"Another leader in the Southeast Division’s renaissance was Duane Sorenson, who opened Stumptown Coffee Roasterson the street way back in 1999. More recently, the Stumptown team launched Ava Gene’s, a notable Roman-style dining room where executive chef Joshua McFadden and his team do wonderful things with vegetables; look for combinations like radishes, feta, sunflower seeds and sprouted barley or snap peas, turnips, frikeh, almonds and yogurt. It’s not all plant food here, though, with plates ofsalumi, handmade pastas and rib-eye steak served with fava beans, porcini mushrooms and anchovy butter impressing diners who’ve made the short trek from downtown."