Best Restaurants 2011

Best Restaurants 2011: Amped Up

Grain & Gristle, Beaker & Flask, Skin & Bone; local restaurateurs have discovered that the secret ingredient to success seems to be the ampersand. Here are a few more we’re hoping to see soon.

Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks October 14, 2011 Published in the November 2011 issue of Portland Monthly

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Predator & Prey

Enjoy weekly dinners at this peaceable kingdom with rotating prix fixe menus based on a food-chain theme. (No substitutions, please.)

Signature Dish – “The Circle of Life”

A recent trip revealed a whimsical, eat-then-be-eaten procession of garden greens, roasted hare, and wild boar.

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Frog & Toad

The semiaquatic proprietors of this elegant French bistro offer a deeply nourishing selection of wild-foraged, low-impact raw foods.

Signature Dish – “Up the Creek”

A small plate sampler of the day’s catch: locally sourced crickets, flies, grasshoppers, caterpillars, and roaches. Bon appetite! 

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Skull & Bones

Nose-to-tail diners, rejoice! This avant-garde eatery serves up real-marrow smoothies and ribs without all that messy meat on them.

Signature Dish – “The Brain Teaser”

Whether served au jus or blended into a luscious soup, the weekly gray matter special always comes in its original container. Ten percent discount for Yale alumni and self-identifying pirates.  

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