Graduation? Birthday with family? Celebrating retirement? Maybe you're just looking for an old-school place to keep your grandparents happy while they're in town? This is the list for you, filled with my picks for places you've always wanted to try but would never pony up the cash, with plenty of options for old-school diners.
A true Portland institution, Paley's is a must-try for any PDX foodie or visitor. Try the housemade charcuterie with a glass of Pinot Noir or the sweetbreads with artichoke hearts.
Thanks to a recent remodel, Wildwood is ready to woo a whole new generation of Portlanders. Chef Clark's international influences pair perfectly with his passion for preserving farm fresh ingredients.
Even if you're a meat eater, try the vegetarian tasting menu from chef David Anderson. He works magic with pasta, risotto, mushrooms, and more.
Chic PDX institution gets makeover in 2011 from Spago alum Thomas Boyce. The result? A modern menu worthy of the impeccable decor and service. Try the happy hour!
One of the only true "status symbol" restaurants in PDX. Pricy and over-the-top, but when you can afford a steak at Gaucho, you know you've arrived.
This upscale-industrial spot serves up a killer cheese plate, and its a go-to spot for business lunches. Try the farm-fresh salads or the tagliatelle with lamb ragù.
Sweet French eatery with a penchant for foie gras, pigs feet, and killer cocktails. Have barman Kyle Webster whip you up something original with your favorite spirit.