For anyone interested, the latest issue of Gourmet magazine has a nice article on Portland's dining scene. Places like Beast, Le Pigeon, Sel Gris, Ten 01, Lovely Hula Hands, and Toro Bravo are recognized as some of the better new kids on the block, while those like Paley's Place and Higgins remain good old guard choices. Interestingly, Lucier was tagged as the city's only "four-star" dining choice.
Also interesting is the fact that most of the top chefs in town get along well enough with eachother to share ideas, and even products. So, the vegetable dish you have at Le Pigeon might have been sourced from the Sel Gris chef's home garden. Better that, I think, than a toe-to-toe competitive environment.