MUSELET—Another Portland restaurant with just a few weeks of business tucked under its belt has once again been honored by some heavy-hitting media folks, this time by the oenologist's magazine, Wine Enthusiast. According to the gang at his new South Waterfront restaurant, Muselet owner Ron Acierto was notified by WE's staff in mid-May that his new place is among what the magazine considers the best 100 wine restaurants in America. Either critics are getting bolder with their top picks, or Portland's dining scene is just that good. Or both. Ava Gene's and Le Pigeon were also named.
MI MERO MOLE—Taco aficionado Nick Zukin is hosting author Lesley Tellez for a 4-course dinner on Sunday, July 5, at his Mi Mero Mole Chinatown location. Tellez will be on hand to promote her her new cookbook, Eat Mexico, and everything you'll be eating—tamales, blue corn sopes with chayote salad, lamb and chicken barbacoa, and Mexican ice cream with churros—will come from the recipes she's gathered over the years. In total, the dinner will run you $37.50, which includes a signed copy of Tellez's book. The dinner is RSVP only, and runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
RAVEN & ROSE—The management team at Raven & Rose is giving their staff a much needed summer vacation, and starting today, the main dining room and The Rookery Bar will both be closed starting today. The restaurant and bar will reopen for lunch, dinner and happy hour services on Tuesday, July 7.
SON OF A BISCUIT—Everybody loves free food and restaurateurs Micah Camden and Katie Poppe are expert at it—they've kicked off the grand opening of each Little Big Burger and Blue Start Donuts with free eats for anyone willing to stand in line. Well, the duo are at it again, and they're give away even more free food on July 6, this time with co-owner Matt Lynch, at their SE Division Street Son of a Biscuit location. The occasion is two-fold: 1.) Son of a Biscuit just celebrated its first year in business, and 2.) July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day. If you queue up between 3 and 7 p.m. that day, you'll be treated to a complimentary meal that includes a drumstick, some slaw and a buttermilk biscuit.
SALT & STRAW—Once again, the tastemakers at Salt & Straw will taking their show on the road to Lake Oswego, where they'll set up shop in the Wizer's parking lot across from Millennium Plaza Park all summer long. The longterm ice cream stand will keep long hours (noon to 10 p.m.) seven days a week, from Friday, June 26 to Tuesday, September 8. Hot-weather flavors will include Sea Salt and Caramel, Arbequina Olive Oil and Chocolate Gooey Brownie.