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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.
Set in an unassuming corner of the Burnside corridor, Screendoor looks more like a dining hall than your average restaurant. However, within this humble space, you'll find a foodie's take on the best of southern cooking. The mid-priced menu always includes fresh, local ingredients with familiar sides, such as cheesy grits made with artisan cheese. Signature drinks from the full bar are delivered by a friendly and efficient staff. Stick around for their weekend brunches where you can sample some of their highly rated praline bacon waffles and cathead biscuit sandwiches.
Acadia transports you to New Orleans with their authentic Southern cuisine and casual but elegant ambiance. Ingredients like crawfish, blue crab and gulf shrimp, which can only be found in the South, are brought in by cargo planes twice every week to ensure both authenticity and freshness of all dishes offered. Directed by Chef Seamus, the kitchen offers delicacies like Green Onion Hushpuppies, soft shell crab with cornmeal and Hickory-Smoked Chicken Jambalaya. Along with a range of zippy cocktails and wines, the bar also offers an extensive list of Absinthe drinks.
One of the most popular restaurants in the city, The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar is perpetually buzzing with energy. There is something immensely likable about this eatery, starting from the strange mosaic cat that greets you at the door, right down to the fantastic home-style food. The daily brunch is one of the drawing cards, and it is quite easy to see why; who would turn down offerings like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, smoked Steelhead Eggs Benedict and vegetarian white bean chili? Offerings like Red wine braised beef and fish and shellfish pot pie ensure that the restaurant remains packed at night, too.