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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
4.7
8.5
$50
Two fun, festive seafood experiences that couldn’t be more touristy if they sold postcards

At first blush, you might not notice that Jake’s Grill and Jake’s Famous Crawfish form parts of the McCormick & Schmick’s chain. That’s not quite as terrible a fact as it might sound: McCormick’s is one of the least of chain evils, and the company actually makes some effort to source fish locally. Plus, they have a penchant for theming. The two Jake’s branches have a fun old-school vibe, with clubby dark woods, tablecloths, older male waiters, and brass accents.… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
7.0
$20
A tiny, intensely popular spot serving intense flavors on the cheap

Call us persnickety, but we’re always encouraged when a Middle Eastern restaurant doesn’t refer to itself “Mediterranean,” which is a nebulous and often inaccurate cuisine type. It usually refers to the dishes of lands once covered by the southern penumbra of the Ottoman Empire, but it can technically include cuisines that are now totally distinct, like Moroccan, Italian, and Greek.

What these misleadingly named eateries are usually referring to is a menu much like the one at Nicholas, a mostly Lebanese… [More]