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A New Family-Friendly Cider House Has Opened in Vancouver

The new spot for smoked meats in Southeast and all the other 2020 openings to know

On a wooden table, a small flatbread topped with cheese and meat sits next to a paddle with six small cider glasses.
A cider tasting tray and flatbread at Locust Cider
Locust Cider / Official

Portland continues to open restaurants at an alarming rate, and keeping track of every pizza joint, bar, taco counter, and bagel cafe rolling through town can be a nightmare. This handy-dandy list will be updated periodically with the latest opening need-to-know info; keep it bookmarked if you’re a giant food nerd like the rest of us.

The Latest

Bar King

What it is: A large Japanese-influenced restaurant and bar from two Las Vegas expats, complete with smoked proteins and casual bar snacks
When it opened: March 9
What to get: Onion rings with koji bacon ranch, hamachi with bacon ponzu, dry-aged duck
If you go: 726 SE 6th Avenue
Read more: Bar King, Open Tonight, Straddles the Line Between Rustic Bar and Ritzy Celebration Spot [EPDX]

Locust Cider

What it is: A Washington cider house and brewery’s new Vancouver taproom with flatbread pizzas and a kid’s play area
When it opened: March 4
What to get: Colorado frito pie pizza, honey pear cider
If you go: 700 Washington Street, Vancouver
Read more: A Rapidly Expanding Washington Cider House Will Open a Vancouver Taproom [EPDX]

A mural by Erika Spears shows a stone house surrounded by green leaves. A stone beam and shelf serves as a sort of frame for the painting.
Masia Portland
Dina Avila / EPDX

February

Beaverton Great Notion

What it is: The latest location for Portland-based Great Notion Brewing, with a 2,000 square foot space, adjacent beer garden, 20 taps, and barbecue
When it opened: February 29
What to get: New England IPA and pulled pork
If you go: 230 N.W. Lost Spring Terrace, Beaverton, OR
Read more: Oregon beer this week: Beaverton Great Notion opens; Fort George/GOW, Little Beast releases [WW]

Best Friend Cafe & Juice Bar

What it is: The juice and smoothie cart’s full-blown cafe and juice bar on SE Gladstone
When it opened: February 15
What to get: PB Herman smoothie with banana and peanut butter, Margalaxy Moon Bar with dates and coconut
If you go: 2832 SE Gladstone Street
Read more: Smoothie Cart Best Friend Is Opening Its Very-First Cafe [EPDX]

Morrison Market

What it is: A food hall with a number of different businesses, including a coconut-based ice cream shop from the man behind Aviv, a vegan Japanese cafe called Obon, and Portland Oaxacan mainstay Mixteca
When it opened: February
What to get: Halva or strawberry basil ice cream from Be Sweet, korokke from Obon, tamales from Mixteca
If you go: 722 Southeast Morrison Street
Read more: What to Know About the Mysterious New Food Hall in Southeast Portland [EPDX]

Masia

What it is: A Spanish restaurant from the Ataula team serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Hyatt Centric hotel
When it opened: Fully open to the public February 14, after opening the cafe and opening to hotel guests earlier in the month
What to get: Mussels escabeche in vermouth, chicken and mushroom croquettes, churros with chocolate — they’re best fresh, with a side of drinking chocolate, after a meal in the dining room
If you go: 601 SW 11th Avenue
Read more: Look Inside the Spacious New Spanish Restaurant from the Team Behind Ataula [EPDX]

Flying Fish Co.

What it is: An oyster bar and fish market from a fishmonger once located within the high-end grocery store Providore
When it opened: February 10
What to get: Oysters on the half-shell, curried mussels, clam chowder
If you go: 3004 East Burnside
Read more: Flying Fish Company Will Open Its Oyster Bar and Seafood Market February 10 [EPDX]

Fried Egg I’m in Love Mississippi

What it is: The newest cart from the Portland chainlet of breakfast sandwich carts and restaurants
When it opened: February 7
What to get: The Yolko Ono, an egg sandwich with pesto, with Havarti and Aardvark aioli
If you go: Within Prost Marketplace, 4237 N Mississippi Avenue
Read more: Breakfast Sandwich Stalwart Fried Egg I’m in Love Has Landed at Prost Marketplace [EPDX]

The Sudra Mississippi

What it is: The North Portland location of the popular vegan Indian restaurant
When it opened: February 6
What to get: Thali plate with lentil kofta, roasted cauliflower, poori
If you go: 906 N Fremont Street
Read more: An Essential Spot for Vegan Indian Food Is Opening a Restaurant on Mississippi [EPDX]

45 North

What it is: A new North Portland wine bar specializing in bottles from the 45th parallel, in both Oregon and France
When it opened: February 4
What to get: The “Take Flight” flight, the sommelier’s favorites from both countries, cheddar-gouda fondue
If you go: 3920 N Mississippi Ave
Read more: 45 North [Official]

