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Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
This shoebox-sized pizzeria is an insomniac’s fantasy, spinning its heaping, cheese-splattered, medium-crusted pies until 4 am. The garlic-injected Breakfast Pie ($21) mingles bacon, roasted potatoes, eggs and a dash of hot sauce; King Earl’s Deliverance ($21), a palette of pork in pance   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Mike Thelin

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Portland is home to many Cajun eateries, but none is more authentic than this shrine to landlocked crustaceans on Southeast 82nd Avenue, buried in the armpit of a lackluster strip mall. While bayou classics like dirty rice ($5), chicken and sausage gumbo ($10), and crunchy fried catfish ($12) are he   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Mike Thelin

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Jammed into a dugout of a dining room on Southwest Jefferson Street’s restaurant row, this Indonesian eatery serves traditional platters like nasi kuning ($7.95), aromatic yellow rice with a sugary fried chicken leg, chunks of fried tofu and matchsticks of sweet tempeh, or nasi puding ($7.95),   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Mike Thelin

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“Ewwww,” moaned Paul Goldberger as his tour guide pointed out the van window at the bland Wells Fargo Center, Portland’s tallest building. “I kind of have an affection for that ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Mike Thelin

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
A journey through some of the Northwest’s finest kitchens led chef John Gorham to land what would become Willamette Week’s 2007 Restaurant of the Year on a low-key side street in Northeast Portland. There, Gorham’s tapas eatery nails the spirit of Spanish gastronomy, taking the bas   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Mike Thelin

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
One of the originals in a wave of terroir-driven Portland eateries, Navarre feels less like a restaurant and more like the kitchen of a chef who’s so excited about his housemade preserves, his tins of olive oil and paprika, his dried blades of pasta and his impressive roster of wines that he&r   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Mike Thelin

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
A journey through some of the Northwest’s finest kitchens led chef John Gorham to land what would become Willamette Week’s 2007 Restaurant of the Year on a low-key side street in Northeast Portland. There, Gorham’s tapas eatery nails the spirit of Spanish gastronomy, taking the bas   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Mike Thelin

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
What owner Nate Tilden humbly refers to as an 80-seat tavern manages to be all things to all people. The Ace Hotel’s resident eatery boasts a lively bar where the stylish and hip gather, a convivial dining hall for friends and colleagues who linger over communal tables under Clyde’s tall   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Mike Thelin

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
While no one disagrees that the Foster-Powell neighborhood is on the uptick, making gritty Southeast 53rd Avenue and Foster Road a destination for duck confit cassoulet still seems a stretch. This is part of Cava’s charm. Antique light fixtures dangle over custom-built wooden booths fashioned    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Mike Thelin

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
To the throngs of faithful who have frequented Kir since its inception early this summer, this pocket-size wine bar shelled in dusty pink and vintage gold is the type of place about which they’d prefer to keep quiet. This isn’t because there’s fault to be found in a brimming bowl o   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Mike Thelin
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