The Food Scene
The Portland food scene is one of the cityís most exciting features, its chefs fastidious in their use of fresh local and organic ingredients, a gastronomical and eco-consciousness that adds energy to the cityís Pacific Northwest cuisine. Eating out in Portland is the culinary equivalent of hiking in the Cascades, an earthy and invigorating experience. Oregonís cornucopia includes porcini and chanterelle mushrooms, salmon, fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, huckleberries, sweet Dungeness crab, marionberries, artisan cheeses and charcuterie, oysters, seasonal game and free-range beef, pork and poultry. As Mt. Hood serves as a frequent reminder of Portlandís proximity to lush wilderness so do its restaurants remind one of its closeness to the regionís wild and domestic bounty.
Swank bars and the cityís old guard restaurants dominate Downtown, the Pearl District and Northwest, while the intersection of E Burnside and 28th Avenue is home to some the cityís most daring and youthful restaurants. SE Hawthorne Boulevard features funky, inexpensive food joints and ethnic restaurants and nearby SE Division and Clinton Streets are coming into their own with new fine dining options. North and Northeast Portland are beginning to mirror Southeastís quirky mix of the modest and the pricey, with eclectic new offerings on NE Alberta Street and North Mississippi Street.
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