In Good Taste

★★★★☆
  • 231 NW 11th Ave

    Portland, OR 97209

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  • 503-248-2015

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Today, In Good Taste canceled yet ANOTHER hands-on children's cooking class. This is the THIRD TIME they've done this. We signed our son up for a knife skills class earlier this year, and they cancelled it. When they called to cancel, we

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★★★★★

Today, In Good Taste canceled yet ANOTHER hands-on children's cooking class. This is the THIRD TIME they've done this. We signed our son up for a knife skills class earlier this year, and they cancelled it. When they called to cancel, we

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I don't know how the classes are, or how the food is, because I purchased a hands-on class for my wife for her birthday and they cancelled the night before. Really discouraging when the whole class/night out was a surprise for my wife and

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I don't know how the classes are, or how the food is, because I purchased a hands-on class for my wife for her birthday and they cancelled the night before. Really discouraging when the whole class/night out was a surprise for my wife and

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I have taken classes from In Good Taste over many years and have enjoyed both the information conveyed and the excellent instructors.

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I have taken classes from In Good Taste over many years and have enjoyed both the information conveyed and the excellent instructors.

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I've taken many a cooking class here always with friends and learned much from the excellent teachers they feature. When their catalog of classes arrives, it's always difficult to choose.

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★★★★☆

I've taken many a cooking class here always with friends and learned much from the excellent teachers they feature. When their catalog of classes arrives, it's always difficult to choose.

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I love this cute little store. The staff greets me, then leaves me alone until I need something. In Good Taste may not have quite as vast a selection as Sur La Table (I shop at Sur La Table also), but their prices are much more reasonable. The same tiny Epicurean cutting board that I saw at Sur La Table for $13.95 was $9.95 at In Good Taste. Seriously, a $4 mark up at Sur La Table. They also have biodegradable bags. So, go to In Good Taste first. If you don't find what you need, go down a few blocks to Sur La Table.

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I love this cute little store. The staff greets me, then leaves me alone until I need something. In Good Taste may not have quite as vast a selection as Sur La Table (I shop at Sur La Table also), but their prices are much more reasonable. The same tiny Epicurean cutting board that I saw at Sur La Table for $13.95 was $9.95 at In Good Taste. Seriously, a $4 mark up at Sur La Table. They also have biodegradable bags. So, go to In Good Taste first. If you don't find what you need, go down a few blocks to Sur La Table.

Pros: Not corporate, better prices, environmentally friendly, good selection, helpful (but not annoying) staff

Cons: If you're looking for something VERY specific, you might not find EXACTLY what you need?

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If I could rate this place zero stars, I would. Long story short, they have given me the run around on using a large gift certificate not once, not twice, but THREE times. They have essentially succeeded in stealing my money, citing the woes of being a "small business" with "no legal obligation" for why they will not honor my gc. POOR business practices, if you ask me, and I will let everyone know how incompetent their staff and especially undiplomatic their owner is. And I will certainly not be a future patron - oh, wait, they haven't even given me the opportunity to BE a patron of their store.

SHAME ON YOU! You should rename your store "In BAD Taste", as that is how you treat your customers.

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If I could rate this place zero stars, I would. Long story short, they have given me the run around on using a large gift certificate not once, not twice, but THREE times. They have essentially succeeded in stealing my money, citing the woes of being a "small business" with "no legal obligation" for why they will not honor my gc. POOR business practices, if you ask me, and I will let everyone know how incompetent their staff and especially undiplomatic their owner is. And I will certainly not be a future patron - oh, wait, they haven't even given me the opportunity to BE a patron of their store.

SHAME ON YOU! You should rename your store "In BAD Taste", as that is how you treat your customers.

Pros: I know where NOT to go.

Cons: Worst customer service ever, shady business practices.

