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Weekly Portland dining news

Most weeks, Eater Portland offers a dining news round up of important stories, and this is an archive of those articles from weeks past. Looking for current Portland dining news? Head over to the recently updated article. Here is the archive:

EaterWire August 18

JAMAICAN EATS ON N KILLINGSWORTH—The new food cart Jamaican Jerk started seasoning at 1540 NE Killingsworth St. on June 10, located steps from Tiffin Asha and across the street from Podnah's Pit and Hat Yai. Co-owner Cedric Stewart tells Eater he wants to "give portland some real Jamaican jerk" based on his family recipes, and the Jamaican Jerk food cart serves jerked chicken and pork, fried chicken wings, and escovitch fish, either fried or steamed. There's no website currently. Stewart and business partner Michael Dell tell Eater they are open for business Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (till 8 p.m., when winter rolls around). [WWeek]

PIX PATISSERIE'S COOKBOOK—Cheryl Wakerhauser, the baker-owner behind Portland's acclaimed pastry shop Pix Patisserie, has penned the cookbook, Modern French Pastry: Innovative Techniques, Tools, and Design. Inside, she shares the techniques behind French pastry, from tarts to cakes to petits fours. It's available for pre-order through Amazon and will hit shelves October 24, 2017. [EaterWire]

MEXICAN PALETAS, AKA POPSICLES—The Paletaz PDX pop-up pushcart is now offering rich, fruit-stuffed paletas — the Mexican frozen treat — on the corner of SE Division and 30th. Making them even cooler: In an effort to cut down on food waste, the owners make their paletas from fruit that grocers would normally throw away, because it's bruised or simply unattractive. Find Paletaz PDX open from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday, with the caveat that it closes when it's raining. [Mercury]

NEW HAITIAN POP-UP—Chef and entrepreneur Elsy Dinvil will launched her first Haitian pop-up at Tamale Boy on North Russell this Monday. Having grown up in Haiti and learned to cook with her mom as early as age 6, Dinvil specializes in preparing meats and seafood in both spicy and non-spicy Creole marinades. The pop-up doesn't have a name, yet, and you can follow Dinvil on Instagram for updates. [PoMo]

EaterWire August 4

HEART PIZZA AT HASSALO ON 8TH—The Neapolitan-inspired takeout and quick-service Heart Pizza will kick things off at its third location this Monday, August 7. The pizzeria by Micah Camden (Blue Star Donuts, Little Big Burger) and Matt Lynch was only established in February 2017, but it already has South Waterfront and West End locations. The third sets up shop at 1094 NE 7th Ave., to serve those loaded thin-crust beauties for lunch and dinner seven days a week, starting at 11 a.m. [EaterWire]

CAFFE MINGO DOES LUNCH—This long-time Italian staple and sister restaurant to more upscale Bar Mingo has just entered the Northwest lunch game. "The neighborhood is changing," Caffe Mingo co-owner Michael Cronan tells Eater. "It is a good time to reinvent ourselves." With an eye toward Italian tradition and appreciation for humble ingredients, Caffe Mingo now offers capreses, panini, braised beef in sauce over penne or polenta, a fleet of pizzas, and more, Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. [EaterWire]

GOOSE HOLLOW'S NEW SANDWICH SHOP—Starting Monday, August 7, East Side Delicatessen's fourth location will start stuffing hoagies in Goose Hollow's sandwich desert, at 1755 SW Jefferson St. According to owner Cory Eddy, the 900-square-foot shop will seat 25, with sidewalk seating, too, and offer its lineup of salads and hot and cold sandwiches, with some specials designed especially for students at the nearby Lincoln High School. Starting hours are Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; once up and running, they'll be seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. [EaterWire]

NE ALBERTA'S NEW BOTTLESHOP—After four years on SE Division, the very popular Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom started pouring at its second location, today, at 2006 NE Alberta St. (dollar-off pints all day today). As reported by New School Beer, the spot has nearly 30 taps, a large bottle selection, plenty of seating, and welcomes outside food from neighbors like Bunk Sandwiches. [New School Beer]

DOTS REMODELSDots Cafe, the beloved old-school Portland spot on SE Division that's one-half diner and one-half dive bar, just did a remodel. Owner Johnny Ricci tells Eater the space will look a little brighter on your next visit, with fresh paint and new carpets ("The previous carpet rivaled that of PDX's for its many portland stories," says Ricci.), plus kitchen upgrades. [EaterWire]

EaterWire July 28

BAR CASA VALE EXPANDS HOURS—The still-newish bar with an outstanding happy hour and superb sherry-based cocktails by Nate Tilden and Martin Schwartz (Olympia Provisions) has expanded its hours: Bar Casa Vale is now open Sundays, from 4 to 10 p.m., with all-day happy hour. It's also kicking off a Sunday series featuring live flamenco performances, with the inaugural event on August 6. [EaterWire]

PORTLAND'S BEST BARBECUE—The Portland Food and Drink blog has once again held its annual "best Portland barbecue" readers' poll. As always, Podnah's Pit took the number-one spot, but People's Pig and Russell St. Barbecue both earned more votes than ever. Somehow, the ringer, the standout Matt's Barbecue food truck, didn't receive much of a response. [PDX Food and Drink]

MIAN POPS UP ALL SUMMER AT RENATA—The Mian pop-up is taking over the Renata parking lot at 626 SE Main St., Wednesdays through Sundays, for the foreseeable future. From 5 to 10 p.m., find its Mama Huhu night market, featuring products by local vendors as well as Mian's regional Chinese plates by chefs Connor Martin (Shift Drinks, Firehouse) and Dave Sigal (St. Jack, Ración). Check Instagram to see what's on each night's menu. [Oregonian]

KINGSLAND KITCHEN FOOD CART—Preparing to open its new downtown brick and mortarKingsland Kitchen will close its food cart on Friday, July 28, owners Chris and Holli Payne tell Eater. If all goes to plan, the British-inspired restaurant will open in early September. [EaterWire]

COMMONS REPLACES HEAD BREWER—In a move that'll surprise many, Sean Burke is no longer the head brewer at the acclaimed Commons Brewery. Neither the brewery or Burke have shared the full details behind the switcheroo, but filling his shoes will be a former Burnside Brewingbrewer Sam Pecoraro. [WWeek]

RON ACIERTO IN AT HOTEL VINTAGE—Sommelier extraordinaire and former Muselet owner Ron Acierto has signed on as the wine director at Hotel Vintage Portland, home to Pazzo Ristoranteand Bacchus Bar. In addition, Acierto will continue his popular Pinoy pop-up. And in another staff switch-up, Christopher Handford, formerly of Garden Bar and Davis Street Tavern, is IN as restaurant and bar general manager, the hotel tells Eater. [EaterWire]

[SPOILER] EL GAUCHO ON GUY'S GROCERY GAMESEl Gaucho Steakhouses's head chef Steve Cain competed on Guy Fieri's Grocery Games on the FoodNetwork, on July 26, and after cooking "the perfect steak dinner," he took first place. [EaterWire]

EaterWire July 21

RAMEN ARRIVES ON EAST BURNSIDE—One of Portland's best ramen spotsBoxer Ramen will open its fourth location in the venue formerly home to Blair Reynolds's Americano, inside the Burnside 26 building at 2605 E Burnside St., PoMo reports. It's aiming for an October opening and will bring two new menu items: a short-rib ramen and bonito curl-topped okonomiyaki tots. [PoMo]

CHESA RETURNS WITH PAELLA SUNDAYS—Ataula spin-off Chesa may have shuttered last month, but according to the O, the venue will still serve chef Jose Chesa's Spanish paella twice a month through at least September ($50 for paella, salad, and a sangria). It will also throw the Patria Presents: Barrio Block Party, featuring cuisine from co-owner Cristina Baéz's native Puerto Rico, in August and September ($50 for all food, live music, and games, plus a cash bar). Tickets and details are on the website. [Oregonian]

WOODSTOCK'S NEW TAPROOM—With 24 taps, the Proper Pint Taproom has started sudsing on the corner of SE Woodstock and 52nd, offering pints — including proper, 20-ounce pints — bottles, and growler fills. [New School Beer]

BATTLE OF THE VEGAN BRUNCHES—Two vegan restaurants located across the street from one another on SE Division are about to get into the brunch game: Helmed by the chef from the former Gonzo Falafel food cart, Aviv kicks of brunch this weekend, on July 22, and on August 5, Vancouver, British Columbia-based Virtuous Pie will start its brunch. The offerings will notably be different.

Aviv will serve Middle Eastern-inspired vegan plates, like shakshuka, challah french toast, and carrot "lox" bagels, plus brunch cocktails, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Virtuous Pie, find things like vegan breakfast pizzas, bowls, sandwiches, and cocktails served Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Let the Portland bloodsport known as brunch begin!

But wait, Aviv and Virtuous Pie both started happy hour this week, too. Virtuous Pie tells Eater it is now doing both early and late night happy hours, offerings four of its creative vegan pizzas for $10 apiece, plus lots of wine, beer, and ice cream specials, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 p.m. to close, Friday through Sunday. Not to be outdone, Aviv offers discounted food and dollar-off well drinks and drafts Monday through Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m. [EaterWire]

READERS' POLLWWeek published its 2017 Best of Portland Readers' Poll this week. Le Pigeontook the overall best restaurant category, and Tusk won best new restaurant. In general, the poll's results aren't likely to surprise anyone. Find the full list of winners and categories, like "Best Place to Eat Sustainably" and "Best Paleo," by following the link above. [WWeek]

BACK TO EDEN BAKERY EXPANDSBack to Eden Bakery, which, incidentally, was named Portland's best bakery in the WWeek poll, has completed its expansion into the venue next door to its bakery at 2215 NE Alberta St. In addition to adding around 40 seats, it brings vegan and gluten-free breakfast sandwiches and lunchtime panini, as well as nightly pizzas starting at 4 p.m. It's still business as usual for the most part at the bakery next door. [PoMo]

EaterWire July 13

WILLAMETTE WEEK RUBS SALT IN BIG CHICKEN'S WOUNDS (PRE-FIRE EDITION)—This last week started with a bang, when Twitter user Andy Baio took to task Willamette Week last weekend for its decision to pile on its negative review of Big's Chicken (which has since gone up in flames from yesterday's fire) by sliding into its freebie boxes a rack card that read "Cluck Off!" "Big's Chicken is a big disappointment," and, for the coup de grâce, "um...ew?" Naturally, it set off a debate about journalistic ethics—as well as the ethics of restaurant owners to 86 critics the way Big's had banned WW critic Martin Cizmar from all if its restaurants after he complained online over Big's inconsistent hours shortly after opening. If you haven't already, read the thread.

OREGONIAN AND KENNY & ZUKE'S HAVE AT EACH OTHER—Not to be outdone in media beefs, Kenny & Zuke's Ken Gordon took issue with The Oregonian's Steve Duin, after his sympathetic July 7 column about Brice Clagett, who claimed that he was on the verge of homelessness despite working two jobs, including one at K&Z's. Three days after the column went live, Gordon fired Clagett for "insubordination" and "disruptive behavior." Duin and Gordon went round and round via email and Twitter, with each calling the other out for being disingenuous. With the mighty pen, Duin fired back a final missive with a July 12 column that ended, "There you have it. Someone [Gordon] lost his cool. Brice Clagett lost his job....And Kenny & Zuke's just lost my business." Ouch. [The Oregonian]

BIWA'S RETURN TO FORM—After a brief experiment that split its restaurant in two, Biwa—which recently cracked the Eater 38 only yesterday—is returning to form. According to The O, Biwa is abandoning its Parasol Bar brand and returning to its ramen-and-udon roots. However, The O report says owner Gabe Rosen will keep some of what made Parasol a pretty fun place, including weekend DJs, a mean all-day burger, and lunch and late-night hours. [The Oregonian]

CARINA LOUNGE'S NEW HAPPY HOUR MENU—Carina Lounge, the cocktail bar from the owners of Lucy's Table and Basta (both long shuttered), just revamped its food menu and initiated a happy hour during which all small plates are just $4 each. Additionally, you can order $7 burgers ($8 with fries), $7 margarita pizzas, and receive $2 discounts on all house cocktails. Happy hour lasts daily, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and from 9 to 11 p.m.

IMPERIAL'S BARBECUE TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS—Imperial's getting into the barbecue game, if only for two nights each week. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the kitchen crew will feature classic American barbecue staples (ribs, collard green, cornbread), and will take the occasional detour to explore the barbecue cultures of Thailand, Brazil, and Japan, among others.

