Monthly Archives: July 2014

Noisette

So sad that this place is closing. If you haven’t ever tried it, do it while you still can. The staff and food are amazing. We had the rainbow trout salmon rillettes – big hit, the cheese plate, and the scallop (we aren’t sure it was really a scallop, but delicious nonetheless.). We got the lobster and the dudes got the short ribs – the boys devoured everything, but then wanted to know why we didn’t get much food. Good question guys, good question. We should have ordered two plates each. But not complaining! Hope something changes and Noisette stays. It’s now in the dudes’ top three. Love love love Noisette!!! Two thumbs up from the dudes!!

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Bastas Trattoria

The dudes started with the antipasto, which they devoured. Aidan ordered the prawns, and Lolo ordered the salmon special. But in the end they both devoured mom’s Ragu. They both agree that tonight they give it a thumbs sideways, but if they had ordered the Ragu it would’ve gotten two thumbs-up! A little weird that they had a projector playing Romancing the Stone on the wall with no sound, but it entertained the dudes.

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Flying Fish Truck in Multnomah Village

Aidan’s favorite is the rock fish. Lowell says his is the cod. Their fresh crab is amazing. So is the salmon, and the halibut, which is what we are here for today. Conveniently located right by the Parsons Farm stand, this place rocks! We are so happy to have it so close to us. Kris is always so nice to the dudes and takes time to teach them about what they are eating! Cannot say enough good things about the Flying Fish Truck!

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The Bay House, Lincoln City

We know, the Bay House is not actually in Portland. However this restaurant means a lot to us because it is one of mom and dad’s favorite restaurants out there, and we knew Lowell and Aidan had graduated when they were able to sit through and enjoy a 2 1/2 hour six course meal. They devoured everything from the salad to the duck. The only thing they weren’t crazy about was the steak, but the steak was wonderful – these guys just aren’t big on red meat. We were a little worried about taking the dudes there because it is fine dining at its finest, and it is SO quiet in there, but they rocked it, and the staff was wonderful with them. They loved the view of the Bay, and took their dining experience seriously. Aidan and Lowell will definitely be back, but this place is only for 5 year olds who take their food seriously. Otherwise it’s a disaster waiting to happen!

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Bluehour

It is the second time here for the guys. The caviar was the star of the show (college is overrated), and Kris delivered outstanding service and everyone was nice to the dudes. The people watching here is good, which Aidan and Lowell enjoy and helps us out too! The dudes had scallops, which they loved, but they really loved mom and dad’s pork tenderloin with Bing cherry sauce! We asked the guys what their favorite thing about Bluehour was. Aidan: the food. Lowell: the dessert. Mom and dad – all of the above. 20140710-183422-66862629.jpg

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Side Door Cafe

This place is great for lunch.  We haven’t been there for dinner yet, so we can’t say, but it’s a nice but casual spot that is uniquely decorated (and chalkboards in the bathroom which can be good or bad, depending on your perspective).  We never do, but kids should split a dish if not ordering a kids meal (if you haven’t noticed, our guys never order off the kids menu except for Verde Cocina and their cheesy eggs).  Pictured here Lowell is enjoying the tuna cheddar melt.  They do very large, cheesy, crabby, shrimpy, tuna – whatever – it’s going to be large and cheesy.  Don’t bother with an appetizer, as tempting as it may be.  They also have some pasta, salads, and quesadillas etc., but we always go for the large, dripping cheesy sandwiches.  Aidan and Lowell like the food, but the colorfully decorated restaurant keeps them happy while they wait.

Silk

Silk is one of the dudes favorites.  It’s in the Pearl, conveniently located right down the block from WeVillage.  It is super kid friendly, and the food is really good.  Aidan’s favorites are the Bahn Mis and the crispy rolls, Lowell likes the short ribs and the crispy rolls.  They also amazingly loved the turmeric catfish (really good).  All their noodle bowls are awesome.  Great place with great service.  It looks like they have a great happy hour in the bar, but we won’t know for another 16 years or so…