Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop: Bar Review

Tater Toss

Bar Reviews Teaming craft beer with fancy french fries makes a lot of sense. So far, the smartest move made by the owners of the young Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop (621 SW 19th Ave., thecivictaproom.com) is ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Big Trouble: Little Chinatown

Bar Reviews Why give Old Town caviar when spicy chicken fingers will do? Easy Company, the space’s former ChefStable bar, had heady ambitions for the old Ping restaurant space, slinging fancy cocktails, c ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pips & Bounce: Bar Review

Bounce to This

Bar Reviews Kickstarter users have backed some weird things. Though it’s several steps closer to normal than, say, a $50,000 potato salad or a Zach Braff movie, Pips & Bounce (833 SE Belmont St., 928- ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Ranger Station: Park Life

Bar Reviews If you somehow woke up inside The Ranger Station (4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 894-8455, rangerstationpdx.com), it would be easy to believe you were actually inside a ranger station. The tiny and ru ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Fat Head’s: The Great Middle West

Bar Reviews The Pearl District’s newest brewpub, Fat Head’s (131 NW 13th Ave., 820-7721, fatheadsportland.com), really channels the spirit of suburban Cleveland. That’s not a knock. There’s a lot to l ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Fat Head’s: The Great Middle West

Bar Reviews  The Pearl District’s newest brewpub, Fat Head’s (131 NW 13th Ave., 820-7721,fatheadsportland.com), really channels the spirit of suburban Cleveland. That’s not a knock. There’s ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

There Be Monsters: Barrrrrrr

Bar Reviews Near where ocean waters cascaded off the earth’s edge, old maps had a warning: “Here be dragons.” At Portland’s old-time Hal’s Tavern, you might have needed the same heads-up; the bar ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Lucky Horseshoe Lounge: Home on the Range

Bar Reviews As the Portland Tribune’s longtime food critic, Anne Marie DiStefano spent her fair share of time in bars, compiling a long list of peeves. In the negative space around entries like weird hours, ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Pines: Riding High

Riding High

Bar Reviews The view from the upper deck of any basketball arena is notably lacking once you’re off the concourse. So linger awhile at The Pines (1 N Center Court St., 797-9619), the Moda Center’s spaciou ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Big Legrowlski: Just like, uh, my opinion, man.

Bar Reviews Way out in the Pearl there was this minimalist 15-tap bar…bar I wanna tell ya about, bar by the name of The Big Legrowlski (812 NW Couch St., 206-6481, biglegrowlski.com). That’s the thematic ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Pamplemousse Citrus IPA (Lompoc)

Drank Lompoc Brewing is responsible for my favorite new Portland IPA of the year, a quickly disappeared one-off called White Album. That beer was a collaboration with Portland Brewing co-founder Fred ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Review: Arctos (Baerlic Brewing)

Drank What makes winter ale wintery? That’s a matter of intense debate, especially in Portland, where spiced Christmas ales were long rejected as insufficiently beery beers. Personally, I tend to fa ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Homemade Hooch

The hills of Portland are crawling with moonshiners.

Drank If there’s any such thing as a commercial version of pawpaw brandy, neither I nor my buddies in Mountain View have ever heard of it. You can’t buy commercial pawpaw wine, let alone pawpaw ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by BRIAN YAEGER

Drank: Organic Fuggle IPX (Hopworks Urban Brewery)

Drank Fuggles aren’t especially sexy hops. The British-bred variety offers a reliable yield and is closely related to the Willamette hop, having a similarly mild, earthy nose and sometimes veering i ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec (Breakside)

Drank If you’re going to do a bourbon barrel-aged beer, you’re going to want fresh barrels. That’s hard given that most bourbon is made three time zones away, but the difference is huge—a swee ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: The Conversion (Logsdon Farmhouse Ales)

Drank Dave Logsdon has forgotten more about yeast than most brewers will ever know. Dubbed “the most important figure in Oregon beer that you’ve never heard of” by Beervana blogger Jeff Alworth, ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Eternal Oktober

Our blind taste test of 29 lagers from across Oregon.

