Originally Posted by audiophilia
Friendly people for the main, but the hipsters, vagrants, damaged youth gets old real fast.
Indeed, a lot of SFers from NYC, SF, and other urban climes seem to be frequently disappointed upon arrival in Portland. There's a reason Portlandia calls it the place 'where the dream of the 90's lives on' -it's an aging, outdated place with a seedy core that's really only novel to an early 20 something . Good place to go to undergrad for, but not beyond. Don't try to find expensive restaurants or SF-approved bars (there are a few, but not many); if you go to Portland go there for what they're known for- vegan places, communal eateries, food trucks, and awesome brunch places.
Originally Posted by 1969
Headed there in a couple weeks. Where should I eat besides Bluehour then?
I wouldn't go there, it's basically an isolated white-tablecloth place local folk go to to feel like they're classy. Head up a few blocks to Riffle, it just opened and they have in my opinion the best drinks in the city. Sweet Hereafter is an upscale vegan place, Tasty n Sons the best brunch and very good drinks, Kask, Bent Brick, and finally Porque No just off the top of my head. All of these are new, tasteful midrange places that will give you a good sample of what Portland 'should' be.