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Dinner at Laurelhurst Market in Portland with Pinot Noir

Last night we enjoyed visiting Laurelhurst Market Restaurant and Butcher Shop. Upon reaching the restaurant, we discovered the door opens to a counter where the butcher shop is located. Many types of meats are available including pepper bacon. Immediately to the left is the restaurant. A large blackboard hangs near the ceiling. It has a chalk outline of a cow divided into parts labeled by the cut of beef. This is helpful when reading the menu descriptions.

We had reservations and were seated immediately at a large table. One side of the restaurant is where the kitchen is behind a partial wall. The opposite side has a wall of glass that offers a view of Portland’s Burnside Street.

Our group of seven ordered numerous specialty appetizers and side dishes and two wines before we each ordered our individual entrées. The entrées included Steak Tartare made with Vodka, Chives, Shallot, Salt Cured Egg Yolk, Marrow Bones with a toasted soft pretzel, and Dungeness Crab & Celeriac Remoulade, House Charcuterie Plate and Deviled “Hawley Ranch” Eggs with Crispy Hot Mama Sausage.

 We chose two wines. One wine was a Cameron 2011 from Oregon and the other was Love & Squalor.

The Cameron 2011 Pinot Noir from Arley’s Leap had 12.1 percent alcohol. The Deep Roots Coalition produces this wine. According to the back label “The deep roots coalition practices sustainable viticulture techniques without irrigating.”

The 2011 Pinot Noir was ares color and offered red berry fruits and spice on the aroma. Red raspberries, cranberries and spice influences of pepper and cinnamon were on the finish. This wine would be a great choice for Thanksgiving.

The Love & Squalor wine was sealed with a cork that had an interesting image of a clothespin. The front label has an image of a clothesline with three clothing items drying. Love & Squalor wine is from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This wine was a translucent red wine color. The wine offered red fruit notes of raspberries with cinnamon notes on the finish.

If you live in Oregon or are visiting Portland, consider a visit to Laurelhurst Market Restaurant and Butcher Shop.



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