The High Water Mark: Critical Pass

Bar Reviews There’s a definitive moment in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas when Hunter S. Thompson sums up the end of the ’60s era profoundly, making note of a “high-water mark” that can be seen from ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Yard House: First and 130

Bar Reviews Even in beer-buzzed Portland, a new bar with 130 taps gets attention. A big selection of suds isn’t necessarily enough to ensure prosperity for a chain—witness the quick crash of the success ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Royale: Brunch and Burlesque

Bar Reviews The closure of Hamburger Mary’s last year left a hole in Portland’s gay nightlife. The Royale (317 NW Broadway, 432-8944), a new bar in the former Tiger Bar spot on Northwest Broadway, aims to ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

World Cup Beer Garden: Popping For The Cup

Bar Reviews All of Portland loves a pop-up, even when it’s not really a pop-up—see Vitaly Paley’s and Aviary’s recent “pop-ups” in their own restaurants, which we’d just call dinners. But the Wo ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hollywood’s Hot Rod Bar and Grill: Infield Party

Bar Reviews Proud NASCAR bar Hollywood’s Hot Rod Bar and Grill (10810 NE Sandy Blvd., 946-8242, hollywoods-hotrodbarandgrill.com) belongs right where it is, on a strip of Sandy Boulevard that is essentially ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Jackknife: Reverse Tourist Bar

Bar Reviews “This isn’t L.A.” declaims a svelte, moneyed silver fox at the bar. “Nobody’s gonna give you Portland in L.A.” His date, who is of surgically indeterminate age and culturally indeter ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Coopers Hall: One Big Barrel

Bar Reviews The first thing you notice about Coopers Hall (404 SE 6th Ave., 719-7000, facebook.com/pages/Coopers-Hall) is its mammoth size. The new winepub in the industrial inner east side could double as a ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Stammtisch: Hier Sitzen Die

Bar Reviews There’s a lot of glass at Stammtisch (401 NE 28th Ave., 206-7983, stammtischpdx.com), the new German pub from the owners of Prost. Before you see the small wooden sign advertising this above-gro ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Carmella’s: Mellow Mella

Bar Reviews Despite its generic brick, hardwood and neutral-green décor, Carmella’s (1320 SE Water Ave., 232-1633, carmellaswines.com) reveals unexpected comforts. And unexpected strangeness. Bedford will ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Easy Company: Three’s a Crowd

Bar Reviews “Are you guys with Nike?” Nope. “Oh, OK, because there’s a group of like 40 Nike people coming in soon.” It’s 8:30 on a Wednesday night, and when the corporate retreat arrives, there ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Blonde IPA (Arlington Club)

Drank The Arlington Club was founded way back in 1867, with the purpose of giving men with names you’d recognize from street signs a little quietude in which to smoke cigars, cut skyline-shaping bus ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Black 13 (Boneyard)

Drank Boneyard has been shorting the market since it opened. Tony Lawrence assembled his Bend brewery from pieces and parts collected during his visits to other breweries across the country as a consu ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Painted Lady Gin (North Coast Distilling)

Drank North Coast’s Painted Lady gin is named after some garishly painted Victorian homes in Astoria, where it was made, but you could forgive us if we thought it is a reference to heavy perfume. This ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Ireland Style Premium Light Ale (Henry Weinhard’s, 1984)

Drank In 1984, a time capsule was buried in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Inside, with a pair of Nikes, a boom box and a “Frankie Says Relax” T-shirt, went two bottles of Henry Weinhard’s ales. Henry ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: The Drunken Cobbler (Widmer Brothers)

Drank The Drunken Cobbler, an oil painting completed by French artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze just prior to the George Washington administration and now hanging in the Portland Art Museum ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Fruit Beer Fest: How To Use Your Tickets

Drank Ticket one: Peach Slap, from the Portland Deschutes brewpub, is a mild but deeply complex sour made with peach puree, habanero peppers, juniper and pink peppercorn. It was the consensus standout ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Do-Gooder IPA vs. British Invasion IPA (Oregon Public House & Pints vs. Hopworks & KBOO)

Drank Lately, everyone is chasing charity with beer. Portland will soon have its first nonprofit brewery, Ex Novo, not far from its first nonprofit pub, Oregon Public House. And at that nonprofit pub, ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Burncider (Cider Riot)

Drank Portland’s fledgling cider scene needs something like Cider Riot. First, because the now year-old cidery brings some swagger so far unknown among the often meek glutophobes—witness the mob o ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Piston Pale Ale (Laurelwood Brewing)

Drank It seems like beer styles have been around forever. Actually, though, the first efforts to codify the world’s many stripes of brew only date to the Ford administration, and the style categorie ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: 2009 Knudsen Vineyard Brut (Argyle)

