Portland's Pearl District is a shining example of the re-urbanization trend in leading American cities. Over the past 10 years, this industrial neighborhood has attracted a remarkable diversity of stylish shops, high-end restaurants and loft-style residential buildings.
Bluehour was among the earliest outposts of style and good eating in the Pearl, and has retained its position through consistently great food coupled with a high-style modernist atmosphere, and a correspondingly fabulous local crowd.
The menu leans Mediterranean, but with a ligh "international" touch. A fresh menu is printed daily, but classics like gnocchi with black truffle and seared scallops with bacon are reliable favorites. A full bar is also available, making Bluehour a welcome stop for a late evening drink. And if you stay out late, a recently-added brunch menu might help take the edge off.