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These 130 Restaurants and Bars Opened in Portland in 2017

A continually updated list of important places recently opened in Portland

| Dina Avila/EPDX

The Portland restaurant scene never sleeps. This regularly updated list chronicles the many restaurants, bars, food carts, and coffee shops that opened in Portland in 2017.

You can also find all of 2017’s major restaurant closings rounded up here.

Don’t see your favorite newly opened spot? Let us know over the tipline or in the comments below to get it on with the next update.

December 2017

FINE-DINING SEAFOOD DOWNTOWN—Helmed by Trent Pierce, a chef with three James Beard nominations for Best Chef Northwest, Roe relocated from its SE Division digs to a one-of-a-kind space in the heart of the Morgan Building, at 515 SW Broadway. [EaterWire]

SUSHI ON HAWTHORNE—The follow-up to now-shuttered Hokusei, Nimblefish began slicing sushi and serving rolls at 1524 SE 20th Ave., just off SE Hawthorne. [EaterWire]

NEW SANDWICH CONTENDER—Riding on a strong following for her Ashland sandwich shop, Sammich, Melissa McMillan made a name for herself in Portland with her Pastrami Zombie food truck. Now she’s importing the real deal: Sammich Portland is now open at 2137 East Burnside St. [PoMo]

BARBECUE MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN—With an 18-year history, Clay’s Smokehouse reopened just a block from its original location at 2865 SE Division. [EaterWire]

BEAUMONT’S BREAKFAST SPOTLittle Griddle started sizzling at 3520 NE 42nd Ave., delivering breakfast and lunch six days a week. [EaterWire]

GUATEMALA-STYLE COFFEE SHOP—Local coffee roaster Nossa Familia is now percolating at its Guatemala-inspired cafe at 1633 SE 3rd Ave. (next door to Stacked Sandwiches). [EaterWire]

Thunderbird Bar on Foster Road
Kari Young

FOSTER BURGER’S ADJOINING BAR—The latest project from Lighting Bar Collective (Century, Bye and Bye), Thunderbird started pouring with a full bar, as well as a menu both meat-y and vegan, including vegan barbecue by Homegrown Smoker. It adjoins Foster Burger at 5339 SE Foster Rd. [EaterWire]

STERLING COFFEE RELOCATES—Established in 2010, Sterling Coffee Roasters has moved out of its tiny digs and is now open in a 950-square-foot cafe at 518 NW 21st Ave. [PoMo]

November 2017

BOXER RAMEN 4.0—November saw a ton of ramen spots open in Portland, and Katie Poppe and Micah Camden’s fourth Boxer Ramen started simmering at 2605 E Burnside. [EaterWire]

OCEAN COMPLEX’S NEW BURGERS—On a wave of fandom, Stoopid Burger replaced Slowburger at the Ocean micro-restaurant complex at NE 24th and Glisan. [WWeek]

JAPANESE PLATES AT EAST BURNSIDE BRIDGEHEAD—Sister restaurant to Shigezo Izakaya, Yataimura Maru, and Kichinto Izakaya, Wa Kitchen Kuu turned on the lights with Japanese plates and drinks at 125 NE MLK. [EaterWire]

AFURI RAMEN AND DUMPLINGS—Southeast ramen hotspot Afuri started serving near Voodoo Doughnut downtown, at 50 SW 3rd. The Tokyo-based franchise’s second U.S. location has automated ordering and double the dumplings. [EaterWire]

BRITISH COOKING IN DOWNTOWN—A new spot for a full English breakfast, Kingsland Kitchen started frying bangers at 319 SW Pine St., adjoining the Embassy Suites hotel. Co-owner and chef Chris Payne is on a mission to bring authentic flavors from his homeland, England. [EaterWire]

Coava Coffee Downtown
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COAVA COFFEE DOWNTOWN—One of Portland’s hottest coffee roasters had stayed to the East Side until November 2017, when Coava Coffee started percolating at 1171 SW Jefferson St., with two floors of space and a living plant wall. [EaterWire]

FIFTH EAST SIDE DELI—Taking over the old Mad Sons spot at 1109 SE Madison St., East Side Delicatessan started stuffing hoagies at its fifth location, with a full-on bar, arcade, patio, and copious seating. [EaterWire]

PINE STREET MARKET PIZZA SWITCHEROO—Ken Forkish’s Trifect Annex rebranded as Checkerboard Pizza, mostly to reflect renewed focus on pizza, having cut back on Forkish’s iconic baked goods. [EaterWire]

YELPER-WORSHIPPED SLIDERS 2.0PDX Sliders started stuffing burgers between small buns at 3111 SE Division St., formerly Sunshine Tavern. [EaterWire]

