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Restaurant Guide 2008


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You might have thought that when Apizza Scholls expanded into the space next door nearly two years ago the hour-plus waits would slim. You might have also thought that since chef-owner Brian Spangler and his crew no longer craft all of the 24-hour-fermented pizza dough by hand (they’ve finally   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Plenty of Portland restaurants tout seasonal, fresh-from-the-farm menus, but few take that ethos to such lengths as the Beaumont neighborhood’s Fife, where local farmers and ranchers deliver the goods daily to chef-owner Marco Shaw and where these deliveries, in turn, dictate the menu. A Fife    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Yes, it’s true Roux owner Dwayne Beliakoff has a much-anticipated, buzz-worthy restaurant slated for the new downtown Park Block across from Fox Tower, but let’s not forget the North Portland Creole cafe that started it all. Long live the croque monsieur salad, the andouille-stuffed quai   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Chef-owner Ricardo Segura’s first Portland tapas restaurant, the gone-but-not-forgotten Tapeo, was Willamette Week’s Restaurant of the Year in 1997. Now, more than a decade later, his sprawling restaurant Patanegra, opened in 2005, features six nightly paellas (to be shared by two or mor   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
There are very few questions necessary at the food-cart-spawned Whiskey Soda Lounge beyond, “Are you out of the…?” If you want to snap up the large-enough-to-be-scary grilled giant freshwater prawns, be an early bird (the wait usually pushes an hour shortly after dinner service be   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
The dining room is concrete-floor/open-kitchen/cinderblock-walls loud and often brimming with families filling up on immense portions of Southern food while zigzagging servers do their best to keep up. In other words, Screen Door isn’t exactly a romantic spot—unless your heart goes pitte   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Although 12-inch, wood-fired pizza is the cornerstone at Ken’s Artisan Pizza—and yes, you’d be a fool to pass on the pie—be sure to eat your vegetables as well. The focal wood-fired oven, surrounded by mezzaluna-wielding cooks, perfects lightly charred, delicious roasted vege   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Regardless of the fact that Nutshell owner Adam Berger—who also owns meaterrific Ten 01 and Tabla—doesn’t have a bone to pick with foie gras, the just-over-a-year-old Nutshell is bona fide vegetarian with nothing but love for the meat-free. Although a September revamp added dairy a   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
God is in the grits and heaven in the hog at the Country Cat. Although the focus is on classic American Southern fare, the twists (molasses-hickory-smoked duck legs, an old fashioned floated with sweetened iced tea in a tall glass) are enough to make you twang in tongues. Chef-owner Adam Sappington&   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
There are a lot of Mexi spots in town these days that go beyond big plates and tacos, but what sets Trébol apart is an outstanding early/late happy hour, chef-owner Kenny Hill’s penchant for farm-fresh produce, and an enormous, 80-bottle-strong tequila list with more than 10 house marga   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 LIZ CRAIN
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