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“A "stumble-in" gem...”
Review of Petisco

Ranked #327 of 4,272 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Tucson, Arizona
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A "stumble-in" gem...”
Reviewed September 29, 2011

This is one of those places that you walk by and mutter to yourself that maybe someday you might try it.

A non-descript hole in the wall with a half dozen tables, a chalkboard menu, with interesting possibilities scrawled daily, and an appealing but brief wine list.

And in my opinion, you walk by at your peril.

We first ate at Petisco a year ago, my wife being drawn in by the chalk claim of onion soup, on a wet Portland afternoon.

We were hooked. Good service, chef/owner doing it all behind an open counter and imaginative, expertly prepared food that is a must to survive in this city full of excellent restaurants.

Made our regular stop yesterday. The attention grabber this time was a pairing of brussel sprouts and pork with a baked cheese topping.

That and a bottle of Montepulciano made a simple lunch an inspiration to share the experience here.


  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank Metacomet
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English first
Harbor Springs, Michigan
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411 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“Charming hideaway cafe”
Reviewed November 24, 2009

I have dined twice at this charming hideaway cafe on bustling Broadway Street in Northeast Portland. The first time I had a delicious Angry Sicilian sandwich, and the second time a daily special of lamb kabobs. The lamb kabobs was surprisingly tasty for a non-Lebanese restaurant.

This cafe has only been open since February, 2009, with the owner-chef, Michael MacFarlane gradually expanding his menu selections.

The cafe is a stepdown from street level in the middle of a busy block on Broadway and hard to find the first time. A Thai restaurant is on the upper level.

The quality of the food selections and the value received is well worth searching for this cafe among the dozens of restaurants on Broadway.

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1 Thank LouBobHarborSprings
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