NOSTRANA'S HALF-PRICED PIZZAS—From now until the end of summer, Nostrana's slashing in half its prices on its roster of pizzas—as long as you're seated at either the bar or the pizza counter, and as long as you show up anytime between 5 and 6 p.m.

OP WURST'S CHEF COLLABORATIONS—OP Wurst is getting in on the collaboration game this month by welcoming outside chefs to dream up hot dogs à la Lardo's "chefwich" series. Next week, Mae's Maya Lovelace takes a crack at it with a pimento cheese-and-slaw chili dog. She'll be followed over the next two weeks by Departure's Gregory Gourdet (panko-fried dogs with sweet vinegar mayo and jalapeño-yuzu slaw) and Bollywood Theater's Troy MacLarty (Indian curry dogs with onion raita). A portion of the proceeds will go to the Oregon Humane Society.

OREGON FRUITS' FEAST FUNDRAISER—For the second straight year, Salem's Oregon Fruit Products is raising funds for Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, the food festival Feast's main charitable beneficiary. For every dollar you donate between the dates July 17 and 26, Oregon Fruit will match it up to $5,000.

TRIFECTA TAVERN'S YACHT COCKTAILS—Break out your Captain & Tennille records, because Trifecta Tavern just launched a summery "yacht cocktails" program. Here's what's in store: banana daiquiris, frozen gin martinis, piña coladas, mai tais, and blue Hawaiis.

EaterWire July 7:

TRIFECTA'S HUGE STEAK—Baker-extraordinaire Ken Forkish tells Eater his standout bakery and restaurant Trifecta Tavern is adding some seriously excellent deals. For happy hour, which runs till 6 p.m. daily, oysters now cost $1 and you can get a new gin punch for $6. But potentially even more salivating: Trifecta's "Big Ass Steak" has dropped from $50 to $39 seven days a week. "That steak, a 16-ounce, 28-day aged ribeye cooked on the wood-fired grill, is so good, I want to price it so more people enjoy it," says Forkish. [EaterWire]

ZAGAT'S 30 UNDER 30 FINALISTS—This year, Zagat's list of 30 Under 30, which showcases promising young chefs, is going national (it used to be done one a city-by-city basis). The list of 45 finalists includes two Portland contenders: Maya Lovelace of Mae (winner of Eater Young Guns 2016) and Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw. The ultimate winner will be named in September 2017. [EaterWire]

PROST BUYS MISSISSIPPI FOOD CART POD—The owners of North Mississippi German beer bar Prost have purchased the building that houses the bar as well as the neighboring food cart pod, Mississippi Marketplace, currently home to ten food carts. There are no big changes for now, and you can still bring food cart food into the bar. But can you imagine if the entire thing became a beer garden? [Oregonian]

NEW BARBECUE IN OREGON CITY—With an expanded kitchen, the Feckin Brewery is throwing its hat into the world of barbecue. Founder Dave Maher, who's worked as a chef in London, is making European-style smoked meats, for a lighter smokiness, like brisket, pork, sausage, and more. Also find wings, sliders, black-eye peas, and other classics to enjoy right on the banks of Willamette River, too. [New School Beer]

Sterling Coffee Roasters Yelp

STERLING COFFEE ROASTERS' NEW DIGS—From cart, to 200-square-foot cafe, to two coffeeshops, to today: Sterling Coffee Roasters plans to consolidate its locations into a single 750-square-foot spot at 518 NW 21st by fall 2017. The beloved Portland roaster has already sold its cafe on West Burnside, Coffeehouse NW, and its shop at 417 NW 21st will soldier on until the new location opens a block away. [PoMo]

POLLO NORTE DOES BOWLS—Gangbusters 2014 rotisserie chicken spot Pollo Norte has added $9 bowls to the menu at both of its locations. Choose from bowls featuring its Mexican street-style chicken or a vegetarian version with things like cabbage, black beans, and avocado. It's basically what the staff was already eating, so it has to be good. [EaterWire]

WINE SPECTATOR RESTAURANT AWARDSWine Spectator Magazine released its annual list of Restaurant Award winners, highlighting restaurants with great wine lists and that otherwise integrate wine into their culinary programs. Thirteen Portland restaurants made the list, and notably, that includes Quaintrelle, the North Mississippi restaurant opened just one year ago. [EaterWire]

PIZZERIA OTTO ADDS LUNCH—One of Portland's top pizza stopsPizzeria Otto launched lunch on July 5, to serve its Neapolitan-style pizzas starting at 11 a.m., seven days a week. And some more good news: It now does a daily happy hour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every night starting at 8 p.m. On offer: $6 margherita pizzas and $4 beers. [EaterWire]

NIGHT LIGHT LOUNGE SWITCHEROO—After 13 years — and an impressive menu overhaul in 2016 — Christopher Gutierrez and Hope Beraka have sold Night Light Lounge, but fear not all you Old School Southeast loyalists: New owner Paul Stevens, who ran Pablito's Taqueria in Friday Harbor, Washington, says he's keeping everything pretty much the same. [Merc]

HAWKS VIEW WINERY SOLD—A California winery that produces just 1,500 cases a year, Ponte Family Estatehas purchased Willemette Valley's Hawks View Cellars, known for its pinot noir blanc, pinot gris, and pinot noir. [PBJ]

ZILLA SAKE LAUNCHES HAPPY HOUR—NE Alberta's Zilla saké and sushi house just expandedinto the neighboring venue, adding 20 seats in the process, and it's sweetening the pot with a new daily happy hour that kicks off today. See what's on offer with the menu below. Highlights include well-priced saké, a $5 cocktail, and an entire fleet of Japanese bar snacks for under $5 each:

Zilla Happy Hour Menu, 7.7.17 Zilla Saké

EaterWire June 23:

GREGORY GOURDET DOES ICE CREAM—Starting July 1, Departure chef and Top Chef season 12 finalist Gregory Gourdet will offer two daily rotating ice cream flavors, which you can get scooped into a waffle cone, potentially with the option to add a tasty shell, if everything works out. The cones will cost around $6 to $9, and they'll probably be a sit-down affair, since Depature is located on the top floor of the Nines hotel (buuut you could in theory try to ravenously lick those melting cones during the elevator ride to the ground floor). [PoMo]

AUSTRALIAN FOR COFFEE—Rockstar Melbourne coffee shop and roaster Proud Mary finally got its permits in order and is now open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 2012 NE Alberta St. Read the full Eater coverage here. [EaterWire]

HOMEGROWN SMOKER BURNS—Beloved vegan barbecue spot Homegrown Smoker is in the process of opening a brick and mortar in St. Johns, and a gas fire burned its original food cart on North Mississippi to the ground on June 21, putting the restaurant in a very difficult situation: It'd just closed its downtown deli location to focus on the new spot, and the cart was its — and its staff's — only source of income. Those interested in helping can do so at Homegrown Smoker's GoFundMe recovery page. [EaterWire]

EARL NINSOM UPS PAADEE'S GAME—On Mondays and Tuesdays, Earl Ninsom's (Langbaan, Hat Yai) Paadee is now serving a special menu focused on traditional Northern Thai dishes. Called Issan, it sounds as though it could be a solid alternative to Langbaan, for those who cannot afford the terminally booked, high-priced, hidden restaurant, and it brings lots of new dishes to the Thai eatery. [PoMo]

BLENDED BURGERS—The James Beard Foundation's Blended Burger Project returns for a third year, and four Portland restaurants — SuperbiteAltabira City TavernDeschutes Brewery, and Holsteins — are participating. Each restaurant joins hundreds of others across the country in serving creative burgers made with at least 25-percent mushrooms, "to address the substantial health and environmental imperatives that face the foodservice industry." Vote for your favoriteto win a free trip to the upcoming Blended Burger event at the James Beard House. [EaterWire]

NEW CHEF AT DIVISION'S BLACK DOG LOUNGEBlack Dog Lounge replaced Jenn Louis's Sunshine Tavern earlier this year on SE Division, and now former Built to Grill food cart owner and chef Brooke Howes has taken over the kitchen. The restaurant and bar tells Eater Howes will serve "New American casual food," like a smoked salmon club sandwich, with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free items, too. [EaterWire]

EaterWire June 16:

RUSSELL ST. BBQ 2.0—After 14 years, Russell Street Barbecue has a second location, at 4246 SE Belmont (formerly Hokusei). It's now serving ribs, brisket, and more seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and according to the O, it's added "kielbasa-style pork-and-beef sausage," with plans to add barbecue breakfast tacos in the coming months. [Oregonian]

TEA-BASED SOFT SERVETea Bar on SE Division now does soft serve ice cream, made with all-natural milk from a local dairy. It's kicking things off with one flavor, matcha, and plans to add more tea-based flavors, like cardamom chai, within the new few weeks. [EaterWire]

CHINESE CREPES ON 82ND—The popular food truck serving Chinese-style breakfast crepes Bing Mi has fired up the burners at its second location at SE 82nd and Powell (3405 SE 82nd). It operates from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. [EaterWire]

KELLS BREWERYKells Brew Pub on Northwest 21st Avenue has rebranded itself as Kells Brewery. [EaterWire]

MODERN CANNING COOKBOOK—Queen of Portland hot sauce Sarah Marshall of Marshall's Haute Sauce is penning a book called Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning from Root to Top and Stem to Core, featuring 100-plus recipes for canning and preserving produce. It offers tips for using underutilized parts of vegetables and fruits to cut down on food waste, too, and it comes out September 26, 2017. [EaterWire]

GOOD FOOD 100Nostrana and Grand Central Baking Co. both made the 2017 Good Food 100 Restaurants list, which features restaurants working to "build a better food system by using their purchasing power to support local/state, regional, and national ‘good food' economies." [EaterWire]

EaterWire June 9:

BAR AVIGNON LAUNCHES LATE-NIGHT—This week, the inviting, French-inspired Bar Avignon — which comes with its own urban garden — added a late-night happy hour full of great deals: oysters for $2; the day's charcuterie for $4; halibut fritters or Washington mussels for $9; astutely chosen white, rose, and red wines by the glass for $7; and more. It runs Monday through Friday, from 9 p.m. to close. It joins the regular happy hour that also runs Monday through Friday, from 5 to 6 p.m. [EaterWire]

THRILLIST FINDS OREGON'S BEST ICE CREAM—Just moments after announcing what is supposedly Oregon's best burger, Thrillist returns to snub Salt & Straw and give the love to Ruby Jewel, its pick for the best ice cream in the state. Ruby Jewel earned the title for its locally source, hand-crafted ice cream, especially the "salted honey almond brittle, peanut butter/chocolate" and ice cream sandwiches. [Thrillist]

SUMMER-LONG BAR POP-UP—Formerly known as Theater ‘n' Taps, Traveling Taphouse has transformed a vacant lot into an outdoor beer garden and full bar at 4058 N Mississippi Ave. The custom-built space features 24 beer taps, a Jim Beam slushy machine, a food kitchen, and a full bar, according to a reader tip. [EaterWire]

TREVOR PAYNE IN AT TANNER CREEK TAVERN—The restaurateur behind Nel Centro and Altabira, David Machado is opening Tanner Creek Tavern in the Pearl District, and he just signed on promising executive chef Trevor Payne. Payne has served as sous chef at some of the city's most creative spots: Little Bird Bistro, Olympia Provisions, and Taylor Railworks. [EaterWire]

TAYLOR RAILWORKS GOES PRIX FIXE—The globally inspired American cuisine at Taylor Railworks — the refined restaurant helmed by former Little Bird Bistro executive chef Erik Van Klay — is now available at a prix-fixe price: Choose two savory dishes and one dessert from a rotating nightly menu for $35; for instance, the first course this week featured a choice between "The Boxer," a bowl of hamachi poke, pineapple, edamame, and taro chips, or the grilled nectarine, with hand-dipped ricotta, porcini-morel relish, pine nuts, and vadouvan curry. [EaterWire]

EaterWire June 2:

FEAST LINEUP—Portland's hippest food festival returns for its sixth year from September 14 to 17, and tickets went live today. The usual lineup of main events — Brunch Village, The Sandwich Invitational, Smoked (which always sells out fast, so hop on it) — will continue, along with the Fun-Sized events that launched last year, hands-on classes, and some high-powered chef-collaboration dinners. The chef lineup this year is pretty incredible and includes 2017 James Beard Award winners Michael Solomonov (Zahav), Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñonez Denton (Ox), and more. [EaterWire]

