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Old 09-01-2011, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Okay, here's the deal. 'Mother-in law' is visiting from across the pond. She would like to spring for dinner somewhere nice to celebrate the missed 50th b'day of my better half. Yes, I've outed my SO as a geezer, she won't kill me. Anyway... McGrath's is usually the go to place when we want to celebrate something and we'd like to break our pattern. We've also done the Indian Place on 12th near Yamhill but I think we want to stay either in North America or perhaps the British Isles for this outing. Can we do it? All you find when you look for British Food is Pubs. Both SO and her mother want a proper sit down fine dining establishment with a British menu. Is there somewhere like this in Portland? On the American side, I've found Milo City Cafe, Wildwoods and Veritable Quandary. Reviews for all of them are all over the map! Please help us make a choice for Saturday night. Make light of the situation if you must, but please also be helpful. TIA.

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Old 09-01-2011, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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On the American side, I've found Milo City Cafe, Wildwoods and Veritable Quandary. Reviews for all of them are all over the map!
Wildwood is right down the street from my office. I actually had my job interview there over lunch. I had mushroom-filled crepes, and they were exquisite. Very artfully presented, too, if you're into that sort of thing. I would happily eat there again. Actually, now that I'm looking at their lunch menu online, I have no idea why I haven't gone back yet!

Portland Monthly did a write-up of Veritable Quandary last month for their "Best Outdoor Dining" article. Based on their description, it sounds lovely!
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Bread and Ink Cafe on Hawthorn has incredible food and is only slightly more expensive then McGrath's. The service can be a little so-so because they get pretty busy during dinner hour and have a small kitchen for the space.

Laurelhurst Market would be a nice surprise too. It's on Burnside and 32nd or so (just before you see the pillars for the Laurelhurst Neighborhood.)

I highly recommend checking out -An Exploration of Portland Oregon Food and Drink for more ideas.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Sometimes Portland, other times LA
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VQ is amazing and their patio is to die for.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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I think the food at VQ is pretty good. Portland City Grill has the killer view. I've heard great things about Clark Lewis clarklewis - home

I don't think any of these necessarily qualify as having a "British menu" though...
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I'm confused about the British menu part. Other than traditional pub fare, what is British cuisine? We have so many wonderful places to eat here in Portland, but I don't think I've ever heard of a British fine dining restaurant. May I gently suggest that you take her to one of the fine dining restaurants that feature the bounty of the Pacific Northwest instead?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I tried googling "yorkshire pudding portland" but came up empty.

How about places like Huber's, or Jake's (either one) or RingSide, or Morton's, or Ruth's Chris?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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There aren't any real British food restaurants in Portland outside of British-style pubs. But Moon and Sixpence over in the Hollywood District is a great British pub, that's fairly nice, and does have some good food options like bangers and mash, steak pie, cornish pastries, roasted chicken and so on. That's probably as close as I can think of a good place to get British food.

http://www.menupix.com/menudirectory/menu.php?id=909080
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Excellent suggestions all. Thanks. Just walked into work and pulled up City-Data first thing to see what you guys came up with, can you tell that my priorities are in order? I'll chew on this (nyuck, nyuck) a bit and follow hamelir's link on my lunch time. I'm leaning towards Wildwood's over VQ but the Bread and Ink Cafe sounds intriguing. I'd not heard of it and food to die for is the entire point. Thanks again.

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Old 09-02-2011, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Heights OH
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Maybe these?

I have been to the Horse Brass and Moon and Sixpence but I think you might find they are more on the pub side.

Wildwood is very, very good.

Portland British Restaurants: Read Portland Restaurant Reviews - TripAdvisor
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