— Hamburger-oriented food cart Burger Stevens is popping up at Mexican restaurant Chalino (across from the Fremont New Seasons) this Sunday evening. The cart is looking to Rochester, NY, doing Western New York-inspired dishes like a garbage plate and Buffalo sweetbreads. They’ll be joined by fried chicken purveyors Basilisk (with chicken doughnuts and unicorn custard), and bar Shipwreck will round it out with cocktails — it all goes down from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday (February 23).
— Ratings site Yelp dropped a list of the top-rated 100 restaurants in the United States this week, and two Portland businesses showed up in the rankings. Ovation Coffee and Tea gets the highest ovation, with the Pearl District coffee shop ranked 28th highest in the country. PDX Sliders slipped in at number 97. Out in the ‘burbs, they’re joined by Wilsonville Moroccan restaurant Dar Essalam at number 77, which coincidentally shares its owners with Ovation. Further afield, Bend, OR, bratwurst and brew spot Bangers & Brews ranked at number 61.
— Brewpub Uptown Market has reopened its Scholls Ferry location after shuttering briefly for renovations and such — the grand celebration for that is Saturday (February 24), and they’re bringing in a new Double IPA for the occasion.
— Chris Cosentino’s restaurant Jackrabbit (in the Duniway Hotel) has brought in a power lunch deal for the downtown crowd. There’s a light three-course menu (the dessert is cookies to-go) for the very reasonable price of $20 — the appetizer is soup, salad, or bruschetta, followed by daily fish, Italian dip, or a fanciful grilled cheese for the entrees.
— Northwest Southern restaurant and bar Southland Whiskey Kitchen has introduced a pretty darn reasonable happy hour option, with all food and drinks priced at $5 from 3 to 6 p.m. then again from 10 p.m. until close, which is midnight or 1 a.m. depending on the day.