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Wow! I was surfing on citysearch and was appalled at the previous review (see below). EVERY time I have gone to In Good Taste I have been treated with the utmost respect. The staff is so helpful and professional; all of my questions are always answered honestly. They greeted me with a smile as soon as I walked in the door, asked me if I needed any help, and then left me alone to peruse the nooks and crannies of culinary gadgets and cookware. When I did have a question, they were there with the answer. When I was ready to check out, they were there ready to serve me.
I have taken numerous cooking classes at In Good Taste and I have been so happy I did every time. I've had a class cancel on me a time or two, but the staff was so apologetic and sincere that it would have taken a lot of effort to be upset. Well you what? Life happens! Sometimes classes get cancelled; for whatever reason. I have found that they were willing to go above and beyond to remedy the situation and to apologize for the cancellation.
As for the guy who's class got cancelled and it was his anniversary---I bet they gave you notice... I bet they were really sorry... I bet they offered you a different class for the same price as the one you bought... I bet they did everything in their power to make you happy... I bet no matter what they did, it wasn't good enough for you. That's your problem. Deal with it. But don't tell people to go to Sur La Table ( an evil national corporation) because you didn't get what you wanted.
I would give In Good Taste one hundred million stars if I could. Don't take the word of some guy who's class got cancelled and he couldn't deal with it; take the word of a life long customer.

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★★★★★

Wow! I was surfing on citysearch and was appalled at the previous review (see below). EVERY time I have gone to In Good Taste I have been treated with the utmost respect. The staff is so helpful and professional; all of my questions are always answered honestly. They greeted me with a smile as soon as I walked in the door, asked me if I needed any help, and then left me alone to peruse the nooks and crannies of culinary gadgets and cookware. When I did have a question, they were there with the answer. When I was ready to check out, they were there ready to serve me.
I have taken numerous cooking classes at In Good Taste and I have been so happy I did every time. I've had a class cancel on me a time or two, but the staff was so apologetic and sincere that it would have taken a lot of effort to be upset. Well you what? Life happens! Sometimes classes get cancelled; for whatever reason. I have found that they were willing to go above and beyond to remedy the situation and to apologize for the cancellation.
As for the guy who's class got cancelled and it was his anniversary---I bet they gave you notice... I bet they were really sorry... I bet they offered you a different class for the same price as the one you bought... I bet they did everything in their power to make you happy... I bet no matter what they did, it wasn't good enough for you. That's your problem. Deal with it. But don't tell people to go to Sur La Table ( an evil national corporation) because you didn't get what you wanted.
I would give In Good Taste one hundred million stars if I could. Don't take the word of some guy who's class got cancelled and he couldn't deal with it; take the word of a life long customer.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Parking can be difficult, but save the earth; take the bus or streetcar.

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For our Anniversary this year I thought I would surprise my wife with a cooking class from In Good Taste. We've been talking about doing one for many years but for some reason never got around to it. Low and behold one was available on the night of our Anniversary. I made the reservations, arranged for a sitter, hyped up a "never before" Anniversary surprise. A few days before I received a call from In Good Taste informing me that the class had been canceled because of a conflict of interest on the schedule. Ok... scheduling issues and cancellations are part of life, I understand. But I find their offer of letting me select another night at the same price insulting. Good customer service means taking care of your customer not saying oh too bad you can come some other time. I'll be sure to share this one with my coworkers and friends.

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★☆☆☆☆

For our Anniversary this year I thought I would surprise my wife with a cooking class from In Good Taste. We've been talking about doing one for many years but for some reason never got around to it. Low and behold one was available on the night of our Anniversary. I made the reservations, arranged for a sitter, hyped up a "never before" Anniversary surprise. A few days before I received a call from In Good Taste informing me that the class had been canceled because of a conflict of interest on the schedule. Ok... scheduling issues and cancellations are part of life, I understand. But I find their offer of letting me select another night at the same price insulting. Good customer service means taking care of your customer not saying oh too bad you can come some other time. I'll be sure to share this one with my coworkers and friends.

Pros: No Clue

Cons: Customer Service

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Staff has little clue about products outside of what they have in store (how do they stay competitive?) Not knowledgeable about what to look for in an olive oil. I went to Elephants Delicatessen instead and got my fresh Olive Oil and had my questions answered . Customer service needs to shape up or loose business.