Drank Last December, we held a blind tasting of Oregon sparkling wine, finding Argyle’s 2010 Vintage brut the best on the shelves of local grocers, and Argyle’s 2009 brut rosé the runner-up. The ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Food Cart Review: Luang Prabang

Food Cart Reviews Laos’ porous borders—from both directions along the Mekong River—have left its cuisine’s borders equally nebulous. The sticky rice, larb and green papaya salad that originated in Laos ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Deutschland Curry

Food Cart Reviews If you are what you eat, Berliners are made of currywurst. The homegrown flavor of postwar Berlin is Herta Heuwer’s patented sauce of English curry, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup, slathered ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Gastro Mania

Food Cart Reviews Foie gras is like steroids for meat flavor: shamelessly fatty and mildly illicit, so effective it feels like cheating. In Tokyo, Wendy’s puts foie gras on a hamburger. French burger chain Quic ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rua

Food Cart Reviews In Vietnam, pistachios are a rare imported luxury. At Jason Myers’ new Vietnamese cart, Rua, they’re a baseline. His green papaya salad subs in pistachios for the customary peanuts, and the ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sabrosa Barbosa

Food Cart Reviews Silvia Barbosa asks only two questions when presented with indecisive customers at Sabrosa Barbosa: “Are you a vegetarian?” (No.) “Do you like spicy foods?” (Yes.) If those are your answer ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

Steak Frites PDX

Food Cart Reviews Captured by Porches does not make Belgian beer. That wasn’t a problem until Steak Frites PDX moved in across from the little green bus in the pod behind Crema coffee shop at Southeast 28th Avenu ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Pulehu Pizza

Food Cart Reviews Pulehu Pizza started out as a joke among friends: quitting their day jobs, moving to the beach and grilling pizzas for a living. And then Pierre Prevost and Annabelle Eastling, owners and pizzai ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

Road Runner Barbecue

Food Cart Reviews After dark, as the eateries begin to close and dim, the sprawling Carts on Foster lot begins to look less like a food pod and more like a spooky trailer park—the sort of backwater roadside spot ... More

Jan 8, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Maine Street Lobster

Food Cart Reviews The Maine Street Lobster cart is a mess of improbable. A streetside lobster seller might be normal at a wharf in the other Portland, where the beast actually exists, but here it’s a logistical nightmare: The ... More

Dec 31, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Duende

Food Cart Reviews In flamenco, duende is the thing that makes you cry, or dance, or play at all—sort of the gypsy version of what James Brown meant when he said “soul.” It’s this spirit that inspired An ... More

Nov 13, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Restaurant Review: Storrs Smokehouse

Food Reviews & Stories Breakfast is a reassuring sign at a barbecue joint. Even if you’re not in the mood for early-morning biscuits and gravy, it’s always good to see the pitmaster hanging around the kitchen ju ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Fifty Plates: Delaware Scrapple

Eating the whole pig, German style.

Food Reviews & Stories Scrapple is made of things you don’t talk about in polite company. It is a loaf of slurried pig—snout, eyeball, liver and heart—made mealy with corn and served fried. It is a comfort both ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Restaurant Review: Stammtisch

Bring an army to Stammtisch. Feed it beer.

Food Reviews & Stories At Stammtisch, you want numbers. The new German tavern from the proprietors of North Mississippi Avenue’s Prost doesn’t demand it—a couple can get a very date-night meal seated on the square ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Review: East Glisan Pizza Lounge

Food Reviews & Stories Montavilla has long been home to some of Portland’s better pizza. To my mind, at least. Flying Pie makes excellent classic pizzeria pies, moderately thick and covered in a blanket of salty pro ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Russia With Love

Kachka brings serious comfort fare with a wink and a shot.

Food Reviews & Stories Russia is for writers, a place of tawdry sentimentalism and deep irony. This flavors even the food. So it is no surprise that the new, Russian-inspired Kachka has a high-art reverence for nostalgi ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Port of Call

Visiting Eric Bechard’s excellent new tavern in Astoria.

Food Reviews & Stories Eric Bechard is from Quebec, a fourth-generation Montréalais. This explains a lot—about the chef, his now-shuttered Southeast Portland restaurant Kingdom of Roosevelt, and his preference for ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by Adrienne So

Return Of the Taq

Taqueria Nueve is actually as good as everyone remembers it.

Food Reviews & Stories Portlanders are sentimental. When a food-cart pod closes, they cry. When a bowling alley is replaced by a hardware store, they moan. When a goat ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Burgers of Bosnia

Believe it or not, you can find four versions of cevapi in the Portland area.

