Best Restaurants in Portland: Our Annual Top 100 List

Restaurant Guide Accanto Awesome pastaThe American LocalRoad-trip adventureApizza Scholls Best pizzaAva... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Kachka, 2014 Restaurant of the Year

The party of the year is vodka drunk and fish happy.

Restaurant Guide Kachka is like a party at Mom’s house—if your mom grew up near Minsk and had a weird... More

Oct 14, 2014 07:00 pm by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Kitzhaber's Staff Aided Financially Troubled Former Client of First Lady Cylvia Hayes

The governor's office intervened with state Energy Department to delay foreclosure

News The owner of the Pronghorn Golf Course in Bend was in deep financial trouble. ... More

Oct 15, 2014 11:30 am by NIGEL JAQUISS
 
 

A Betsy-Proof Margin?

More than just defeating Republicans, Democrats are seeking to neutralize one of their own senators.

News Stories On Nov. 4, Oregonians will make important choices in the races for U.S. Senate,... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

#TrillBlazin

The Blazers’ non-basketball power rankings: Offseason Edition.

Culture Features Following the NBA is, more than ever, a full-time endeavor. For us basketball... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Canned Heat

Here’s the GMO labeling that corporations are shelling out millions to kill.

News Stories Four little words. That’s what’s at stake in the battle over November’s... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH
 
 

Greg Belisle Gets New Job, Complicating Role on Portland School Board

News Portland Public Schools board member Greg Belisle this month accepted a job with Multnomah County as helping to run SUN Community Schools. The new $64,000-per-year position as a senior program specialist comes with challenges for Belisle, who first won election to the board in 2011.PPS doesn't allow employees of the district to serve on the school board. That's a clear conflict of interest. But it does allow employees of PPS contractors—such as Multnomah County—to serve.Belisle is familiar w... More

Oct 21, 2014 12:47 pm by BETH SLOVIC
 

Buy PDX: She Bop, Ninja Suit, Monique's Boutique and Sustain Condoms

A weekly roundup of retail sales and events.

Features Editor's Note: Portland, you're savvy. But you're also thrifty. That's why we're bringing you Buy PDX, a weekly roundup of retail events and sale... More

Oct 21, 2014 11:32 am by KATHRYN PEIFER
 

Paul Revere's Final Recordings To Be Released On Voodoo Doughnuts Record Label

Music Earlier this month, Paul Revere, singer, organist and namesake of Portland garage-rock legends Paul Revere and the Raiders, succumbed to ca... More

Oct 21, 2014 10:52 am by MATTHEW SINGER
 

Just Opened: 'Night, Mother

A review of CoHo Productions' season opener.

Arts & Books Do not enter Coho Theater for ‘Night, Mother expecting to be anything but emotionally wrecked. Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer-winning drama... More

Oct 20, 2014 05:42 pm by KAITIE TODD
 

Watch the GMO Ads Bought with Record-Breaking Spending on Measure 92

Donations top $17 million with three weeks to go.

News It's official: The struggle over labeling genetically modified food is now the most expensive ballot-measure fight in Oregon history.Two campaign... More

Oct 20, 2014 01:57 pm by AARON MESH
 
 

Portland Restaurant Guide 2014: Editor's Note

Restaurant Guide Editor's Note: Holding the LineThe hottest debate in Portland’s food scene is both trivial and dire: What should be done about those lines?  That queue in front of your favorite restaurant ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Kachka, 2014 Restaurant of the Year

The party of the year is vodka drunk and fish happy.

Restaurant Guide Kachka is like a party at Mom’s house—if your mom grew up near Minsk and had a weird thing for Lenin.  In a room decorated with both Soviet propaganda posters and carved window frames from ... More

Oct 14, 2014 07:00 pm by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Canned Heat

Here’s the GMO labeling that corporations are shelling out millions to kill.

News Stories Four little words. That’s what’s at stake in the battle over November’s Measure 92—what appears to be the second-most expensive ballot-measure fight in Oregon history. The words are �� ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

A Betsy-Proof Margin?

More than just defeating Republicans, Democrats are seeking to neutralize one of their own senators.

