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Old Salt: 2014 Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up

Setting a new standard for sustainable comfort food.


Restaurant Guide
Skin is the new wing. Of that, Old Salt’s Ben Meyer is sure. “Go to New Seasons and look at the deli case, and you’ll see their biggest seller is boneless, skinless chicken breast,” he says   More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 5, Expatriate

Playful, worldly excellence and damn fine drinks.


Restaurant Guide
Not so long ago, Portland’s bars and restaurants were distinct. For the purposes of this guide, a restaurant was a place you could happily dine without drink. A bar, meanwhile, was a place tha   More
 
Friday, October 10, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

BTU Brasserie: Restaurant Review

The city’s moribund brewpub food scene gets a Szechuan kick.


Food Reviews & Stories
A bold prediction: Brewpub food in Portland is going to get better, and fast. Sure, it’s been 30 years since Oregon brewers won the right to sell onsite, and those decades have seen little e   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

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

Drank: Billy Whiskey (McMenamins)


Drank
It takes a long time to make good whiskey. At minimum, two years in the barrel, though your favorite midshelf bourbon spent seven or more. Oregon’s fledgling distilling industry thus has a few   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Jack Ohman

How The Oregonian’s longtime political cartoonist discovered Portlandia.


Books
To appreciate Portlandia, you have to leave Portland. Take that from Jack Ohman. For 30 years, Ohman was The Oregonian’s editorial cartoonist and one of the city’s foremost satirists. But he   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

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

Prettyman’s General: Bar Review

Sitting Pretty.


Bar Reviews
You have a better chance of spotting a yeti than a random Humble Brewing handle, considering the homebrew-scale operation sold only about 100 kegs in 2013. So it’s reassuring to hear the bartend   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Padre Nat’s Tepache (Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider)


Drank
The label on a bottle of Reverend Nat’s tepache reads like something out of the J. Peterman catalog: “During a holiday in Veracruz I had a chance meeting with a peddler hawking traditional t   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Worldly Cups

Where to get coffee styles from around the globe in Portland.


Coffee Guide
DARK-ROAST ESPRESSO MACCHIATO - ITALY Caffe Umbria, 303 NW 12th Ave., 241-5300, caffeumbria.com. Caffe Umbria clings to tradition, in part because owner Emanuele Bizzarri is familiar with the    More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, MATTHEW SINGER
 

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