RAMEN ON MISSISSIPPITommy Shin replaced his old restaurant Samurai Blue with Oda Ramen, his third ramen-focused spot in Portland, joining Akasaru Ramen on Alberta and Nama Ramen in Sellwood. [EaterWire]

PIONEER SQUARE FOOD CART PODPortland’s Living Room got a full-fledged food cart pod. Food carts include The Whole Bowl, Burger Stevens, Fried Egg I’m in Love, a collaboration cart by Olympia Provisions and Tillamook Cheese, and Steaks on Fifth. [PoMo]

October 2017

THE PIE SPOT REBORN—The sweet and savory mini pies are back in business: After a severe fire in February 2017, The Pie Spot finally returned to its shop at 521 NE 24th Ave. [EaterWire]

RAISING THE OLD TOWN BAR—The fashionable Maxwell Bar cranked up the bass at 20 NW 3rd Ave., replacing Black Book. It comes from experienced bar owners Eric and Karen Bowler (Revelry, Tube). [EaterWire]

IAN WILSON IN AT TEUTONIC—The rockstar urban winery Teutonic now serves plates by accomplished chef Ian Wilson (Fenrir, Buckman Public House) starting at 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday, at 3303 SE 20th Ave. [EaterWire]

SE DIVISION’S NEW FOOD CART POD—Fleeing from the now-closed Tidbits food cart pod, The Doghouse PDX, Smaaken Waffles, Garden Monsters, and Namu food carts reopened at the new food cart pod, The Lot at Scout, located just up the street at Southeast 50th and Division (next door to Plaid Pantry). [EaterWire]

Capitol Bar’s funky wallpaper and mirrors
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NE BROADWAY’S CHIC BAR—The Lightning Bar Collective’s (Bye and Bye, Jackknife) latest project, Capitol Bar started pouring cocktails and plating food designed by Of Roots and Blooms, at 1440 NE Broadway St. The decor is all mirrors, blue hues, blond wood, and trippy, layered colors. [EaterWire]

MEXICAN AT SE DIVISION & 50TH—Its sixth location, Los Gorditos started stuffing meaty and plant-based burritos at 2393 SE 50th Ave., with seating for around 50 (and you can get any of those vegan burritos deep-fried). [EaterWire]

DARUMA SUSHI’S NEW DIGSDaruma Sushi and Sake relocated to 1640 NE Killingsworth St. [EaterWire]

NE SANDY’S NEW BREWERY—The 60-seat Second Profession Brewing replaced BTU Brasserie and Brewery at 5846 NE Sandy Blvd., including German-inspired food menu. [EaterWire]

OREGON GETS 2ND IN-N-OUT—It’s not in Portland, but the In-N-Out fast food franchise opened its second Oregon location, this time in Grants Pass, just 4 hours away. [KOIN]

September 2017

Alderman’s in Old Town

ALDERMAN’S REPLACE THIRSTY LION—The new, expansive Alderman’s sports bar replaced the Thirsty Lion in Old Town at 71 SW 2nd Ave. It does brunch, lunch, and dinner, with a huge tap list and crowd-pleasing appetizers like bacon-wrapped figs and nachos; burgers and sandwiches; and entrees like fish and chips. [EaterWire]

SOUTHERN PLATES ON NE MLK—Southern-influenced Sweet Jam started frying catfish at its second location, at 5237 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Brunch is often accompanied by live jazz. [EaterWire]

THE PEARL’S FANCY PUB—Long-time Portland restaurateur David Machado (Nel Centro, Altabira City Tavern) turned on the lights at Tanner Creek Tavern, adjacent to the new Hampton Inn Suites at 875 NW Everett St., with a sizable circular bar area and a dining room serving upscale pub fare. [EaterWire]

BARBECUE FOOD CARTBark City BBQ started smoking in the Killingsworth Station Food Cart Pod, featuring all-natural meats in the form of pulled and chopped pork, St. Louis-cut ribs (dry or wet), and more. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN WINE BAR—Helmed by Basan Farms chef and butcher Karl Holl, the Spatzle & Speck food program took up residence at sleek Bardot wine bar, furnishing farm-fresh plates like shishito peppers with basil and sungold tomatoes and Indigo potato gnocchi with smoked pork ragout, most nights of the week. [Oregonian]

WHISKEY, TEQUILA, AND TACOS IN THE PEARL—The fifth restaurant by the Urban Restaurant Group (Brix Tavern, Bartini), Carlita's replaced Streetcar Bistro & Taproom at 1101 NW Northrup St., to serve a Mexican-inspired menu. [EaterWire]

