the recent "reviews" by ""Terriek," "Coffee Guy" and "Portlandnewbie" (no kidding!) makes one wonder what "coffee guy" slipped into their lattes before writing their obviously choreographed (and anonymous)reviews. i hope their angst over the beets didn't ruin the dinners they carefully chose not to comment upon. let's see, 82 exceptionally positive reviews compared to 3 motivated by a strange fascination with a beet salad.
i've spent my entire adult life in portland and have seen restaurants come and go. sorry "Terriek," but my wife and i have you beat (not "beet") when it comes to dining out. not every night, but close to it. and lunches, too, at some of our favorite haunts (serratto, cha, wildwood, nostrana, morton's). we also have our favorites in NYC, LA, SF, Vegas and elsewhere. i hate beets but i love and appreciate fine dining establishments. simply put, i have found none better than 3 Doors Down. it has become the standard by which i judge all other restaurants.
the reservation policy (none taken except for parties of 6 or more; check in and get your name on the list) is proof the phrase "good things are worth waiting for" is true. stop by most any popular portland restaurant on a friday or saturday night and expect to wait. my "wait tolerance" is low but has never, not once, been challenged at 3 Doors Down. i suspect the drinks from the bar have something to do with that; they are tasty, strong and creative.
i thought i would never find pasta dishes to replace those i loved at delphina's (now serrato), but i was wrong. the ever-changing pasta dishes at 3 Doors keep you guessing (and drooling), or you can opt for the long-standing favorite, the fra diavlo. that is, unless you've stuffed yourself with appetizers of bacon-wrapped scallops covered in a decadent peach sauce or already stuffed yourself with the bread and white bean dip.
as much as i could go on about the menu, wine list and signature desserts at 3 Doors (nothing better than their banana cream pie after a movie at the bagdad across the street), it is the service which makes this place stand out. you will find no harder working, pleasant and knowledgeable wait staff. they represent the best in what portland has to offer amongst restaurant professionals.
i'm a first-timer on CitySearch. wanted to check out a place we intend to try out tonight (Beast) and, out of curiosity, checked out the comments on my favorite place, 3 Doors. the nearly unanimous favorable comments did not surprise me, but the curiously organized ones i mentioned above are not only strangely out of place, but so far off the mark i couldn't resist responding. come to think of it, i'm glad i won't have to share the best kept secret in portland dining with these three. dave miller
Pros: Friendly Neighborhood Service; Creative Menu; Killer Drinks
Cons: If any, they have escaped me