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Joel Palmer House Restaurant Restaurant Review: Portland's rainy, forested lands are a paradise for mushrooms, which is probably why the Czarnecki family, with four generations of experience in both mushroom hunting and the restaurant business, chose to relocate here from Pennsylvania. The gracious Victorian mansion where the restaurant is housed is the historic residence of Oregon pioneer Joel Palmer. Owner/mushroom guru Jack Czarnecki gathers the wild fungi himself and knows just where morels, lobster mushrooms, porcini and matsutakes hide. His son Chris mans the kitchen, which turns out entrées such as filet mignon served with Szechwan pepper porcini sauce, and grilled sturgeon atop matsutake mushroom duxelle anointed with cayenne aïoli. Czarnecki's wife Heidi conceived the memorable three-mushroom tart. Dishes change frequently as the Czarneckis enjoy experimenting with local ingredients and sharing their creations. For the ultimate experience, your table may order the Mushroom Madness Menu: a six-course meal featuring mushrooms --- even for dessert. (Think crème brûlée with essence of candy cap mushrooms.) The restaurant has one of the best wine lists anywhere for Oregon vintages, and you'll be offered expert advice to make a choice selection. If you wish to celebrate the fine marriage between Oregon Pinot Noir and the bounty of forest and field, don't hesitate to book a table at Joel Palmer House Restaurant.