Le Pigeon, Portland, OR.
Portland’s Le Pigeon is responsible for stellar meals, whether a diner seeks something as simple as a hamburger or an entree that’s far more elaborate. The restaurant’s unconventional approach to desserts involves ingredients you might not expect to see there: foie gras, for one.
Recommended dessert: Saffron and Pear Crumb Cake. The pear is a versatile dessert standby; the inclusion of other ingredients — almond brittle, whipped yogurt — makes for something unconventional yet familiar.