Oregon is home to a lot of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Portlanders aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food players to share their recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Urban Farmer's chef de cuisine Chris Starkus brings years of seafood experience to the kitchen. Growing up in Southern California, Starkus was unaware that his family dinners were different: He fondly remembers his Italian grandmother making 15 pies for the family at a time, all using dough from scratch. Starkus' first position cooking was at an Applebee's; following culinary school, Starkus moved to Las Vegas at age 17 and landed a position at Chinois. Since then he has worked at acclaimed Las Vegas restaurants, holding chef de cuisine positions at both Stratta and RM Seafood. When Starkus is not cooking, he's hiking, cycling, gardening, spending time with his four-year-old son Harper, including at Sellwood's family-friendly Stickers Asian Cafe.
Stickers is my favorite place to frequent on my days off with the family. They are a small restaurant in Sellwood that serves a mix of dishes, snacks and street foods of Asia cooked from scratch with no MSG. Some of the items we look forward to having are the spiced peanuts and pickled daikon they put on the table when you arrive and the Hot and Sour Soup. Their pork potstickers are always done right. We also get the poppodams! I know they are not Asian but a great side dish nonetheless. They have a small kids menu but they always make our son feel good about being a kid by making him "kid" chopsticks to eat his meal while my wife and I enjoy the potent adult drinks!
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Image of Stickers courtesy starleigh w. via Yelp