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Soul Food, Thai Style

Manao ditches the pad Thai and brings on the pork knuckle.

Food Reviews & Stories
Pok Pok has fish sauce wings; Manao has pig knuckles. That’s not to say that Chef Ekkachai “Chew” Sakkayasukkalawong’s quiet new Thai spot in Sellwood will grow to inspire the same legion    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 KELLY CLARKE


Seven dudes pick Portland’s best cinnamon roll.

Food Reviews & Stories
It wasn’t Willamette Week’s intention to limit our taste-off of Portland’s best cinnamon rolls by gender. But by happenstance, only dudes—seven of ’em—came down to the conference room    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 WW Staff

Central Nonstandard

Central opens up its curtains and menu, featuring diverse small plates.

Food Reviews & Stories
When tiny Central first opened a little over a year ago, it was planned as something of a craft-cocktail hipster speakeasy, unmarked and secreted away in a narrow back alley of otherwise chaotic   More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Buckman Brewery

Food Reviews & Stories
Through the north doors of the cavernous brewery/warehouse/meeting room that is the Green Dragon, you will find a patio. There you will find a Quonset hut. And in front of this Quonset hut, you will f   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 KAT MERCK

All in the Family

At Sugar Mamas, food is love.

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Sugar Mamas is not going to win any beauty contests. A parade of sadness twitches past the tiny downtown cafe’s windows on the way to the nearby drug treatment center. The walls are a sickly olive g   More
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

’Hood Hit

For a quick mocha, panino or pint, Laurelhurst Cafe is an ideal neighborhood eatery.

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What happens when a fine-dining chef and an exacting first-time restaurateur open a casual eastside joint? At Laurelhurst Cafe, good things. This place gets all the details right, offering food    More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 DENISE CASTAÑON

Surfing New Turf

RingSide Fish House pampers with an old-school sense of comfort.

Food Reviews & Stories
The RingSide Fish House, perched on the mezzanine of the theater district’s Fox Tower, is the first addition to Portland’s staid RingSide steak empire in three decades.   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bullshit Beliefs

Oregon biodynamic winegrowers use mystical cow crap to make great wine.

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The founder of biodynamic agriculture, Rudolf Steiner, believed in fire spirits, ghosts and gnomes. Oregon winemakers following Steiner’s biodynamic practices often overlook the gnomes—they’re   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 LIZ CRAIN

Noodle Western

Wafu walks a fine line between fatty and finicky.

Food Reviews & Stories
Wafu, the new Japanese-inspired restaurant from chef Trent Pierce, is intimidating. The dining room is a long, spare concrete corridor, with dark oaken tables, walls and bar, white paper light fixt   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

How to Pickle Almost Anything

Your Portland Fermentation Festival cheat sheet.

Food Reviews & Stories
Some people see cucumbers and think “salad,” but local author Liz Crain, restaurateur David Barber and dapper foodist George Winborn think, “I’ll stick those cukes in a crock, let ’em sit    More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

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