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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
7.4
9.0
$60
Sweet bistro fare and local bounty served up in a wine country cottage

The drive through the Willamette Valley—especially if you take back roads—takes you through idyllic pastures and picturesque old downtowns, most notably McMinnville, home to Bistro Maison, which glows warmly next to an ancient train station. The Bistro’s patio is terrific, separated from the street by shady pines, and watched over by a dog named Lily, who sleeps quietly in the corner. Make reservations to guarantee a coveted spot out here. Inside, the lighting and wallpaper match the age of the… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
5.5
$15
It’s not the best, but the salsa bar is a wonder

Impressive Mexican kitchens often occupy humble digs, and La Sirenita is one of the city’s most impressive and most humble.

Entering this cozy space is like walking into a simple family kitchen. Spanish is as welcome as English. The menu is short and sweet; La Sirenita manages to stay focused, unlike the long, meandering, Mexican-American menu at La Bonita, the inferior competitor down Alberta (which nonetheless manages, somehow, to be more popular—ah, the wisdom of the masses).

The meats that fill La… [More]