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Staff has little clue about products outside of what they have in store (how do they stay competitive?) Not knowledgeable about what to look for in an olive oil. I went to Elephants Delicatessen instead and got my fresh Olive Oil and had my questions answered . Customer service needs to shape up or loose business.

Pros: Catering

Cons: Customer service

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City search steared me wrong this time. I made a special trip to "In good taste" to see what treasures they might have. The gormet foods were nothing out of the ordinary, pretty basic fare you would find in a fine grocery store. The selection of books were blah, and the kitchen supplies were standard mall store products with the one exception being a selection of CIA products that were in the back of the store.



The staff was pretty sad too, I spoke to two of them, and they didn't seem to have a clue of what the cooking world was like outside of thier little shop. I offered one contridition to a statement a salesperson made and she became arguementative and just rolled her eyes. I let the old lady have her opinion, but honey , 61HRc is not the hardest core steel in the market, do your homework. Hiromoto makes a production knife with an HRc of 63; Hattori HD is 61HRc, Tojiro PS 63HRc, I could go on. My point is, what kind of an expert can you be if you can't look beyond your own selection of goods? Your store is just silly, and I made my purchases down the block at Sur la Table.

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★☆☆☆☆

City search steared me wrong this time. I made a special trip to "In good taste" to see what treasures they might have. The gormet foods were nothing out of the ordinary, pretty basic fare you would find in a fine grocery store. The selection of books were blah, and the kitchen supplies were standard mall store products with the one exception being a selection of CIA products that were in the back of the store.



The staff was pretty sad too, I spoke to two of them, and they didn't seem to have a clue of what the cooking world was like outside of thier little shop. I offered one contridition to a statement a salesperson made and she became arguementative and just rolled her eyes. I let the old lady have her opinion, but honey , 61HRc is not the hardest core steel in the market, do your homework. Hiromoto makes a production knife with an HRc of 63; Hattori HD is 61HRc, Tojiro PS 63HRc, I could go on. My point is, what kind of an expert can you be if you can't look beyond your own selection of goods? Your store is just silly, and I made my purchases down the block at Sur la Table.

Pros: Located near a better store

Cons: Staff knowledge was lacking.

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I have "to learn how to do" something or I Iust stay home...In Good Taste Store lets me do it all - eat great food and learn how to buy the correct utensil to cook my food in. The staff are very knowledgeable and I continue to learn how to cook as well.

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★★★★★

I have "to learn how to do" something or I Iust stay home...In Good Taste Store lets me do it all - eat great food and learn how to buy the correct utensil to cook my food in. The staff are very knowledgeable and I continue to learn how to cook as well.

Pros: whatever you need in cookware or delicacies IN GOOD TASTE has it all

Cons: on-street parking but most places are this way now

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IN GOOD TASTE fills the gap for me...I had never learned how to cook but I know what good food is....when I come to Portland, to eat at In Good Taste at their cooking school and Friday night dinners is a must. The food is holistic!.

The portions are just right and the wine selection so good! IN GOOD TASTE and Portland's Pearl District are my favorite cities and I am so glad my friends live here.

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IN GOOD TASTE fills the gap for me...I had never learned how to cook but I know what good food is....when I come to Portland, to eat at In Good Taste at their cooking school and Friday night dinners is a must. The food is holistic!.

The portions are just right and the wine selection so good! IN GOOD TASTE and Portland's Pearl District are my favorite cities and I am so glad my friends live here.

Pros: food is always delicious and the portions just right

Cons: have not any

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IN GOOD TASTE is a sojourn for me when I visit my family in Portland. I am always more than pleased with the food preparations and servings along with the choices of wine served...it is just awesome! I also learn a great deal about food and the cooking processes.

I take my younger children with me...they look forward to the tasty portions of food and being served.

I can't recommend it more highly - try it once and you are hooked on IN GOOD TASTE for a wonderful dining experience.

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IN GOOD TASTE is a sojourn for me when I visit my family in Portland. I am always more than pleased with the food preparations and servings along with the choices of wine served...it is just awesome! I also learn a great deal about food and the cooking processes.

I take my younger children with me...they look forward to the tasty portions of food and being served.

I can't recommend it more highly - try it once and you are hooked on IN GOOD TASTE for a wonderful dining experience.

