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Best Local Cuisine in Portland

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Imperial

Following the success of his critically acclaimed Paley's Place Bistro & Bar, Chef Vitaly Paley established Imperial in Downtown Portland. Located within the luxurious Hotel Lucia, Imperial is an ideal place to devour creations by Chef Paley in an extravagant setting. The food served at Imperial stays true to preparation styles followed in the Northwest Pacific region. The dishes, made in a wood fired grill are truly spectacular, the meats are rich in flavor and provide a feast for the palate. The ambiance is very chic with exposed brick walls to add a hint of rustic charm to the elegance of this place.

Portland, OR, United States
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Higgins

This downtown restaurant is known for its local cuisine; all the ingredients are harvested here in Oregon. The small, split-level setup is cozy, but it can get bit noisy. Northwest seafood, local mushrooms and other veggies make up an array of uniquely Oregon dishes. Sustainability is at the core of the restaurant's food philosophy and it firmly believes in supporting and sourcing from local growers. The lamb sausage and Totten Inlet mussels are specialties not to be missed. The pastrami sandwich is a good choice for lunch. The freshness of the ingredients and the diversity it brings to the palate is an obvious advantage of this practice. This restaurant also claims to have the largest wine and beer list in the city; don't expect a Budweiser though. An excellent choice for a local culinary experience.

Portland, OR, United States
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Nostrana

Standing a little away from Portland's bustling city center, Nostrana serves up honest regional Italian fare in a warm and welcoming setting. The restaurant's outdoor facade is fairly simple. Step in, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at what they've done with the place. Clean lines, lots of woods, ceiling mounted fans, large decorative plants and some great lighting choices give the place, a very charming feel. Choose from a limited, but well-crafted menu of regional Italian specialties made using the freshest local, seasonal ingredients. Seafood features in pretty much every course, with meat also getting good representation. Pizzas are extremely popular and offer the most variety on the menu. From options like the classic Margherita to the lesser known Vongole and Salumi, the selection offered is a good mix. The food has received stellar reviews and it ranks as one of the better Italian restaurants in the city.

Portland, OR, United States
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Paley's Place

This welcoming northwest bistro immediately charms its guests. The subtle floral decor and clean lines are casually elegant. Also, a limited number of tables assure attentive service while enjoying a meal. Begin your meal at the Paley's Place with a bottle of house wine and a fresh green salad. Upscale entrees include crispy sweetbreads, escargot, and braised duck. Insatiable types should wrap things up with rich desserts, such as Paley’s vanilla crème brûlée or caramel hazelnut tart.

Portland, OR, United States
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Meriwether's

Opening at 11a daily, Meriwether provides wholesome American meals to diners who enjoy the pleasant breeze in its patio. Pretty flowers in bright colors dot the garden and uplift the mood as one digs into preparations like Huevos rancheros, wild shrimp risotto and pork sausage pizza. The venue is casual and easy-going with an attentive wait staff who look after all the needs of the diners. The beautiful location and decor woo the diners who always return for the flavorful food. The bar offers a happy hour menu alongside regular drinks at attractive prices.

Portland, OR, United States
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Ned Ludd

Open daily for dinners, Ned Ludd represents celebrated chef Jason French's refined take on modern American cuisine. Describing its small wood-fired kitchen as an 'American Craft Kitchen', the chef dabbles with fresh local produce daily to serve delectable classic fare with flair. Though the menu changes almost every day, it does include a few staples like the Potato Gnocchi, Maple-Brined Pork Chop, and the Crispy Duck Confit that is generally available at most times a year. The bar offers an extensive selection of wines that are great to savor along with the wood-fired pizza.

Portland, OR, United States
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