PIONEERING BARTENDER ON THE MOVEKnown for reinventing the Portland cocktail scene in the 1990s, bartender Lucy Brennan is now mixing her balanced libations at Clarklewis, the restaurant tells Eater. Brennan founded and has since sold Mint/820, one of the city's foundational bars, and not only is she a strong example of how a woman can triumph in a male-dominated industry, but she crushes it all day when it comes to concocting spirit-forward cocktails. [EaterWire]

RIALTO POOLROOM RETURNS—After operating nearly a century in downtown, Rialto Poolroomand its adjacent facilities nearly closed for good last year, but they reopened last week, thanks to being saved by Frank Faillace, who owns Dante's and Star Theater, and Manish Patel, owner of Bar XV. Rialto Poolroom reopened May 26, and the off-track betting parlor, now named Corner Bar, fired up the scoreboards the week prior. [WWeek]

LITTLE BIG BURGER EXPANDS—The latest Little Big Burger put its mini burgers on the griddle in Beaverton's Progress Ridge Townsquare on May 31. It operates daily, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., at 12345 SW Horizon Blvd., Beaverton. [EaterWire]

EaterWire May 26:

BUNK BURGER—Bunk has released its first-ever burger: two cheese-topped patties with pork-onion jam, shredded iceberg lettuce, pickles, mayo, and mustard on a potato bun. It's only available at Bunk at Wonder Ballroom, and only 12 are served a day... and they're only offered on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11 a.m. Good luck, fearless burger seekers. [PoMo]

WWEEK BAR OF THE YEAR: Nate Tilden's sherry-driven cocktail and tapas bar, Bar Casa Vale, is WWeek's 2017 Bar of the Year. The weekly bestowed the honor because Bar Casa Vale is "one of Portland's most fully realized bar experiences" with everything "hitting its mark," whether "a braised rabbit" or a "Negroni with a splash of cava." [WWeek]

PORTLAND'S BEST/MOST OVERRATED RESTAURANTS—Current WWeek restaurant critic and former Oregonian food critic Michael Zusman released a Top Ten Portland Restaurants -€” and Overrated -€” May 2017 list. The top 10 best restaurants don't bring surprises, but the extended top-25 list includes some fresh faces: Danwei Canting, Tiffin Asha, and Poke Mon (Chalino gets a shout out as a "Notable New Restaurant," as well). As for the most overrated, Zusman names Kenny & Zukes (for which he's supplied many of its bread recipes), Ava Gene's, Beast, and many more. [PDX Food and Drink]

DEEP DISCOUNTS AT VERDIGRIS—Today, NE Fremont's charming, French-inspired Verdigris Restaurant brings back its three-course summer special: choose any one appetizer, entree, and dessert on the menu for $32. It runs all summer long. [EaterWire]

FOOD PORN TVUrdaneta chef-owner Javier Canteras will return to television on the FYI network's Food Porn show this Sunday, May 28, to share what will no doubt be a parade of beautiful, modernist tapas from his Basque Supper Club pop-up. The episode featuring the Spain-born chef begins at 7 p.m. [EaterWire]

POTENT BOOZE ACCOLADES: The Portland bartender known for his work at Expatriate and Holdfast's explosive Deadshot (Mondays only), Adam Robinson won the the title of Pacific Northwest's Most Imaginative Bartender at Bombay Sapphire's big-deal bartending competition. Robinson now heads to London for the finals with 11 other U.S. competitors. [EaterWire]

NEW VANCOUVER WATERFRONT RESTAURANTVancouver, WA's big waterfront development has announced its latest restaurant: The national pizza chain MidCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company will move into the Block 6 building. [EaterWire]

CUPCAKE JONES SOLD—After a decade in business, with locations in The Pearl District and on NE Alberta Street, Cupcake Jones has changed hands. Lisa Watson and Peter Shanky sold the business to Melissa Jespersen, who says she won't fix what isn't broken: She's keeping the same hours, recipes, and staff. [EaterWire]

MORTON'S COMPLETES REMODEL—According to an email to Eater, the Portland location of the Morton's Steakhouse franchise now has a revamped entryway, bar area, dining room, and private dining space. [EaterWire]

NEW DANWAI CANTING HAPPY HOUR—Today, the still fresh-faced restaurant serving regional Chinese dishes launches happy hour, at SE Sandy and Stark. The best deals are the "sets" (see below), like a chicken wing and draft beer combo for $9. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, from 2 to 5  p.m. Danwei Canting is also offering an additional 10-percent off during happy hour to anyone 55 and older.


EaterWire May 19:

JAMES BEARD ON FILM—Portland-native and all-around-American-cooking-hero James Beard finally has a documentary film made in his honor: James Beard: America's First Foodie will air Sunday, May 21, at 7 p.m., on PBS/OPB, as part of the American Masters series. The film, directed by Portland's Beth Federici, follows Beard's life from Oregon, to New York and Europe, and back again, with interviews from national chefs like Emeril Lagasse and locals, including Greg Higgins and Naomi Pomeroy. [EaterWire]

PROMISING POP-UP—Having most recently run the kitchen at standout breakfast-and-pie-spot Sweedeedee, Chef Risa Lichtman has launched the Lepage Food and Drinks pop-up at The Side Yard Farm and Kitchen. Things kick off with a refined multi-course meal on the farm, featuring things like wood-fire-cooked spring veggies and plates of clams and fennel sausage — plus drink pairings. It goes down June 12 and tickets cost $80. [EaterWire]

NEW GYRO SPOT—The downtown food cart Ishtar Gate opened as a brick and mortar in the venue formerly home to Tacos Chavez at 5222 SE Foster Rd. It serves lamb gyros, kebabs, and more starting at 10 a.m. daily, with onsite seating as well as delivery options. [EaterWire]

FORBES'S FAVORITE PDX PASTRIES—The Forbes Magazine blog placed the spotlight on Portland's "most picture-perfect pastries" this week, highlighting the work being done by 180, Nuvrei, Little Bird Bistro's on-the-move pastry chef Erin Hughes, Maurice's Kristen D. Murray, and Imperial's pastry chef Danielle Bailey. [Forbes]

PORTLAND'S BEST BARBACOA AND BIRRIA—Known for his Mexican cooking and regular research trips to Mexico, Mi Mero Mole's Nick Zukin released lists of his favorite local spots to traditional barbacoa and birria. Barbacoa is meat from a stuffed and seasoned whole animal, which is traditionally roasted underground, and Zukin writes, "Not only is the average barbacoa taco at Portland taquerias enjoyable, the best could compete with roadside stands and trendy restaurants in the homeland." Gresham's El Brasero (18238 SE Division St.) came out as the best of the best, with several well-qualified runners up.

In his birria coverage, Zukin describes the dish as "Western Mexico's barbecue" and says it "creates its own broth, which is usually served as a soup with tortillas and condiments on the side." Once again a Gresham taqueria took the win: Amanecer (on the corner of 193rd Avenue and East Burnside Street). [WWeek]

HEART COFFEE IN WOODSTOCKHeart Coffee Roasters is opening its third location alongside the forthcoming Proper Pints taproom on the corner of SE Woodstock and 52nd Avenue. It's already testing out avocado toasts, but judging by the state of the construction, opening day is still months away. [EaterWire]

VANCOUVER'S LOOWIT BREWERY EXPANDS—Located just west of the I-5 bridge in downtown Vancouver, Loowit Brewing Company announced plans this week to add a full-service kitchen. Chef Ryan Dekarske will oversee the kitchen, and the brewery will also add indoor and patio seating. [New School Beer]

EaterWire May 12:

VEGAN PIZZA AND ICE CREAM—Vancouver, B.C.-based Virtuous Pie will begin tossing pizzas this spring at 1126 S.E. Division St. Just like the original location in Canada, Virtuous Pie PDX will serve plant-based pizzas and ice cream. [Oregonian]

MORE BURGERS AND BOOZY SHAKESRock and Roll Chili Pit has lit the burners downtown at 304 SW 2nd Ave., and just like the recently opened Holstein's, it serves a huge burger and boozy shakes menu. But it also has a counter shaped like a flying-V guitar, live music, and tots with toppings like peanut-butter-bacon-and-pickles. [EaterWire]

NEW OFFERINGS AT RAYJenn Louis's Ray is now doing Wednesday "Israeli Fried Chicken Night" and Thursday "Shawarma Night." Every Wednesday, find that fried chicken served with shawarma fries and other sides for $20, and on Thursdays, get chopped shawarma chicken and sides for $14 or that shawarma chicken with falafel plus sides for $20. [EaterWire]

IMPERIAL BOTTLE SHOP 2.0—SE Division's popular Imperial bottle shop — one of the best bottle shops in the city — has announced a second location: If all goes as planned, it'll open at 2006 NE Alberta St. by July. [New School Beer]

COUNTRY CAT PDXThe Country Cat's airport location just received accolades at the Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards, put on by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA): first place in the ‘Best New Local Concept' category. It won the award for "providing hungry travelers with many of the same made-from-scratch menu specialties featured in its neighborhood restaurant, with an eye to speed of service, due to the needs of airport diners." [EaterWire]

EASTSIDE DISTILLING EXPANDS—Portland's Eastside Distilling has purchased Hillsboro's Big Bottom Distilling, which produces whiskeys, rums, and more. Big Bottom will continue to be sold as a distinct brand. [PBJ]

HEATHMAN CHEF IN At RIVERHOUSE—The head chef of the now-closed Heathman RestaurantMichael Stanton, is now leading the kitchen at the Bend hotel Currents at Riverhouse on the Deschutes. It seems doubtful the The Heathman Restaurant will reopen in a new location as previously reported, and if it does, it appears it may do so without Chef Stanton. [EaterWire]

EaterWire April 28:

IRVING STREET KITCHEN FRIED CHICKEN—You can now get chef Sarah Schafer's crispy, Southern-style fried chicken and sides for takeout and delivery. Among the city's very best, Irving Street Kitchen's fried chicken costs $15 for a half bird, $29 for a whole, and $56 for a double, for off-premises orders. Side options include mashed potatoes, those buttery biscuits, vanilla-caramel-topped butterscotch pudding, and more. [PoMo]

MICHAEL JORDAN'S STEAKHOUSE OPENS—The Michael Jordan's Steakhouse franchise officially entered the Pacific Northwest on April 24, opening inside the Ilani Resort Casino in Ridgefield (about 30 minutes north of Portland). [EaterWire]

GQ'S BEST NEW RESTAURANTSGQ magazine gave some serious love to Portland's up-and-coming Han Oak, naming it one of the Best New Restaurants in America 2017. "Casual Korean tasting menu collides with Portland cool," the description reads. The list features only 10 spots, and Seattle's Tarsan i Jane also made the national spotlight. [EaterWire]

ZAGAT'S FIRST 30 UNDER 30—Zagat's regional 30 Under 30 program — featuring the best chefs under 30 — is now national, and making the inaugural list are two Portlanders: Mae's chef-owner Maya Lovelace and Salt and Straw's head ice cream maker, Tyler Malek. [EaterWire]

'THE MARTHA STEWART OF MARIJUANA EDIBLES'—Oregon food writer and chef Laurie Wolfreceived a nickname from The New Yorker magazine few could have predicted: The Martha Stewart of marijuana edibles. The 5000-word article on Wolf's quality food coverage also compares her to Julia Child. [Oregonian]

BROTHERS CASCADIA BREWING OPENS—Breweries seem to be popping up in Vancouver every few weeks in 2017, and the latest is Brothers Cascadia Brewing, now sudsing at 9811 NE 15th Ave, Vancouver. [New School Beer]

WORLD'S TOP 3 TIKI BARS—The Critiki blog, known for its guides to tiki bars and Polynesian restaurants, named Portland's Hale Pele one of the top three tiki bars in the world. Perhaps tonight's the night to pray at the alter of the volcano gods? [WWeek]

SALT AND STRAW RECOGNIZED FOR EQUALITY—At the Oregonians Against Discrimination Leadership Luncheon, Basic Rights Education Fund recognized Salt and Straw for its "leadership in promoting fair and affirming workplaces for transgender employees and employees of color." [PBJ]

BEAUX FRERES WINERY SOLD—The French company Maisons and Domaines Henriot has bought a majority stake in one of Oregon's most famous pinot noir producers Beaux Freres, which was once co-owned by none other than the famous wine writer Robert Parker. This is just the latestmajor winery acquired by an out-of-state business. [PBJ]

EaterWire April 7:

BUNK NAMED 'THE NEXT BIG THING'—The hospitality industry publication QSR Magazinefeatured Bunk Sandwiches on its annual 40/40 list, a list of the top 40 brands most likely to be the "next big thing." To make the list, a restaurant has to be fast casual, with fewer than 40 locations. [Oregonian]