Food Reviews & Stories Bosnia’s national food is a negotiated peace. Cevapi (cheh-VOPP-ee) is a comfort food for a long day’s drinking and watching soccer, made with ingredients from all the cultures that colonized ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Atlas Pizza

Food Reviews & Stories Metalheads who drive Chevy Cavaliers have long been the unsung heroes of the American pizza industry. Some guys in Austin figured that out 20 years ago, opening a place called Hoek’s Death Met ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

False Priest

Reverend’s BBQ doesn’t bring deliverance to Sellwood.

Food Reviews & Stories The dining desert of Sellwood needs some salvation. Sure, there are a few great old standbys, yet Sellwood-Westmoreland remains the wealthiest neighborhood on the east side where you have to dri ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Hotseat: The Third Degree

A climatologist describes how global warming will alter the wine industry.

Q & A Gregory Jones can see the future…of booze. A climatologist at Southern Oregon University, Jones is an expert in why wines taste the way they do in the places they do. But as global warming rec ... More

Sep 11, 2013 12:01 am by RUTH BROWN

The Second Bite

z-Bite Club A conversation I overheard while I was shoveling dry sautéed string beans into my craw at that Chinese joint Hunan almost made me kill a man."I like to eat the same thing most days, that way I ... More

Jan 18, 2006 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Dear (Bite) Diary

Delicious dish ripped right from our reporter's notebook.

z-Bite Club Located on Southwest 4th Avenue, Romeo Bakery (520 SW 4th Ave., 241-7970) looks and tastes like what Bite Club would imagine a three-way between a subway station, a Japanese bakery and an American sch ... More

Jan 4, 2006 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Snack To The Future

z-Bite Club Buckle up! Bite Club's takin' a high-speed tour through Portland food 2005.FOODSTUFF, USA The launch of big name restaurants, from David Machado's spice-router Vindahlo (see review, page 49) to Bruce ... More

Dec 28, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Of Holy Oil And Budget Bottles

z-Bite Club Not to take anything way from the awesome brewpubs and hard-drinking eateries that dot the weedy stretch of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard that lies between the Willamette River and Southeast 12th Aven ... More

Dec 21, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Touched By The Frosting

Saint Cupcake blesses Northwest Portland.

z-Bite Club "I have a confession to make," Bite Club moaned ecstatically as we crammed a gooey chunk of rich, hot-fudge-drizzled cupcake in our pie hole. "I hate cupcakes." The woman across from us shook her butt ... More

Dec 14, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Have Stomach, Will Travel

A culinary couple taste-trots the world.

z-Bite Club The husband-and-wife culinary exploration force of Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid has been slogging through the back alleys of Thailand and hunkering down in the rural villages of Sri Lanka and Tibet ... More

Nov 30, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Bite Club Diary

Gut reactions ripped right from our reporter's notebook.

z-Bite Club 8:50 pm Tuesday, Nov. 8It's all smooth rock ahead tonight at the Cafe Wonder (128 NE Russell St., 284-8686), the Wonder Ballroom's congenial subterranean watering hole and diner. House of Cunt's Amber ... More

Nov 23, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Field King/Dairy Queen

Singing the praises of sustainable farming and ice-cream sammies.

z-Bite Club Before Bite Club can even get down to the sweet stuff this week, our tableside correspondent Ivy Manning has news of a hot food date:Fields of Plenty, the new book by organic farmer Michael Ableman, h ... More

Nov 16, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Shake A Tail Feather

Your early-bird guide to Thanksgiving dinner domination.

z-Bite Club It's all about planning ahead when it comes to great holiday eats, so we've created a list of shopping spots (for awesome dining-out Thanks options, see left) that can help you attain Thanksgiving din ... More

Nov 9, 2005 12:00 am by Kelly Clarke, Leah Sottile

Bolder Sky

z-Bite Club The walls cluttered with folk art, those antique chandeliers and that huge, cinematic black-and-white mural: Ever since North Mississippi's Bold-Sky Cafe and Studios (3943 N Mississippi Ave., 287-0154 ... More

Nov 2, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

PDX, The Appetizer

Think 2007 tasted good? Wait until you get a nibble of 2008.

z-Eat Me More restaurants opened their doors in Portland in 2007 than any other year in recent memory. During some stretches, it seemed a new eatery would debut every weekend. And you know what? That was great ... More

Dec 26, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Blithe Spirits

Toasting PDX’s drink leaders.

z-Eat Me Of the 100 or so micro distilleries in the entire USA, Portland’s industrial-eastside neighborhood is home to four of them, with three more on the way by 2009. Maybe that’s why bartenders ... More

Dec 12, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Pearl Pickings

Imports claim Northwest territory.

