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Thirst Restaurant Review: For a city divided by a river, Portland has remarkably few eateries that take advantage of a waterfront setting. This pleasant wine bar and bistro is the exception, located along an attractive stretch of the Riverplace neighborhood and offering lovely views of the Willamette river and various city bridges. Updated comfort dishes are a focus, many utilizing produce grown in Thirst’s own garden on nearby Sauvie Island. An expansive outdoor patio makes a lovely spot to dine and enjoy a notable selection of wine, an array of small plates, and a handful of entrées based on fresh regional ingredients, such as a baked apple, blue cheese and hazelnut risotto. Order a packed gourmet picnic to-go---enjoy a riverbank feast and simply return the basket and glassware when finished. There’s even a kid’s menu early in the evening and some classic desserts.