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Split Personality

Mercato: An Italian addition to the Pearl has some tasty decisions to make.


Food Reviews & Stories
Pearl spot Mercato, which opened this past February, is on the cusp of something good, but the place doesn’t yet know what it wants to be. Is it a sit-down Italian lunch and dinner restaurant? A ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 Ashley Griffin

Fro-Back

Can PDX make room for yogurt?


Food Reviews & Stories
Portland is a gelato town. Mio, Staccato, Alotto—we love ’em all, even in the winter. So when two boutique yogurt shops recently opened in Northwest Portland under the guise of serving hea ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Ashley Griffin

Cheap Eats 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
Located in an upscale Pearl District strip mall with a dry cleaner hardware store and tonsorial parlor the always-busy Nancy's provides another sort of necessity the kind of homey diner-style food that's hard to find in many more authentic Portland neighborhoods. We're talking classic BLTs ($6.99) b   More
 
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Ashley Griffin

District

Come for the drinks, but skip the snoozy food at this new Pearl address.


Food Reviews & Stories
At District, most everything, from frito misto and savory salsa-rosa meatballs to a bracingly strong Shanghai Cocktail, bears the same $8 price tag. That might sound like a steal in a neighborhood whe ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Ashley Griffin

Star-crossed

Virgo and Pisces' menu and décor are as peculiar as its name.


Food Reviews & Stories
The menu at Northwest 21st Avenue's new Virgo and Pisces is an eclectic smorgasbord of Korean short ribs and Grandma's meatloaf. And yet eclectic isn't always a good thing, as evidenced by the restaur ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Ashley Griffin

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
You haven’t seen by-the-slice prices like these since the days you dined at Winco. At this Northwest 23rd Avenue haunt, swiveling red stools and tacky New York City kitsch—including multiple Statuettes of Liberty—fight for space with rounds of foldable, thin-crust, (need we say it?   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ashley Griffin

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
The atmosphere at this hole-in-the-wall Chinatown joint—tired blue floors and downright exhausted Formica tables—isn’t exactly showstopping, but Good Taste’s extensive menu hits the spot. Order up excellent Chinese standards like wonton noodle soup ($4.95) and kung pao chicke   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ashley Griffin


Food Reviews & Stories
The most eye-catching element of this cozy corner deli’s decor is sassy Gretchen herself—although the short and sweet menu also attracts customers with its towering sandwiches, “sink” salads (the name refers both to their size and content, as they lack only the proverbial kit   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ashley Griffin
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