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Cheap Eats 2011: Lucky Strike


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Lucky Strike moved last year from a ghetto strip mall and payday lender east of 123rd Avenue to Hawthorne, but the food remains phenomenal. Jiaozi dumplings, plump with savory pork and cabbage, nes   More
 
Monday, March 7, 2011 Ethan Smith

Caffe Allora: Restaurant Guide 2010


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7 am-10 pm daily. $$ Moderate.[ITALIAN] This midrange Pearl District trattoria can’t quite decide whether it’s a restaurant or a bar, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Through tall, east-facing windows, leafy shadows flicker across a palette of blues and grays. Allora feels plea   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Ethan Smith

Fratelli: Restaurant Guide 2010


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5-11 pm nightly. $$-$$$ Moderate-expensive.[ITALIAN] Connected at the hip, these Pearl District spaces each offer their own appeal. Fratelli, the more sophisticated sibling, beckons with its formal, coursed-out menu and romantic space. Exposed beams, stained concrete and sultry amber lighting lend t   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Ethan Smith

Giorgio's: Restaurant Guide 2010


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11:30 am-2 pm and 5-10 pm Tuesday-Friday, 5-10 pm Saturday. $$$ Exspensive.Open for a decade, Giorgio’s is a founding father of the upscale Italian restaurants that have proliferated in the Pearl, and like most fathers, Giorgio’s isn’t flashy. Its nondescript façade opens in   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Ethan Smith

Lucky Strike: Restaurant Guide 2010


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Dinner 4 pm-midnight Wednesday-Friday and Monday. Lunch and dinner noon-1 am Saturday, noon-midnight Sunday. $ Inexpensive. Lucky Strike’s signature “hot pepper chicken bath” lives up to its intimidating hype, with angry-looking red chiles spilling from the plate with each stab of the chopsticks.   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Ethan Smith

Bar Mingo: Restaurant Guide 2010


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4-11 pm Sunday-Thursday, 4 pm-midnight Friday-Saturday. $-$$ Inexpensive-moderate.[ITALIAN SMALL PLATES] A more casual and affordable spinoff of Caffe Mingo, the Italian gem that sits next door, Bar Mingo bills itself as “a new way to eat.” Maybe. What’s certain is that Bar Mingo o   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Ethan Smith

Of Chintz And Chiles

Lucky Strike upgrades its address and downgrades its decor.


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Like many of this city’s best Asian restaurants, a meal at Lucky Strike entailed a trek to the gritty fringes of Portland. Central-city foodies deemed its chile-laden Szechuan delicacies worth a ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Ethan Smith

Restaurant Guide 2009


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Portland’s answer to the archetypal French bistro, Carafe resides inconspicuously on an obscure block in downtown Portland directly across from the Keller Auditorium. While Carafe is an ideal way to start or cap a night out, it’s also a destination in and of itself. One night’s spe   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Ethan Smith

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Noble Rot has undergone serious changes this year. Last February, the acclaimed wine bar and small-plates pioneer left its home on Southeast Ankeny Street in favor of rooftop digs on lower East Burnside. With high ceilings and a glossy sheen, the new window-wrapped space is a far cry from its former   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Ethan Smith

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
The Mediterranean fare at Tabla is impeccable, but this anchor of Northeast 28th Avenue’s restaurant row remains the most underhyped restaurant in Portland. It’s not that Tabla’s warm-hued decorated dining room, open kitchen and reliably excellent cuisine aren’t perennially a   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Ethan Smith
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