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Saucy Sushi

Masu, downtown's sexy new Japanese joint, beguiles with its urbane ambition. And the cocktails are great.

Food Reviews & Stories
To find Masu, downtown's newest Japanese restaurant, you must notice a modest sign on the door of a commercial building, tucked just around the corner of the flashy American Apparel store on Southwest ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2005 Elizabeth Dye


Sample distinctive takes on pub grub at Doug Fir and Slow Bar, two stylish new eastside joints.

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Doug Fir, the restaurant/bar/ nightclub/Twin Peaks shrine, arrived in style last fall and settled in like old growth, providing a splashy anchor tenant for Lower East Burnside. You've heard about the ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 Elizabeth Dye


Does the food at two new NoPo joints live up to the nightlife vibe?

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Two new restaurants have fired up their stoves on opposite ends of the close-in NoPo neighborhood, and that's not the only distance between them.Bold-Sky Cafe has the enthusiasm and splash to suit Nor ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Elizabeth Dye

Upscale Northeast

Can Ciao Vito's casual-Italian style launch fine dining on Alberta Street?

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Alberta Street was pegged as Portland's next "it" neighborhood in the late '90s, and the intervening years have brought the street booms in construction, home sales, art galleries and commerce (not to ...   More
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Elizabeth Dye

Greek Love

The new Eleni's delivers classical flavors with downtown polish.

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In America, most Greek food has an unremarkable consistency--a few iconic ingredients (lamb, legumes, parsley), predictably prepared. A little olive oil, a little garlic--tasty, but unsurprising. Afte ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Elizabeth Dye

Straight Out of Brooklyn

The Southeast-area bistro doesn't yet live up to the welcoming flavor of its family pedigree.

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It was bold for Il Piatto owners Eugen and Lenor Bingham to choose Brooklyn, the neighborhood just south of Powell Boulevard around Milwaukie Avenue, for Sala, their second restaurant. Anchored by the ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Elizabeth Dye

Reggae Bites

Tucking into the spices of Montego Bay, downtown's new Jamaican outpost.

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When moody weather makes you wish for Jamaica's tranquil blue skies and scented breezes, head to Montego Bay immediately. Named for a popular tourist town on the Caribbean island's northwest coast, th ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 Elizabeth Dye

Towering PAZZO

How does a classic, once-hot Italian spot turn up the heat again?

Food Reviews & Stories
When it opened 13 years ago, Pazzo Ristorante's high-backed booths, gleaming copper-fitted kitchen and starched tablecloths represented the acme of a "fancy restaurant" in Portland. Designed as an Ita ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Elizabeth Dye

Low-Carb World

Is Portland ready for Uncle Butchy's bread- and pasta-free cuisine?

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When then-presidential candidate John Edwards referred to "one America," his catch phrase might have been referring to the ubiquity of the Atkins diet. Scoff if you want, but the low-carbohydrate, hig ...   More
Wednesday, April 7, 2004 Elizabeth Dye

Double Play

Seasons & Regions flavors home cooking with a dash of haute style.

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From the Seasons & Regions parking lot, you can see the dome of the Portland Jewish Academy across Capitol Highway, while the West Hills are a black-green silhouette in the background. The restaur ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2004 Elizabeth Dye
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