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Inspired Laurels

Lauro's rich flavors, borrowed from a variety of Mediterranean influences, set apart this new eastside jewel.

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When Simon and Garfunkel composed their ode to herbs, bay leaves were shut out by rosemary, thyme, parsley and sage. David Machado, who earned his laurels at several top Portland restaurants, ha ...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2003 Roger J. Porter


Park Kitchen tarts up the traditional with casual, artful flavors.

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Think of a balmy azure evening in the North Park Blocks, bocce ball in full swing on the grassy esplanade across from the restaurant, with aficionados commenting from benches. Think of sitting at ...   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2003 Roger J. Porter


Om Seafood's simply steamed fish--prepared Hong Kong style--offers flavor lessons.

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We've all been to scores of Chinese restaurants that look just like Om Seafood. Gaudy gold dragons competing for attention with the Buddhas that preside throughout the huge dining area. Lights bri ...   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2003 Roger J. Porter

Rivers' Edge

A restaurant tries to hit the water after being dry-docked.

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T.S. Eliot said, "The river is a strong brown god." He clearly never visited the banks of the Willamette, where the river is bluish-white these days. I don't know if the river's a god or not, but I do ...   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2003 Roger J. Porter

Destination: Piedmont

Newcomer Alba takes on the famed gustatory region in Italy.

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Come fall, the white-truffle economy in the Italian region of Piedmont booms. You can get your truffles everywhere-- from the infamous and furtive black markets of Asti to the respectable sales ro ...   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2003 Roger J. Porter

Fit to be Fried

Corbett Fish House sets your meal swimming in its intended waters--oil.

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When you hear the words "fish and chips," most likely a pub in London comes to mind, or maybe a north-country alehouse nestled in the Yorkshire Dales. But America's Midwest also thrives on fried f ...   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2003 Roger J. Porter


Sungari Pearl is the latest restaurant to open an outpost in Portland's trendiest neighborhood.

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The latest culinary immigrant to set up another shop in the Pearl district is Sungari. The new location has already eclipsed its downtown avatar, thanks to a corner spot with immense, light-seekin ...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2003 Roger J. Porter

City Limits

Tucci drops its lure in Lake Oswego

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For a city that has one of the highest per-capita incomes in America, Lake Oswego has never been a particularly interesting restaurant town. It's not clear why, except, perhaps, that the locals ar ...   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2003 Roger J. Porter

Dine of the Times

J&M Cafe's dinner service speaks to the modern diner.

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Portland is a collection of neighborhoods, each of which makes a distinctive statement and contribution to the civic whole. Every Portland neighborhood needs a destination like the J&M Cafe, an in ...   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2003 Roger J. Porter

Comfortably Numb

Manzana serves up familiar food for the masses.

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When you serve 350 people, even on a slow night, it makes sense to stay with the basics. Manzana, the colossal new chow palace owned and run by the folks who bring you Newport Bay and Stanford's, ...   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2003 Roger J. Porter
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