Natural Selection (Portland)
Who says you need roast chicken and Bolognese to approximate the rustic, modern aesthetic of French and Italian cooking? Portland's Natural Selection presents plant-based food in a European light, serving a four-course prix-fixe menu with a nicely balanced wine and beer list. Meals often combine an expert balance of flavors; on one trip, you could get a light but flavorful soup, citrus salad, earthier ingredients like sunchokes and nuts, and a rich chestnut pasta dish with egg yolk and lemon. You can also arrange your night so that the whole meal is vegan or gluten-free, depending on dietary needs. Top the whole thing off with a cocktail like the Quince Sidecar (brandy, quince syrup, lemon, and Cointreau, expertly mixed) or a cup of Stumptown coffee. You're in Portland, after all.