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Le Pigeon Restaurant Review: Chef Gabriel Rucker lends his creative stamp to every dish at Le Pigeon, a tiny storefront restaurant in a gentrifying area of busy East Burnside Avenue. It’s not uncommon to see him in conversation with diners as he wields his skillets and saucepans. The menu, which features local, organic and free-range ingredients, changes often, but the rich, tender beef cheek bourguignon is a standard. Other entrées might include skirt steak with crab and potato gratin, goat cheese and shrimp butter vinaigrette, or a pan-roasted chicken and artichoke stew with anchovy and dill. There’s also a notable burger, and a vegetarian dish is always available, such as rice pilaf-stuffed pepper with goat cheese, chanterelles and walnuts. Desserts range from foie gras profiteroles to honey-bacon-apricot cornbread. The wine list is appropriately varied to match the innovative fare. The restaurant takes reservations for most of its seating, but the ten bar stools wrapping around the lively open kitchen are always first come, first served.