FREE TACO—Starting April 9, Mi Mero Mole will open Sundays, for noon to 9 p.m., and to celebrate, owner Nick Zukin is handing out a free taco to every custom who comes through the doors this Sunday, plus serving happy hour all day. [EaterWire]

SALT AND STRAW BREAKS OUTNation's Restaurant News has featured Portland's Salt and Strawice cream franchise as a 2017 breakout brand, for "translating the local, seasonal, and artisanal trend into ice cream," "growing aggressively," and "putting its employees first." "Today, the chain is in growth mode," writes the publication. [EaterWire]

RINGSIDE GRILL'S TUESDAY TASTINGS—Ringside Grill on NE Glisan may have recently done away with its epic $2.99 happy hour hamburger, but now on Tuesdays, it's offering $2 pulled pork sliders and a few other new discounts, like $4 craft beer flights and $12 growler fills. Launching this week, Tuesday Tastings take place Tuesdays, from 2:30 p.m. to close, in the lounge. [EaterWire]

STACKED SANDWICHES ADDS HAPPY HOUR—The new sandwich shop by the chef behind the PN26 pop-up, Gabriel Pascuzzi, has kicked off happy hour. Find a $6 cocktail, $2 cans of beer, a number of $5 sides, and its bison double cheese burger, served with queso barro, Texas pickles, iceberg lettuce, and 2000 island dressing, for $10. Stacked Sandwiches's happy hour is on offer Monday through Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., and all-day Saturdays. [EaterWire]

EaterWire March 31:

IORIO TO SHUTTER—After 12 years on SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Iorio Restaurant will serve its last plate of cornmeal-crusted calamari on April 15, according to a press release. The restaurant had a loyal following, and in 2016, it ranked in the top three behind Nostrana and Ava Gene's in WWeek's best Italian restaurants readers' poll. When you're experiencing hunger pangs for Chris Thompson's cooking, maybe these pics of the chef breaking down an albacore will help. [EaterWire]

PORTLAND'S BEST BURGER?WWeek's annual Burger Madness competition has concluded, and of the 64 burgers that battled head-to-head, Grain & Gristle's came out on top. In basic form, it comes with a Hawley Ranch beef patty, pickles, lettuce, and aioli, but adding house-cured bacon is never a bad idea. Know a better burger? Give it a shoutout in the comments. [WWeek]

BLAZERS-BRAND BEER—How Rip City is this? Not only are the Blazers blowing up scoreboards, they have their own Pyramid Brewery-brewed beer: a "German fest style lager." [PoMo]

BROOKS WINE ADDS FULL-TIME CHEF—One of Willamette Valley's respected wineries Brooks Wine has upped its food game and hired Abby McManigle (Ken Wright Cellars) as full-time chef. McManigle adds boxed lunches (many of the ingredients are grown onsite) and has also launched a monthly dinner series, starting with a "Spring Byzantine Dinner." [EaterWire]

NORTHWEST INDUSTRIAL'S TEX-MEX SPOTSlabtown Ribs and neighboring Acapulco's Gold apparently merged to become The Gold, to serve cheap drinks and barbecue, in December 2016. It's located at 2610 NW Vaughn St. and keeps short hours: It's open Wednesday through Friday. [WWeek]

EaterWire March 24:

HOGAN'S GOAT LUNCHES BRUNCH PROGRAM—The Hogan's Goat pizzeria and bottle shop just launched a weekend brunch program. The menu may be slim—there are seven dishes in all—but it covers the basics like eggs Benedict and pancakes, as well as plays on the basics, like beet hash. Brunch lasts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

UPTOWN BILLIARDS CLUB LAUNCHES NEW BAR MENUUptown Billiards just launched a new bar menu, which doubles as a new happy hour menu between 4 and 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Expect duck fat French fries, swordfish steak frites, and a truffled mac and cheese gratin.

MI MERO MOLE SE CLOSES WITH A BANG ON SUNDAYNick Zukin's Mi Mero Mole on SE Division Street (5026 SE Division Street) will close its doors for good Sunday, but not without offering guests last minute all you can eat tacos, $1 tacos during the last hour of business, and $5 cocktails all night long, as well as prize giveaways like a pair of Blazers tickets and one free taco per day for one lucky guest. Zukin's NW Chinatown location (32 NW Fifth Avenue) will remain open, and will actually expand its hours in the future: It will soon be open seven days a week and will serve breakfast during the weekdays.

ERIC NELSON IN AT LAURELHURST MARKET—Bartender Eric Nelson, the man behind the pop-up Shipwreck, which pops up for the first time next week, is returning to Laurelhurst Market, where he initially cut his bartending teeth. Nelson tells Eater that bartender Kevin Ludwig is leaving LM to work on an undisclosed project. Shipwreck, he adds, will continue to pop-up at later dates.

OLCC RETHINKING RULE ON HAPPY HOUR ADVERTISINGThe Oregonian's Michael Russell reports that the folks running the OLCC are considering rolling back a decades-long rule prohibiting restaurants and bars from advertising discounted drinks. For now, it's illegal for industry people to post, say, on social media to inform potential guests that drinks are, say, $1 or $2 off. A ruling could come down as early as April 27. [The Oregonian]

TORO BRAVO GETS A REMODELJohn and Renee Gorham's Toro Bravo recently celebrated 10 years in the business by unveiling its new remodel. In addition to adding new eats—and sherries—to the menu, the Gorham's installed new leather banquettes, new kitchen equipment, and installed noise-reducing equipment for a more intimate dining experience.

GHOST RUNNERS BREWERY IS HEADED FOR THE VANCOUVER WATERFRONTGhost Runners Brewery just signed on to open a 10-barrel brewpub at the Grant Street Pier located on the banks of the Columbia River. The 5,000-square-foot-space will join the development's other bars and restaurants, like Martini Bar and Twigs Bistro.

EaterWire March 10:

URDANETA LAUNCHES PINXTO HOUR—Chef Javier Canteras has decided to launch a weekday happy hour program, but he's doing it with some Basque panache. Between Tuesday and Friday, from 5 to 6 p.m., guests can enjoy pinxtos that come in rotating flavors like boquerones, blood sausage and grilled sweetbread.

CENTURY LAUNCHES NEW HAPPY HOUR HOURS—The boys behind the Century sports bar have just beefed up their happy hour hours. In addition to offering daily $5, $6, and $7 snacks from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.—and from noon to 7 p.m. on weekends—the bar will also discount food and drinks from 10 p.m. to close every night except Friday and Saturday.

BULL RUN UNVEILS ITS NEW "OREGON WHISKEY HOUR" PROGRAM—To show off his Bull Run Distillery whiskey, distiller Lee Medoff is partnering up with several local restaurants for an afternoon (or early evening) of snacks and whiskey tastings. First up is a tasting at The Fireside (3 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 15), followed by more tastings at La Moule (March 22), The Green Room (March 31) and Irving Street Kitchen (April 6).

TICKETS TO AUSTIN'S HOT LUCK FESTIVAL ARE NOW ON SALEHot Luck, the Austin food and music festival dreamt up by Franklin Barbecue's Aaron Franklin and Feast's Mike Thelin (among others) runs from May 18 to 21, but tickets for it are on sale now. And Portland's representing in a big way, too: Joshua McFadden (Ava Gene's, Tusk), Nong Poonsukwattana (Nong's Khao Man Gai), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), and Adam Sappington (The County Cat) will all be in attendance. To attend the for the whole weekend, it'll run you $550, plus either airfare or the petrol to get you there.

ORIGINAL FARE FOOD AND TRAVEL SHOW RETURNS TO PBS ON MARCH 14Original Fare, the PBS food and travel show hosted and filmed by Portland transplants Kelly Cox and Lucas Longacre, returns to PBS on Tuesday, March 14, for its fourth season. The season kicks off with a visit to the Amazon River to fish for piranha. Subsequent episodes center around immigration and mezcal in Oaxaca, as well as Oregon food and drink artisans that use only Oregon bounty.

EaterWire March 3:

YOUNG PDX CHEFS SCORE BIG—Each year, the restaurant industry magazine FSR Magazine releases its list of 40 Restaurant Stars on the Rise, and Portland scored BIG this year, with three chefs receiving recognition: Imperial and Portland Penny Diner chef de cuisine Matthew Jarrell, Little Bird Bistro chef de cuisine Marcelle Crooks, and Little Bird Bistro pastry chef Erin Hughes. [EaterWire]

FIFTY LICKS NEARS OPENING—SE Clinton's wildly popular small-batch ice cream shop Fifty Licks is finally gearing up to open its long-ago-announced second location. It should start scooping in early April, at 2742 E Burnside St. [PoMo]

NEW COCKTAIL-DRIVEN POP-UP—Bartender Eric Nelson is launching Shipwreck, a new pop-up drawing talent from former Beast chef de cuisine Jake Stevens and pastry chef Eve Kuttemann. It's popping up at Jacqueline on March 26, 27, and 28, and reservations are not necessary. Find a la carte menus of seafood dishes and island-inspired cocktails. Eater PDX will publish an update on the Stevens departure as more details are confirmed. [Oregonian]

SESSION-STYLE BEER BAR—Restaurants and bars are continuing to find it hard to survive on SE Division. The Gestalt Haus bar has closed after just eight months, after taking over the Eugenio's venue, and opening in its place is 30-tap Sessionable, a low-alcohol-by-volume beer bar. It's aiming to start pouring this May. [WWeek]

JORDAN FELIX IN AT HOUSE SPIRITS DISTILLERY—The bartender famous for his work as beverage director at Multnomah Whiskey Library has announced his next move: Jordan Felix has taken a position as a brand educator at local distillery House Spirits. [EaterWire]

TONIC LOUNGE IS BACK—Punk and metal bar and venue Tonic Lounge will reopen under new management. The space was made somewhat famous by a 2016 Spike TV Bar Rescue makeover and reopened as Panic Room. The makeover didn't last, and Panic Room closed just months later. Portland-music-venue veterans Eric Manfre and Chris Trumpower will reopen Tonic Lounge in its original location, at 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., on March 23. Trumpower? [Mercury]

THE KNOW RETURNS—Speaking of classic PDX music/bar venues, The Know makes its triumphant return today, featuring three live and local bands, Hurry Up, Deathlist, and Panzer Beat. [EaterWire]

EaterWire February 24:

SECOND FUNDRAISER ANNOUNCED FOR TAILS & TROTTERSTails & Trotters vows to eventually reopen after this week's devastating fire destroyed its entire stockpile of cured and local meats. In addition to Nomad.PDX's fundraiser this Monday, Zilla Sake will donate 100% of its profits this Saturday, February 25, and next Saturday, March 4, to the butcher's recovery. [EaterWire]

NEW HH AT SMOKEHOUSE TAVERNBJ Smith's Smokehouse Tavern, known for its Pacific Northwest smoked meats and whiskey-forward drinks (plus Smith's appearance on this season of Top Chef), now has happy hour. Hours are 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, daily. Highlights include $2-off cocktails and the $8-dollar Smokehouse Burger, with bacon-onion jam and American cheese on a milk bun. [EaterWire]

HEART PIZZA FOREVERMicah Camden's Heart Pizza opens its first location today, and it's off to a racing start. Heart Pizzas will open in Southwest Waterfront, Northeast Portland, and Lake Oswego by June 2017. [PoMo]

MORE RAMEN—Serving some of the city's top ramen, Kayo's Ramen Bar on North Williams is now open Mondays for lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's also extended its happy hour to run from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., with 30-percent-off pricing on Kirin, microbrews, garlic fried rice, and potstickers. [EaterWire]

DEEP DISCOUNTS AT REVELRYRachel Yang and Seif Chirchi's modern Korean spot has always been about late night, with the DJ booth to prove it, and now Revelry's offering even lower prices: Nearly every dish on the new late-night happy hour menu is now under $10 (some are discounted as much as 40 percent). It all starts at 10 p.m., nightly. [EaterWire]

WHERE'S GARY?—Gary Okazaki, better known as Gary the Foodie, had a strong social media presence, featuring his culinary exploits from around the world, until recently. In a switcheroo, he's deleted his personal accounts and is now running the Right at the Fork podcast's Instagram feed. Hear the full story in this Monday's Right at the Fork podcast. [EaterWire]

BREAKSIDE 3.0—One of the city's most popular breweries (and it's no slouch in the food department, either), Breakside Brewery is opening its third location at 1570 NW 22nd Ave. on March 6. Doors open at 11 a.m. [New School Beer]

EaterWire February 17:

HEART PIZZA PREVIEW PARTY—The new fast-casual pizza spot from Little Big Burger co-founder Micah Camden is throwing a preview party Monday, February 20. Located at 417 SW 13th, Heart Pizza will give away free pizzas until they run out starting at 2 p.m., but if you donate a dollar, it'll go to Basic Rights Oregon. Heart Pizza will open for real soon. [EaterWire]

ALTO BAJO OPENING DATE—The modern Mexican restaurant located inside the Oregon Pioneer Building at 300 SW Stark St. tells Eater it will open its doors April 5. Alto Bajo will feature a menu by executive chef Chris Barnes (Moto) developed in collaboration with Iliana de la Vega, known for her Oaxacan-inspired cooking at Austin's El Naranjo. [EaterWire]

NEW BRUNCH IN MULTNOMAH VILLAGE—Seeking tres leches french toast? Neighbor to Tastebud, Casa Vaca Taqueria now serves a Mexican-inspired weekend brunch, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Plates include huevos rancheros, a breakfast burrito, poblano biscuits with chorizo gravy, and carnitas hash. [EaterWire]

RESTAURANT NEIGHBOR AWARD WINNERS—The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association has announced the 2017 winners of the Restaurant Neighborhood Awards, recognizing restaurants across Oregon that show neighborly love through a variety of philanthropic efforts. The Portland winners are Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen and Salt & Straw. [EaterWire]

THIS WEEKEND'S MASSIVE ACLU FUNDRAISER—Through a grassroots movement largely spearheaded by Pok Pok's Andy Ricker, around 60 Portland restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds from this weekend's sales to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the nonprofit currently suing the White House over the immigration ban. The movement does not have a website but will use #immigrantswelcome on social media. Por Que No owner Bryan Steelman sent over the latest list of participating restaurants (the percentage of the proceeds donated varies by restaurant, with most around ten percent; also note different restaurants will also be participating on different dates this week):

24th & Meatballs
87th & Meatballs
Angel Face
Apizza Scholls
Ava Gene's
Beer Belly
Bollywood Theater
Chefstable Group
Clyde Common
Coopers Hall
Country Cat
EaT: An Oyster Bar
Ecliptic Brewing
Fire & Stone
Foster Burger
Grain & Gristle
Hot Lips Pizza
La Moule
La Taq
Loyal Legion
Mediterranean Exploration Company
Mi Mero Mole
Mississippi Pizza
Multnomah Whiskey Library
Noble Rot
Old Salt
Over and Out
Parasol Bar
Philippe's Bread
Pine State Biscuits
Podnah's Pit
Pok Pok
Pok Pok Noi
Pok Pok Wing
Por Qué No
Real Good Food
Restaurant St. Jack
Roman Candle
Toro Bravo
Whiskey Soda Lounge
Woodsman Tavern


EaterWire February 3:

CHESA EXTENDS VERMUT HAPPYAtaula sister restaurant Chesa, serving sensational modern Spanish food on NE Broadway, is expanding its vermut happy hour: You can now grab a discounted drink and receive a complimentary tapa Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the large bar area. A recent menu showed vermouth and wine costing $6, cocktails running $9 to $10, and a small tapas menu ranging $5 to $9. [EaterWire]

ROSS ISLAND BREWING STARTS SUDSING—The latest Portland brewery, Ross Island Brewing, is officially open at 730 SE Powell Blvd. Owner Carston Haney focuses on "Northwest-influenced English ales and lagers" and his experience includes a six-year tenure as head brewer at Portland's Alameda Brewing. Find taps flowing Tuesday through Sunday. [EaterWire]

TASTEBUD'S BAGELS GO BYE-BYE—After a 12-year run, Mark Doxtader's beloved wood-fired bagels will no longer appear in cafes and stores, like New Seasons. Doxtader says via press release his bagels will only appear sporadically in the form of bagel pop-ups and Tastebud brunches down the road. [EaterWire]

NEW OWNERS AT 21ST AVENUE BAR AND GRILLMike Reed and Scott McCulloch of Born, Inc. have officially taken over 21 Avenue Bar and Grill, known for its cheap eats and trivia nights in the mostly posh Nob Hill neighborhood. The new owners say they intend to retain the bar's character but will do "some considerable revamping in the near future." [EaterWire]

CHEFS CYCLE PDX FUNDRAISER—This Saturday, a huge fleet of Portland's most notable chefs will be gathering at Plaza Del Toro to raise money for No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit dedicated to feeding hungry children across America. $10 gets you samples of beer from Rogue Brewery; wine from Grochau Cellars; and food from Toro Bravo, Lardo, Jackrabbit, Boccalone, and Urban Farmer. This is all to help Team Sack Lunch PDX, comprised of chefs John Gorham, Rick Gencarelli, and others, raise money to participate in the nationwide Chefs Cycle event, in which chefs ride their bikes 300 miles. A raffle with $20 tickets will also be held. Learn more here. [EaterWire]

EaterWire January 27:

PARK KITCHEN TO HOST TRUFFLE DINNER—Chef David Sapp may be in truffle country for this weekend's Truffle Festival, but just because you're not going doesn't mean you shouldn't get a taste: This weekend, Sapp's Park Kitchen crew is putting on a $50 four-course truffle spread comprising truffled Sibley squash soup, cured pork (with truffled black lentils and white truffles), roasted lamb with black truffles, and cornbread with milk ricotta, port-braised hazelnuts, and black truffles.

HIGH NOON LAUNCHES HAPPY HOUR—High Noon, downtown's southwest-inspired restaurant, has just launched a new happy hour program which treats guests to seven different dishes from $2 to $7, and a half-dozen cocktails that run $6 a pop. To see what's available besides nachos, street corn, and margaritas, take a peek at the new happy hour menu.

CIBO'S NOW SERVING BRUNCHCibo, Marco Fratteroli's Italian restaurant, is now serving brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Expect wood-fried breakfast pizzas, Italian donuts, and early morning cocktails.

DAME WILL SOON OPEN ON MONDAYS—Starting February 6, Jane Smith and Dana Frank's Dame will be open for dinner on Monday nights. Their official hours going forward will be 5 to 10 p.m., every day but Tuesday.

PEARL TAVERN LAUNCHES LUNCH—Good news, Pearl Districters: In addition to serving nightly dinners and weekend brunches, Joey Harrington and ChefStable's Pearl Tavern is now serving lunch, which will be available on weekdays from 11:30 to 4 p.m.

EaterWire January 20, 2017:

NEW TENANTS ANNOUNCED AT PORTLAND FOOD HALL—Downtown's latest food hall, Portland Food Hall, has announced three new tenants: The Whole Bowl, Moberi, and Mini Bar, which join previously announced Aiko Ramen and Zaatar. An ice cream shop is also in the works, and that means there's only one tenant space left. [BPJ]

GARDEN BAR CO-FOUNDER RESIGNSChristopher Handford, one of the founders of the rapidly expanding build-your-own salad spot Garden Bar, has officially resigned, according to a press release. Handford also owned Jamison and Davis Street Tavern, both now shuttered. [EaterWire]

HOLDFAST ON BIZARRE FOODS—The next season of Andrew Zimmerman's Bizarre Foods show on the Travel Channel debuts January 31, and guess who's being featured: None other than modernist all stars Holdfast Dining. The entire episode's theme is around Lewis and Clark, and of course, Jacobsen Salt will also be included. [EaterWire]

RACIST SANDWICH AT THE LIBRARY—Are you interested reading about the politics of food, including topics related to race? The Racist Sandwich podcast, which is dedicated to giving a voice to under-represented communities in Portland, has teamed up with the Multnomah Library to offer a useful list of book recommendations. [EaterWire]

MARUTI LAUNCHES COCKTAILS—Opened in November, SE Hawthorne's new vegetarian Indian restaurant, Maruti, has just unleashed its cocktail program, with drinks like "Movin' Through Kashmir," featuring Tanqueray Rangpur, Strega, tumeric, lime, and Peychaud. [EaterWire]

BUSHWACKER CIDER 2.0 SHUTTERS—The O.G. in the Portland cider bar community, Bushwacker Cider closed its second location in Woodlawn in December. The original location just off SE Powell is still open for business. [New School Beer]

EaterWire January 6, 2017:

#COOKIEGRAB2017—The city's top female chefs and bakers are rallying to raise money for Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. Show your support for women's reproductive rights by buying a pink box with 21 locally made cookies inside for $50 here. [Oregonian]

HAN OAK HALTS BRUNCHThe Korean hotspot by chef Peter Cho is in the process of expanding its dinner offerings and has temporarily suspended brunch. [EaterWire]

OREGONIAN FOOD CRITIC'S BEST PLATES OF 2016The O's lead food critic Michael Russell identified 10 exceptional dishes. Clocking in at numero uno: Coquine's girella pasta. [Oregonian]

BAR CASA VALE'S NEW HAPPY HOUR—The new Spanish-inspired bar by Nate Tilden (Clyde Common) now serves happy hour daily, from 5 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close. Get sherry flights for $7 and a number of $6 cocktails, plus dishes like $4 grilled skewers, $5 piri piri wings, and the $7 Bar Casa Vale burger. [EaterWire]

DELTA CAFE LAUNCHES DAILY BRUNCH—Serving smoked meats and Southern cooking in the Woodstock neighborhood, Delta Cafe now offers brunch seven days a week, starting at 9 a.m. On the menu are baskets of beignets, shrimp and grits Benedicts, and a smoked brisket hash — plus cocktails, including a bloody mary bar. [EaterWire]

DIVISION'S NEW VEGETARIAN THAI SPOTKati Portland is now open at 2932 SE Division St., formerly Clay's Smokehouse. According to the website, chef Renoo Jansala has 30 year's experience and will serve vegetarian Thai cuisine. [EaterWire]

CIAO VITO'S MARKET—The NE Alberta mainstay now has a market inside: Supper Fly Market. Find wines, glassware, and grab-and-go food products. [EaterWire]

RESTAURANT WINE AWARDS—Looking for Portland's top restaurant wine lists? The Oregon Wine Press and the Oregon Wine Board has announced its 2017 Oregon Wine A-List Awards, featuring 124 restaurants with strong wine programs. [EaterWire]

EaterWire December 22, 2016:

PORCELLI'S RISTORANTE SHUTTERS—After nearly 10 years in business, Porcelli's Ristorante and Bar shuttered at 6500 SW Virginia Ave., just off SW Macadam, according to a reader tip and Yelp. Eater has reached out to the owners. Porcelli's was known for serving traditional Italian plates for lunch and dinner. [EaterWire]

PINK ROSE CLOSES AFTER 5 MONTHS—After shutting its doors overnight in the Pearl back in February 2016, the Pink Rose reopened in May. Now, it has closed again — so says the website. Eater has reached out to owner Herman Regusters for comment. [EaterWire]

TEOTE EXPANDS—The owners of Teote Areperia have their sights set on 2700 NE Alberta, where they will eventually open a second Teoto, replete with its upstairs mezcal bar, Coyote Mezcaleria. Co-owner Michael Kennett has ambitions to offer the largest mezcal selection in the nation. Coyote Mezcaleria tentatively starts pouring April 2017, but you'll have to wait for those arepas, as Teote 2.0 won't open until 2018. [WWeek]

LAUGHING PLANET GOOSE HOLLOW STUFFS FINAL BURRITO—The fast-casual, health-focused, burrito-and-bowl chain Laughing Planet has closed its location at 1755 SW Jefferson St., after three years. The nearest location is now at 1720 SW 4th Ave. [EaterWire]

KENNY & ZUKE'S OPENS IN AIRPORT—Beloved local deli Kenny & Zuke's started slicing salami at the airport on December 20. It's located passed security in Concourse C. From 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., find its signature bagels, breakfast sandwiches, reubens, locally made snacks, and more, for both dining in and grab-and-go. You'll also find 12 taps, wines by the glass, and coffee. [EaterWire]

EaterWire December 16, 2016:

RUE'S NEW HAPPY HOUR—The "Neo-bistro" serving vegetable-forward dishes Rue has just launched an enticing happy hour involving $1 oysters, $5 plates, and drink specials, including $4 draft beer and $5 wines. It runs Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. [EaterWire]

NEW HAPPY HOUR AT PIZZERIA OTTO, TOO—The wood-fired, neapolitan-style Pizzeria Otto now does happy hour nightly from 8 p.m. to close. Show up for $6 margherita pizzas, $3 pints, and $3 house wine. [EaterWire]

