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Mint Restaurant Review: When owner/bartender Lucy Brennan launched Mint a decade ago, most cocktail menus didn't go beyond the Manhattan, and the Northeast riverfront was mainly populated by warehouses. Now, kumquat-infused artisan gin beverages topped with smoked blueberries are everywhere, and Mint sits on the edge of Portland's hippest shopping district. Mint occupies half of Brennan's space with the remainder taken up by 820, a dark and elegant spot for drinks and light meals. The restaurant is brighter, both chic and comfortable, and those words describe the food as well. Generally speaking, the menu is lighter and more vegetable-oriented than many of Portland's trendy eateries. Try the crab cakes with basil/caper rémoulade, the chile-rubbed flank steak with quinoa salad, or the arancini. The signature dish is a lamb burger paired with mint chimichurri, garlic aïoli and sweet potato fries. Desserts run towards the homespun --- think maple panna cotta, cheesecake, cookies and ice cream. As for those cocktails, offset your alcohol with good-for-you vegetable nutrition by choosing a jalapeño and pineapple martini, beet vodka and lemon juice, or an avocado daiquiri.