, make sure to get some giardini and antipasti to start. If you go to Ava Gene’s on a date, which you totally should, and want to try even more of the menu, go for the family-style option instead, which includes a customized menu for $75 per person. Also, if you’re into wine, Ava Gene’s has one of the longest lists in Portland, and if you’re not, they have great cocktails too.
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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.
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Blue Star Donuts
Blue Star Donuts serves classic donut flavors, like PB and J, along with less classic flavors, like horchata glaze and raspberry rosemary buttermilk.
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.
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Le Pigeon is a small French restaurant on East Burnside that’s upscale enough for an anniversary dinner, but casual enough for a Wednesday.
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.
Tusk is an East Burnside Mediterranean restaurant where you’ll eat bright plates of fruits and vegetables and dip flatbread into some great hummus.
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