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Playing the Hop Field

Lompoc has quietly brewed 100 different IPAs over the last three years.

Drank When Portlanders talk about new IPAs, Lompoc isn’t one of the first names to come up. The chain of friendly neighborhood pubs has been around for 20 years. In 1999, they launched C-Note—a 10 ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Apizza Scholls Weekend Brunch

Food Reviews & Stories For nearly a decade, Portland’s best pizza has been anachronistically named and a royal pain in the ass to buy. And for just as long, waiting for Brian Spangler’s perfectly chewy, char-spo ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: 10th Anniversary Barleywine (Amnesia)

Drank Gotta admit it: I thought Kevin King was crazy. In late 2013, Amnesia’s owner announced he was abandoning the Mississippi neighborhood corner where he’d established his brewery more than a d ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Donnie Vegas: Old, Not Dirty Vegas

Bar Reviews IMAGE: jenniferplitzko.coAlberta’s new Donnie Vegas (1203 NE Alberta St., donnie.vegas) isn’t the Vegas that stays in Vegas. It is the Vegas that endures in Sammy Davis Jr. films and faded m ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Cheap Eats 2015

Cheap Eats This was supposed to be the year the Portland food cart broke down.  Last spring, our cart pods looked like they would all be tilled under by developers, from Hawthorne’s Cartopia to Bel ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Cheap Eats 2015: Top 5 Food Carts of the Year

Cheap Eats Food Cart of the Year: Holy Mole Southeast 33rd Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, 347-4270. Hours posted weekly at facebook.com/holymoleportlandor.“In Mexico,” says Juan Fernando Otero, “we d ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Drank: Jacob Grier, Cocktails on Tap

Drank One week, it seems every fashionable cocktail is supposed to include some defunct European digestif resurrected for obscurity’s sake, and the next it’s bacon-infused everything. So why’s i ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Fire and Stone: Restaurant Review

Fire and Stone needs some polish to be Beaumont’s pizzeria.

Food Reviews & Stories Fire and Stone says it wants to be a “neighborhood spot.” That’s always sounded like a sheepish goal to me. Why not be a destination? Home to the best Patagonian-style salchichas con chucr ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Groaning Board: Bar Review

Bar Reviews The first thing you notice when entering the South Waterfront’s first and only gastropub, The Groaning Board (3500 SW River Parkway, 971-254-9785, thegroaningboardpdx.com), is how many light bul ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Cheap Eats 2015: African Food

Cheap Eats Safari 7815 SE Powell Blvd., 775-2998. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  You don’t hear much about Somali restaurants. Among African cuisines, only the northern countries have really ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: American Comfort Food

Cheap Eats Reel M’ Inn 2430 SE Division St., 231-3880. Lunch and dinner daily. There are few constants in this world: The Cubs won’t win the Series, Dick Cheney is an asshole, miniature golf is stupi ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Breakfast and Brunch

Cheap Eats Milk Glass Market 2150 N Killingsworth St., 395-4742, milkglassmrkt.com. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner Tuesday-Sunday. You really shouldn’t be in a hurry at Milk Glass Market. Former Woodsm ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Chinese Food

Cheap Eats HK Cafe HK Cafe, 4410 SE 82nd Ave., 771-8866. Dim Sum, lunch and dinner daily. If you’re a regular at Wong’s King or Ocean City, you might be surprised to find this neon-lit dining hall in ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Burgers and Dogs

Cheap Eats Clutch 230 NW Lost Springs Terrace, No. 22, 746-6322, clutchsausagery.com. Lunch and dinner daily. Hot dogs, they tell us, are the new big thing in upscale old-school. Traveling New York chefs s ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Indian Food

Cheap Eats Bollywood Theater 3010 SE Division St., 477-6699; 2039 NE Alberta St., 971-200-4711, bollywoodtheaterpdx.com. Lunch and Dinner Daily.  Troy McLarty’s Division Street sequel is bigger an ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Island and Ocean Food

Cheap Eats The Fishwife 5328 N Lombard St., 285-7150, thefishwife.com. Lunch Tuesday-Friday, dinner Tuesday-Saturday.  If you’re driving west with the sun in your eyes, you’ll probably drive rig ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Japanese Food

Cheap Eats Umai Southeast 33rd Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, 502-4428, umaipdx.com. Lunch Wednesday-Sunday. To get to Umai, you need a little faith. Turn down a street that doesn’t look like a street ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Korean Food

Cheap Eats Spring Restaurant 3975 SW 114th Ave., Beaverton. lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Like a lot of the best things in life, Spring Restaurant doesn’t advertise itself. People who live eight blo ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Latin American Food

Cheap Eats El Cubo de Cuba 3106 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 971-544-7801, facebook.com/elcubo.decuba. Lunch and late dinner Tuesday-Sunday.  El Cubo de Cuba looks more lived-in than most of Havana. Just a y ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Mexican Food

Cheap Eats Pollo Norte Pollo Norte, 5427 NE 42nd Ave., 287-0669, pollonorte.com. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. When Pollo Norte opened, they did not advertise. But there was a deafening chorus of whis ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Old World Cuisine

Cheap Eats C’est Si Bon Crepes & Vins 22 NE 7th Ave., 935-3761, cestsibonpdx.com. Dinner Wednesday-Saturday. Crepes are the new cupcake, or macaron, or maybe artisanal doughnut. Creperies in Portla ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Food

Cheap Eats Dar Salam 2921 NE Alberta St., 206-6148, darsalamportland.com. Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. It’s hard not to root for a restaurant with a story like Dar Salam’s. Two grade-school frie ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Vietnamese Food

