Somewhere lodged in the laundry list of chefs, restaurants, food carts, breweries, and wineries that'll be representing Portland at this weekend's Bite of Oregon festival — which kicks things off at Tom McCall Waterfront Park beginning at 11am tomorrow — will be bites actually worth putting in your mouth. (Eating, like chef stalking, is best done at a leisurely pace.
With chains like Papa Murphy's and Mio Sushi slipping onto the list of "Portland local" restaurants, there's unfortunately not a ton to get excited about here: North 45, H50 Bistro, Al Forno Ferruza, and Rheinlander & Gustav’s are among the more-familiar names in the lineup. The festival's nod to food carts, however, features a quadruple knockout of local must-eat carts, including Garden State (try the meatball slider), KOi Fusion (go with the short rib taco), PBJ's (the "Hot Hood" sammie), and Whiffies (save yourself the pondering time and just order one of everything).
Over at Gerry Frank’s Oregon Chef’s Table, a rotating lineup of local chefs will be on-hand to dish out $3 bites of their food: Expect Kenny & Zuke's pastrami sliders; pork belly dip with bacon jus from belly's Cameron Addy; house-smoked salmon from Alu Wine Bar's Sean Temple; and duck mousseline by Pitxi's Edward Martinez.