The John Adams portrait with eyes that move at Creepy’s Bar
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FREAKY BAR—The team behind the White Owl Social Club turned on the lights and music at Creepy’s, a bar loaded with funky, tricked out memorabilia, from vintage beer sweaters to a giant portrait of John Adams with eyes that move. It serves a full bar and menu catered to both carnivores and herbivores at 627 SE Morrison. [WWeek]

CHESA BECOMES NIGHTWOOD—A space for culinary events, cooking classes, and other creative pursuits, The Nightwood took over the former Chesa space at 218 NE Broadway. [PoMo]

HEART ROASTERS WOODSTOCKHeart Coffee Roasters debuted its third cafe location, at 5181 SE Woodstock Blvd., with a small food menu developed with help from Bartavelle Cafe. [EaterWire]

BLACK FEAST POP-UP—Dedicated to celebrating black artists and writers, Black Feast is a new pop-up by Salimatu Amabebe, the chef behind Portland’s Nigerian brunch pop-ups. It kicked off with four courses of vegan and gluten-free plates inspired by the book, Sister Outsider, and will happen monthly moving forward. [PoMo]

WINERY TASTING ROOM IN NORTHWEST—Local winery Fullerton Wines started pouring at 1976 NW Pettygrove St., at what it calls the Fullerton Pettygrove Pop-up Tasting Room. Find tastings Friday through Sunday, from noon to 7 p.m. [EaterWire]

August 2017

INDIAN DOSAS DOWNTOWN—The follow-up to Tandoori Kitchen, Dil Se brought a new Indian option for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch to 1201 SW Jefferson St. The dish to watch: dosas, or Indian-style crepes with spiced fillings and sauces for dipping. [EaterWire]

Elvis room
Elvis Room’s ethereal upstairs bar
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A PLACE WHERE ELVIS WOULD DRINK—From the team behind Sandy Hut and Alibi Tiki Lounge, Elvis Room opened with swagger at 203 SE Grand Ave. The bright upstairs has an American Gothic vibe, while the deep, dark downstairs is pure dive. [EaterWire]

HEART PIZZA 3.0—Neapolitan-inspired takeout and quick-service pizza spot Heart Pizza turned up the burners at 1094 NE 7th Ave., for lunch and dinner seven days a week. [EaterWire]

DOSSIER HOTEL’S BAR AND CAFEOpal Bar started stirring cocktails, as well as serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, on August 8, inside of the Dossier Hotel at 614 SW Park Ave. [EaterWire]

GOOSE HOLLOW SANDWICH STOPEast Side Delicatessen's fourth location began stuffing hoagies at 1755 SW Jefferson St., with indoor and outdoor seating and its usual lineup of salads and hot and cold sandwiches. [EaterWire]

CAFFE UMBRIA EXPANDS—Seattle-based Caffe Umbria is now serving at 710 SW Madison, inside the historic Sovereign Hotel building; this is its second Portland location. [EaterWire]

NE ALBERTA’S NEW BOTTLE SHOP—Riding high on the success of its SE Division location, Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom kicked things off at 2006 NE Alberta St., with 30 taps and the option to bring in food from nearby restaurants, like Bunk. [New School Beer]

EAST BURNSIDE TAPROOM—After brewing and selling its beers for retail for eight years, the local Natian Brewery began pouring pints in a taproom with regular hours at 1306 E Burnside St. [New School Beer]

Omerta is a hideaway in downtown Portland
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OLD-SCHOOL ITALIAN IN DOWNTOWN—The cave-like restaurant by ChefStable’s Kurt Huffman and members of the Lightning Bar Collective, Omerta fired up the ovens at 614 SW Park Ave. [EaterWire]

COFFEE IN SOUTH WATERFRONT—Co-owned by the drummer from Fall Out Boy, the airy Oracle Coffee Company started steaming and frothing at 3875 SW Bond Ave. [Veg News]

RAMEN IN SELLWOODNama Ramen is the follow up to Samurai Blue and Akasaru Ramen, featuring sustainably minded sushi, several ramen bowls, and something new: poke. [EaterWire]

A BAR FOR LIVE MUSIC—Replacing Portland craft cocktail icon Mint/820 Lounge, The Local Celebrity is a full bar and restaurant dedicated to showcasing Portland’s best local musicians, at 816 N Russell St. [EaterWire]

TINIEST SAKE BARChandelier Bar started popping corks at 1451 SE Ankeny St. At just 295 square feet, it is designed to evoke Japan's "small bar hospitality," with sake, beer, and wine. [EaterWire]

