Portland Dining Month, March 1 – 31, 2018, is a great opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit old favorites. Enter the Urban Bliss Life giveaway below to win one of three Portland Dining Month gift cards!
March is Portland Dining Month!
Starting tomorrow, March 1, through March 31, 2018, several restaurants in the Portland, Oregon metro area are offering three course meals for just $33.
This is an amazing opportunity to try that hot new restaurant you’ve been dying to check out, and to also revisit old favorites.
Portland Dining Month restaurants
The list of participating restaurants changes each year, but there are a few that have consistently participated – and there are, of course, always new ones added to the mix.
Some restaurants choose this month to showcase their tried and true customer favorites, while others decide to use this promotional opportunity to flex their creative muscles and see how customers respond to newer menu items.
Either way, you, the customer, totally win here. A three course meal for just $33. That’s insane!
AND, you’ll also be helping a great cause. Be sure to book a table through the Open Table reservation links on the Travel Portland website. Every reservation you make for Portland Dining Month through those links helps benefit the Oregon Food Bank!
Though there are so many wonderful Portland Dining Month menus being offered, here are a few of my Urban Bliss Life picks for you to consider.
Acadia Bistro in NE Portland always satisfies my hunger for good Creole cuisine (read my posts about Acadia and Acadia’s Gumbo Flight).
- First course:
- Field greens salad with creole mustard vinaigrette and crumbled egg
- Second course (choose one):
- Jambalaya, with house made andouille sausage, smoked chicken and tomato relish
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Cornmeal fried catfish with black eyed peas and deviled tasso
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Gulf Shrimp Creole with kale, spinach, mushrooms, and white rice
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Crawfish Andouille Mac n Cheese
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Smoked Pork Cheeks with cheddar grits, apple, red chili honey
- Third course:
- Acadia’s bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce, whipped cream and toasted pecans
I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve ever eaten at Acadia, but the bread pudding pictured above is one of the best bread puddings I’ve ever tried – and it’s on the Portland Dining Month menu!
Andina restaurant in the Pearl District is, and likely always will be, one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. Hubby surprised me on my 40th birthday with a private dinner with friends in Andina’s gorgeous, sexy La Bodega party room. I’ve had countless happy hours with co-workers and girlfriends, lovely date nights, and successful business meetings dining at Andina. The Peruvian food is ALL amazing, and their drinks are top notch as well. GO already, if you still have not been here!
First course (choose one): Causa Solterito, a classic timbale of fresh, lime-scented Yukon Gold potato with a salad of green beans, fresh corn, cotija cheese and tomatoes
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Causa Morada, a classic timbale of fresh, lime-scented purple potato and shredded chicken breast with ají amarillo
Second course (choose one): Quinotto “Chisaya Mama”: quinoa risotto with Grana Padano cheese, golden beets, local mushrooms and truffle oil
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Lomo saltado: wok-fried Cascade Natural beef, onions, tomatoes, oyster sauce, garlic and ají amarillo, served with Yukon Gold papas fritas and garlic rice
Third course (choose one): Chocolate Andino: a quinoa flour brownie layered with gold-dusted chocolate ganache and accompanied by a seasonal fruit gastrique and avocado crème anglaise
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Alfajor: a classic Peruvian cookie, scented with key lime and filled with manjar blanco
I recently raved about my dining experience at Cabezon and this month, you can enjoy some of my favorite dishes at this neighborhood bistro!
First Course: Salt cod fritters with miner’s lettuce, artichokes, Calabrian chiles and Meyer lemon gribiche
Second Course: Cioppino with wild white shrimp, local fish, Manila clams, Dungeness crab, mussels and calamari
Third Course: Warm ginger cake with spiced pears and caramel
More Urban Bliss Life Portland Dining Month Picks
Check out some of my past restaurant features on these Portland Dining Month participants:
- Altabira Tavern
- Bar Casa Vale
- Buckman Public House
- Olympia Provisions
- RingSide Fish House
- Tanner Creek Tavern
For the complete list of participating restaurants and their Portland Dining Month menus, visit TravelPortland.com.
Portland Dining Month Gift Card Giveaways
I’m excited to have not just one, but THREE gift cards to give away to different Portland Dining Month restaurants!
Important things to note about Portland Dining Month gift cards:
- The gift cards are each worth $70, which is enough to cover two Portland Dining Month meals.
- You must use the gift card once, so book your reservation for two people.
- Book your reservation via the Open Table links on the Portland Dining Month website, and you’ll help benefit the Oregon Food Bank.
- Book your reservations NOW. Don’t wait! These are only good specifically for Portland Dining Month, which ends March 31.
- Gift card does NOT include gratuity, so please bring cash and tip accordingly on the full value of the meal.
- Don’t forget to tip on the full value of the meal. This is worth repeating.
ASH BAR (inside NomadPDX)
I am looking forward to trying Ash Bar, tucked away inside newcomer NomadPDX, for the first time this month. Note: if you win this gift card, the $70 gift card has Nomad listed on the card, but you MUST use this gift card at Ash Bar for your Portland Dining Month reservation.
First course: Celery root soup with winter truffles
Second course: Braised beef with winter vegetables
Third course: Stone fruit parfait with chocolate
IRVING STREET KITCHEN
I love ISK! What Chef Sara Schafer does with fried chicken is magic. The food is impeccable and the wine list and cocktails are also incredible. If you haven’t been here yet, you should go! Note: dishes photographed above are from Irving Street Kitchen but are NOT the exact dishes available during Portland Dining Month.
- First Course (choose one):
- Mixed endive chopped salad with fried herbs and ceci beans
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Hamachi carpaccio with Uni tonnato and pea shoots
- Second Course (choose one):
- Pan-roasted trout with warm potato and celery leaf salad, poached egg and bacon vinaigrette
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Duck confit with duck chorizo and white asparagus
- Third Course:
- Chocolate earl grey pot de crème, malt honeycomb and chocolate buckwheat cookies
- Optional wine pairings and specialty cocktails available
A true Portland restaurant institution, Paley’s Place continues to set the bar high for quality Pacific NW cuisine. If it’s been a while since you’ve been here, this is a great chance to rediscover Chef Vitaly Paley’s inventive and often perfectly executed dishes.
First course: Butter Lettuce Caesar salad with rye croutons and shaved carrots
Second course: Braised pork shoulder with chickpea panisse, cabbage and fennel salad
Third course: Coconut cream vacherin with honeyed-apricot coulis
Enter to win one of three gift cards!
Follow the prompts in the giveaway widget below to enter to win one of two gift cards for Portland Dining Month. Must be at least 18 years old and live in Oregon or Washington to enter, and gift cards must be used specifically for Portland Dining Month before March 31, 2018. Please read the FULL details of terms and conditions in the fine print below.
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Which Portland Dining Month restaurants would YOU like to try out the most?
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I’ve received these gift cards via a partnership with Travel Portland. All opinions and photos here are, as always, my own.