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Mediterranean Exploration Company: Restaurant Review

John Gorham’s Mediterranean Exploration Company on choppy seas.


Food Reviews & Stories
“Mediterranean Exploration Company” is a mouthful, but there’s no word wasted. Recipes are, indeed, pulled from across the region that begins at Gibraltar and ends at the foot of the Zag   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Fireside: Restaurant Review

Fireside is a hot spot thanks to two great new hires.


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Fireside doesn’t poach eggs—but damn if they can’t pull a chef and lead bartender. When it opened a year ago, the restaurant had already dramatically transformed the catacomb of Northwes   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pepper Box Cafe: Food Review


Food Reviews & Stories
Last October, the Pepper Box food cart was scrambling to move from a redeveloping lot, leaving Hatchheads to bemoan the city’s lack of decent New Mexican food. Things are very different now. O   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Hole Shebang

The Buckman Bagel Institute brings the old-world bagel back home.


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Harley Leiber says it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. When he makes bagels, he likes the cool, misty days—the ones Portland was known for before the weather got all screwy and Midwest   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Fenrir: Restaurant Review

Fenrir charms, but execution often falls short of ambition.


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Fenrir is a second story for the space that held 2nd Story, the impossibly twee upstairs-downstairs restaurant run by Cellar Door Coffee Roasters until late last year. The new tenants have mai   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

St. Jack: Restaurant Review

St Jack’s new bar gives the burger, dog and fries a whole new accent.


Food Reviews & Stories
St. Jack is less of a saint these days. The old eastside bouchon—which closed in February, when the restaurant hopped the river to Northwest 23rd Avenue—was a cozily domestic Portland take   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

MOD Pizza: Fast Food Review


Food Reviews & Stories
Given that it only takes a few minutes to cook a pizza with the right equipment, it’s odd that burgers, burritos and the like have a stranglehold on fast food. Sure, there was the short-lived    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 JOHN LOCANTHI

Restaurant Review: The Blue Goose

The new best New Mexican still has some quirks.


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s funny how fast we get accustomed to nice things, and want for nicer. A few years ago, Portlanders were happy to have any pepper-forward Sichuan restaurants. Now we want hot pot in every q   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Taco Trail

¿Donde debemos comer en Woodburn?


Food Reviews & Stories
Woodburn wears a lot of sombreros. Shoppers stop at the town north of Salem for its outlet mall. Gearheads go for the drag strip. Foodniks know the majority-Latino town as the state’s mecca of   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN, NICK ZUKIN

Dime Store


Food Reviews & Stories
There was much to love about Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop. You grabbed one of the teal vinyl stools, and a complimentary copy of the day’s Oregonian appeared. Owner-server Peter Chan didn't   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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