July 2017

THE ROOFTOP PATIO TO RULE THEM ALL—Performance venue Revolution Hall now welcomes guests on its massive Roof Deck, located on top of the former Washington High School with huge views of downtown. [WWeek]

NORTHWEST PRIVATE EVENT SPACEAnthony Cafiero (Racion) established the Function event space at 919 NW 23rd Ave., to host private and public dinners and events, with a focus on beverage-focused pop-ups. [EAterWire]

HIP VIETNAMESE ON HAWTHORNEFish Sauce sister-restaurant Short Round started serving a mix of familiar and adventurous Vietnamese plates, bar snacks, and cocktails at 3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd. [EaterWire]

BACK TO EDEN CAFE—The acclaimed gluten-free bakery Back to Eden opened a 40-seat cafe at 2215 NE Alberta St. On the menu are vegan and gluten-free breakfast sandwiches, lunchtime panini, and nightly pizzas starting at 4 p.m. [PoMo]

La Lena’s colorful space on SE Hawthorne
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HAWTHORNE’S ROTISSERIE CHICKEN—The 46-seat, counter-service La Leña fired up the rotisserie at 1864 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Chef Adam Warren (Navarre) focuses on Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken — for takeout or dine-in — with other Peruvian appetizers and entrees, like empanadas and ceviche. [EaterWire]

BIWA’S RETURN TO FORM—After a brief experiment that split the restaurant in two, Biwa moved back into its original space at 215 SE 9th Ave. — now with weekend DJs, an all-day burger, and lunch and late-night hours. [Oregonian]

SE DIVISION SKATER BAR—Established by pro skater Mickey Reyes, Cat’s Paw Saloon turned on the lights at 3565 SE Division St., offering chill vibes, a hidden patio, cocktails, and on-tap beer and cider. [WWeek]

WOODSTOCK’S NEW TAPROOM—With 24 taps, the Proper Pint Taproom started sudsing on the corner of SE Woodstock and 52nd, with proper, 20-ounce pints, a sizable bottle selection, and growler fills. [New School Beer]

LEVEL BEER PODLevel Beer Brewery and its adjoining food cart pod kicked things off at 5211 NE 148th Ave., near the airport. Level Beer is backed by members of Bailey’s Taproom. Three food carts are onsite, including a burger and fries option called Bam Pow Burgers, courtesy of Nepo 42’s Matthew Firosz. [EaterWire]

FOOD FIT FOR A BUDDHIST MONK—Established at 1628 SW Jefferson St., Ichiza Kitchen and Teahouse began steeping ancient oolong teas and offering the unique Japanese dining-style shojin ryori: to eat like vegetarian Buddhist monks. [PoMo]

NEW GREEK PLATES ON HAWTHORNE—The owner of Angelo’s bar founded the fast-casual Kouzina Greek restaurant next door at 4612 SE Hawthorne. Kouzina delivers Greek salads, souvlaki, falafel, super gyros, spanakopita, and more, for dining onsite, takeout, or eating at Angelo’s. [EaterWire]

June 2017

AUSTRALIAN FOR BADASS COFFEEProud Mary opened with swagger on NE Alberta, serving quality coffee. It does full-service dining, with impressive breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus with plates like breakfast sashimi, featuring a seasonal, sashimi-grade fish, and the “PDX Kiss,” Moroccan-style grilled ox tongue with hummus, dates, green almond, molasses, and zatar. [EaterWire]

JAMAICAN EATS ON N KILLINGSWORTH—The Jamaican Jerk food cart began seasoning at 1540 NE Killingsworth St., just steps from Tiffin Asha and near Podnah’s Pit and Hat Yai. Owners Cedric Stewart and Michael Dell serve jerked chicken and pork, fried chicken wings, and escovitch fish, based on family recipes, Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (till 8 p.m., when winter rolls around). [WWeek]

NEW BOSNIAN ON DIVISIONTravnik Bosnian Grill turned on the burners inside the Division Plaza shopping mall on Southeast 92nd Avenue and Division, to provide Bosnia’s iconic cevapi sausages, lamb gyro, goulash, “Euro Burger,” baklava, and more. [EaterWire]

KIM JONG SSAM FOOD CARTKim Jong Grillin’ expanded its offerings by opening a new food cart in the Cartopia pod on SE Hawthorne and 12th: Kim Jong Grillin’ Ssam serves jumbo-sized lettuce wraps filled with Korean barbecue, plus the cart’s already iconic bibim boxes. [EaterWire]

WELCOMING CAFE AT WATERFRONT PARKKiosk started percolating adjacent to Tom McCall Waterfront Park at 1816 SW River Dr. The coffee shop offers common and uncommon coffee drinks made with its own roasted coffees, and it labors to welcome all people through a number of initiatives; for instance, the cafe is “proudly Latinx” and features much of its menu in Spanish. [Oregonian]

