Going out to eat allows you to enjoy fine dining without having to procure exotic ingredients or build a sommelier out of an old computer. Lap up luxury with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Locally Sourced Pacific Northwest Food
The seasonally rotating dinner menu brims with local, organic, and sustainably produced ingredients. It currently includes dishes such as asparagus with elderflower vinegar, fourme d'ambert, and pine nuts ($11), squid-ink chittara pasta with nduja and calabrian chiles ($10), and almond-milk poached halibut with spring-vegetable ragout, chili oil, and garlic purée ($16). Creative cocktails include the BLT with house roma-tomato vodkam basikl, and lemon olive oil with bacon salt ($9).
The Gilt Club Restaurant
The Gilt Club Restaurant caught the attention of national foodies when it hosted a James Beard Foundation event, and won over the public with its cameo on the first episode of Portlandia. Described as "part lab, party swanky James Bond hideaway," by Portland Monthly, Gilt Club's décor swaddles guests in crimson curtains and high-backed booths illuminated by organically shaped chandeliers. Owner and manager Jamie Dunn is often spotted prowling the house in shiny gold shoes while executive chef Neil Everett helms the kitchen. Neil's seasonal menu marries European tradition with gourmet local and organic ingredients—such as tom yum mussels, ricotta gnocchi, and hanger steak—that come from businesses and farms with sustainable practices whenever possible.
Behind Gilt's gilded bar, a pair of bartenders whips up signature cocktails from an impressive list of 125 spirits, including house-infused liquors spiced with ingredients such as beet, habanero, and blood orange. Even in the vintage cocktails, house-made bitters surprise jaded taste buds like a soufflé stuffed with joy buzzers.