Potlatch 19: March 5-7, 2010

Local Guide

A PDF file of the full at-con Local Guide is now available.

We're glad you're thinking about coming -- or already planning to come -- to Portland this spring. (OK, technically winter, but I get very hopeful as soon as the first crocuses are up, and by March we probably have daffodils! My Midwest-bred husband is still startled every year to see that perky little yellow-and-purple spring flowers aren't just an abstract symbol on the calendar.)

For those of you who will be knocking around town pre-con, I'm going to try to have the Restaurant Etc. Guide ready and on hand by Wednesday or Thursday, probably at the hotel front desk. Will include brewpubs, chocolatiers, and fiber arts, all of which are booming here! Note that the Potlatch hotel is as handy to downtown as you can get without actually being there: light rail transit (MAX) stops across the street, runs quite frequently, and it's free into downtown. So getting out and about is feasible even without a car, generally speaking.

If you value Really Good Meals, here are a few to start with. Consider making a reservation ahead of time; you can decide at-con who gets to fill out the party!

  • Andina, 1314 NW Glisan St, (503) 228-9535.
    High-end Peruvian food. Fabulous. There are entrees, but the heart of the menu is their "platos", available S/M/L for sharing--this is a great place to come with 4-5 other people.

  • Jake's Famous Crawfish, 401 SW 12th Avenue, (503) 226-1419.
    The restaurant dates from 1892 but the fish couldn't be fresher. 3 blocks from Powell's. Owned by McCormick & Schmick; their oldest eponymous restaurant is on light rail, 235 SW First, (503) 224-7522.

  • Mother's Bistro, 409 SW 2nd Ave., (503) 464-1122.
    The best damn pot roast you've ever had. It's comfort food done very, very well, and then the "Mother of the month" specials may be French, Polish, Moroccan.... Good breakfasts, too.

  • BeWon Korean Restaurant, 1203 NW 23rd Ave (503) 464-9222.
    Ask about the fixed-price menu.

Other sources of info: www.portlandfoodanddrink.com, www.willametteweek.com (search on "Restaurant Guide"), and www.portlandmercury.com (Restaurant Search button is front & center).

Getting away from food for a moment -- the Visitor's Association has a decent online Events Calendar at www.travelportland.com. It also has links to other groups' calendars, so you can find out that we're up against a Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival (March 9 & 10, next door!) and Portland Guitar Festival XVII at PSU. And the alt.portland guide at www.altportland.com is a keen, opinionated source of information about the city.

Getting to Portland early? The Gender Studies Symposium is on at Lewis & Clark College (March 7-9, free).

See you soon.