PUERTO RICAN FOOD CART—Portland’s only food truck — or restaurant, for that matter — dedicated entirely to Puerto Rican flavors, Carlito’s Cocina opened at the Portland Mercado on Southeast Foster Road. [EaterWire]

TONKATSU FOOD CART—Red-hot Kayo’s Ramen Bar expanded with a food truck serving bento boxes, hot dog katsu, and tonkatsu sandwiches. Kayo’s Tonkatsu is now frying at 3625 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. [EaterWire]

SOUTH WATERFRONT LEBANESE—Replacing The Groaning Board at 3500 SW River Pkwy, Al-Hawr opened on June 22 to serve Lebanese dishes in an upscale setting. [EaterWire]

HAWAIIAN SHAVE ICE— The Kauai-based chainlet Wailua Shave Ice started shaving at 1022 W Burnside St. on June 16. [EaterWire]

300 SEATER INSIDE WASHINGTON HIGH—Located at 1310 SE Stark St., the massive Buckman Public House joined Revolution Hall and Marthas Cafe inside the old Washington High School. [EaterWire]

‘WORLD’S LARGEST CIDER TAPROOM’—Yep, Portland owns that, thanks to Seattle-based Schilling Cider House’s new taproom with 50 taps located at 930 SE 10th. [EaterWire]

The Crown
The Crown
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REAL NEW YORK PIZZA?—None other than chef Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place, Imperial, Headwaters) has opened a downtown pizzeria with the bold ambition to serve a true New York slice: The Crown replaced the Portland Penny Diner inside Hotel Lucia at 410 SW Broadway. [EaterWire]

WINE BAR IN A ‘CAVE’—A promising new wine bar called Les Caves started pouring at 1719 NE Alberta St., and according to the press release, it’s taken up residence in “a 100-year-old cave below Aviary restaurant.” It offers bottles and glass pours of mostly Oregon and French wines, a large sherry selection, and a small food menu, with things like Olympia Provisions meats, mussels in pickled sauce, and a grilled cheese. It comes from the former sommelier at Holdfast, Jeff Vejr, as well as winemakers Ksenija Kostic House and John House of Ovum Wines, an Oregon winery focused on natural wines. [EaterWire]

VEGAN PIZZERIA—The Vancouver, British Columbia-based Virtuous Pie fired up the ovens at 1126 SE Division St. with the hope to take vegan pizza and ice cream to the next level: signature toppings and nut- and coconut-based flavors. [EaterWire]

NEW JEWISH DELI—Cook, author, and backyard economist Harriet Fasenfest wanted to share her Jewish heritage and New York background, so she opened Lefty’s Cafe, offering East Coast Jewish deli-inspired fare inside the newly relocated Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE), at 724 NW Davis. [EaterWire]

MARIO BROS. BAO—Owned by the neighboring Quarterworld arcade, Mario Bros.-themed bao restaurant Baoser fired up at 4809 SE Hawthorne Blvd., serving globally inspired bao by chef Alan Torres, formerly of Baowry. [EaterWire]

COFFEE AND COMMISSARY—Based in Damascus, Oregon, The Arrow Coffeehouse started percolating at 4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., along with the adjoining Kitchenhood Commissary. The creative artisans who rent space in the latter business will furnish tasty creations, from pastries to pop-ups, at the cafe. [EaterWire]

MODERN SPANISH IN THE PEARL—Barcelona chef Josep Vidal threw open the doors to Can Font, his first restaurant in the U.S., at 1075 NW Northrup St. [EaterWire]

May 2017

LAS VEGAS-BASED BURGERS AND SHAKESHolsteins took over the expansive, 165-seat venue at 1139 NW Couch St., to serve loaded burgers and boozy shakes. [EaterWire]

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine
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MICHELIN-RECOGNIZED THAI—Setting up at 3354 SE Hawthorne, celebrated San Francisco-based Farmhouse Kitchen brought its unique style of Thai cooking: a mix of classics and adventurous (and well-priced) street foods. [EaterWire]

NEW COCKTAILS IN MONTAVILLABlank Slate Bar set up shop at 7201 NE Glisan St., to pour craft cocktails and serve drinking snacks like ceviche and charcuterie boards. [EaterWire]

OX’S SANDWICH CART—After winning the 2017 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest, Ox chef-owners Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton have unveiled a food cart located in the Ox parking lot. It serves South American-style sandwiches daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. [Oregonian]