NEW BREWERY BY FAT HEAD'S BREWERFat Head's brewer Mike Hunsaker is the latest restaurateur to announce a new dining establishment across the Columbia River. His new brewery, Grains of Wrath, will be located in Camas, WA (about 30 minutes outside Portland). Hunsaker has tapped chef Fabiola Ponce-Wyatt (Southpark Seafood, Roman Candle) to run the kitchen. No opening date announced. [New School Beer Blog]

EaterWire December 9, 2016:

SUSHI MIOGA CLOSES—After just six months, Sushi Mioga has closed near Providence Park. The sushi restaurant opened its first location at 11835 NW Cedar Falls Dr., earlier this year, and it has plans to open Sushi Miogas on SW Morrison and in Happy Valley. Eater's reached out to owner Michael Jiang for more details. [EaterWire]

JOE'S FLIPS FINAL BURGER DOWNTOWN—Local burger chainlet Joe's Burgers has closed its downtown location at 625 SW 4th Ave. Its other burger spots soldier on. [EaterWire]

DINERS, DRIVE-INS, AND DIVES—The television show featuring spiky-haired-host Guy Fieri visited The Original Dinerant. The episode aired on December 2, highlighting chef AJ Voytko's signature dishes, such as "Donut Burger Sliders" — yep, a burger sandwiched between doughnuts — and chicken & waffles. [EaterWire]

NORTHWEST CHA CHA CHA LOCKS UP—Another home-grown franchise, Cha Cha Cha has closed its location at NW 21st and Everett, according to multiple reader tips. Eater reached out to Cha Cha Cha for details and has yet to receive a response. [EaterWire]


TANI'S JAPANESE KITCHEN SHUTTERS—Located at 4807 SE Woodstock Blvd., Tani's Japanese Kitchen has closed. A note on the door (pictured above) says Shoko Sushi and Izakaya will open in its place this Monday, December 12. Eater's reached out for details. [EaterWire]

THE PAINTED LADY'S EXPERIMENTAL DINNERS—December 14 marks the return of the experimental dinner series at Newberg's The Painted Lady, one of Oregon's top fine-dining destinations (The Oregonian's Michael Russell recently described it as "a sort-of country cousin to Castagna"). Running Wednesdays through March 29, the dinners offer a chef's tasting menu of experimental dishes for $55, instead of the usual $85. [EaterWire]

COQUINE COOKIES GO NATIONAL—You know those smoked almond, salted caramel, and chocolate cookies everyone's talking about? They're now shipped nationwide, with orders accepted through the website. [EaterWire]

EaterWire December 2, 2016:

DON'T TIP THE BIRDS—One of Portland's most famous chefs, Gabriel Ruckereliminated tipping at Le Pigeon in June 2016, and now his downtown restaurant Little Bird Bistro will do away with tipping on January 3, 2017. According to the press release, going tipless allows the restaurants to pay higher wages to cooks and dishwashers, as well as reward top-performing servers. Prices will go up, but the total cost of a meal should remain about the same as it did when tips were accepted, the restaurant says. [EaterWire]

NEW AMERICAN SHUTTERS—On December 18, after two years in business, North Portland's New American will close its doors, at 2103 N Killingsworth St. Until then, it's offering $6 Old Tree Gin and tonics, and on closing night itself, you can get two drinks and all you can eat for $40 ($5 for kids). Brunch has already been halted. Read the full, touching Facebook goodbye, here. [EaterWire]

KAREN BROOKS'S FAVORITE PLATES OF 2016PoMo's lead restaurant critic and one of the city's most respected food writers, Karen Brooks released the "11 best things" she ate in 2016. She doesn't rank her plates. The list includes Dame's beef tartare, salads at Tusk, and more. [PoMo]

CAFE CASTAGNA ADDS HAPPY HOUR—Happy hour now runs all-day Sundays at Cafe Castagna on SE Hawthorne. Find that $8 burger, plus a new margherita pizza and weekly "Chef's Sandwich" (the Cafe's already hinted at the return of the its lamb gyro). [EaterWire]

JIMMY MAK'S TO CLOSE—Play a blue note for Jimmy Mak's, Portland's most famous jazz club and a symbol of the city's vibrant jazz scene, which has been rocking for decades: It's closing for good on New Year's Eve. Owner Jimmy Makarounis says he must "step away" from the business to focus on battling larynx cancer. Earlier this year, Makarounis announced he was relocating the 20-year-old club. [Oregonian]

GREEN DRAGON SWITCHEROO—And the new name shall be: Rogue East Side Pub & Pilot Brewery. Rogue Ales & Spirits bought The Green Dragon, one of the city's most beloved beer bars, in 2008, and now, it's officially becoming Rogue's tenth pub location. New School Beer blog explains a bit of controversy surrounding the move. [New School Beer Blog]

LOMBARD HOUSE OPENS—The new beer bar from Brian Koch, a well-know figure in the Portland beer scene, is now pouring at 7337 N. Lombard. Lombard House is set to mostly be a neighborhood hangout (just don't bring the kids, cause they're not allowed), with ten beers on-tap. [New School Beer Blog]

NEW BEAVERTON BREWERYBrannon's Pub & Brewery is about to get new life, with The Westgate Bourbon Bar and Taphouse, a bourbon bar, taphouse, brewery, bottle shop, and "upscale gastropub," according to owner Dave Heinsch, who also owns Beaverton's The Fireside Grill. [New School Beer Blog]

EaterWire November 18, 2016:

INCREDIBLE RENOVATION—A member of the Eater 38, the downtown seasonal bento restaurant Chef Naoko has expanded next door, adding 60 seats and a beautiful design by architect Kengo Kuma, whose other projects include the Portland Japanese Garden. [PoMo]

THE WHOLE BOWL EXPANDSTali Ovadia is taking her success back to her hometown of Cincinnati, where she'll open a walk-up window mid-December. Established in 2001, The Whole Bowl now has seven Portland locations, all serving one thing: a healthy bowl with a bean and rice base that's always vegetarian and gluten free and can come vegan. [PBJ]

THE O REVIEWS AFURI—Writer Samantha Bakall has been taking a leading roll in The Oregonian's food reviews of late, and this week, she tackled the one-month-old Portland location of acclaimed Tokyo-based ramen chain, Afuri. She says the signature yuzu shio ramen is "delicate almost to the point of blandness," pointing out it's the city's most expensive at $15. Instead, go for the "buttery gindara, a miso-marinated black cod," the skewers, and the tsukune, a chicken meatball, she reports. [The O]

EX NOVO BREWING'S BRUNCH—The North Portland brewery now serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find beers, cocktails, and things like a fried chicken breakfast sandwich, "Huevos Ex Novo," and a "brewer's breakfast" platter, starting this weekend. [New School Beer Blog]

SERIOUS ACCOLADES FOR OREGON WINEWine Enthusiast has named Willamette Valley its 2016 Wine Region of the Year. You can likely prepare for more development out in wine country, as the magazine points out, "No producer has jumped in more aggressively than Jackson Family Wines. Beginning with its 2013 purchase of 1,385 acres of established vineyards, the company has quickly built a portfolio, purchasing Penner-Ash and WillaKenzie." [PBJ]

AVIATION GIN SELLS OUT TO MARKETING FIRM—Davos Brands now owns the Aviation Gin brand, created by Portland's House Spirits Distillery. House Spirits will still be in charge of producing the gin, but it won't be available in its tasting rooms. The distillery says it'll use the money from the sale to focus on its acclaimed whiskey, Westward. [WWeek]

EaterWire November 11, 2016:

HUGS AND DONATIONS—After a trying presidential election, Side Street Tavernwants to "hug it out": All next week, dine at Side Street Tavern, located at SE Belmont and 34th, and the business will donate 10% of its sales to "places that need our love now more than ever," including the National Immigration Law Center, NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union, and more. [EaterWire]

AQUAVIT WEEK EXPANDS—Started in Portland by freelance writer and bartender Jacob Grier, Aquavit Week returns to celebrate the caraway-flavored booze of vikings, from December 4 to 10, and this year, other U.S. cities have taken up the cause: New York, Chicago, and Houston are all holding Aquavit Week. A big congrats to Mr. Grier. [Oregonian]

FLYING FISH SHUTTERS ON HAWTHORNE—The Kruger's Farm Market stand and Flying Fish retailer on SE Hawthorne Boulevard will soon make way for apartments. Flying Fish will close after Christmas, but still has a location inside Providore Fine Foods. No word yet on Kruger's plans. [WWeek]

NEW CAFE IN CULLY—A neighborhood on the move, Cully got a new cafe from Moon & Sixpence owner Kevin Dorney. The Tom Cully Café is now open at 4148 NE Cully Blvd., Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving frittatas, pastries, coffee, and more. [EaterWire]

KATI TAKES OVER CLAY'S SMOKEHOUSE—Multiple tips through the Eater tipline report a new "rural Thai" restaurant called Kati will open at 2932 SE Division St., the former home to beloved Clay's Smokehouse — three blocks away from Pok Pok. The liquor license says it'll be managed by Ketsuda Chaison. [EaterWire]

TWO TARTS BAKERY COOKBOOK—Beloved downtown bakery Two Tarts closed in February, and baker Elizabeth Beekley has been busy writing,Don't Call Me A Tart: Recipes from the Two Tarts Bakery Kitchen, a cookbook featuring 30+ recipes for her most popular cookies and other goods. It's now available for pre-order by emailing Beekley at [EaterWire]

EaterWire November 4, 2016:

CARTWIREBoke Dokie, the popular new food cart from Boke Bowl, tells Eater it has left downtown and will reopen in the Tidbit pod on SE Division and 28th Place sometime around Thanksgiving. [EaterWire]

NEW POP-UP—Chef Luis Contreras will launch the Mexican-inspired pop-up Chelo in Renata's commissary kitchen this Monday, November 7 (buy tickets here). He hopes to eventually turn Chelo into a restaurant. Cantreras made a name for himself at two San Francisco Mexican restaurants, Mamacita and Padrecito, before a stint running the kitchen at Oba. [Oregonian]

NIGHTCLUB FEDERAL LAWSUIT—Former nightclub owner Rodney DeWalt is bringing a federal lawsuit against Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. He says he was the target of a racist conspiracy that could have resulted in the closure of his nightclub, Fontaine Bleau, on NE Broadway. A federal magistrate recently allowed the lawsuit to go forward. [WWeek]

TOURNANT ADDS CAFE HOURS—This one slipped past us: Over the summer, the Tournant culinary space started cafe hours, which are now Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. "We serve coffee, tea, and pastries by Sterling Coffee Roasters, Jasmine Pearl Tea, and Pearl Bakery, respectively," says co-owner Mona Johnson. You'll also find a couple sandwiches, a soup, and other light cafe fare. Tournant opened early 2016 and has since played home to many of the city's hottest pop-ups, as well as its own regularly scheduled Oyster Social pop-up. [EaterWire]

THE KNOW RELOCATES—Beloved punk bar The Know will shutter on November 30, but it appears it will soon reopen in the old Blackbird venue at 3728 NE Sandy. Owner Ryan Stowe says he's shooting for early 2017. [Mercury]

DOWNTOWN DIVE SHUTTERS—It appears Captain Ankeny's Well closed after 24 years in September, citing issues with patrons from next-door Voodoo Doughnuts always using its restroom. It plans to reopen by Thanksgiving, though, at SW Pine and 1st Avenue. [WWeek]

EaterWire October 25, 2016:

POK POK NOI—As of last week, Pok Pok Noi now serves Southeast Asian-inspired lunch seven days a week. [PoMo]

RUMORMONGERING—It appears big-name chef Johnny Leach (Momofuku) and Xico sous chef David Haddoware are opening a Mexican restaurant on North Williams called Chalino at some point. [WWeek]

HAPPY HOURLoyal Legion now has happy hour. It runs from 3 to 6 p.m., offering two different beers daily: $2 for a 12-ounce pour or $4 for a 25-ouncer. Add these to the daily $3 beer and $3 whiskey shot specials, and that's some cheap drinkin'. [EaterWire]

ALTO BAJO ANNOUNCED—On October 20, the O announced the modern Mexican restaurant Alto Bajo would open inside the forthcoming Hi-Lo Hotel at 300 SW Stark St. Alto Bajo will be be helmed by chef Chip Barnes, alum of Michelin-starred Moto, and is expected to early 2017, just steps from what will become the James Beard Market. [Oregonian]


[Photo: Poke Mon]

FRIED CHICKEN—Starting this week, Fridays will be fried chicken days at Poke Mon. Find Hawaiian-style fried chicken tossed in soy sauce and garlic served as a plate lunch from 11 a.m. until supplies run out. [EaterWire]

