Reason enough to contemplate a move to Portland, OR: the Woodsman Tavern & Market, a pitch-perfect Pacific Northwest watering hole and seafood grill with an adjacent artisan-focused market.
Despite the been-there-forever look of the interiors, owner Duane Sorenson (of Stumptown fame) rehabbed the space from the ground up, with new banquettes stained to look old and a collection of vintage landscape paintings bordering on the kitsch. GQ's Alan Richman called the Woodsman one of the best new restaurants of 2012 (chef Jason Barwikowski "steals smartly and shamelessly from around the globe," he says). For more information, go to the Woodsman Tavern and Market.
Above: The moody interiors are more Twin Peaks than Portlandia.
Above: A collection of thrift-store landscapes depict the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
Above: A view of the bar and dining areas.
Above: Long tables for communal dining.
Above: High-gloss painted ceilings and Edison bulbs add a gleam to the otherwise somber interiors.
Above: A woodfire inferno.
Above: The Woodsman Market interior; photo via Eater.
Above: Locally sourced offerings.
Above: Flowers and produce, reimagined.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 3, 2012.