Oregon is home to a lot of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Portlanders aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Image of China Delight courtesy John F. via Yelp
St. Honoré's baker/owner Dominique Geulin found his passion for baking in the coastal Normandy town of Etretat. As a young boy living above the family bakery, he learned the secrets to traditional bread baking from his father, Hubert. Now he is sharing secrets with his own family — his wife Stephanie and their two sons, Thomas and Matthew — including the best places to go for le déjeuner, le dîner and other delights. And, in this case, it's for a taste of Asian, not French, flavors.
A place we have been going to on a regular basis as a family since our boys were little is China Delight on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. Over the years we got to know the owner, Bruce, very well. We are always greeted with a "Comment allez vous?" with a pronounced Chinese-American accent. The food is delicious with generous portions, and a Tsingtao beer is always followed by Bruce's signature Chinese Pizza! The original sweet and sour pork, Kung Pao chicken, and pan-fried noodles are among our favorites; occasionally we also ask for a surprise "real Chinese" dish. We have never been disappointed. We would always finish our meal with the classical fortune cookie, where my wife and I would imagine new fortunes to tell our sons such as "you have the best Mommy or Daddy of the world." But they soon caught on to our ruse.