2015 is rapidly approaching, and if you haven’t made your plans yet, you had better get to it. While many restaurants have special meals, here are some of the most interesting and exceptional places to ring in the New Year in Portland, Ore.:
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When visiting Andina for New Year’s Eve, don’t be surprised to see Mama Doris carrying a suitcase, wearing yellow, and eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. It’s the Peruvian way to bring good luck and adventure in the coming year. Join her, and everyone else at Andina, in counting down to 2015 with a prix fixe menu featuring tapas, a choice of entrée, and dessert.
In addition to their full menu, Bar Avignon will have New Year’s Eve specials highlighting oysters, foie gras, and Champagne.
Beast will be featuring a New Year’s Eve extended set tasting menu paired with wine. Some of the dishes included in the over-three-hour extravaganza include seared big eye tuna with warm beet and onion purée, black truffle vinaigrette, and shaved black truffles; Carman Ranch strip loin roast with smoked shallot butter, pommes dauphinois, and bone marrow sauce aux champignons; and baked Brie fermier with bruléed persimmon.
New chef Lisa Doshier of Equinox has created a special Les Resolucions menu for New Year’s Eve featuring themed menu options such as Call Mom More Often: fettuccine carbonara with kale, bacon, egg yolk, and Parmigiano, and Get Organized: Indian spiced braised lamb with root vegetables.
Grüner is welcoming in the New Year with a Swiss winter holiday dinner. You can anticipate such mouthwatering Helvetian fare as a raclette of fondue of Swiss cow’s milk cheese with boiled potatoes and pickled red onion; Rösti comprising shredded potato pancake, house-smoked fish, crème fraîche, and caviar; and The Berner Platte: a feast of various meats, sausages, and sauerkraut.
Salty’s on the Columbia’s chef Josh Gibler has a menu of New Year’s Eve specials in addition to the regular menu, including dishes such as a seafood risotto of scallops, prawns, salmon, cod, and Dungeness crab; buttermilk-soaked fried Alaskan razor clams with wicked tartar and Meyer lemon marmalade; and a 14-ounce Maine lobster thermidor with herbed risotto and Champagne-minted carrots. On New Year’s Day there is an all-you-can-eat brunch including bottomless Champagne or make-your-own Bloody Mary.
Sarah Cohen is the Portland City Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @scretshopper