DER RHEINLANDER'S FATE—Everyone already knows beloved German restaurant Der Rheinlander will sadly close. But now we know what it'll become: a new building that includes a health care center owned by The Portland Clinic. Well if that isn't better than more expensive condos. [PBJ]

EaterWire October 7, 2016

HAMLET'S NEW "SUNDAY SERVICE"—This Sunday, Hamlet unveils its "Sunday Service" menu, designed to appeal to what industry workers want when their shifts have ended. Think $2 and $3 beers, $5 cocktails, bites that run between $2 and $4, and every line cook's favorite: boilermakers. And the deals aren't solely for industry workers; the public can get its snack on, too. Sunday hours are 4 to 11 p.m. [EPDX]

JOUK LI JOU'S HAITI FUNDRAISER—Over at The O, Sam Bakall reports on Jouk Li Jou food cart owner Mathilde Aurelien Wilson's fundraising drive to try to provide relief for the people of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew took 1,000 lives and left a million-plus in need of aid. Specifically, Aurelien Wilson want to help the people of Au Centre. "They have no food security from one day to another, no access to grocery, crops destroyed, no savings," she tells Bakall. "They are really, really hungry. We're gathering donations to send directly there to help, to help keep them alive." Proceeds from what you eat go to an aid center that Aurelien Wilson helped co-found back in Haiti. [The Oregonian]

YOU CAN NOW BUY NEW DEAL'S NEW AMARO IN STORES—After the recent unveiling of its new amaro, the herbal Cascadia d'Amore, the distillers at New Deal have announced that you can now buy bottles of it at liquor stores like Hawthorne Liquor and Pearl Specialty. Want a sneak preview of how it can be best put to use? Drop by Solo Club, Revelry, Rum Club, Bit House Saloon, Americano, and Wayfinder. They're all offering Cascadia d'Amore cocktails. [EPDX]

SARAVEZA RE-OPENS WITH A SPRUCED-UP KITCHEN, MENU—After briefly closing for a couple of weeks, the Wisconsin-inspired Saraveza beer bar has reopened with a fully decked out kitchen. That means there are new menu items like fried cheese curds, fried oyster po'boys, and buttermilk fried chicken, in addition to variations on the pasty. But as The New School reports, there will be no burger. "Owner Sarah Pederson is worried that once the menu adds a burger, the place just becomes another burger joint." [The New School]

OREGON BREWERS BRING HOME THE GOLD (AND BRONZE AND SILVER)—Oregon brewers crushed it in Denver for 2016's Great American Beer Festival. They brought home nine bronzes, seven silvers, and five golds, including top honors for Breakside Brewery's "Rye Curious." [The Oregonian]

POMO'S BEST NEW RESTAURANTS, 2016—The wait is over. This month, Portland Monthly announced its "Best New Restaurants of 2016," with honors going to Nodoguro, Han Oak, Chesa, and 180, while Tusk and Revelry split the "Rising Star" award. [Portland Monthly]

WHERE TO GET SEASONAL EATS—Channeling her best Colin Nissan voice—he of McSweeney's "It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers" fame—Heather Arndt Anderson took to the pages of The Merc to hip us all (in as salty words as she could find) to skip all things pumpkin spice in lieu of butternut squash tacos, butternut squash curry, and butternut squash biscuit-and-egg sandwiches. [Portland Mercury]

EaterWire October 7, 2016

EQUINOX RESTAURANT BECOMES PIZZA AND PERFORMANCE VENUE—Located at 830 N Shaver, The 1905 opened on September 29 to serve affordable artisan pizzas on house-made crusts (gluten-free available) and classic and signature cocktails, as well as to host musical performances. The new restaurant moves into the venue formerly home to short-lived Slate, which had moved into the venue when Equinox Restaurant closed after nearly 13 years in March 2016. [Eaterwire]

OLYMPIA PROVISIONS RECEIVES $100,000—Whole Foods has given OIympia Provisions a $100,000 loan as part of its Local Producer Loan Program, which has provided more than $525,000 in loans to local businesses, like Ruby Jewel. Upon receiving the loan, OP-co-owner Elias Cairo said, "This loan helps us stay true to our technique and our decision to use only quality natural ingredients, and still be able to scale our operations." [PBJ]

'GLOBAL COMFORT FOOD' LANDS ON LOMBARD—This one got past us, but Vagabond opened at 4828 N Lombard in July to serve beers from 15 rotating taps and lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Christian Mikkelson, most recently of Lincoln, helms the kitchen, and dishes include stout-battered fried cheese curds, seasonal kimchee, house-cured jerky, German dumplings and cheese, and Totten Inlet mussels. Visit and find a patio and retro gaming room, too. [EaterWire]

CELEBRATED KOREAN KITCHEN ELIMINATES TICKETING—You no longer have to buy tickets to dine at Han Oak, the innovative Korean restaurant by celebrated chef Peter Cho. The restaurant is now accepting regular reservations with specific seating times: Korean barbecue dinner costs $35 per person for a set menu with a la carte options, and Korean brunch runs $29. Gratuity is not included. [EaterWire]

CALIFORNIA WINE GIANT BUYS ANOTHER ICONIC OREGON WINERY—On Wednesday, Jackson Family Wines bought WillaKenzie Estate winery, a prominent winery founded in 1995. This is the latest acquisition for Jackson Family Wines, which has already purchased seven Oregon wineries, including Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, and around 1,300 acres of Oregon vineyards. [Statesman Journal]

THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICHES—After embarking on a deep-fried pilgrimage, The O has released its list of the city's top 10 best fried chicken sandwiches. Basilisk's renowned sandwich took the top spot, and you can see the rest of the best in the full article. [Oregonian]

EaterWire September 30, 2016

WAYFINDER BREWPUB OPENS TOMORROW—If you read this site, then you're well aware that Wayfinder opens its doors to the public tomorrow at 11 a.m. (It shared its opening menu and its owners—Charlie Devereux (Double Mountain), Matthew Jacobson (Sizzle Pie) and pit boss Rodney Muirhead (Podnah's Pit)—snuck Eater in to shoot some photos.) The 110-seat space (with an additional 100 outdoor seats) will eventually serve its own brew and Muirhead-designed dishes from a wood-fired oven. [EPDX]

BAR CASA VALE OPENS TOMORROW, TOO—Just hours after Wayfinder opens its doors, Bar Casa Vale will follow suit. The Spanish-inspired bar, which comes courtesy of Nate Tilden (Clyde Common, Pépé le Moko, Olympia Provisions), Bryon Adams-Harford, Kenton Weins, and Marty Schwartz, will serve craft cocktails, sherries and more than 40 Spanish-style drinking snacks. [EPDX]

LAST CALL TONIGHT AT VERITABLE QUANDARY—Today, The O reports that, after 45 years, Veritable Quandary is calling it quits after service tonight. The newspaper's touching farewell shows owner Dennis King working tirelessly to maintain the restaurant's upkeep and image even on the eve of closure. Give it a read. [The Oregonian]

ASSOCIATED PLANS ON OCTBER 10 OPENING—Miss P.R.E.A.M., the hop-hop pizzeria? Well it's getting a second breath—if not a second life—when former P.R.E.A.M. chef Nick Ford and Lightning Bar Collective's John Janulis and Liam Duffy open Associated. There will definitely be wood-fired pizzas. But in what may be a genius master stroke, there will be tacos, too. [EPDX]

DER RHEINLADER EDGES TOWARDS CLOSURE—More sad news from The O. After 53 years in business, Der Rheinlander will definitely shutter. No word on when exactly, but The O does provide a small, if ephemeral silver lining: It will remain open till at least New Year's Eve. [The Oregonian]

HEADWATERS OFFERS A GLIMPS OF ITS MENU—We know you can't wait to try dishes from Vitaly Paley and Ken Norris' new Headwaters menu. To make that wait even more painful, Eater teased out a few menu items this week, including bonne femme with petrale sole, mushroom duxelles and sea urchin butter, papillote with black cod, baked oysters, and whole roasted fish, which will be sold by the pound. Look for it to open soon. [EPDX]

KIM JONG SMOKEHOUSE OPENS AT PINE STREET MARKET—Six weeks after Common Law closed its Pine Street Market doors, Earl Ninsom (Langbaan, Hat Yai), Kim Jong Grillin's Han Ly Hwang and Smokehouse Tavern's BJ Smith set to work on transforming the space into Kim Jong Smokehouse. It's been serving bibimbop and steamed buns since Saturday. [EPDX]

ZARZ ON FIRST NOW OPEN DOWNTOWN—Per The O, there's a new bar-restaurant in Old Town: hotelier Zaryab "Zar" Sheikh's Zarz on First. The newspaper's story says the menu will consist of "burgers, steaks and salads, plus a handful of global dishes inspired by Sheikh's travels," as well as classic cocktails and a generous happy hour. [The Oregonian]

TAMALE BOY OPENING SECOND RESTAURANT ON NORTH RUSSELL STREET—This week, Tamale Boy's Jaime Soltero Jr. told Eater that he's opening a second restaurant adjacent to the beer geek lab, Labrewatory. Order at TB, the head over to the bar to enjoy a beer while you wait for your tamales, chicharrones, and beer-braised octopus sandwiches. Soltero's shooting for a January opening date. [EPDX]

RALLY PIZZA OPENS IN VANCOUVER—Last week, The O reported that former Ken's Artisan Pizza pizzaiolo Alan Maniscalo opened Rally Pizza in Vancouver. Per The O, Rally will serve Neapolitan-style pies, small sides and salads, and sweets from Maniscalo's wife—and business partner and general manager—Shan Wickham. [The Oregonian]

SHORT ROUND COMING TO HAWTHORNE THIS WINTER—Fish Sauce's Ben Bui and his mother, Lauren Huynh, plan on opening a restaurant on Hawthorne dedicated to providing Vietnamese Drinking snacks—think pig intestines, snails, and balut—with cocktails designed by spirits ace Tommy Klus. It should open in the late fall or early winter. [EPDX]

POLLO NORTE COMING TO OLD KERNS KITCHEN SPACE—According to Wade Shelton, who co-owners Concordia's Pollo Norte restaurant with his brother, Kelly, and their friend, Ryan Gibson, Kerns residents could be eating those same rotating birds and sides in the old Kearns Kitchen space by mid-October. [EPDX]

EaterWire September 23, 2016

RUSSIAN TEA SEVICE AT VITALY PALEY'S HEADWATERS — Wondering what an elaborate Russian tea service at Vitaly Paley's highly anticipated restaurant Headwaters will look like? The O brings back photos from a preview, stuffed with caviar, immaculately smoked fish, and a Steven Smith Teamaker collaboration tea that you can sweeten with jam, just like in Russia. The news also brings a launch date for tea service, if not for Headwaters itself: November 25, 2016. [Oregonian]

WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE LAUNCHES BRUNCH — Pok Pok sister-restaurant Whiskey Soda Lounge has recently added brunch to the mix, and fans of Andy Ricker's now-shuttered Sen Yai will find some familiar dishes. Portland tastemaker Karen Brooks writes, "It's the best morning meal you've never heard of, from PDX's most famous chef." Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian-inspired brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 a.m. See the menu. [PoMo]

CITY'S BEST CHILE RELLENO BURRITOS — Nick Zukin, owner of Mi Mero Mole and an authority on many aspects of both traditional Mexican food and Mexican-inspired food, released a list of his favorite chile relleno burritos in the city. Zukin says a chile relleno burritos is "the best Chicano vegetarian option," in his book. The best of the best? Tortilleria y Tienda de Leon's. See the full list here. [WWeek]

$10M GRANT FOR COFFEE NONPROFIT — This week, Relationship Coffee Institute received a grant worth a whopping $10 million to continue it's mission to increase social and economic opportunity for smallholder commodity farmers and their families. The institute is a partnership between Portland-based Sustainable Harvest coffee importers and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and its efforts are currently focused on rural women coffee farmers in Rwanda. [Portland Business Journal]

SARAVEZA TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR REVAMP — After the football's over this Sunday, the Saraveza beer bar with a serious love for the Packers at 1004 N Killingsworth will close for at least a week to upgrade the kitchen and menu. Returning chef Dustin Gettman (Pok Pok NYC, Meriwethers) now helms the kitchen. Can't handle wait? The Bad Habit Room, located next door, will expand its hours. [WWeek]

THE FIXIN' TO BAR TO ADD CONCERT VENUE — Located at 8218 N Lombard, The Fixin' To, the bar from former Portland Monthly senior editor Bart Blasengame (who wrote one hell of an article on the trials and tribulations of owning a bar earlier this year), is turning its patio into a concert venue. It plans to open for shows spring 2017. [WWeek]

