Fans of chef Gabriel Pascuzzi’s grain bowl pop-up restaurant have something to feel good about—Feel Good is now a brick and mortar restaurant selling vivid, colorful grain and vegetable bowls on SE Belmont Street. The takeout restaurant is Pascuzzi’s third, after Stacked Sandwich Shop and wood-fired chicken restaurant Mama Bird.
The Oregonian reported last Friday that the recent Top Chef contestant and 2017’s Eater PDX Chef of the Year had opened the doors to Feel Good in its new 450-square foot space. Unfortunately, the restaurant hit a speed bump this morning—though it was set to be the first official day open, Pascuzzi says that’s delayed until tomorrow thanks to a burglary. At some point in the past few days individuals broke into the shop and stole an iPad, point of sale system, and a chef’s knife bag, in addition to other random items like coconut waters, a bag of dirty linens, an ink pad for stamping paper bags, and a single plant. “The stealing of the plant feels a little personal,” Pascuzzi says.
Nevertheless, the shop will officially open tomorrow. Feel Good specializes in bowls made with grains, cauliflower rice, or mixed greens topped with roasted and raw vegetables, dressings, and herbs. Customers select the base and the toppings—four established bowls will stick around, with a fifth seasonal one rotating every few months. Diners can also choose from a build-your-own bowl, selecting the vegetables, dressings and sauces made in house, and herbs like sumac, bee pollen, furikake, and pickled mustard seed.
While mostly plant-based, diners can add poached chicken, with tofu and avocado as other options. There’s a strong emphasis on local sourcing, with Pascuzzi working with local purveyors and producers like Ota Tofu, Mary’s Chicken, Jacobsen Salt, and Sauvie Island Growers. There are a few stools in the small space, but Pascuzzi says those are mostly for waiting at the moment, with service being almost entirely takeout driven.
Pascuzzi originally conceived of Feel Good in May of 2020 as a pop-up operating out of his first restaurant, Stacked. Like many other decisions last year, it was a pivot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the price and supply of meat made many of Stacked’s sandwiches unavailable, but Pascuzzi wanted to continue providing healthy, comforting food to his customers, as well as keep the doors open at Stacked. The plan was always to reopen the sandwich shop and move Feel Good into its own location.
Starting Thursday, August 26, diners can visit the tiny shop for takeout Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1120 SE Belmont Street.
- Feel Good [Official]
- ‘Top Chef’ alum Gabriel Pascuzzi opens Feel Good brick-and-mortar in Southeast Portland [The Oregonian]
- An Eater PDX Chef of the Year Is Opening a Bowl Pop-Up in His Sandwich Shop [Eater PDX]
- Gabriel Pascuzzi Will Turn His Grain Bowl Pop-Up, Feel Good, Into a SE Belmont Restaurant [Eater PDX]