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I recently visited Le Pigeon with my friends, Linda and Mora. I loved the casual atmosphere of the place, the friendliness of the chef and of the staff, and the delicious and creative dishes they served.

The menu changes each week. Chef Gabriel Rucker visits the local farmers markets several times a week and bases his menu on whatever is fresh and seasonal. When I was there, they were featuring such inventive starters as, Foie Gras with Waffles, Rhubarb and Almonds (my choice), Lobster with Frisee, Corn and Fennel and Lamb B.L.T. Among the main courses were Roasted and Fried Pork with Green Beans, Mushrooms and Cream Fraiche (my choice), Monkfish with Peppers and Olives, Quail with Squash, Marrow and Cherry Tomatoes and Cauliflower with Crepe, Asparagus and Mushrooms. The desserts were creative and delicious, too – Profiteroles with Foie Gras Ice Cream, Southern-style Cornbread with Dried Apricots, Bacon, and Honey (my choice) and a Cauliflower Cherry Clafoutis.

The wine list was extensive and included wines from Oregon, California, France and Italy, among other regions. There was a nice selection of beer, too, from the U.S., Czech Republic, Australia, Belgium, Germany and Poland.

The customers at Le Pigeon were friendly as well, and it was apparent that they make Le Pigeon their choice on a frequent basis. It will be on my list, too, when I return to Portland for another culinary weekend.

Le Pigeon
738 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214
Telephone: 503-546-8796

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