FIJIAN AND INDIAN ON N WILLIAMS—Located at 3940 N Williams Ave., The Big Elephant threw open the doors to serve tharkari, or all-in-one meals featuring lesser known plates from the Fijian Islands, as well as Indian dishes, for lunch and dinner. Each comes with rice, dal, naan, and chutney, and the family-run restaurant keeps prices low: from $7.99 to $9.99. [Mercury]

AVIV REPLACES PORTOBELLO TRATTORIAAviv launched its plant-based food and drink program, marking the return of some of chef Tal Caspi’s popular Middle Eastern plates from his Gonzo Falafel food cart, along with plenty of new options. [EaterWire]

SCANDINAVIAN COFFEE CULTURE—A new cafe inspired by Scandinavian culture at 2393 NE Fremont St., Guilder serves its own Junior’s Roasted Coffee and a small food menu of porridges, pastries, and toasts. [EaterWire]

DEDICATED VEGAN DOUGHNUTS—Portland’s first dedicated vegan doughnut shop, Doe Donuts is frying away at 8201 SE Powell Blvd. [EaterWire]

PIZZA IN SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT—The Lovejoy Bakers at 3159 SW Moody Ave. pulled a switcheroo, and now it serves pizzas by its sister franchise Pizzicato for lunch and dinner (pastries, coffee, breads, and more still available mornings). [EaterWire]

MORE HAWTHORNE POKE—Though it may feel like the Portland poke trend just took off on SE Hawthorne with Poke Mon, a new poke restaurant has opened further up the boulevard at SE Hawthorne and 31st Avenue. Sea Sweets operates daily for lunch and dinner. [EaterWire]

Tough Luck Bar
Tough Luck Bar
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TOUGH LUCK BAR—The latest bar from the team behind The Old Gold and Paydirt fired up at 1771 NE Dekum with a whiskey-focused menu — lots of signature old fashioneds and more — a 22-foot shuffleboard, and Korea-by-Kentucky plates by Chef Lauren Miller (Imperial, Bar Avignon). [EaterWire]

JAZZ AND CORNMEAL—Taking over the former Smallwares venue at 4605 NE Fremont, Southfork is one part Southern kitchen, helmed by experienced chef Patrick McKee (Paley’s Place), and one part jazz lounge and bar. [EaterWire]

COUNTRY CAT’S POP-UP—It’s not technically a restaurant — or is it? Ferne and Holly is The Country Cat’s Southern-inspired “pop-up,” located next door in its events space. It operates weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to serve sit-down and grab-and-go meals (see the menus). [EaterWire]

VEGAN LOADED FRIES—The quirky Baked Roots Bar is here to serve loaded fries featuring with a variety of root vegetables and that are vegan and made without oil (no frying), at 970 SE Madison. [PoMo]

NEW MODERN MEXICAN RESTAURANT—Located at 300 SW Stark St. and adjoining the new Hi Lo Hotel, Alto Bajo brings the cooking of experienced chef Chip Barnes, inspired by modern Mexican cooking (and a collaboration with Oaxacan chef Iliana de la Vega. [EaterWire]

BAGELS IN ST. JOHNSBernstein’s Bagels is now boiling and baking bagels twice a day at 8408 N Lombard. They sold out every day their first week. [EaterWire]

TAILS & TROTTERS FOOD CART—After a fire temporarily put the Tails & Trotters sandwich shop and The Pie Spot, known for its sweet and savory mini pies, out of commission, the two neighboring businesses have opened a food cart. Find those pies and sandwiches now serve in the parking lot next door to The Pie Spot, in front of 511 NE 24th Ave. [EaterWire]

April 2017

FIFTY LICKS EXPANDS—The small-batch ice cream maker opened its second shop on April 28, at 2742 E Burnside. Fifty Licks 2.0 serves the same menu of flavors as the original location on SE Clinton, including milkshakes and boozy sorbets. [EaterWire]

Big’s Chicken
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SMOKED CHICKENS BY LAURELHURST MARKET—The experienced team behind Laurelhurst Market fired up the smokers at Big’s Chicken to serve smoked quarter, half, and whole birds, along with JoJos, fried cauliflower, dirty rice, and other Southern sides. It takes over the venue at 5663 NE Glisan St., which has been a revolving door of restaurants — the latest being Big-Ass Sandwiches. [Oregonian]

OFF THE GRIDDLE RETURNS—The beloved veggie burger food cart makes its triumphant return as a brick and mortar at 6526 SE Foster Rd. It isn’t currently fueled by solar energy like the food cart, but Off the Griddle serves many of the same vegan plates, as well as some new, and has a full bar program, including signature 1990s-themed cocktails. [EaterWire]