Pros: on street parking but garage is also available - never had a problem

Cons: none really

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MY HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARTY is always at IN GOOD TASTE at a COOKING CLASS or at FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS!

My wife asks, "What do you want for your birthday"? My answer is always the same - gourtmet food with good cooks and "EATING MY BIRTHDAY DINNER AT IN GOOD TASTE !

The food is super clean, holistic and supports Portland's farmers and the community. I also enjoy the FREE birthday cake and an extra toast of wine!

The best food is at IN GOOD TASTE ! I also eat there most Fridays and attend most cooking classes because the food is so great and clean. Join me for just good eating and good company.

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MY HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARTY is always at IN GOOD TASTE at a COOKING CLASS or at FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS!

My wife asks, "What do you want for your birthday"? My answer is always the same - gourtmet food with good cooks and "EATING MY BIRTHDAY DINNER AT IN GOOD TASTE !

The food is super clean, holistic and supports Portland's farmers and the community. I also enjoy the FREE birthday cake and an extra toast of wine!

The best food is at IN GOOD TASTE ! I also eat there most Fridays and attend most cooking classes because the food is so great and clean. Join me for just good eating and good company.

Pros: always spotless clean facility and served to make me feel i have arrived

Cons: parking sometimes is not so great - for dinners and classes is always okay.

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Every time I enter the store I am overwhelmed by the cleanliness - it is spotless! I only shop here because I know they have what I want in cooking items. My cooking school experiences are more of the same - holistic food, fabulous tasting always - and the courteous serversI The wine selections are everything anyone would want - they have it all! Truly, this is a one-stop shopping and eating experience. My favorite culinary experience.

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★★★☆☆

Every time I enter the store I am overwhelmed by the cleanliness - it is spotless! I only shop here because I know they have what I want in cooking items. My cooking school experiences are more of the same - holistic food, fabulous tasting always - and the courteous serversI The wine selections are everything anyone would want - they have it all! Truly, this is a one-stop shopping and eating experience. My favorite culinary experience.

Pros: Service; Fabulous cooks that know how to cook anything!

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This store is a culinary adventure with one of the finest wine selections in town. In Good Taste has a terrific assortment of gourmet foods and let's not forget the chocolates. As far as kitchen wares go, if I want a tool that works, this is the store. Combine those assets with a knowledgeable staff and a rare assortment of products, this makes for a fantastic shopping experience.

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This store is a culinary adventure with one of the finest wine selections in town. In Good Taste has a terrific assortment of gourmet foods and let's not forget the chocolates. As far as kitchen wares go, if I want a tool that works, this is the store. Combine those assets with a knowledgeable staff and a rare assortment of products, this makes for a fantastic shopping experience.

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I've been to many classes and dinners at In Good Taste, as well as shopping there frequently, and I have to say it's one of the most entertaining ways to spend an evening. The addition of the new chef has shown to be a great move. The food is delicious, and she is very personable. They also have a wonderful wine department where one can find almost anything. And if they don't currently have something on their shelves, they will track it down for you.

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★★★★★

I've been to many classes and dinners at In Good Taste, as well as shopping there frequently, and I have to say it's one of the most entertaining ways to spend an evening. The addition of the new chef has shown to be a great move. The food is delicious, and she is very personable. They also have a wonderful wine department where one can find almost anything. And if they don't currently have something on their shelves, they will track it down for you.

Pros: Wine department, Cooking School, Helpful staff

Cons: Parking

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In Good Taste is a surprising store for people who want to make food an important part of their lives! You can get started as a novice, or find items that help you cook those complex recipes!

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In Good Taste is a surprising store for people who want to make food an important part of their lives! You can get started as a novice, or find items that help you cook those complex recipes!

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The quality of food is Oregon's fineness - cooked with the highest quality of vegetables and meats.

Tremendous! Best buy for a night out on the town-quality wines to purchase!

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The quality of food is Oregon's fineness - cooked with the highest quality of vegetables and meats.

Tremendous! Best buy for a night out on the town-quality wines to purchase!

