While most will recognize February 14th as northwest restaurant Carlyle's last day of service before owner Bruce Goldberg wanders off to other projects and Jake Martin wanders over to Fenouil, a few will recognize it as the best/worst day ever. Yes. As it is every year, it will be Valentine's Day.
With that, Eater's interested in rounding up a few options. For today, let's start with the obviously sauce-o-matic joints, and work our way down. First up, Jamie Dunn's (left, with the greatest date flower of all time) pun-tastic Guilt/Gilt Club (i.e. it's for the girlfriend, not the wife) goes there with a menu, courtesy Chris Carriker, that includes the Valentine's-appropriate venison heart tartare, blood orange salad, and a bone-in (har) veal chop. East side Japanese ramen/yakitori shop Biwa is offering their regular menu (along with a couple "extra-romantic special dishes"), but the thrill there is that they encourage "reservations for parties of all sizes." Which means either they're down with everything from a size two to a size twenty, or they're fully embracing Portland's ambisexual poly-etceteraness.
Got others? Whisper it in our ears.