So far, 2018 has been huge for wine bars with culinary giants at the helm, but the final quarter will be a period of stable homecomings for wandering chefs. Southern comfort hotspot Yonder and Filipino restaurant Magna will open, creating Cully-based landing pads for pop-ups Mae and Twisted Filipino. Beloved breakfast pop-up Hunnymilk will finally have its own space on West Burnside, and farther North, Culmination Indian pop-up Bhuna will serve its smoky-spicy rice bowls in its own permanent location. Malka, the brick-and-mortar return of shuttered Carte Blanche, is chugging away for a fall opening. And the longest wait will finally be over for Doug Adams fans, as he finishes up his prep for Bullard.
A few big openings fell outside of the timeline for this round-up — we’re looking at you, Hey Love and Din Tai Fung — but these are the 10 autumnal openings to watch, replete with eyebrow-raising cocktails and pulse-quickening plates. For many of Portland’s diners, this fall’s slew of new restaurants will feel very familiar.
Where: Cully, 5012 NE 42nd Avenue
Target opening: Late fall/early winter
It took former Clyde Common chef Carlo Lamagna a moment to bring his Filipino food to Portland, but the city quickly fell in love with the chef’s acute ability to take quintessential dishes from the Philippines and execute them with respectful creativity. A continuation of Lamagna’s Twisted Filipino pop-up, Magna will be a home for the cuisine of the chef’s childhood, from arroz caldo to kalderetang kambing with braised goat, jimmy nardello peppers, and nasturtium.
Read more: Look at These Achingly Beautiful Food Photos from The Soon-to-Open Magna [EPDX]
Where: Northwest Portland, 704 NW 21st Avenue.
Target opening: TBD
Chef Deepak Kaul quickly created a loyal following when he launched his Bhuna pop-up at Culmination Brewing this year; the chef had spent years at Boston-area and San Francisco restaurants like Rendezvous and Serpentine, respectively. Now, he’s diving deep into his own childhood, serving what he calls Kashmiri Soul Food: rice bowls smothered in kholrabi and collards with Kashmiri dried chilies, lamb rogan josh with green and black cardamom, and chickpea-fried curls of calamari. His new restaurant will remain true to the pop-up, with plenty of Kashmiri flavors and rice bowls.
Read more: Indian Pop-Up Bhuna Will Find Its Own Home in Northwest Portland [EPDX]
Where: The Pearl District, 1300 NW Lovejoy Street
Target opening: November 2nd
Steeped in our brown liquor, natural wine, and craft beer, have we already forgotten the humble martini? Urban Farmer alum Robbie Wilson hasn’t, and he’s on a mission to make sure it gets the love it deserves. Botanist will serve as Portland’s first true gin bar, with build-your-own martinis and something he’s calling a terroir-aged martini: gin steeped in Oregon dried fruit, woods, and lava rock. As for the food, Wilson is going seafood-heavy — perfect with gin.
Read more: The Pearl Is About to Nab Its First Real Gin Bar [EPDX]
Where: Cully, 4636 NE 42nd Avenue
Target opening: Late November
Maya Lovelace’s fried chicken counter and home base for Mae, her dreamy multi-course Southern dinner, has been stuck in permitting trouble with its current location in the former Delphina’s Bakery. Still, Lovelace is hoping for a fall opening, with lard-fried chicken sandwiches under a blanket of pimento cheese and 40+ seats in a cheerful sky-blue-ceilinged space. For now, Mae is hanging out on Killingsworth at Dame.
Read more: All Yonder coverage [EPDX]
Where: SE Portland, 4546 SE Division Street
Target opening: Fall
Crispy-rice salads, Thai-twinged ribs, and build-your-own whole fish tacos will soon arrive at a “little chaotic,” “cozy” house-turned-restaurant on SE Division from the folks behind the shuttered Carte Blanche. A fork’s throw from chef-owner Jessie Aron’s childhood home, Malka is currently under construction, with the team landscaping its garden and Aron collecting vintage furniture for its indoor and outdoor seating. Aron’s globally influenced cuisine, paired with her ethereal aesthetic, will make Malka one of the more magical restaurants in town — think of it as Hayao Miyazaki meets Rimsky-Korsakoffee House.
