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27 Portland Dining Month 2017 restaurants actually worth your money

27 PORTLAND DINING MONTH 2017 RESTAURANTS ACTUALLY WORTH YOUR MONEY

Proving that a hotel restaurant can have passion, pop and personality, Vitaly Paley's Imperial has steadily improved since its 2012 debut. Today, the menu treads a difficult line between retro and dated, paying homage to Oregon culinary history with a lineup heavy on American nostalgia.

First Course:
Grilled cauliflower with hummus, olives, fava greens and roasted red pepper

Second Course:
Roast lamb eye of top round with salsa verde and spring onions

Third Course:
Brown sugar cake with cashew nougat ice cream

Read the full story on Oregon Live.

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Are hotel restaurants cool again?

"The quirky hotelier [Provenance Hotels] wooed Paley to debut Imperial in 2012 inside Hotel Lucia, finding the sweet spot between Portland’s wood-fired ruggedness and the expense-account business meal. Imperial’s executive chef, Doug Adams himself, cemented the restaurant’s local cred with his signature fried chicken drizzled with house hot sauce and honey from the hotel’s rooftop hive."

Read the full story by Portland Month's Kelly Clarke.

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The best cheap eats in every state: Portland Penny Diner

"Despite all the cheap eats Portland has to offer, [writer and Cooking TV host Ali] Khan's favorite is the PDXWT at the Portland Penny Diner, which is located inside the Hotel Lucia. For under $6, diners get a platter that includes mortadella, sauerkraut, egg, and cheese, served on a Parker House roll. "What will really catch your palate is the coffee mayo, which could easily be renamed espresso cream spread and still nothing would be lost in translation," Khan said.

Read the full story by Travel and Leisure's Talia Avakian.

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The Do Stuff Network: One sec Brunch

"Tell your out of town friends to stay the weekend at Hotel Lucia so you can all stumble into Imperial – the restaurant on the ground floor – for one of Portland’s best hangover helpers. Recent Top Chef contestant, all-around good guy, and international man of mystery, Doug Adams, says his favorite brunch dish is the Ham Steak with Two Skillet Eggs, Baked Beans and Red Eye (coffee) Mayo. Chef Adams is from the country of Texas, so you know this is good."

Read full article by do 503's Matthew Domingo.

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Portland's cocktail bucket lsit: The 50 drinks to try before you die

HAPPY HOUR VIEUX CARRÉ

The Vieux Carré is already a fantastic drink, and Imperial, the new(ish) spot from the famous Vito Paley, makes them predictably well. They’re made in batch, on tap, and only $5 during happy hour. A couple of these and you’ll think you’re in the French Quarter listening to a local jazz group. Don’t miss the $6 happy hour burger while you’re there. 

Read the full story by Thrillist's Alex Frane.

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Best happy hours in Portland

FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE: BEST HAPPY HOURS IN PORTLAND

Happy hour at this celebrated downtown spot by Chef Vitaly Paley kicks off earlier than most at 2pm, so the flat top burger – it’s a crowd pleaser with griddled beef, gooey cheddar, bread and butter pickles, and dill mayo – is just $6 (Before 2pm, it’ll cost you $12). A $3 basket of hand-cut fries makes for the perfect partner. 

Read the full article on Food and Wine.

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Discover Portland: 15 Happiest Happy Hours

DISCOVER PORTLAND: 15 HAPPIEST HAPPY HOURS

Why Go: Few restaurants epitomize classic Pacific Northwest dining better than Imperial, which is operated by James Beard Award-winning chef Vitaly Paley. Getting a seat for happy hour, which is served at the bar, can be a challenge, but it’s worth the hustle. Tip to the wise: show up early, and order the happy hour burger, a glorious example of the simple wonders of a toasty bun with grilled beef and cheddar. 

Best Deal: $5 special cocktails and the $6 Imperial Flat Top Burger.

The Scene: Business-casual, which in Portland translates to fleece, flannel and Danner boots.

Read the full story by Discover Portland's Jon Shadel

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Food & Wine Magazine: best brunch spots in Portland

A good morning starts at this casual, no-frills downtown spot loaded with flavorful staples like house-made “Poptarts” (to make you feel like a kid again) to potato latkes with smoked salmon and a duck egg and a lovely sweet apple French toast with Chantilly cream and streusel topping.

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The best of the best restaurants in Portland, Oregon

"Imperial is owned by one of the most acclaimed chefs in Portland, Vitaly Paley. This cozy restaurant is located in the historic Hotel Lucia. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During dinner time you can enjoy meats cooked to perfection over a wood fire grill, including seafood caught here in the Pacific Northwest. From pig's tail to octopus they have a little bit of
everything on their ever changing menu..."

Read full article by USA Today's Meagan Shamy.

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12 days of holiday cocktails

"Tony Gurdian, lead barman at the acclaimed restaurant Imperial, in Portland, Oregon, says that this drink “is a play off the original Alexander cocktail that eventually became the very famous brandy Alexander. The original Alexander was made with gin and never gained as much fame as his brandy counterpart. In this recipe I use Dutch gin [also known as genever, jenever, or Holland gin], which is much maltier than London dry gin. With . . . the addition of green chartreuse and orange liqueur, this drink is wonderful around the holidays.” 


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Imperial is Willamette Week's 2015 Restaurant of the Year

Willamette Week has named Imperial Restaurant of the Year !! We’re so honored to be recognized by Willamette Week for the value our restaurants continue to bring to the community. We're especially grateful to our staff at Imperial who have worked so hard over the past three years to build the restaurant into what it is today. -Chef/Owner Vitaly Paley

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The tasty details on Portland's fry bread trend

"Vitaly Paley describes his creation as a cross between Native American, lard-fried dough, and Neapolitan fried pizza. It’s bouffant, and barely sweet, making for a sturdy “taco” base for Paley and Top Chef star, executive chef Doug Adams to play with. Top marks go to the predictable but unabashedly crave-worthy pork belly taco, glazed in sweet soy and jammed with bahn mi pickles and red jalapenos, and the “Hangtown Fry,” a creation busting at the seams with juicy fried oysters, scrambled eggs, bacon, and spicy remoulade."

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