z-Eat Me If the newish Pearl District eatery Leonardo’s (939 NW Lovejoy St., 546-2223) , which took over the spot where Graze once resided, were a car, it’d be a Ford Aerostar minivan. If it were ... More

Dec 5, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

East and Eden

The public market has lost its digs. Should it shift its gaze eastward?

z-Eat Me After a Portland Development Commission vote, the Portland Public Market’s nearly decade-long search for a home has collapsed again. The Pacific Northwest College of Art outmaneuvered backers of ... More

Nov 21, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Clinton Inhales

Fresh bread, bowling and the best five-buck noodles in town.

z-Eat Me South Waterfront condos have river views and the Pearl District has neon totem poles, but here’s a condo amenity that beats ’em all—the lucky residents of the Clinton Condominiums wi ... More

Nov 14, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Are You Kitchen Literate?

An Oregon author wants to re-educate your pie hole.

z-Eat Me Technology has been adding new links to the food chain for a century, but thanks to books like Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma , our disconnect with what we eat is common cocktail ... More

Nov 7, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Food Invasion

imperialism doesn’t always suck.

z-Eat Me WW’ s recent Restaurant Guide debut made for busy Portland restaurants, so I skipped town, landing at the Seattle Vietnamese eatery Monsoon (615 19th Ave. E., Seattle, 206-325-2111) just minut ... More

Oct 31, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

At First Bite

New joints, good coffee and beach food.

z-Eat Me That Portland’s South Waterfront was predestined to become a beach town is not a surprise. Right from the get-go, its deep-pocketed master planners—including Pearl honcho Homer Williams&md ... More

Oct 24, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Silly Young Thing

Alberta lost an oyster bar, but it just gained a tapas powerhouse.

z-Eat Me Giorgio Kawas must love Portland a lot. So much so that the Italian-born restaurateur, whose eponymous Pearl District bistro has charmed diners for nearly a decade, wooed a pair of chefs (who once wor ... More

Oct 10, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Public Marketing?????

What’s missing from the push for a portland public market? The public.

z-Eat Me Last Friday night, more than 500 Portlanders paid $50 apiece to attend a fundraiser at Union Station for the proposed Portland Public Market. The iconic train station was packed with people excited by ... More

Oct 3, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

GOODBYE, FAREWELL AND AMEN

z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS,The last time Miss Dish will write that greeting is right there. She will also dispense with the third person and give it to you straight--I am leaving my post at the Dish desk afte ... More

Aug 6, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Feeding Tube

z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS, Is the new reality show The Restaurant, served Sunday nights on NBC, anything like the real thing? You've got the hottie chef. The barky money-man. The actor-waiters.The antisocia ... More

Jul 30, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Doughnut vs. Doughnut

z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS,For years Miss Dish has tried to tell the people that, while restaurant reviews may be interesting or informative or some combination of the two, they have no power over the life an ... More

Jul 23, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Smokin' Indo

z-Miss Dish Ginger beef burger with papaya ketchup. Chicken braised in coconut milk, green tomatoes and lemon-lime chili paste. Soy-lacquered pork loin with sweet-potato mash, curried slaw and Asian-pear chut ... More

Jul 16, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

3- Ring Circus

z-Miss Dish There's panic a-brewing at the Carrousel Restaurant (formerly the Carnival) located at the foot of Oregon Health & Science University. Loyal customers, who have staunchly frequented the over-50-ye ... More

Jul 9, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Red, White and Chew: Diner's Diary

z-Miss Dish Dear Diary,Happy Birthday, America, you old hag. Let's eat. Here are some recent adventures recounted for your voyeuristic pleasure:*The streets were clogged with a dizzying array of mouth-breathers ... More

Jul 2, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

About Last Night...

z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS, Two nights, two event reviews....Rogue Ales' Sausage Extravaganza Tuesday, June 17 Rogue Ales Public House 1339 NW Flanders St., 222-5910Miss Dish wasn't sure how this one would pl ... More

Jun 25, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Assorted and Sundry

z-Miss Dish Gentle Reader, You know how hot the Ripe consortium is--the catering, the coffee shop, the underground/above-ground family suppers. It's kinda old news, really, except there's newish news. Josh S ... More

Jun 18, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Spring Diner's Diary

z-Miss Dish Dear Diary: Saturday, March 29 Tin Shed Garden Cafe 1438 NE Alberta St., 288-6966 Miss Dish has been a fan of this lovely breakfast haunt since the get-go. She loves the dimple-cute staff, the ... More

May 28, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Sir, How Could You?

z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS, Miss Dish was excited when she received an invitation to an art gallery where the work in question would be an homage to food itself. As you know, food is one of Miss D.'s favorit ... More

May 21, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks
 

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