GRAND ARMY TAVERN—Led by a couple of New Yorkers with impressive resumes, Grand Army Tavern launched at 901 NE Oneonta Ave., formerly home to Bushwackers. It equally focuses on vegetable plates and pork dishes made from whole Washington pigs. [Oregonian]

COFFEE ON SE HAWTHORNE—From the owners behind the Tight Tacos food cart, Peaks Coffee brought a neighborhood coffee shop to 3340 SE Hawthorne Blvd. [EaterWire]

POK POK NW—The famous Portland restaurant Pok Pok finally opened a location on the West Side, taking over the former Bent Brick venue, at 1639 NW Marshall St. Find a menu comparable to the original location. Pok Pok NW actually takes reservations, too. [EaterWire]

NE DAVIS STREET’S NEW BAR—A cosy new bar and bottle shop, Bar Botellón opened with a mission to serve high-quality on-tap beverages for a good price. Located at 606 NE Davis St., it has 25 taps of wines, beers, ciders, and more that are all available to sip onsite or in growler form to-go. Terroir-driven whiskies and a bottle selection of around 300 rounds out the offerings, and every drink you order comes with a complimentary bite of food. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN FOOD HALLPortland Food Hall launched April 14 at 827 SW 2nd Ave., with six vendors (it still has room for two more): Moberi, the Cosa coffee shop, The Whole Bowl, Aiko Ramen, Boke Dokie, and the upstairs Minibar cocktail lounge. [EaterWire]

March 2017

Upside Down
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BURGERS, BURRITOS, BOWLS, AND BEERS—The area around Southeast Powell Boulevard and Milwaukie Avenue is becoming quite the food hub: Following Pok Pok Wing’s opening, Upside Down brings a crowd-pleasing menu, a sizable craft beer selection on tap, and lots of sun-dappled picnic tables, now open at 3318 SE Milwaukie Ave. [WWeek]

BREAKSIDE BREWERY NORTHWEST—One of Portland’s leading breweries, Breakside finally expanded to the West Side. The brewpub at 1570 NW 22nd Ave. serves its exceptional IPA and pub fare. [New School Beer]

L.A.-BASED DONER KEBAB—Part of a California-based chainlet, Spitz brought “Mediterranean street food” to 2103 N Killingsworth St., with things like well-priced wrap-style kebabs and its signature Street Cart Fries, topped with garlic aioli, feta cheese, olives, pepperoncini, your choice of meat, and more. [EaterWire]

JOHNNY LEACH’S CHALINO—After teaming up with Han Oak’s Peter Cho for about a year of Stray Dogs/Stray Birds pop-ups, chef Johnny Leach (Momofuku) fired up the grills at Chalino, a Mexican-inspired restaurant at 1 N Fremont St. (just off North Williams). He and chef Dave Haddow (Xico) infuse ceviches, tortas, and pozoles with global influences. [Oregonian]

SE DIVISION’S LATEST HOTSPOT?—From Olympia Provisions, Op Wurst started boiling wieners inside Pine Street Market last year, but it opened its first brick and mortar in the old Honky Tonk Taco venue on SE Division in March. Find quality hot dogs and sausages, an ambitious cocktail program, and probably one of the hottest patios of summer 2017. [EaterPDX]

CLUB 21 RETURNS—The beloved dive bar that looked like Snow White’s house has risen from the ashes—sort of: The owners opened Lay Low Tavern at 6015 SE Powell on March 17, and it has the build-your-own burgers from the Club 21 menu, as well as many random articles from the former dive’s interior. [EaterPDX]

2017’S HOTTEST RESTAURANT?—After several false opening dates, Jackrabbit finally lit the burners on March 20 inside the revamped downtown Hilton—now The Duniway Portland. The menus feature some of the most ambitious meat offerings in the city, with the prices and sexy decor to match. [EaterPDX]

JENN LOUIS LAUNCHES RAY—A week after shuttering her former flagship restaurant, the big-time chef unveiled Ray in its place, dedicated to celebrating the melting pot of cuisines found in Israel. Find entirely new menus with plates like roasted whole chicken hawaij spice, served nightly for dinner. [EaterPDX]

JUST PLAIN CRAZY—”Over the top” just went over the top: Rock and Roll Chili Pit put patties to the griddle, loaded tots in the window, and whiskey in its milkshakes at 304 SW 2nd Ave. There’s even a counter shaped light a flying V guitar. [EaterWire]

February 2017

NEW TORTA ON THE BLOCK—On February 8, the popular food cart Guero No. 1 Tortas took overthe old Tabla Pasta e Vino venue, located at 200 NE 28th Ave. The menu has expanded, including a well-received hamburger, but you’ll find those same flavorful tortas on locally baked bread with thoughtfully sourced meats, house salsas, and accompaniments made with love. [Oregonian]

