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Bowery Bagels Expanding—and Selling Bagels at Grocery Stores around the Region

Bowery Bagels will quintuple its bagelmaking capacity with a huge production facility in Kenton


Locally produced, top quality bagels have seen quite the renaissance over the years since 2007, when Kettleman (RIP) and Kenny & Zuke’s both opened in Portland, and competition among purveyors has been fierce. (Disclosure: Michael C. Zusman helped develop the bagel recipe at Kenny and Zuke's)One of the combatants, Bowery Bagels, is about ...   More
Monday, August 31, 2015 by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Totes Gelly

Licking through town on a search for the best gelato in Portland.

Food Reviews & Stories
Gelaterias—Italian-style ice-cream joints—had all but disappeared from Portland just a few years ago. The hip and trendy frozen treat of the early 2000s had been replaced by quality American-style   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 NICK ZUKIN, MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Just Dua It

The Doi Dua pop-up is Portland’s new best Vietnamese restaurant.

Food Reviews & Stories
Portland’s first Vietnamese restaurants began popping up in the 1970s, just as America’s war in Southeast Asia was winding down. Though many Vietnamese refugees who landed here moved on to the Gul   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Battered and Fried

Batter Griddle & Drinkery is sloppy drunk food.

Food Reviews & Stories
If Cheech and Chong opened a restaurant honoring their weed-humor heyday, I’m certain it would bear an uncanny resemblance to Batter Griddle & Drinkery. Batter, which opened to much fanfare in M   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

The Oregonian Names 2016 Restaurant of the Year

Restaurant not yet named or built-out, but chef is good.


As if yesterday’s coronation of 2-week-old Renata as its 2015 restaurant of the year wasn’t bizarre enough, The Oregonian today announced its 2016 restaurant of the year will be Erik Van Kley’s as-yet-unnamed and not fully built-out spot in the Central Eastside Industrial...   More
Thursday, June 18, 2015 by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Sum Boke Brunch

Boke Bowl’s westside location enters the dim sum game.

Food Reviews & Stories
No cuisine is pure and unadulterated. The walls historically separating one group’s food culture from another’s have always been porous, riven and worn by prevailing trade routes and battl   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Getting Ready for Oregon v. Ohio State... by Eating Dallas' Best Food


Death or glory. The Clash’s pissed-off punk anthem has been pinballing around my lizard brain since The University of Oregon finished its Rose Bowl beatdown of Jameis Winston and his tomahawk-chopping Florida State probation buddies. That win was the most glorious of all for diehard Ducks fans like me—high fives and euphoria crescendoed in its wake—but there was an even bi...   More
Monday, January 12, 2015 by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

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
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Castagna: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 231-7373, castagnarestaurant.com [MODERN GARDEN] Under chef Justin Woodward, the elegant, modernist-leaning Castagna is as good as it's ever been.   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Pok Pok: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
3226 SE Division St., 232-1387, pokpokpdx.com. [THAI ROYALTY] Less than 10 years ago, Andy Ricker was a guy in a shack on sleepy Division Street slinging transcendent Thai-   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN
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