The Southeast Portland Dining Experience
by Rob Levy
Portland Oregon is known for many things, notably including rain, bridges, and a picturesque skyline that is embedded in to the hearts and minds of all who behold its beauty. Portland’s Southeast area is also home to a bevy of tremendous fine dining destinations. From classic Italian to inspired Mexican cuisine, to the signature northwest wood fire baking, these culinary adventures are sure to invigorate all of your senses.
A staple of Southeast Portland’s fine dining since 1986, Nicholas Restaurant features handcrafted Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine prepared with authentic family-owned care. Nicholas showcases phenomenal lunch and dinner options including mouth-watering calzones, Lebanese pizza, and the amazing Falafel Delight. No matter which beautifully prepared dish you choose, be sure to save room for Nicholas’s famous Baklava dessert.
Voted 2010’s Best Restaurant by Portland’s CitySearch, Iorio Restaurant and Chef Christopher Thompson take this Italian dining experience to a new level. From the organic grilled chicken roasted with vegetable risotto, to the ragout of lamb served with a hearty tomato and olive paste, Iorio will have your taste buds dancing just in time to savor a hand made cannoli for dessert. In concert with its food, Iorio’s ambience is a calling card. Elegant décor coupled with a relaxing intimate setting, has made Iorio one of Portland’s most romantic restaurants for years.
Freshness is the key element of great Japanese fare, and Ichidai is a breath of fresh air for Portland diners. For more than 20 years Ichidai has used only the freshest ingredients and an innovative approach to their sushi and traditional Japanese cuisine. Ichidai’s succulent teriyaki chicken and tasty sukiyaki have been prepared in an authentic style for decades, and their vast sushi menu leaves no doubt as to why Ichidai is a prime dining destination for Portland visitors and locals alike.
Creative flare and a unique atmosphere is promised and delivered at Aprisa Mexican food in Southeast Portland. Aprisa’s visual kitchens and fresh, high quality ingredients put an entirely new spin on the idea of take out Mexican food. Though Aprisa is designed for walk up or drive thru service only, their food will have you raving from the sidewalk to the front seat of your car.
The Grilled Cheese Grill is a Portland tradition and showcases an innovative style and dairy-focused menu. Come and experience a dining adventure unlike any other as you enjoy The Grilled Cheese Grill’s cheese-full menu in their amazing Double Decker Dining Room.
Chef David Anderson has brought his signature interpretation of classic Italian cuisine to the newly re-opened Genoa Restaurant in southeast Portland. A longtime favorite of Portland’s fine dining fans, Genoa’s latest incarnation combines world-class food with a unique and unpretentious atmosphere that is second to none among Portland eateries. Genoa invites guests to experience the culinary extravagance of their five-course Prix Fixe dinner while soaking in the splendor of their newly redesigned dining room. Hardwood floors, gorgeous chandeliers, and cozy fireplace may leave you speechless before the food even arrives.A Northwest specialty, the wood fired rustic baking technique has brought an innovative flavor to all forms of culinary expression. Chef/Owner Mark Doxtader, has taken Tastebud’s from a small sustainable farm to one of Portland’s favorite destinations for brick oven excellence. Tastebud’s combines the freshest ingredients with rustic wood fired baking to create a dining experience that completely validates Tastebud’s as one of Portland’s best kept secrets.
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