News Stories On Nov. 4, Oregonians will make important choices in the races for U.S. Senate, governor and contentious ballot measures that cover everything from marijuana to labeling of GMO-based foods. But ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Green Machine

An ex-Portland cabbie and candidate develops the first marijuana vending machine.

News Stories The 1,000-pound green vending machine towers in the lobby of a Denver dispensary, with bright LED lights illuminating the treats inside: lollipops, cereal bars and chewy chocolate candy rolls. ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by DAKOTA SMITH

#TrillBlazin

The Blazers’ non-basketball power rankings: Offseason Edition.

Culture Features Following the NBA is, more than ever, a full-time endeavor. For us basketball junkies, the once-sleepy offseason is now a fever dream of free-agency speculation, Trade Machine playfulness, and c ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 3, Ataula

A new best tapas in town.

Restaurant Guide Ataula celebrated its one-year anniversary in late August, with flamenco music and dance. The packed house was rollicking, which says a lot since this was a Wednesday night in the barely noticea ... More

Oct 12, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Old Salt: 2014 Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up

Setting a new standard for sustainable comfort food.

Restaurant Guide Skin is the new wing. Of that, Old Salt’s Ben Meyer is sure. “Go to New Seasons and look at the deli case, and you’ll see their biggest seller is boneless, skinless chicken breast,” he says ... More

Oct 14, 2014 10:30 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 5, Expatriate

Playful, worldly excellence and damn fine drinks.

Restaurant Guide Not so long ago, Portland’s bars and restaurants were distinct. For the purposes of this guide, a restaurant was a place you could happily dine without drink. A bar, meanwhile, was a place tha ... More

Oct 10, 2014 03:45 pm by MARTIN CIZMAR

Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 4, American Local

Road-tripping from Wisconsin to Japan.

Restaurant Guide The American Local was made on the road—in a cheese-logged Wisconsin bar called the Old Fashioned, and amid the cream and sugar of Iowa’s Waffle Stop Grill. It was made in the piled, loose ... More

Oct 11, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

No Nonsense

Comedian Kate Berlant on academia, therapy and pope jokes.

Comedy and Variety People trip over themselves trying to describe comedian Kate Berlant. The 27-year-old takes the stage with discursive, high-energy monologues dense with academic jargon. Her digressions about ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Top Three Best Bets For All Jane No Dick

Comedy and Variety Phoebe Robinson, Kate Berlant and Friends Kate Berlant has an inimitable, digressive style that skews more toward performance art than straight standup. Phoebe Robinson, meanwhile, has Broad City ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Wittle Twees

The intense art of dwarfing trees.

Headout It’s easy to sound like an idiot while talking to a bonsai expert—especially since you’re probably mispronouncing the word. Each tiny tree has an infinite range of needs, which is why some har ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

The Book Of Genesis

How Sega Genesis almost upset the mighty Super Nintendo—and what went wrong.

Culture Features The 16-bit era was arguably the most competitive in the history of console gaming, with everyone from Commodore computer to arcade kingpin Neo Geo taking on Nintendo. Among the challengers, onl ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Willie Weed: The Rocky Way

Culture Features Editor’s note: Wm. Willard Greene “got into some legal shit” in rural California while returning from Humboldt County. He asked an associate to fill in. Washington and Colorado legalized ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MAJOR E. SKINNER

Hotseat: John Summers

The Baffler editor says Portlanders should pack their bags.

Books Back in the ’90s, Thomas Frank’s Baffler magazine was a cleansing hatebath lampooning both capitalist doublespeak and squishy liberalism, the rare publication to be both smart and funny amid ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Top Portland Event Picks, October 15 - October 21

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY OCT. 15 ALL JANE NO DICK [COMEDY] The all-lady comedy festival has secured another powerful lineup, anchored by headliner Kate Berlant, whose digressive, improvisational style tends mo ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Murmurs: Tired Of All The Campaigns? The Street Fee Is Next.

Murmurs Will voters get a say on the Portland street fee? That’s been a lingering question ever since Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick said this spring they opposed a public vote. Now i ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

AP Film Studies: Idol Chatter

The filth and fury of Kill Your Idols.

