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Give It Up for Charity on Nov. 11


We're all sensitive people with so much to give. And we would like to humbly suggest that you give, and then get it on, at the kickoff party for    More
 
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Restaurant Guide: Addendum



Hello there! I hope you've picked up a copy of our 2010 Restaurant Guide. I hear they're going fast. There are a few things I'd like to add that couldn't fit in the Guide or came ...   More
 
Thursday, October 21, 2010 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Bluehour: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Brunch 10 am-2 pm Sunday, lunch 11:30 am-2:30 pm Monday-Friday, dinner 5-10 pm nightly. $$$-$$$$ Expensive-very expensive.[LUXE, LOCAVORE ITALIAN] OK, yes, Bluehour is a very expensive restaurant, and yes, the menu’s stern warning against the use of laptops and cell phones in the dining room i   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Ping: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
11 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 5-10 pm Saturday. $-$$$ Inexpensive-expensive.[EAST ASIAN SNACKS] I spent an evening last December downing sake and skewers of grilled chicken in a smoky second-story restaurant in a Tokyo suburb; it was one of the finest meals of my life. Ping aspires to a similar sort of   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Piazza Italia: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
11:30 am-3 pm daily; 5-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 5-11 pm Friday-Saturday, 5-9 pm Sunday. $$ Moderate.[PASTA PARTY] How friendly is this boisterous boîte? The white-haired gent who I presume to be the owner embraced my wife on the way out, and gave me a more-than-perfunctory handshake. If you like   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Siam Society: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
4:30-10 pm Thursday-Sunday, 4:30-10:30 pm Friday-Saturday. $-$$ Inexpensive-moderate.[THAI] Siam Society’s lineup of Thai standards is neither as interesting as Pok Pok’s nor as delightful as Red Onion’s, but Adrienne Inskeep’s converted power substation beats both those comp   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

A Cena: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
5-9 pm Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 pm Friday-Saturday. $$-$$$ Moderate-expensive. This sage-toned “ristorante-enoteca” takes full advantage of its prime corner across from the Sellwood library to accommodate all comers. Raucous birthday parties fill the main dining room, neighborhood families down pizza and calamari in the bar, and murmuring couples share pasta and lamb in the cozy hallway in between.   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Branch Whiskey Bar: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
5-10 pm Sunday, 5-11 pm Monday-Thursday, 5 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday. $$ Moderate. Chef Larry Tavernetti’s short menu of casual fare is the best pub grub in town: The burger is among the city’s finest; the enormous housemade pork sausages, of which you get two for $13, are even better; but best of all is the ramekin of pork rillettes, which comes to the table surprisingly hot, straight from the broiler.   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Yuzu: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
6 pm-midnight Monday-Saturday. $-$$ Inexpensive-moderate. Yuzu, but for the lack of an impenetrable fog of smoke from an evening’s worth of Mild Sevens, is an absolutely authentic izakaya. Unlike many local restaurants that claim the designation, Yuzu actually serves nothing but Japanese drinking food—grilled things, fried things, deep-fried things and ramen.   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Grüner: Restaurant Guide 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
11:30 am-2 pm and 5-9:30 pm Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-2 pm and 5-10:30 pm Friday, 5-10:30 pm Saturday. $$-$$$ Moderate-expensive.[MOUNTAIN FOOD] We walked into Chris Israel’s “Alpine” restaurant expecting to gorge ourselves on fat Central European sausage and schnitzel and sauerkra   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE
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