EaterWire September 16, 2016

NE BROADWAY—Start warming up those vocal cords: A two-story karaoke bar is being opened by a team comprising members of Portland's Lightning Bar Collective [Century, Jackknife, Bye and Bye] and ChefStable restaurant group [Ox, St. Jack, Lardo], and it's opening inside of a building owned by David LaChapelle, famous for his photos, which have appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and more, and for directing music videos for people like Elton John. The team hopes to open Capitol Bar by the end of 2016. [WWeek]

PORTLAND—An as-of-yet-unnamed restaurant group based in the Midwest and backed by big-name chefs is currently in Portland to "study the inner workings of ChefStable," according to The O, and the group is tentatively being called ChefStable Midwest. Among its owners is Malcolm Simkoff, who currently works for powerhouse chef Rick Bayless and has opened high profile restaurants in the Chicago area like A-10. If all goes as planned, ChefStable could expand to Detroit and the surrounding area, but nothing's currently confirmed. See it for yourself at two Lowcountry-themed eight-course pop-ups being held at Associated Monday and Tuesday, September 19 and 20, by making a reservation at (seatings at 5 and 7 p.m.; $70 per person [includes gratuity]). [Oregonian]

PORTLANDThe Oregonian's lead food critic Michael Russell has released his Portland's best new restaurants of 2016 list. See the goods here. [Oregonian]

PORTLAND—Perhaps Portland's biggest eater, Gary "the Foodie" Okazaki is know for posting drool-worthy food porn from Portland's most cutting-edge restaurants nearly everyday on Instagram (all other days, he posts drool-worthy food porn from restaurants around the globe). Now Gary is teaming up with the Right at the Fork podcast to do a monthly show dedicated to sharing his latest culinary observations. The Gary the Foodie Restaurant Update debuts this Monday, September 19. [EaterWire]

SE HAWTHORNEGroundwork Coffee Co. purchased Portland's long-running Kobos Coffee in April, and the California-based coffee franchise's first Portland cafe opens today, September 16, at 4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd., with free coffee and samples off the cafe food menu from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. [EaterWire]

NORTHWEST-—Located at 602 NW 23rd Ave., The Spot is a new tasting room and wine bar opened by Abbey Creek Vineyard, Oregon's first African American-owned winery. It currently serves Abbey Creek wines and wines from the Red, White, & Black project and offers bottle sales to go, from Friday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. (7 p.m. on Saturday). [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN—You may hear tunes wafting from downtown's Ankeny Square: The city's newest food cart pod, Grubbin', officially opened September 15, and it comes with a stage for live music. It's located on the south side of West Burnside across from the North Park Blocks, an area where food businesses and Portland's homeless population have been at odds. Jamal Gardner of Grubbin' says he hopes the food cart pod can bring a family-friendly atmosphere to the area, and currently, it has three food carts: La Arepa, Cosa, and Rami's Go Cart. [Oregonian]

EaterWire, September 2, 2016

PORTLAND—Guy Fieri, the spiky-haired host of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and founder of Donkey Sauce, apparently visited Portland this week, and social media accounts citywide blew up with alleged sitings, many chronicled by WWeek. The O received a reader tip sighting, too, so all in all Fieri may or may not have visited all of the following: Matt's BBQ, Portland's Original Dinerant, Swiss Hibiscus, Grassa, and Ataula. [WWeek/Oregonian]

THE PEARLStreetcar Bistro, the restaurant and bar with 30 taps, bistro dishes, live music, and a large whiskey selection located at 1101 NW Northrup St., has closed. Eater reached out to owner Jim Conachan after receiving a tip from a reader, and Conachan confirmed the news as well as sent the following farewell:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform you that we closed Streetcar Bistro & Taproom for business as of August 24, 2016. We have made so many neighborhood friends over the past four years. Equally as important, we had fantastic staff, who I met with the night before closing, to discuss the closure face to face. There were hugs and well wishes, which is the best we could hope for under such sad circumstances.

My greatest sense of pride with our restaurant was to provide a place for people to work and for our neighborhood to feel they had a great experience. It is the loss of these two things I will miss the most. We will also miss the many musicians that provided such great entertainment for us. Portland has the best to offer when it comes to singer songwriters, and we took great pride in providing a forum for their immense talent.

Thank you all for your friendship and patronage. We have always appreciated you.


SE HAWTHORNE—The Hawthorne Theatre Lounge tells Eater it has transitioned into a full-fledged pizza restaurant serving Atlas Pizza daily. Opened September 1, it serves meat, veggie, and vegan pizzas whole and by the slice to the public, as well as those attending Hawthorne Theatre concerts. Happy hour (daily, from 4 to 6 p.m.) brings a $5 slice and PBR combo, plus $1 off well drinks. Those who are under 21 and attending concerts can still get pizza through an all-ages window. [EaterWire]

SOUTHEAST—A big congratulations to Cascade Brewing: Its Kriek sour ale was ranked the best sour beer in the nation by The New York Times. It's probably sold out by now, but you can check out Cascade's many sour beers at its Southeast barrel room at 939 SE Belmont. [NYT]

NORTH PORTLAND—The fine leather goods and clothing store, Tanner Goods, has just opened a hidden bar called The Wayback inside of its flagship shop, at 4719 N Albina Ave. The Wayback is described as "a secret patio bar and mid-century music den," with a full service bar and craft beer, cider, and cocktails on-tap. [EaterWire]

EaterWire, August 26, 2016

N WILLIAMS AVENUEOpen Tandoor, the India restaurant serving dishes from chef Kinder Gill's native Punjab region, is almost ready to fire up its clay tandoor ovens. According to the press release, it's throwing open the doors September 10, at 4311 North Williams. [EaterWire]

PORTLAND—The San Francisco startup, Josephine, expanded to Portland and Seattle this month. Described as the Uber or Etsy of food, Josephine connects home cooks with hungry diners, and it works like this: Home cooks advertise their meals on Josephine, and customers buy the meals through the website and pick up the meals for takeout when they're ready. Speaking with Eater, Josephine said its service empowers home cooks by providing them with a business platform. But food safety organizations have said the concept may not live up to regulation, and time will tell whether Josephine will be able to operate in Oregon legally. [Oregonian]

SE 82ND AVENUE—Chungdam Korean Fusion is now open at 7901 SE Powell Blvd., in the same strip mall as the new Winco. Judging by the menus uploaded to Yelp, Chungdam serves Korean dishes like kimchi pancake, bibimbap, dumpling soups, and more. It's open for lunch and dinner daily. [EaterWire]

SE GRAND AVENUE—The F&B Cafe inside of the Rejuvenation furniture store at 1100 SE Grand Ave. will close September 30. According to an email from the company sent to Eater, Rejuvenation and Williams & Sonoma will expand into the space. F&B Cafe still has locations in Montgomery Park and in the Eastside Exchange building at the east end of the Burnside Bridge. [EaterWire]

EaterWire, August 19, 2016

PORTLAND—For those who want Trail Blazers-brand everything, it looks like the Portland basketball team and Stumptown Coffee are teaming up to release a Blazers' coffee blend. No release date has been released, but this Tweet gives a sneak peek of the packaging. [Oregonian]

SOUTHEAST—In June, wholesale bakery Portland Style Cheesecake & Dessert Co. quietly opened a brick and mortar, Neighborhood Dessert Shoppe, at 1232 SE Oak St. The retailer currently sells cheesecakes, butter cakes, brownies, and seasonal desserts, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Neighborhood Dessert Shoppe says it's technically soft open and will hold a grand opening this fall). [EaterWire]

NORTHEAST—North Portland's Cider Riot now has a 10-tap taproom, opened at 807 NE Couch St. In terms of atmosphere, there's a patio, darts, and food by food truck, Ramy's Lamb Shack. The Cider Riot taproom is open Thursday and Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Kids are welcomed until 7 p.m. [New School Beer]

N MISSISSIPPI—Time for oyster brunch. The oyster-obsessed tavern Olympia Oyster Bar launches brunch this weekend, and it'll run every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., moving forward. Check out the opening menu, which reveals Mexico-inspired chilaquiles alongside shakshuka, plus a variety of oyster preparations:

Olympia Oyster Bar Brunch Menu, 8.19.16

EaterWire, August 12, 2016

THE PEARL/N MISSISSIPPI—Less than five months after celebrating its grand opening, Coppia Bistro has closed, as has Coppia's second location, Coppia Restaurant in the Pearl. Owners Bill Ludwig and Lisa Devaney have yet to be reached for comment. [PDX Food and Drink]

SE DIVISION—Executive chef Eric Joppie is OUT at Bar Avignon. He helmed the kitchen for five years and tells Eater he has a few more details to button up before announcing his next move. [EaterWire]

OLD TOWN/CHINATOWNThe Boiler Room karaoke bar can no longer bust out "I Will Survive": After around 15 years, it's closing for good September 20. According to a Facebook post by former GM Mike Reed, the new landlords think a "'Starbucks' type of business or another daytime use space" will be more profitable. [Mercury]

E BURNSIDEFerment brewery announced this week it'll open inside The Yard building, better known as that mammoth new building at the east end of the Burnside Bridge. Ferment is a new brewery lead by Dan Peterson, former head brewer at Hood River's pFriem Family Brewers. It'll have an east-facing beer lounge on the fifth floor mezzanine and is expected to open this fall. As previously announced, the fast-casual cafeteria Tilt will also be a tenant at The Yard. [New School Beer]

SELLWOODFairlane Coffee, a new classic-car-loving cafe serving Water Avenue Coffee and pastries by the whizzes at Lauretta Jean's, is now open at 6647 SE Milwaukie. It comes from owner Tom Erickson, who also runs Animal Traffic and The Annex Boots and Shoes. It is open daily, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Have a classic car? Take it to Fairlane Sundays for a $1 coffee. [EaterWire]

SELLWOOD—Partnering with PDX Sliders, ambitious Ancestry Brewing announced in August 2015 it would open a brewery in Tualatin, as well as three Portland-area taprooms. It seems to be making good on its promise. The Tualatin brewery and taproom opened earlier this year, and now Ancestory's Sellwood taproom is up and running at 8268 SE 13th Ave., operating daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The final taproom is slated to open in St. Johns. Owner and head brewer Jeremy Turner makes American, English, and Belgian-style beers, and in the kitchen, PDX Sliders serves a menu of full-sized burgers and other sandwiches. [New School Beer]

EaterWire, August 5, 2016

PORTLAND—This week, Bon Appetit released its 50 Best New Restaurants 2016, and two Portland restaurants made the list: Coquine and Pizza Jerk. Before you begin wondering how the hell a restaurant closed due to a severe fire (Pizza Jerk) made the list, Bon App tries to explain itself, writing, "Pizza Jerk is temporarily closed due to a fire. Check the website for updates on when it will reopen. It will! It must!" [Bon Appetit]

DOWNTOWNThree Degrees, the restaurant adjacent to Waterfront Park inside Kimpton's RiverPlace Hotel, has an all-new menu. Lauro Romero took over as executive chef in May, and he says he wanted to streamline the menu, adding more influence from his Mexican heritage. The 100% new menu centers on Pacific Northwest meat and seafood dishes, like braised pork belly with pickled mango, pesto, chicharron, and peanut chile salsa. [EaterWire]

SE FOSTERThe Moonfyre Cafe is here to remind you you still live in Portland: It is a coffee shop "for coffee enthusiasts, members of the kink, BDSM, and sex-positive communities to meet, learn, and have sex," writes WWeek. It'll be 18+ and hopes to open this month across the street from Devil's Point Strip Club. [WWeek]

GOOSE HOLLOW—Sushi Mioga started slicing sashimi at 1939 SW Morrison St. near Providence Park earlier this month, according to the crinkled menu mailers we found in our mailbox (below). Speaking of menus, Sushi Mioga's are massive, stuffed with bento boxes, gyoza, shrimp tempura, sushi and sashimi a la carte, specialty rolls, and entrees—plus an all you can eat "buffet" of sashimi, nigiri, and more for lunch and dinner. A meal at Sushi Mioga also comes with 90 minutes validated parking, which will be key during Timbers and Thorns games.

The Goose Hollow Sushi Mioga is the restaurant's second location, and owner Michael Jiang has plans to open a third this summer at Johnson Creek and 82nd Avenue. Here are some pics of the menus:

Sushi Mioga Menu

Sushi Mioga All You Can Eat Buffet Menu