Drank For a kind of beer that’s best fresh, the world’s top lagers are very old. Germany’s best—think Augustiner, Tannenzäpfle and Neumarkter—have been at it for a couple hundred years. M ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Drank: Big Ol’ Pumpkin (10 Barrel)

Drank There’s no pumpkin in a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Obvious, right? Well, there’s often no pumpkin in pumpkin beers. The flavors you associate with round, orange squash come mostly from the spices co ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

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

Keep Arequipa Beered

A West Linn native brings Portland beer to a charming Peruvian city.

Drank Arequipa, Peru’s second most populous city, sits in the high desert of the Andes. Other than the 500-year-old Baroque cathedrals, it’s a lot like Bend, says Casey Workman. “We were in Are ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Umai: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews To get to Umai, you need a little faith. Turn down a street that doesn’t look like a street, and behind the Hazel Room and Red Velvet Parlour, facing a wall with quotes about murder, you’ll ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Russian Horse: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews A Russian horse must be no-nonsense and a hard worker, built for terrible winters. But at Russian Horse food cart, stick with snacks and desserts—food for dawdlers and wastrels. The Sellwood ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Haan Ghin: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Portland now has a second contender for an iconic food-cart chicken dish from Southeast Asia, and its name is mii gai. Nong Poonsukwattana, maker of Portland’s go-to Thai chicken-and-rice di ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Buki

Food Cart Reviews Takoyaki is like the corn dog of Japan—a savory snack for streetside stalls and festivals. But Japan being Japan, the little fried flour balls are generally filled not with pork but chewy octo ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Food Cart Review: Kim Jong Grillin’

Food Cart Reviews Kim Jong Grillin’ went down the same year as its namesake. In 2011, on the same night it won a judge’s choice award as the favorite food cart at Willamette Week’s Eat Mobile festival, Han ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mama Chow’s & Uncle Tsang’s

Food Cart Reviews Shanghai street fare is legendary: dumplings, fried chicken, duck neck, smoked fish, you name it. But in Portland, Chinese food carts are a bewildering rarity, aside from a couple noodle shops o ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

Pizzeria Otto: Floppy Disc

Wood-fired pizza ain’t easy. Roseway’s new Pizzeria Otto gets it wrong.

Food Reviews & Stories Oak, folks! Fuel of the future! Now’s the time! Oak’s where you want your money! Crazy? Like a fox. The electric oven is on its way out. In the last year, at least five new wood-fired pizz ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Bamboo Izakaya: Cod is Great

Bamboo Izakaya is a weird take on Japanese, but the fish is divine.

Food Reviews & Stories Done right, the Japanese izakaya is a party that makes you forget the indignities of the 14-hour workday with a barrage of bold flavors and bolder liquor. Portland is drunk with them lately, fro ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Earl Blumenauer’s Fruitcake Ice Cream (Salt & Straw)

Food Reviews & Stories Every year, bow-tied U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer sends fruitcake to friends, family and favored local news outlets. This year, there was a twist. Local ice-cream monolith Salt & Straw m ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

Dec 9, 2014 04:59 pm by WW Culture Staff

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

Dec 9, 2014 04:45 pm by WW Culture Staff

Go Fish

A meat eater dives deep into Davy Jones’ Locker.

Food Reviews & Stories This fall, I idiotically pledged to become a fish eater for 31 days. No good reason. I like seafood, I thought, so how hard could it be? But once you’ve told anyone about a resolution—wh ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

#BadBrunches Be Like

Basic brunches do selfies with berry basil muffins, not Smallwares.

Food Reviews & Stories The brunchlash is here. A few years after the pecancake displaced the vodkatini at the center of young bougiehood, the haters have come out to do what haters do. In August, the world got a boo ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Zaatar: Double Generous

Tony Karam is back with an excellent new Lebanese place in the Pearl.

Food Reviews & Stories The last crumbs of the appetizers have been cleared, and the salad plates are stacked with the pita basket atop. There are no unused glasses. Still, there’s no empty space on the table when th ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Beaverton Sub Station

Food Reviews & Stories Beaverton Sub Station isn’t much of a secret, judging by the noontime line, which runs out to the street. The back wall is covered in newspaper clippings, including an Oregonian column by Stev ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Chongqing Hot Pot

Food Reviews & Stories It’s downright heartening when a restaurant is willing to hand you your own ass in a stainless-steel bowl. In keeping with its eponymous pepper-bathed region of China, soup spot Chongqing Huo ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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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