Portland and Austin's long-running "Best Places to Live" rivalry has never gotten nasty, though if we weren't so "laid back" and "welcoming", we'd totally tag "Keep Portland Lame!" all over their bike-friendly infrastructure. Just moved from one desirable living situation to another, the chefs behind Foreign & Domestic
Opening Thursday from married City of Roses transplants, F&D is a pastel-painted one-room canteen with mod-wooden furniture and long bench seating, centered around an open kitchen serving an unpretentious French/ Spanish/ American fusion of "snacks, chomps, and plates", but not C.H.O.M.P.S., because movies starring Valerie Bertinelli as the girlfriend of a young man who invents a robotic dog are All-American, baby.
Appetite-whetters include grilled baby octopus (w/ refried chick peas, dried olives, garlic, almond milk), venison spare ribs (hearts of celery vinaigrette, piquillo peppers, cabrales panna cotta), and "F&D Poppy Cock" (pork rinds, fried peanuts, toffee popcorn, lemon), plus more substantial tapas like the Smokey Mountain-sourced ham/pickled parsley/filone bread & butter "That Beautiful Ass", the ordering of which is sure to prod countless "Why thank you"s. King-sized portions include veggie/ ricotta/ taragon-stuffed handmade corn ravioli, griddled Richardson Farms chicken (w/ corn pudding, cracklins, pole beans, sherry vinegar), and a Jersey-inspired, bacon-crusted head-cheese sausage on toasted brioche number called "The Ripper" -- both for its tendency to split during cooking, and for its effect on your Bugle Boys
To water the garden of your happiness, F&D's slinging boutique American wines at generously low markdowns and a shifting selection of craft beers (starting with Full Sail Session, Brooklyn Brown, and North Coast Scrimshaw), plus brew-tails like a Session Lager/ preserved lemon/ ginger beer shandy called "The Cyclist" -- a grating reminder that while we may Live Strong, Portland's impressive network of bike lanes'll help them Live Long.