Originally Posted by oboy_oboy
Honesty, I think just asking the servers for advice/tips. They are pros, and you can talk about what you like, or ask for things that would pair well with whatever you're curious about eating. They want to talk about the wines, and get people stoked on them.
This. Stopped at Dame last time I was in Portland, and they had been open maybe 2 days. The owner was the somm/wine director at Ava Gene's, which always had a great list, and with Dame she's focusing on "natural" wines, i.e., unsulphered/unfined/etc. The staff are total pros (she's got one of my old co-workers from Naomi Pomeroy's pre-Beast days on the floor... what I'm saying is the place is staffed up with longtime, high-end, worked-everywhere-in-Portland servers who really know their shit), and everything we had was great. Plus, it's right across the street from Expatriate, so you can wander over there after for something a lil harder.
I've heard mixed things about Tusk, but it's coming from a great team/staff and I plan to try to squeeze in a meal there when I'm home for the holidays. I also always love Ned Ludd, which weirdly can be a controversial opinion. I dunno, maybe Jason French and I just have similar palates, but I always dig my meals there.
Ox is great. Kachka. Bollywood Theater. Ava Gene's...