Portland, Oregon is known for great food whether it is the famous food carts, restaurants or markets. I agreed with great interest to review Doug Pitassi’s book 15 Best Restaurants in Portland. I was born in Portland and visit on occasion. I also happen to love good food!
What I Liked
15 Best Restaurants in Portland is a book that contains reviews of fifteen restaurants in Portland. The reviews are typically about three pages long (double spaced, large font). The book is short, easy to read and light weight.
I like that 15 Best Restaurants in Portland is portable. It is available either in paperback or Kindle formats. The Kindle book is quite inexpensive (.99) and may introduce you to new restaurants.
Several of the restaurants were new to me and I look forward to trying them on my next visit to Portland. It is clear that Pitassi has an enthusiasm for Portland and Portland’s food!
What Could Be Improved
While 15 Best Restaurants in Portland is well written, it would benefit from illustration. Other than the cover, there are no images. The book would be greatly improved if it contained pictures of the restaurants and a location map. I am used to travel books that include maps and illustrations.
The book also lacks basic directory information such as an address and telephone number for each restaurant. I realize this information may become outdated, but it is still lacking. The book does include website addresses for the restaurant and other reviews. This might make the Kindle version more helpful as a reference work assuming the reader has a good wifi connection or unlimited data. I prefer travel books that include basic information on how to find the restaurant and how to contact them as I like to minimize my use of cellular data while traveling.
My Impressions of 15 Best Restaurants in Portland
In conclusion, 15 Best Restaurants in Portland is an easy read featuring 15 restaurants in Portland, Oregon. I feel it is a useful resource and the author seems enthusiastic about good food. I also feel it falls a little short as a reference guide due to the lack of directory-style information, maps, and illustrations. I feel the Kindle version is well worth the price due to the well-written reviews.
About the Author Doug Pitassi
Doug Pitassi, a new Portland resident, explores his favorite restaurants since moving to Portland in 2014. This inside look at the CIty of Roses’ most prosperous eateries will take you from moody to foodie in a day.
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