Lunch at Jake’s Famous Crawfish

When I entertain visitors to Portland, I try to always provide a mix of visiting some restaurants that are trendy and new but also some Portland classics that are tried and true. While my mom was visiting for a few days, I decided to fulfill her request for a salad with avocado. That at first flummoxed me as I tried to rack my mind for outstanding avocado salads, but then I suggested also along  with avocado perhaps some seafood for lunch, and boom our destination is a classic lunch at Jake’s Famous Crawfish.
Jake's Famous Crawfish lunch for us that we shared, Oregon Bay Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Wild Oregon Bay Shrimp, Avocado and Grapefruit Segments tossed in a Lime Avocado Vinaigrette and a starter of Dungeness Crab and Artichoke Dip in Portland, Oregon
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TD’s Pop Up, Tacos Al Fresco at the Waterfront

TD’s Pop Up is back! Started in 2014, this summer pop up has been returning just for the summer every year, and is found outside of the Three Degrees restaurant located behind the River Place Hotel, right along the South Waterfront with views of the the Hawthorne Bridge and Tilikum Crossing and perhaps some Dragon Boats practicing on the river. I can’t think of any other downtown location you can eat this close to the river unless you’re on a boat or pier. The premise here is simple: tacos, tequila, and dining al fresco at a small seat counter top bar or high top cocktail tables literally a few yards from the Willamette River on the esplanade or seats on the hotel restaurant patio.
TD's Popup, a Tacos and Tequila Summer pop up has returned to the South Waterfront of Portland for 2017. TD's Pop up, this Tacos and Tequila Summer pop up has returned to the South Waterfront of Portland, they offer several tacos including a Halibut + Chorizo combo, Chicken en Achiote, Grilled Nopalito, or Tequila Braised Pork Belly as well as Carnes plates and snacks
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Summer Dinner at Han Oak

When my mom came to visit, I tried to put together a restaurant dining itinerary that included classics as well as something new – so it included the Haan Ghin Laotian food cart, a Swedish weekday brunch at Broder Nord, classic seafood lunch at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, traditional Japanese at Shizuku for dinner or Shigezo for lunch. I had to throw an experience at a pop up restaurant in there since I’m such a fan and supporter of pop up restaurants as a way for chefs to cook food they have a passion to share. So I picked out for us a Summer Dinner at Han Oak.
Summer Bo Ssam Dinner at Han Oak Summer Bo Ssam Dinner at Han Oak

Here’s a look at what that experience may be for you this summer if you also decide to visit – make your reservations ahead of time at their website, usually I recommend a couple weeks ahead of time. Also note Han Oak is only open for their Bo Ssäm dinner as shown here on Friday-Saturday, and on Sunday and Monday is their walk in dumpling and noodles nights.
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Icelandic Popup Fimbul PDX

Icelandic Popup Fimbul PDX was on my Eater article of popups in Portland, and if you were wondering what an Icelandic dinner entails, here’s a look from their pop up dinner at the back of Old Salt Marketplace on June 4. Fimbul is run by Kachka co-workers in their dayjob Matthew + Aurora Wickstrom with sommelier Matthrew Hunt. Chef Matthew currently works as a sous at Kachka, and worked at Dill in Reykjavik. There were two seatings – 6 PM and 8 PM – and I attended the 8 PM seating. $65 netted me the dinner that included 2 snacks, 5 small courses, and dessert, and $45 7 wine pairings plus a couple extra surprises! Gratuity is additional.
Fimbul PDX, an Icelandic Pop up Fimbul PDX, an Icelandic Pop up
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Journey of a Dinner at LangBaan

What is it like to attend a dinner at LangBaan, which is hidden behind PaaDee (give your name at the front of PaaDee to be escorted to “The Back Of The House”. It’s an experience you have been looking forward to probably for a while, as you have to purchase your tickets online months ahead of time for a spot at one of their 8 seatings available a week, two seatings a night each Thursday-Sunday? Here’s a peek behind the bookcase door, with my Journey of a Dinner at LangBaan with their May 2017 Tour of Thailand menu.
The entrance to LangBaan is behind a bookcase at the back of PaaDee The entrance to LangBaan is behind a bookcase at the back of PaaDee

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