A Nice Dinner Out at Ringside Fish House

If you are looking for a sophisticated place to go out on a holiday dinner with your loved ones or your friends during the holiday or post holiday, don’t overlook the classic nice dinner out at Ringside Fish House. This elegant restaurant is located downtown right by Director’s Park, and is a favorite for theater goers with their 3 Course Prix Fixe Dinner that can get you to the show on time. I like visiting without a show ticket even more so I can fully linger and enjoy the atmosphere. Take advantage of the complimentary self-parking at Fox Tower Parking Garage, or walk only a block or two away from the Max or Streetcar.

Here’s a look at a recent nice dinner out at Ringside Fish House I enjoyed this month. Keep in mind of course that like any excellent seafood restaurant the dishes may change based on what is fresh. Certain favorites will be there in some form though – for instance the impressive starter of a Fresh Seafood Platter arranged with King Crab Legs, Hokkaido Scallop, Gulf Prawns, Oysters, Mussels, Manila Clams, House Smoked Salmon. This one is just a small that offered more then enough for us four, but they come in two other sizes for even more grandness and has an optional upgrade addition of lobster. That house smoked salmon is really something special
A Nice Dinner at Ringside Fish House with a Fresh Seafood Platter arranged with King Crab Legs, Hokkaido Scallop, Gulf Prawns, Oysters, Mussels, Manila Clams, House Smoked Salmon A Nice Dinner at Ringside Fish House with a Fresh Seafood Platter arranged with King Crab Legs, Hokkaido Scallop, Gulf Prawns, Oysters, Mussels, Manila Clams, House Smoked Salmon A Nice Dinner at Ringside Fish House with a Fresh Seafood Platter arranged with King Crab Legs, Hokkaido Scallop, Gulf Prawns, Oysters, Mussels, Manila Clams, House Smoked Salmon A Nice Dinner at Ringside Fish House with a Fresh Seafood Platter arranged with King Crab Legs, Hokkaido Scallop, Gulf Prawns, Oysters, Mussels, Manila Clams, House Smoked Salmon
You should perhaps also warm up with a cocktail. They have the classics as you would expect from Moscow Mule to Penicillin to Boulevardier or whatever you’d like to call. But think about their house cocktails as well, including a few that rotate seasonally. The NxNW cocktail with Vodka, Apple Brandy, Pear, Cinnamon, Lemon brings together nice warming flavors, while their Water of Youth consists of Vodka, Yuzu, Honey, Chamomile, Cava that brings some bubbly joy and yuzu that goes well with seafood.
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Fall at Tanner Creek Tavern

I can’t believe it’s November already – the end of the year seems to be going by so fast! Winter will be on us all too soon. Before we get to winter, I wanted to share one of my favorite fall dishes that I’ve had in Portland which is from Tanner Creek Tavern. Tanner Creek Tavern is the latest restaurant opened by David Machado, the restaurateur also behind classic Nel Centro and the Altabira City Tavern with one of the best outdoor dining spots in the city. Tanner Creek Tavern has only opened a couple months, and is now serving lunch, happy hour (4-6 PM), and dinner.
Tanner Creek Tavern Squash Tortelli with Roasted Seckel Pear, Chanterelles, Radicchio and Brown Butter Tanner Creek Tavern Shaved Kohlrabi with Apple, Candied Walnuts, Pickled Mustard Seed and Cheddar salad
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A Visit to Radar Restaurant

There is a wonderful restaurant that just celebrated its 5 year anniversary on North Mississippi which is totally under the Portland food buzz radar – and that restaurant is Radar Restaurant. Radar does offer the rare reservations taken brunch, but in the meantime I visited and enjoyed tasting some of their evening snacks and dinner items with a few other media people recently. Here’s a more detailed look at Radar – a humble neighborhood gem with warm service and great food. You can feel a lot of the love from the owners who carry on connections to their parents and past within Radar’s walls in multiple ways.

The space inside is warm with brick and a view into the open kitchen from pretty much anywhere. The bar top looking onto the kitchen uses wood that comes from their farm.
Radar Restaurant on North Mississippi, Portland Radar Restaurant on North Mississippi, Portland

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Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017

Before I start my review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017, I’ll assume you are already acquainted with Feast Portland, an annual food festival that occurs in September every year in Portland, Oregon (2017 was it’s 6th year) that brings together chefs and food producers to offer events large and small benefiting the fight against childhood hunger. Smoked is always the first main evening event to sell out, and from this review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017, soon you’ll see why.
Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017 Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017, Rich Meyer of Trifecta Tavern and Bakery passed out Grilled Goat and Pork Kielbasa with Smoked Corn Salsa
Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017  Review of Feast PDX Smoked 2017, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen made Quail with Indian Spiced Goat Sausage, Pickled Riaita and Fresh Plum Chutney

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A Recap of Feast Night Market 2017

I gave you a little hint with my My Highlights of Feast 2017 post previously, but here’s a more in depth look of the fantastic dishes of Feast Night Market 2017 this year. I’m a huge fan of Night Market because of the festive atmosphere punctuated by Latin music that keeps you dancing as you enjoy some food that often throws in a little heat (spicy heat that is!) and wash it down with a tequila base drink (or wine, or beer, or whatever else you’d like).
Recap of Feast Night Market 2017: At the Thomas & Sons Distillery booth at Feast Night Market 2017, guests could check out Hellfire & Rhinestone, Bluebird Alpine Liqueur, Smoke Spirit, Pineapple Gomme + Lemon +Tamarind, Blackened Lemon Recap of Feast Night Market 2017: Derek McCarthy, Arrosto brings Trino del Pollo
The location of Zidell Yards means you should have appropriate footwear for the gravel ground, but the colors of the sunset with views of the Tillikum Crossing Bridge which then lights up and reflects against the Willamette River is a wonderful way to end the evening. There are chefs that are local as well as from other cities, which is a great chance to try the cuisine of these chefs without the travel costs to those cities. And, although there is a list of chefs for the event, you may find even more bites as chefs are also there working with sponsors offering additional bites! You will definitely get full.

Recap of Feast Night Market 2017: Greg Baxtrom of Olmsted offered Crab Rangoon with sweet and sour sauce Recap of Feast Night Market 2017: Breville presents Jasper Chen from XLB with Shrimp Toast with a scallion cilantro dipping sauce

And, it’s all for a good cause – net proceeds of Feast Portland will be donated to our charitable partner, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. That total 2017 festival donation amount will be announced by November. Be sure to mark your calendars for the seventh year of Feast Portland, September 13-16, 2018 – the tickets will go on sale a few months before that and Night Market will probably sell out again so make sure you are ready to purchase your tickets when they go on sale!
Brooke Bass, Night Market at Feast Portland 2015 Night Market at Feast 2017, photo by Alan Weiner
Photos: Night Market at Feast Portland 2015, photo by Brooke Bass; Night Market at Feast 2017, photo by Alan Weiner
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