Movie Reviews & Stories Ten years ago, director Scott Crary unleashed Kill Your Idols, a documentary that dove deep into New York’s sweaty underground to chart the evolution of the punk and no-wave movements.  ILLUS ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Men, Women & Children: Movie Review

OMG teh internetz.

Movie Reviews & Stories Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is Crash for the age of texting, tumbling and tweeting. It’s also Reitman’s second consecutive film—after last year’s treacly Labor Day—to be less ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

20,000 Days on Earth: Movie Review

True or false.

Movie Reviews & Stories Nick Cave is one of rock ’n’ roll’s great liars. He admits as much in 20,000 Days on Earth. The way he sees it, the truth is a sea serpent that exists below the surface of a song, and his ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Typographer’s Dream: Theater Review

Labor relations.

Theater You are where you work, we’re told. Lawyers are argumentative assholes, and nurses are either cold or caring. It’s a trope common in fiction since Dickens. In The Typographer’s Dream, writ ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Faceoff: Girls vs. Portlandia

Another article about Girls. Sorry.

Books We’re going to talk about Girls. It’s not like we want to. But Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series, will be in town Sunday to promote her new book, Not That Kind of Girl (Random Ho ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

St. Vincent: Movie Review

Bill Murray: the patron saint of transforming mediocrity into artistry.

Movie Reviews & Stories Freshman director Theodore Melfi is a very, very lucky man. Under most circumstances, his debut, St. Vincent, would be blasted for its contrived, overwrought plot. Does the world really need anoth ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Free the Animals: Restaurant Guide 2014

Our picks for excellent vegetarian and vegan fare.

Restaurant Guide Bar Avignon: Meatless small plates outnumber those with animal protein on the menu’s “Finger Food” and “For Sharing—Or Not” sections. Bete-Lukas: Bete-Lukas offers a seven-item vege ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Buddies: Portland Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurants with great beer lists.

Restaurant Guide Higgins Bar 1239 SW Broadway, 222-9070, higginsportland.com. Though most patrons—federal prosecutors, Oregonian reporters—at the dim back bar of pioneer locavore Greg Higgins’ restaurant d ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Wine, Dine: Restaurant Guide 2014

Old grapes go well with everything.

Restaurant Guide Enso 1416 SE Stark St., 683-3676, ensowinery.com. This urban winery is a tops of the new wave, from its urban-garagiste ambience to its affordable $5 Resonate reds and whites to $10 taster trays ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Bustin’ the Glutes: Portland Restaurant Guide 2014

Where to find the best wheat-free options in town.

Restaurant Guide Andina: Luckily for Portlanders, Peruvians naturally forgo most things wheat. Though they do love their meat, the gluten-free, vegan and veggie menus are pages long; bigger than the full menu at ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Around the State: Restaurant Guide 2014

Where to eat well elsewhere in Oregon.

Restaurant Guide Astoria Albatross & Co., 225 14th St., 741-3091. Local foodniks were thrilled when Eric Bechard left his lauded McMinnville restaurant Thistle to bring “fallow deer heart tartare with his ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hottest Pop-Up Unrestaurants

Our Restaurant Guide would not be complete without a survey of the year’s hottest trend: Dinners cooked by trained chefs in commercial kitchens on semi-regular schedules for slightly above-market prices.

Restaurant Guide Holdfast 337 NW Broadway, 226-1400, holdfastdining.com. In order to “avoid the trappings of a traditional restaurant,” William Preisch (Chuck’s Diner of Cleveland, the Bent Brick) and Joel ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Incoming and Outgoing: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide Very New or Not Yet OpenBend-based Pono Farm Soul Kitchen opened a Portland restaurant in July, serving beef-heavy Japanese fare from a family that owns both the farm and the table. Hotel Rose rest ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Counter Attack: Sandwiches

Restaurant Guide Tails & Trotters 525 NE 24th Ave., 477-8682, tailsandtrotters.com. Tails & Trotters serves a loosely Eastern-style pulled pork with peppery vinegar sauce, housemade garlic aioli which, in ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Counter Attack: Asian

