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Restaurants we like

A rotating guide to Portland dining

Restaurants with an * were featured in Entree 2006, the Portland Tribune's restaurant guide. Longer reviews are available at www.portlandtribune.com. Prices refer to dinner entrees.

Entree 2007 will be published Friday, April 20.

DOWNTOWN

Cafe Voilà

Oft-changing and diverse menu makes this a terrific place for lunchers bored of turkey and swiss.

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. $2.75-$6

901 S.W. Washington St., 503-595-5606.

Carafe

Lovable French bistro. Excellent pre-theater.

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. $14-$19

200 S.W. Market St., 503-248-0004

* Higgins

A paragon of Northwest bistro-style cuisine

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. $17.50-$31.50

1239 S.W. Broadway, 503-222-9070

Jake's Famous Crawfish

Legendary Portland seafood institution.

11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m Sunday. $10.95-$31.95

401 S.W. 12th Ave., 503-226-1419

Jake's Grill

Old-fashioned charm and service in the heart of downtown. Great steaks.

6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $7.95-$36.70

611 S.W. 10th Ave., 503-220-1850

* Karam

Terrific, exotic food in the most welcoming restaurant

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday. $10-$23

316 S.W. Stark St., 503-223-0830

Masu

Where Portland's glitterati go for sushi rolls.

11:30 a.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$23

406 S.W. 13th Ave., 503-221-6278

Mother's Bistro and Bar

Not your mother's home cookin'.

7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $11.95-$19.95

212 S.W. Stark St., 503-464-1122

• Veritable Quandary

A longtime Portland restaurant with enduring charm.

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, brunch 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. $18-$27

1220 S.W. First Ave., 503-227-7342

NORTH

* Equinox

Cultures cross but don't clash on the plate.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8.50-$18

830 N. Shaver St., 503-460-3333

* Lorenzo's

Sincere Italian food in an easy, airy setting.

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, $8-$13

3807 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-284-6200

* Mint

A redesign shows off the perenially smashing cocktails and spicy, earthy, meaty dishes. Terrific happy hour menu.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, bar menu until 1 a.m. and happy hour 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. $11-$18

816 N. Russell St., 503-284-5518

Widmer Gasthaus

The beer's the thing for the Widmer brothers, and several of the food options recall summer barbecues and picnics.

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $9.25-$18.95

955 N. Russell St., 503-281-3333

NORTHEAST

Bernie's Southern Bistro

A big taste of the South.

5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday-Saturday. $12-$24

2904 N.E. Alberta St., 503-282-9864

Cafe Wonder

In the basement of Wonder Ballroom, this cozy cave offers tasty '50s style dinners - roasted chicken, meatloaf, baked ziti - at extremely reasonable prices.

5 p.m. to close Tuesday-Saturday. $7.50-$14

128 N.E. Russell St., 503-403-0371

* Ciao Vito

Neighborhood restaurants don't come any friendlier or more delicious than this upscale Italian eatery.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $13-$22

2203 N.E. Alberta St., 503-282-5522

Echo

Affordable, eclectic fare in a cafe setting that's comfortable for both cocktail swillers and young families.

4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday-Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. $7-$18

2225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-460-3246