Man, I've known Morgan for over 10 years now... we worked together at the original ripe/Family Supper/Gotham Coffee Shop (before it morphed in to the short-lived Tavern) and I helped open clarklewis. The guy is easily one of the best cooks I've ever worked with, but his personality just seems to keep getting in the way of any kind of sustained success. Too bad.
I will 2nd Smallwares, though I haven't eaten there yet (don't get to Portland as often as I'd like)... Everyone I talk to up there has nothing but GREAT things to say about it. It's at the top of my list for my next visit home.
A few personal faves I'll add for CityHunter's visit:
Pok Pok (esp Ike's Vietnames Fish Sauce Wings... I dream about these and eat them at least once every time I'm in town)
Nostrana... late night (after 9 I think) happy hour at the bar is one of the best deals in town
Trigger, Tommy Habetz's new Tex-Mex joint. Serious gut-bomb, but that queso with brisket is insane
Ned Ludd... nothing really like it anywhere. The most "Portlandy" of Portland restaurants, but in a good way
Clyde Common... a great afternoon cocktail-and-a-snack-at-the-bar spot if yr downtown and worn out from shopping/walking
Driftwood Room, in the Hotel Deluxe... not as time-capsule-amazing as it was before they renovated, but still one of my favorite rooms in the city to sit and have a martini
Podnah's Pit... best BBQ on the west coast, or at least north of LA, though it's more Texas style than southern style