Vitaly Paley, winner of both Iron Chef America and a James Beard Award, was one of the first Portland chefs to capitalize on the wealth of fresh ingredients available in the Pacific Northwest. Paley's Place opened in an old Victorian home in Nob Hill in 1995, and the upscale bistro has since embedded itself firmly in Portland's gourmet landscape. The menu relies on locally sourced meat and produce, with dishes such as marinated and grilled quail, and butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli. The crispy sweetbreads could very well make you a convert to offal eating. Make a reservation if you can—this place is popular—and if the weather cooperates, dine al fresco on the porch, which overlooks bustling NW 21st Avenue.
Portland OR› Restaurant
1204 NW 21st Ave
Our Rating Neighborhood Northwest Hours Sun–Thurs 5:30–10pm; Fri–Sat 5:30–11pm Transportation Streetcar: NW Northrup & 22nd; bus: 17 Phone 503/243-2403 Prices Main courses $17–$36; fixed-price menus $70–$90 Cuisine Type Northwest/French Web site Paley's Place