What are the five best Portland food experiences?

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Maureen Healy

Portland’s diverse food scene offers an array of can’t-miss food experiences. Here are five of Forbes Travel Guides’ editors’ best:
1. Make a reservation at Clarklewis. Chef Dolan Lane serves up a farm-to-table experience, complete with Italian- and French-influenced dishes such as hearth-raised pork shoulder with basil tips and hedgehog mushrooms.
2. Try novo-Peruvian cuisine at Andina. This Pearl District restaurant puts a dressed-up spin on Peruvian dishes, which are best enjoyed with a caipirinha cocktail and the live jazz and Latin American music played every night of the week.
3. Dine atop the city at Portland City Grill. This restaurant is located on the 30th floor of a downtown building and is the after-work watering hole for the professional set. Views stretch beyond the city to the Cascade Mountain range and are served with seafood, steaks and chops.
4. Have vegan fare at Blossoming Lotus. Vegans will love the variety of options at this eatery in the Irvington neighborhood in Northeast Portland. Both cooked and “live food” (not heated above 115 degrees) dishes are available, plus soy-free and gluten-free fare. Don’t miss the crispy artichoke fritters — polenta-breaded artichoke hearts over mixed greens with lemon-caper dipping sauce.
5. Eat Thai at Pok Pok. Chef Andy Ricker won a James Beard Award for the Thai food served at this heralded city institution. Try the Vietnamese chicken wings and wash it down with one of their drinking vinegars.

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