Pros: quality of food, serving with grace, cooking-holistic

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I live in Seattle, no small amount of shopping opportunity there - travel to Portaland on a regular basis and consistently make a point of visiting "In Good Taste"! I've never been disappointed by the staff, who I find extremely knowledgable, and helpful. I know that many of their staff are professionally trained and experienced in the culinary arts and wine. They consistently have a great selection of new items not to be found in Seattle or Portland. Yes, the parking could be more convinent, but it's Portland and the Pearl District. Do yourself, your kitchen and taste buds a favor and visit.

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★★★★★

I live in Seattle, no small amount of shopping opportunity there - travel to Portaland on a regular basis and consistently make a point of visiting "In Good Taste"! I've never been disappointed by the staff, who I find extremely knowledgable, and helpful. I know that many of their staff are professionally trained and experienced in the culinary arts and wine. They consistently have a great selection of new items not to be found in Seattle or Portland. Yes, the parking could be more convinent, but it's Portland and the Pearl District. Do yourself, your kitchen and taste buds a favor and visit.

Pros: Knowledgable, Great Selection, Helpful

Cons: Parking, Nothing Else

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After reading previous reviews I felt I needed to chime in. First of all, they no longer have a restaurant. The specialize in gourmet products, wines and the cooking school. Second of all, I am surprised that someone felt treated poorly. I am not your typical "Pearl District Snob" (I don't even live in the Pearl) and I was treated quite professionally. The classes are fabulous! The instructors are very informative and will patiently explain step by step what they are doing and, if you want to know, why they are doing it that way. The food is great, the wines are great, and the atmosphere is fun. As for parking, yep, that is a bummer. They are on the Streetcar line....

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★★★★★

After reading previous reviews I felt I needed to chime in. First of all, they no longer have a restaurant. The specialize in gourmet products, wines and the cooking school. Second of all, I am surprised that someone felt treated poorly. I am not your typical "Pearl District Snob" (I don't even live in the Pearl) and I was treated quite professionally. The classes are fabulous! The instructors are very informative and will patiently explain step by step what they are doing and, if you want to know, why they are doing it that way. The food is great, the wines are great, and the atmosphere is fun. As for parking, yep, that is a bummer. They are on the Streetcar line....

Pros: intimate setting, knowledgable staff, locally owned

Cons: parking

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This store has some of the most difficult to find or unusual ingredients and gadgets in the city. The staff is very helpful in finding what I'm looking for or suggesting an alternative. They have salts from around the world, literally! I signed up for a cooking class and was wowed by the time I spent in this store/cooking school. I made new friends and learned some great skills in the process.

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★★★★★

This store has some of the most difficult to find or unusual ingredients and gadgets in the city. The staff is very helpful in finding what I'm looking for or suggesting an alternative. They have salts from around the world, literally! I signed up for a cooking class and was wowed by the time I spent in this store/cooking school. I made new friends and learned some great skills in the process.

Pros: Family owned, Intimate classes, Knowledgeable staff

Cons: Parking, Parking, Parking

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As a trained chef who loves quality, I can say they DO have some of the hard to find and high quality products one cannot find without a long and difficult search, I like them for that.... HOWEVER, my gawd, drop the attitude! Don't look down your nose at me because I don't look like your average Pearl District snob- be sure you will never see me darken your doorstep again. Hmmmmm- maybe there might be a problem here..... you think? After all, to a business owner my CASH should be as good as the next persons.

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As a trained chef who loves quality, I can say they DO have some of the hard to find and high quality products one cannot find without a long and difficult search, I like them for that.... HOWEVER, my gawd, drop the attitude! Don't look down your nose at me because I don't look like your average Pearl District snob- be sure you will never see me darken your doorstep again. Hmmmmm- maybe there might be a problem here..... you think? After all, to a business owner my CASH should be as good as the next persons.

Pros: high quality products

Cons: , attitude, attitude

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Indian holiday dinner? Artisan cheese? Fall in the Veneto? These are just some of the experiences awaiting food lovers at In Good Taste, Portland's premier cooking school, nestled into a cooking store in the thick of the Pearl District.…

 

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