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The baroque Coke of Soda Pagoda.

Food Reviews & Stories
Richard Anders places a yellow, 8-ounce soda can labeled “Bird’s Nest” on the table in front of me. “It’s made with white fungus and bird spit,” he says. The beverage is cloudy and has t   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER


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You’d never know it from the ridiculous, tech-bubble name, but this tidy little 82nd Avenue Vietnamese spot makes great real world grub, from intense, cinnamony pho ($7.25-$7.95) to addictive litt   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

All in the Family

Grandpa's is full of grandmas (who think you look a little skinny).

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Some of my fondest memories from my time in Chicago are of the Spartan, hole-in-the-wall, train-car Polish cafes in the northwest part of the city. These were Polish community gathering places cente   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hunger Games

At the Bent Brick, the food is serious. Nothing else is.

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Scott Dolich and Will Preisch’s new food-obsessed tavern, the Bent Brick, doesn’t mince words. You might be given the phrase “shrimp, corn, cherry tomatoes, young coriander” ($14) and end up   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

The Happy Cliché

You've been to Skin & Bones before. But you’ll want to go again.

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Somebody hand Caleb McBee a pork-belly-shaped trophy. In his three-month-old Skin & Bones American Bistro, the former owner of much-missed Pearl-district bar Apotheke has succeeded in epitomizin   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Saint Cupcake Alder-Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The best dessert at Saint Cupcake’s big, new downtown digs ain’t a cupcake. It’s a nutty, smoky chocolate chip cookie ($3) that tastes like a campfire in a sugar forest. Yes, the adorable egg   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

The Old Country

Gilda’s is all about the grandmothers.

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A large portrait of chef Marco Roberti’s grandmother Gilda hangs in the foyer of her namesake restaurant; she smiles approvingly at tables of other grandmas. Gilda’s Italian Restaurant, a Caesa   More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 AARON MESH

Hog Heaven

Three Pigs makes big, bad sandwiches and more.

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Three Pigs is a fine-dining restaurant sandwiched between two slices of bread. Hidden away in a building at the corner of I-405 and West Burnside Street, the tiny sandwich shop (the former home of    More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

The Melting Pot

A local prep kitchen incubates Portland’s next generation of food businesses.

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Michael Madigan owns the best kitchen in Portland. It’s 3,200 square feet of gleaming stainless steel, filled with stoves, grills, mixers, slicers, smokers and fryers, manned day and night by a w   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Tot or Not?

Zeus Cafe tries to bolt past the usual McMenamins fare.

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With its open kitchen, neatly arranged plates and locally sourced ingredients, Zeus Cafe is the first McMenamins restaurant that aspires to be an actual restaurant. The strength of Brian and Mike M   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 AARON MESH

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