Originally Posted by The Wayfarer
Check out Le Pigeon when dining in Portland. Headed by chef Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon is creating a pretty respectable name for itself in the food community.
I think Le Pigeon is considered the best "foodie" place in Portland, with "Beast" coming in a close second. I ate at Le Pigeon and liked it quite a lot. It's just down the block from Union Jack's if that is what you'd like to do after a nice meal.
Originally Posted by Xericx
I hear Pok Pok is supposed to be some really good Thai food.
Pok Pok is delicious, although very, very popular and no reservations, so plan ahead. If you've lived elsewhere with more "gourmet" SE Asian places (SF, LA, HK, Vancouver, Sydney), Pok Pok isn't particularly noteworthy, but it's a fairly new concept to Portland as far as I can tell. I was coming from NY, so it's not that unique but very good all the same.
Other stuff worth doing in Portland: check out Powell's books, visit many microbrews, visit Japanese Gardens and get the heck out of town. As far as I know, Mario's is the best clothing place in town: http://www.marios.com/