Tokyo Sando

What it is: A new downtown food cart specializing in Tokyo’s famous convenience store sandwiches
When it opened: February 2
What to get: Katsu sando, egg salad sando
If you go: 1927 SW 4th Avenue
Read more: A New Food Cart Specializing in Japanese Sandwiches Has Opened Downtown [EPDX]

XLB Slabtown

What it is: The Northwest Portland location of the popular North Williams Chinese restaurant, known for its soup dumplings, buns, and noodle dishes
When it opened: February 1
What to get: Xiao long bao, Shanghai pork and shrimp noodles, five spice popcorn chicken, baozi
If you go: 2175 NW Raleigh Street
Read more: Popular Chinese Spot XLB Is Opening a Second Location in Northwest Portland [EPDX]

Beeswing

What it is: The new location of the breakfast cafe that closed last year in Cully
When it opened: February 1
What to get: Breakfast enchiladas, dutch baby, chicken and waffles
If you go: 6716 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Read more: A Lost Cully Breakfast Spot Will Finally Reopen in Sellwood-Moreland This Weekend [EPDX]

Two brown and shallot-covered rib racks sit on a plate next to one metal container of yellow-orange sauce and another silver container of avocado and grapefruit salad. A small Hawaiian roll sits to the side.
Ribs at Malka
Dina Avila / EPDX

January

Bao Bao Restaurant

What it is: The restaurant location of the downtown food cart known for its buns and dumplings
When it opened: Late January
What to get: Pork bao, curry chicken bao, dumplings
If you go: 545 NE Couch Street
Read more: Portland Bun Cart Bao Bao Has Opened a Restaurant in Inner Northeast [EPDX]

Yang’s Noodle

What it is: A new Chinese noodle shop on North Alberta street with Chinese-American flavors like Mongolian beef chow mein to ground pork youpo noodles
When it opened: Late January
What to get: Youpo noodles, kung pao chicken chow mein
If you go: 1625 NE Alberta Street
Read more: Yang’s Noodle [Official]

Legion Motorcycle Company and Bar

What it is: A low-proof cocktail bar in a motorcycle garage
When it opened: January 29
What to get: Highball spritzers and canned wines
If you go: 2145 NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Suite B
Read more: Portland Is Getting a Low-Proof Cocktail Bar in a Motorcycle Shop [EPDX]

Ezell’s Famous Chicken

What it is: An Oprah-approved fried chicken chain from Seattle, famous for its biscuits and sides
When it opened: January 27, quietly and ahead of schedule
What to get: Chicken dinner combo
If you go: 10218 SW Washington Square Road, Tigard, OR
Read more: Ezell’s Famous Chicken Will Open Its First Oregon Location in Tigard February 4 [EPDX]

Snappy’s

What it is: An old-school sandwich shop with ‘90s bodega vibes
When it opened: January 27
What to get: Tuna melt with potato chips on it
If you go: 609 SE Ankeny Street, between Nong’s and Marukin
Read more: SE Ankeny Just Got a Retro Sandwich Shop [EPDX]

Kyay Oh

What it is: A Burmese restaurant devoted to its namesake kyay oh, a noodle soup traditionally made with pork meatballs and egg
When it opened: January 24
What to get: Build your own kyay oh bowls, with options including vegan and dry style
If you go: 833 NW 16th Avenue
Read more: A Restaurant Dedicated to a Hard-to-Find Burmese Noodle Dish Will Open in Northwest Portland [EPDX]

Malka

What it is: A restaurant specializing in bold, eclectic, and complex dishes from aromatic rice bowls to matzoh ball khao soi gai, housed in a similarly eclectic vintage house.
When it opened: January 15, reservations only for now
What to get: Whatever rice bowl is available, and the baby back ribs
If you go: 4546 SE Division Street
Read more: Inside the Otherworldly New Restaurant Malka, Now Open on SE Division [EPDX]

Casa Tolteca

What it is: A newly reopened vegetable-centric Mexican restaurant with breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner service
When it opened: January 13, after a false start in fall of 2019
What to get: Squash blossom omelet, ceviche, and all sorts of tapas with tortillas
If you go: 422 NW 8th Avenue
Read more: A Vegetarian-Friendly Mexican Restaurant Will Serve Moles in Northwest Portland [EPDX]

Someday

What it is: A serious but lighthearted and cozy cocktail bar from two industry veterans
When it opened: January 2
What to get: The Tiger Porch, with tequila, tamarind, lime, and a toy tiger
If you go: Tucked off of Division, at 3634 SE Division Street
Read more: Inside Division Cocktail Bar Someday, Opening Today [EPDX]

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