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Meet Navarre, the newest kid on the block.

Food Reviews & Stories
You're not imagining it: This newspaper has been writing about wine bars a lot lately. They're hard to ignore. We've got a sleek wine bar (Vigne) in the chic precincts of the Gregory Towers, a com ...   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2003 Roger J. Porter

Form vs. Function

Vivid, a highly designed restaurant in the Pearl, hasn't found its focus.

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The sleek, hard-edged, inky space Vivid occupies, now in its fourth restaurant incarnation, has always put food in a subordinate position. And much as Portland restaurateur Andrew Sugar's new venture ...   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2003 Roger J. Porter

Bottle Rockets

Two wine bars let the food share the stage.

Food Reviews & Stories
The wine bar is a French invention, and in Paris they often open at daybreak, when workers knock back a glass of Muscadet or a Beaujolais cru before everyone else has had his café au lait. ...   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2003 Roger J. Porter

Dj Vu All Over Again

For many Portlanders, the return of the Vat & Tonsure is cause for celebration.

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Is nostalgia as good as it used to be? Undoubtedly, tens of thousands of Portlanders have moved here in the past half-decade. Most, if not all of them, don't have a clue why many homesick citizens ...   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2002 Roger J. Porter

Start with the Cup O'Lava

JoPa is staking a claim on Italian dishes and one wicked dessert.

Food Reviews & Stories
I once had a friend who claimed that all you need to wow people at a dinner party is a good starter and a good dessert, because the main course is inevitably forgotten. She might have taken her cu ...   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2002 Roger J. Porter


Forget weapons inspections. BeWon unveils the real Korean secret: a fascinating culinary tradition.

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I've just had two of the most extraordinary and spectacular meals in months at a brilliant new Korean restaurant called BeWon.Korean cooking is the hidden Asian cuisine--I suspect most lovers of Tha ...   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2002 Roger J. Porter

Hail To The Chef

Lucere's Pascal Sauton is routinely charged with being a nice guy. And sometimes nice guys finish first.

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IntroductionRestaurants of the Year Ask Miss DishBite ClubWe Will Serve No Rind Before Its TimeRestaurant Listings Few chefs have the opportunity to take a fading restaurant and effect a major meta ...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2002 Roger J. Porter


Portland's cheese culture grows.

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IntroductionRestaurants of the YearHail to the ChefAsk Miss DishBite Club Restaurant Listings You've seen Bookmobiles, you've heard about the Popemobile, but did you know that in Portland there's a ...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2002 Roger J. Porter

Beauty and the FEAST

Sin Ju, the Pearl District's stab at Japanese, artfully conceives a familiar cuisine.

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To many Americans, Japanese restaurants seem more or less alike, the way to Western eyes sumo wrestlers are indistinguishable from one another. A new Japanese restaurant, Sin Ju, whose name means ...   More
Wednesday, September 4, 2002 Roger J. Porter


Mostly known for lunchtime nibbles, the Pearl's Little Wing Cafe has a way with dinner, too.

Food Reviews & Stories
Little Wing--a sweet, informal place better known for its simple lunches, excellent coffee and baked goods than for its dinners--is a restaurant geared to American cooking that's often tarted up w ...   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2002 Roger J. Porter
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