1) NW/Alphabet District: The formerly wholesale-only Bluebird Bakers opened its brick-and-mortar bakery/"cookie bar" last week on the corner of NW Thurman and 24th, offering house-baked cookies, brownies, and chocolate-dipped macaroons. (Treats include options like sour cherry almond, a signature salted chocolate chunk, and flour-free brownies, all available to sample at the counter before purchase. To pair with the cookies, the cafe offers a "frosty glass" of milk for an additional $1.50, as well as coffee and tea. Hours of operation: 10a.m. to 6p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
2) North Portland: A tipster points out that South Paw Deli opened in the former Deli Love space on N. Killingsworth and Commercial about one month ago, offering house-made soups and meat-filled sandwiches (like a roast beef with red pepper relish, onion, and dijon cream cheese). Hours of operation: 11a.m. to 9p.m., Monday through Saturday.