Read more: Carte Blanche’s Ethereal Restaurant Will Open on SE Division This Fall [EPDX]
It’s day 1 of moving into our new brick and mortar space! Thought you’d like a quick tour. Expect lots of changes soon. We’re hoping to be open in about a month, pending permits. Stay tuned for more deets. We are keeping our original Saturday/Sunday pop-up running indefinitely, and to start, our new brick and mortar will be open 8am-2pm, weds thru Sunday, with plans for a 7 day week once we get our new staff up to speed. We’re also hiring qualified front and back of house positions. Address for the new space is 1981 W Burnside St. in Portland. See you soon!
Where: Westside, 1981 W Burnside St.
Target opening: Mid-September
Here comes another pop-up permanent location, but this time, it’s brunch — to be specific, one of the hottest breakfast pop-ups in town. Hunnymilk, the baby of chef Brandon Weeks (The Painted Lady and Yountville’s Bouchon), is expanding to its new location in the former Bitter End space. Hunnymilk’s pop-up prix fixe gets you a savory and a sweet bite, from gruyere-smoked bacon dutch babies to amaretto funnel cake with butterscotch meringue. At Hunnymilk’s permanent Burnside locale, a brunch bar with a la carte “brunch tapas” and cocktails will take up half of the space, with the other 35 seats dedicated to the original $22 brunch menu.
Read more: Jaw-Dropping Breakfast Pop-Up HunnyMilk Is Opening a Restaurant [EPDX]
Where: SE Portland, 1005 SE Ankeny Street
Target opening: October
A handful of Veritable Quandary alums are opening this eclectic restaurant in the former Rue space, and the menu alone, designed by chef Heather Kintler, is turning heads: pork rillettes with smoked date jam, charred octopus with chorizo and peaches, not to mention steamed mussels with bouillabaisse broth and ’nduja aioli. Wash it down with calvados cocktails, all from Laurelhurst Market bartender Judson Winquist.
Read more: A Restaurant Inspired By The Coast Heads To SE Portland [EPDX]
Hat Yai Modera
Where: Southeast Portland, Southeast Belmont Street and Sixth Avenue
Target opening: Fall
Hat Yai, the southern Thai restaurant from Portland restaurateur Earl Ninsom and Alan Akwai, is opening a second location for its Southeast fans, with all the hits: shallot fried chicken, Malayu-style curries, and roti. Ninsom has been particularly quiet about the second location, but the co-owner recently posted a picture on his Instagram story of the newly-mounted sign, which promises a Fall 2018 opening.
Read more: Hat Yai 2.0 Is Coming [EPDX]
Where: Nob Hill/Alphabet District, 922 NW 21st Avenue
Target opening: October 12th
This cozy, brick beauty of a bar in Northwest Portland will be Dan Hart’s first foray into the Westside, as his German restaurant Stammtisch, beer bar Prost, and neighboring food cart pod continue to succeed. Hart is bringing in some of his start players from his other bars: Stammtisch chef Graham Chaney is handling the kitchen, and Interurban’s Ollie Gahlsdorf will be behind the bar.
Read more: The Man Behind Prost! Is Opening A New Bar in Northwest Portland [EPDX]
Where: The Woodlark Hotel, 813 SW Alder
When: No later than Dec. 15
After impressing diners at Vitaly Paley’s meaty Imperial and Duane Sorenson’s Southern-fried Woodsman Tavern, Top Chef finalist Doug Adams promised us a restaurant that was all his own — Bullard is named for his East Texas hometown, and will serve state classics like chili and beef ribs. Adams has been teasing a few dishes on Instagram, but the big show won’t start until much later — Woodlark is saying the restaurant will open no later than Dec. 15, when the hotel begins taking reservations.
Read more: Is Top Chef Finalist Doug Adams Finally Going to Open His Restaurant? [EPDX]
Update: August 30, 2018, 12:22 p.m.
This story has been updated to include more information about Hunnymilk’s new location.