Higgins Restaurant And Bar - Restaurants - Portland, Oregon
City: Portland, OR
Telephone: (503) 222-9070
Address: 1239 Southwest Broadway
Description: The inventive ways in which chef Greg Higgins uses seasonal, organic food from nearby farms, forests, and streams have won this handsome downtown restaurant the highest marks from critics—as well as from the customers that fill the restaurant every night. Higgins, who won the James Beard Award in 2002, is discerning and unpretentious in his combinations of textures and flavors, relying on traditional means of cooking adapted to contemporary eating habits. Because the menu is seasonal, it changes all the time; however, diners can always count on at least one vegan dish on the menu in addition to the beef, duck, fish, and other entrees. The bar menu carries some notable staples, among them an incredibly savory hamburger and a luscious pastrami sandwich (Greg Higgins makes the pastrami himself). Higgins has an excellent wine list that emphasizes Northwest wines, and a beer list that features about 150 different brews from the world over. A striking union of textures, colors, and light, the tri-level restaurant looks as good as the food does. The downstairs dining room, with its mahogany paneling and dark carpet, is both romantic and elegant; the middle dining room is vibrant with burnished floors and two-toned walls. And the bar, a local favorite, is at once comfortable and urbane. Higgins is open for lunch Mon through Fri and dinner daily.