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Pine Street Market Opens Sunday: A Comprehensive Guide to What to Eat and Drink

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The food hall just might be Downtown Portland's most important new eating and drinking destination

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Pine Street Market
Pine Street Market
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The long-awaited day is almost here: The massive Pine Street Market food hall curated by Feast co-founder Mike Thelin officially opens May 1. The downtown market is a cross between a big European food hall and a mall-like food court, and the eight restaurants inside are owned and operated by the coolest kids in school, from Olympia Provisions and Salt & Straw, to John Gorham. Accordingly, Pine Street Market isn't just one of this city's most-anticipated opening, it's one of the most anticipated openings in the country.

Since the market offers 10,000 square feet of options, we put together this handy guide to what to eat and drink. All of the restaurants inside are new concepts from established restaurant owners, most from the Portland-area, and for seating, you'll find a large communal dining area in the center of the food hall, as well as a handful of seats at most of the restaurants themselves. And there's still one puzzle piece missing: A final restaurant has yet to be named as the ninth restaurant inside Pine Street Market.

Market Hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Market Location: 126 SW 2nd St

Common Law

Patrick McKee is the former long-time chef of the Portland institution, Paley's Place, and he describes his new concept as an informal, cross-cultural, common-law marriage between Asian flavors and French cooking techniques. To open Common Law, he teamed up with Earl Ninsom, the celebrated owner of PaaDee and Langbaan, and the 14-seat space has a full bar led by barman Alan Akawai. Here's what to prepare for:

  • beef tongue bánh mì ($9)
  • Asian-stye crab salads that will come with sides of crab broth infused with galangal root ($13)
  • craft cocktails, like matcha grasshoppers ($10) and Thai chili caipirinhas ($11) stirred by Bull in China's Lucas Plant

Marukin

Based in Tokyo, the Marukin Ramen franchise chose Portland to open its first U.S. location, and the Pine Street Market location is actually its second: The first opened last month, bringing its rich and complex ramen to Portland's Buckman neighborhood. The lines there are already long, but maybe they'll shrink, when the Pine Street location opens? Get ready for:

  • daily rotating ramen bowls (think pork, chicken, vegetable, and vegan options, all at $10 a pop)
  • chef's choice bento boxes ($8)
  • beer, wine, and shochu ($5 to $6)

OP Wurst

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Olympia Provisions' Southeast location has been serving creative frankfurts Fridays, and if you're already a fan, then you're going love Wurst. Co-owner Nate Tilden likens it to a "greatest hits" list of OP hot dogs. Expect:

  • 16 hot dog flavors, including Philly cheese, poutine, mac and cheese, Reuben, and chile relleno ($7 to $11.50)
  • salads and French fries ($5 to $8)
  • beer ($4 to $6), wine ($8 to $10), and a pair of whiskeys (George Dickle rye and Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon; $6 each)

Pollo Bravo

John and Renee Gorham actually have two new restaurants inside Pine Street Market. Pollo Bravo is a 15-seat joint-project with Toro Bravo chef Josh Schofield and will feature some of Toro Bravos's greatest tapas hits, with a focus on a Mexican and Spanish-inspired rotisserie chicken. That means:

  • whole and half rotisserie chickens ($23 and $12)
  • salt cod fritters ($10)
  • aged marinated Manchego cheese ($6)
  • bacon-wrapped dates ($2.50 each)
  • papas bravas ($9)
  • soup with a sous vide egg ($7)
  • razor clams ($18) and mussels ($21), courtesy of the fine foods importer, Conserva
  • a drinks menu designed with a very now nod to Spain, featuring gin stirred with a variety of homemade tonics ($9 to $12)

Salt & Straw Wiz Bang Bar

For their fourth ice cream location, Salt & Straw's tastemakers Kim and Tyler Malek are doing something novel: They're going soft-serve. The 10-seat space will also naturally feature the avant-garde flavors that Salt & Straw's two gastroscientists are known for. Prepare to get your lick on with:

  • plated desserts (like a grits brûlée with strawberries and vanilla custard soft serve; $8)
  • novelties (like ancho chile ice cream tacos dipped with Woodblock chocolate; $6)
  • shakes ($8), floats ($7.25), and hand-dipped cones ($4.95)
  • soft serve cones, including a smoked ham flavor that's served in a homemade waffle cone and dipped in black raspberry magic shell ($3.95, $2.95 for kids)

Shalom Y'all

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The Gorhams' other PSM spot—”a project with longtime business partner Ron Avni and Mediterranean Exploration Company chef Kasey Mills—promises to have plenty of cowboy swagger—namely in the form of brown spirits—but the lion's share of the menu will be devoted the flavors, herbs, and spices of the Middle East. Expect breakfast and dinner specialties like:

  • shakshuka ($9)
  • freekeh salads ($9)
  • labneh with fried cauliflower ($8)
  • roasted lamb sandwiches ($9)
  • seasonal hummus dishes ($9 to $12)
  • and red and green falafels ($9 each)
  • beer ($3 to $8), wine ($9 to $13), arak cocktails ($9 to $14), and signature cocktails, including a Bloody Mary ($9) and gin fizz ($10)

The only thing not to expect? Pork, silly: Shalom Y'all's all halal.

Trifecta Annex

When Ken Forkish opened Trifecta Tavern, he finally had the space needed to do his baking experiments, and pretty much everything on to the Annex menu comes from having that creative space. Get ready for:

  • eight 18-inch New York-inspired pizzas, like pepperoni, coppa and hot honey, meatball; some of which will be available by the slice ($16 to $24 for whole pies)
  • five different croissants, including a double-chocolate flavor and a spelt morning bun ($3 to $4)
  • fresh loaves of bread ($3 to $6)
  • five flavors of toasts, topped with things like avocado or peanut butter and brown sugar ($3 to $6)
  • canned beer ($4); specialty iced-teas, like sassafras ($3); and mezcal and tequila shots, too ($6 to $10)

Barista Brass Bar

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As you can probably tell from the above photo of the Pine Street Market food court, Barista Brass Bar wasn't quite ready for its close-up when our photographer visited yesterday, but the coffee bar assures us it'll be open for business May 1.

Billy Wilson and his team of baristas have been putting out some of this town's best coffee at their several Barista locations for years now, but this Barista's going to be different—a lot different: Wilson is launching a line of coffees, cold brew coffee, and teas under the Barista banner. You'll be sipping on:

  • fine coffee drinks, naturally
  • cold brews (Wilson recently invested in a bottling facility)
  • hot tea (which will likely also get the Barista labeling), steamed via Wilson's recently purchased BKON Brew machine
  • a soon-to-launch line of iced teas

Olympia Provisions Public House

3384 Southeast Division Street, , OR 97202 (503) 384-2259 Visit Website

Pine Street Market

4 Pine Street, , GA 30002 (404) 296-9672 Visit Website

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