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An Eater's Guide to Portland

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PORTLAND—In the rough-and-tumble city of foraged fine dining, whole-animal butchery, and bacon-topped maple bars, there are a lot of opinions around what to eat. This guide to Portland slices through the designer flannel to help you find the best food and drink out there.

NORTH WILLIAMS—Opened February 2014, Lardo North brought owner Rick Gencarelli's creative sandwiches, potent craft beer program, and hard rock soundtrack to North Williams Avenue, but as of today, it's closed for good. Lardo is part of the ChefStable restaurant group and still has Downtown and Hawthorne locations, and the sandwich shop is a long-time restaurant on the Eater Portland 38. Of late, it has been mired in controversy, centering on a disagreement among investors.

NORTH MISSISSIPPI—Quaintrelle has ignited its burners at 3936 North Mississippi Ave., and ruling the kitchen is chef Bill Wallender, who has cooked at Ava Gene's, Little Bird Bistro, and clarklewis. With the menu below, Wallender reveals upscale seasonal dining—dishes like lightly-battered-and-fried squash blossoms drizzled with chili-infused honey and sheep's cheese dumplings in blistered cherry tomatoes.

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