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Battered and Blackened

Miss Delta packs a punch with good old southern charm.


Food Reviews & Stories
I’ve sorely missed—although I never met—Southeast Portland’s Delta Cafe of the ’90s. When I discovered the Delta after moving to town in 2002, it was seven years old and ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 LIZ CRAIN

E’Njoni Cafe

East African food meets the Mediterranean.


Food Reviews & Stories
Sonya Damtew grew up in Ethiopia in an Eritrean family—Eritrea shares its southern border with Ethiopia. But she’s lived in Portland for the past 11 years, working most of that time with t ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 LIZ CRAIN

Leisure Public House

A new lazy-day destination of North Lombard.


Food Reviews & Stories
Late this summer, when Travis Blanchette and his fiancée, Nicole Walker, opened Leisure Public House on North Lombard, just a few blocks shy of downtown St. Johns and not far from their Pier Pa ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
Last fall Lovely Hula Hands moved a few blocks north from its pink house on North Cook Street to a larger space on Mississippi’s main drag and recruited a new head chef—Troy MacLarty, formerly of Simpatica. Both of these bold changes have worked out tremendously well for the restaurant.    More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
This eastside eatery doesn’t just pack people into its diminutive space, it stacks the walls with canned fruits and vegetables, props the bar with a wine rack of over 80 bottles, and tops said bar with domes of sweetly dressed desserts. For nearly five years, the exposed kitchen has been turni   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
There are plenty of Thai restaurants to choose from on Northeast Alberta Street, but Siam Society wins on innovation and ambience, with a fully loaded bar (stocked with fresh-squeezed juices and muddle-some herbs), sleek dining room and handsome back patio with an eye into the kitchen. More importan   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
In the spring of ’06, Seattle’s popular Malay Satay Hut opened a Portland outpost in Southeast 82nd Avenue’s bustling Fubonn Shopping Center. Ever since, it’s been serving a wide range of spice-rich foods from its family-album-sized menu (yes, with full-color photos). Authent   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
From his front-of-house open kitchen, chef and owner Micah Camden prepares local fare with Asian flair like tempura-fried Cypress Grove chèvre and fried shoelace potatoes with truffle oil and togarashi chile. The sushi, prepared at the back bar, is as fresh as can be, with pretty-penny cuts o   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 LIZ CRAIN

Cheap Eats 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
St. Johns was once a major stronghold of dive bars and truckers but this dimly lit health-food store-cum-vegan restaurant proves that the granola-and-organic crowd has truly arrived—and looks like it's here to stay. And why not? Large bowls of hearty soups ($2 cup $3.75 bowl) rib-sticking sand   More
 
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 LIZ CRAIN

Cheap Eats 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
This small shotgun restaurant spare as the ribs that define it is almost always filled with finger-lickin' crowds. Owner Rodney Muirhead stokes his oak smoker every morning at 5 am. His Texas-style signature quality meat 100-percent oak smoke and minimal sauce and seasonings. As far as sides go the    More
 
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 LIZ CRAIN
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