Ate at a couple of spiffy places recently: The Fish and Chip Shop on N. Killingsworth in Portland, Oregon, known as the Tardis Room, and an italian deli just down the road. Awesome for lunch, a pleasant walk, and dessert. Parking is on the street and limited near the Fish and Chips, so be forewarned if you want to meet with a group. The decor in the Tardis Room was lots of fun, and I loved the fresh, hot fish and chips there. Bear in mind that the chips (fries) and the batter on the fish has next to no salt--you're expected to be a grownup and salt your own. I also used lots of vinegar on mine, and the lemons that came with the fish were nice and fresh. I had the cod, and it was very, very good, fresh fish.
At DiPrima Dolci we sat out on a back patio in the sunshine amid a very nice, romantic garden all overgrown and bountiful. I bet it looks even better later in the year. If you love gardening and would like to combine it with fresh cannoli and not-too-sweet but rich and tasty cheesecake, this is the place for you. I'd also like to thank them profusely for having high quality tea and not pouring boiling hot water over it so that it ended up overcooked. It was perfect--rare in this day of Stash or Taos tea with hot water meant for espresso searing it so that it tastes muddy and sour. I recommend going on a day when it would be nice to sit outside, and prepare to relax completely.
Oh, and I have to say that I appreciated the portions at both places. At DiPrima Dolci I ordered a small cannoli and RL ordered the marbled cheesecake. I didn't feel guilty snarfing as much as I did--the whole cannoli and half (or more) of the cheesecake. Much as I adore Rose's giant cake slices, I always mean to take half of them home and end up eating them all in one sitting, which does nothing good for my manly waistline. At the Tardis Room, the two pieces of cod and the sides were plenty for a heavy lunch, at least for me. There's a large (probably three pieces) available for folks with bigger appetites than I want to have. Yes, I would have gladly eaten a third piece of fish, but I'm glad I didn't.
If you're local, plan to check it out and worried about the neighborhood, don't be. It might be a different story on a hot night, but everyone seemed friendly and nice, and there weren't any people trying to intimidate or conduct questionable business there on a Sunday afternoon. It's not the prettiest place I've been in Portland, to be sure, but I loved the houses and gardens, and it looks like the locals are dedicated to keeping their area safe, beautiful, and welcoming to visitors.
I hope to visit both places again soon.
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