NOMAD.PDX SETS DOWN ROOTS—The popular modernist supper club Nomad.PDX finally opened a brick and mortar after years of celebrated under-the-radar dinners. Find some of the most cutting-edge food in the city offered in three settings: the walk-ins only bar, replete with its own menu; the dining room, serving a 10-course tasting menu; and the chef’s counter, with the full 20-course tasting menu of plates inspired by the Oregon countryside and coastline . [PoMo]

HAUTE SANDWICHES IN SOUTHEAST—Chef Gabriel Pascuzzi has taken all his fine-dining experience and opened a sandwich shop inspired by the classics, from meatball subs to Italian hoagies made with house- brined, cured, and smoked meats. Stacked Sandwiches is open Monday through Saturday at 1643 SE 3rd Ave. [EaterPDX]

THERE’S A NEW PIZZA IN TOWN—The co-founder of Little Big Burger and Blue Star DonutsMicah Camden unleashed the first of several planned fast-casual pizza spots on February 24. Heart Pizza cooks its personal pizzas in 90 seconds inside a 900-degree oven to get that Napoli-style crust, with creative toppings like potato, leeks, panna, fontina, and honey. [EaterPDX]

SMALLWARES RETURNS—Chef Johanna Ware opened Wares in the Zipper complex on NE Sandy, to serve her renowned “inauthentic Asian” plates, like the fried kale salad and rice and noodle bowls. There’s also late-night and weekend brunch. [EaterPDX]

RISTRETTO IN FORMER OREGONIAN BUILDING—Popular Ristretto Roasters built out a beautiful space in the lobby of the former Oregonian building at 1320 SW Broadway St. It’s the roaster’s fifth location. [EaterWire]

BELMONT COFFEE ROASTER & CAFEFoxy Coffee established a coffee shop to serve its own roasted coffee at 3640 SE Belmont. [EaterWire]

January 2017

INDIAN-STYLE CREPES ON NE KILLINGSWORTH—One of Portland’s best food carts has gone brick and mortar. Tiffin Asha opened at 1670 NE Killingsworth, on January 5, 2017, to serve massive Indian-style crepes stuffed with creative fillings. Laying down roots also brings new entrees and cocktails. Take a tour of the new digs. [PoMo]

OLD-SCHOOL BARBECUE SPOT BECOMES VEGETARIAN THAI EATERY—Kati Portland took over the old Clay’s Smokehouse venue near Pok Pok on SE Division. It brings bold and vegetarian Thai flavors by chef Renoo Jansala, who grew up in Thailand and has been cooking professionally for 30 years. The cocktails are also something to watch. [EaterWire]

MELTING POT OF BEIJING FLAVORSDanwei Canting officially opened across the street from the Slammer Tavern on SE Sandy on January 16, featuring a well-priced menu of traditional, regional Chinese plates bolstered by Pacific Northwest produce. Helming the kitchen is powerhouse chef Kyo Koo (Bluehour). See inside, and read the initial critical response. [EaterWire]

AVIARY ALUM OPENS CHINESE RESTAURANT—Chef Jasper Shen is well known for his co-founding role at Aviary, but after he left the restaurant in 2014, he laid low. We now know he was dreaming up a tight menu of around 12 Chinese items, with a focus on dumplings and noodle bowls. XLB started welcoming guests January 19 in the former Lardo North, on North Williams Avenue. [Oregonian]

PLANT-BASED SMOOTHIES & JUICES—The Juiced cafe started blending and squeezing at 541 NE 20th Ave. Suite 100, serving smoothies, freshly squeezed juices and juice blends, and coffee by Coava. [EaterWire]

VEGAN TIKI BAR WHAAAT—Yep, the popular Seattle vegan tiki bar expanded to Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, on January 24. No Bones Beach Club delivers Polynesian-inspired food, potent tropical cocktails, and the outrageous decor to match. See the photo gallery. [EaterWire]

YELPER-BELOVED SLIDERS IN SELLWOOD-MORELANDPDX Sliders is on a roll, and the food cart finally put down roots with a brick and mortar on January 30, at 1605 SE Bybee. In the Yelp-iverse, it was ranked a top-10 burger spot in the nation in 2016, and its menu, which now includes full-sized burgers, focuses on local ingredients made daily from scratch. [EaterWire]

BEESWING SWITCHEROO—After opening as the Tom Cully Cafe in fall 2016, the restaurant transformed into Beeswing, at 4148 NE Cully Blvd. Among the owners is Moon & Sixpence’s Kevin Dorney. [PoMo]

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