Restaurant Guide Bollywood Theater 2039 NE Alberta Ave., 971-200-4711; 3010 SE Division St., 477-6699; bollywoodtheaterpdx.com.  The Division Street sequel is bigger and flashier than the original box-office ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Counter Attack: Italian

Restaurant Guide Handsome Pizza 2730 N Killingsworth St., 247-7499, handsomepizza.com. Handsome’s wide, crisp-bottomed pies strongly resemble the standard-setter at Apizza Scholls. Each emerges from a super-ho ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Counter Attack: Latin

Restaurant Guide Angel Food & Fun 5135 NE 60th Ave., 287-7909. Former Bluehour sous chef Manuel Lopez offers rich, surprising Yucatecan meats and stews. Get the smoky relleno negro ($10)—midnight-black fro ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Counter Attack: Burgers

Restaurant Guide Slowburger 2319 NE Glisan St., 477-5779, slowburger.net.  Spun off from a dim Southeast Grand Avenue bar, the namesake burger at this Ocean microrestaurant is a half-pound of perfectly medi ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Bob Dylan vs. Jimmy Buffett

Music Stories Bob Dylan and Jimmy Buffett are playing Portland the same night. One is the poet laureate of the ’60s, a bard of social upheaval and one of most crucial all-around figures of the 20th century. T ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Trial By Fire

The Growlers learn you can’t go home again—especially after your home burns to the ground.

Music Stories There comes a time in every young punk’s life when it’s time to abandon the squat and move on to bigger ventures. For Orange County’s the Growlers, that decision did not come voluntarily. ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Scoop: But Is It Maybe Cisist?

Scoop ROCKS OFF: Another hip-hop show in Portland was shut down early last weekend, though police had nothing to do with it. Management at Alhambra Theatre pulled the plug on Sir Michael Rocks on Oc ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The 11 Best Shows of Doug Fir’s First Decade

By Doug Fir’s bookers.

Top 5 Alicia Rose: Quasi and the Joggers (Oct. 9, 2004) This first night really set the pace for what was to come at Doug Fir. Sam and Janet of Quasi tore it up like they had built the place, and the ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Drank: Tropical Thunder (Gigantic with Larry Clouser)

Drank Hops get all the credit, but yeast does a bunch of the work. Even those big, juicy fruit flavors you like in an IPA are often due as much to the yeast strain as Citra or Simcoe. Tropical Thunder, ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Show Preview: Hozier, James Bay

Music Stories [RUSTIC SOUL] While it's easy to bask in the warm glow of Sam Smith and the Black Keys individually these days, why not embrace an artist who evokes both? Andrew Hozier-Byrne, aka Hozier, is a ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Introducing Roselit Bone

Music Stories Who: Josh McCaslin (vocals, guitar); Victor Franco (guitar); Don Ankrom (bass); Barry A. Walker Jr. (pedal steel); Daniel Gruszka, David Binnig, Poom Aempoo (trumpets); Peter Mullally (baritone ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

First National Taphouse: Bar Review

Second Oregon

Bar Reviews In theory, at least, the area surrounding Portland State University needs more bars. The school has 30,000 students, making it our state’s largest such institution, and yet the bar scene aroun ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Dr. Know: Why can't my Portland water bill be monthly instead of quarterly?

Dr. Know Can you explain why, unlike every other bill I pay, my city of Portland water bill can’t manage to come in once a month? I’m going along, minding my own business, when, wham!, I’m blindsid ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Drink Mobile

How beer helped save the food-cart phenomenon.

Food Reviews & Stories Tidbit Food Farm and Garden doesn’t look much like the apocalypse. It’s a sunny afternoon, and Portland’s newest food-cart pod—with 20 eateries, a mobile apothecary and a school bus sell ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

Food Reviews & Stories Our pick for the top brewpub, dive bar or wine lounge might change by the time you've finished reading this. But here are the spots, new and old, that we're most excited about right now. ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

Food Reviews & Stories A list of the five spots we're excited about right now—maybe taquerias we've loved forever, maybe seafood spots with special menus this week. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?
... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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