though there are so many wonderful dining options in portland, i find myself always going back to the same few places. when i love a restaurant, i find it hard to branch out for fear that others won't measure up. but then, there's navarre, a place i've always wanted to try (and was happily rewarded for doing so).

it's a tiny space, dimly lit and cozy. the food is exquisite, with a rotating menu and the option of small or large plates so you can taste multiple items. the wine list is extensive, also offering the choice of different amounts (glass, 1/3 bottle, 1/2 bottle, whole bottle) to maximize tasting options. 

the first time jill and i visited, we ordered a spanish red wine, buttery mushrooms, braised kale, and a cheese plate. the next time, a french red wine, farro with parsley and lemon, salt cod and parsnip fritters with chanterelles, baby clams in a white wine broth, and radishes with salted french butter. i'm officially hooked.

navarre 10 northeast 28th avenue portland, or 97232

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