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Lucere capitalizes on glistening scenery and blinding culinary skill.

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Lucere's name is the Latin verb "to shine," though chef Pascal Sauton's impeccable Parisian credentials make its French pronunciation (lu-sehr) more than fitting. And shine it does.The mirrored wa ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2002 Roger J. Porter


Portland's baby bistro movement rolls on.

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Long before the recent economic decline in America encouraged people to eat more modestly, in Paris the "baby bistro" movement was in full sway. Great chefs like Michel Rostang and Guy Savoy opene ...   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2002 Roger J. Porter

Day After Day

The Daily Cafe's foray into dinner proves to be a welcome evolution.

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For most of its short happy life, the Daily Cafe in the Pearl District has been a lively breakfast, brunch and lunch spot; and for weeks after it began serving dinners, a sandwich board on the sid ...   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 Roger J. Porter

A View to a Grill

Portland City Grill makes you go high, but does it take you to new heights?

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If you were a patron of Atwater's, the restaurant that occupied the 30th floor of Big Pink for most of the past two decades, you'll be shocked when you turn the corner from the long corridor into ...   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2002 Roger J. Porter

Madame Butterfly: The Program

A review about a restaurant named for an opera written in the style of a musical. Got it?

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Puccini makes an unexpected appearance in Portland and visits Madame Butterfly, a new Sino-Mediterranean restaurant downtown. As a result of his intriguing meal, he decides to rewrite his opera as ...   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2002 Roger J. Porter

Silverton Ho

Sleepy Silverton is waking up with the Oregon Garden, the Frank Lloyd Wright house and the Silver Grille.

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Even destination restaurants benefit from their proximity to other seductive attractions. Tina's and the Joel Palmer House (in Dundee and Dayton, respectively) have Yamhill County vineyards and wi ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2002 Roger J. Porter

Let's Do the Time Warp Again

Nancy Lee's and the Foothill Broiler take you back to the future.

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As the joke has it, nostalgia just isn't what it used to be. But two very popular Portland institutions are doing their best to undo that saying, each with its own distinct way of evoking the past ...   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 Roger J. Porter

Bar Fly

While Lush is first a place to drink, the food has much ambition.

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Defiantly obscure, Lush presents a faceless faade to the world. It has no obvious sign, and from the noirish street its inky interior scarcely beckons. You have to know where you're going; otherwise ...   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2002 Roger J. Porter

This Old House

The Sellwood House is a cozy place to take in a neighborhood meal.

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Neighborhood restaurants come in lots of shapes. There's the bumptious tavern, the placid storefront, the intimate dining room. Portland has more than its share of converted houses, and since many ...   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2002 Roger J. Porter

Watch Your Speed

An ambitious new restaurant in Northwest executes complex dishes with finesse.

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Ronnie Vance, the chef and owner of a pleasant new restaurant just off Northwest 21st Avenue, has a penchant for invoking names from the world of entertainment. The restaurant's appellation stems ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2001 Roger J. Porter
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