I sampled these these super-sized bivalves at Jetty Fishery, whose other (and less credulity-stretching) offerings include live Dungeness crab, and boat rentals for adventures on Nehalem Bay.
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Spurred by an article in the new Travel Portland magazine, Bert and I spent a recent afternoon on North Williams Avenue, a vibrant district of retailers and restaurants — and one of the newer additions to Portland’s rich tapestry of neighborhoods.
Our first stop was Lodekka, a vintage dress shop that’s housed inside a double-decker bus. The rest of the afternoon was similarly stacked with surprises: In the span of just two blocks, we perused the hand-made handbags at Queen Bee Creations; gawked at the letterpress at Lark Press; shared a dozen happy-hour oysters at EaT (hey, I had earned a few points by then); and enjoyed a fine meal at James Beard Award-nominated Lincoln Restaurant.
On tap for our next visit to North Williams: a stop at BikeBar, the latest venture from Hopworks Urban Brewery.
To celebrate his birthday, my buddy Googs and I checked out one of the latest – and most ballyhooed – additions to the east side’s dining scene: The Woodsman, located a couple of doors down from the original Stumptown Coffee on Southeast Division Street.
Upon entering, we were greeted by a cool wood-paneled interior and an impressive display of bivalves on ice. We bellied up to the bar and promptly ordered/inhaled a dozen Tillamook Bay and Netarts oysters on the half shell.
I’m looking forward to a return trip to check out the full menu – both Willamette Week and my foodie colleague, Lila, say it’s terrific – but won’t wait 12 months to do it. (Next one’s on you, Googs.)
Here’s a half-dozen things to love about the restaurant:
- it’s a terrific addition to the downtown retail core;
- the dining room offers a cool view of Director Park and its illuminated-at-night canopy;
- it has a nice bar and a good happy-hour menu (try the steak bites);
- its proximity to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall gives theatergoers another pre-show choice for, as chef Johnny Nunn calls it, their pre-Schnitz blitz;
- it’s a family-run business that follows in the footsteps (if not the Mad Men-esque vibe) of its older sibling, the venerable RingSide Steakhouse; and
- perhaps most importantly (ahem), it’s yet another option for lovers of the bivalve.