Cheap Eats Pho An Sandy 6236 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-2990, phoansandy.com. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. There is no consensus pick for the city’s best shop named after pho, with preferences ranging g ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Pizza

Cheap Eats Atlas Pizza 3570 SE Division St., 232-3004, atlaspizzapdx.com. Lunch and dinner daily. Metalheads who drive Chevy Cavaliers have long been the unsung heroes of the American pizza industry in p ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Thai/Laotian Food

Cheap Eats Haan Ghin Southwest Park Avenue and Harrison Street. Lunch Monday-Friday. Portland now has a second contender for iconic food-cart chicken dish from Southeast Asia, and its name is mii gai. Nong ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Sandwiches

Cheap Eats Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks 1203 NW 23rd Ave., 477-7133. Lunch and dinner Sunday-Friday, closed Saturday. The Philadelphia cheesesteak is a stupidly simple creation, and exactly the sort of th ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: Vegan/Vegetarian

Cheap Eats Canteen 2816 SE Stark St., 922-1858, canteenpdx.com. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The vegan bowl is a Portland staple. Is that because of vegans? Maybe, but I don’t think so. Actually, ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cheap Eats 2015: 21 amazing things to put in your mouth for $7 or less.

21 amazing things to put in your mouth for $7 or less.

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Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Down-Home Duet

Tapalaya’s Viet-Cajun mash-up brings the real flavor of modern New Orleans.

Food Reviews & Stories Vietnamese and Cajun are like the main characters in every movie starring Jennifer Aniston: You wouldn’t think they belong together, but OMG. Both are French Creole cuisines, both river cultur ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Polli-Tico: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Pssssst. Yo, over here. Hey, dawg, you want some rotisserie chicken? Naw, man, you don’t need to wait in line for Pollo Norte just cuz everyone’s all up on them pollos Mehicanas right no ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Black Water: Hail Seitan

Bar Reviews Vegan punk spots in Portland are like the Hydra. Cut the head off, and more will grow to take its place. Fast on the heels of Slabtown’s closure, punk-metal Black Water (835 NE Broadway, 546-1 ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Beer Review: Peanut Butter Porter and Marionberry Red Ale (Scout)

Drank Peanut butter beer’s time has come. Actually, this is one brewing trend where Portland is slightly behind—while we have Rogue’s gross Voodoo Doughnut-themed banana-and-peanut butter ale, t ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Superest Bowls

A survey of meatless, bowl-based meals.

Food Reviews & Stories The vegan bowl is a Portland staple. Is that because of vegans? I don’t think so. Actually, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a known vegan eating a vegan bowl. Vegan bowls are for the rest of ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Kabob House

Food Reviews & Stories Maybe I’m an unserious person, but every time Obama and Bibi get in a fight about Iran, my stomach growls. Every bit as much as the politics, Persian food is rich and complex, singular in it ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Lake Theater & Cafe: O, Really

Bar Reviews Until recently, it was impossible to get a beer with your movie in Lake Oswego if you weren’t popping a bottle in your Titanic-themed man cave. Thank God, you can now show off your expensive taste ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Drank: Safe Word/Pfriem Triple/ Notorious (Breakside/Pfriem/Boneyard)

Drank Before 2005, there was nothing else like Pliny the Younger. Russian River Brewing’s triple IPA—with three times as many hops as a normal IPA in a syrupy 11 percent ABV brew—became a touc ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Big Apple

Why local artisan cidermakers are at the core of a national boom.

Cover Story The tree wasn’t all that special. It was just too damn big. Back in 2004, Nat West’s friend and neighbor in North Portland, Norris Thomlinson, had a large and craggy tree in his backyard t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland Beer Guide 2015

The Legend of Beervana

Beer Guide Round and round they go, up one row and down the next. They look like kids waiting to ride Space Mountain, except they’re here for beer. It’s a Saturday night in San Francisco, and a bri ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: 25 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

The ultimate vertical tasting of Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve.

Drank Today’s Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve is not craft beer. Made by MillerCoors at an undisclosed location, the bottles of “Northwest-style lager” now shipped across the country aren’t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, PARKER HALL

Fill ’Er Up

A survey of Portland’s gas-station food spots.

Food Reviews & Stories In the heartland, where the towns that survive are built along the great and open freeway, no gas station is just a gas station. It’s the town square, the place everybody goes, home to fresh ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Untapped and Tap That: Tap Takeover

Bar Reviews In 2013, when WW published its first Beer Guide, it was pretty easy to list the city’s serious beer bars. Even here in Beervana, each quadrant had only a few destinations with an ever-changi ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Top 5 New Oregon Ciders

Drank Cider of the Year 7 Deadly Sins: Envy Reverend Nat’s/Barley Brown’s Unlike some cider makers, Nat West loves beer. Really loves beer. When he’s not downing ales after a cider festival—a ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Upcoming Portland Cider Events

Drank Thursday, Feb. 26 Cider Riot Tap Takeover Civic Taproom, 621 SW 19th Ave., thecivictaproom.com. Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s garage cidery will take over a bar larger than his cidery. Expect the ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pickin’ Pubs

Where to go for draft and bottled ciders.

Drank Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider 1813 NE 2nd Ave., 567-2221, reverendnatshardcider.com. The hardwooded taproom at Nat’s runs eight taps with only his own product, which is wide-ranging enough you�� ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

2015 Beer of the Year: Engelberg Pilsner (Upright Brewing)

Craft lagers have exploded in popularity. None betters this basement brew.

Beer Guide Craft lager had a long, slow fermentation in Oregon. ENGELBERG PILSNERIMAGE: Matt WongJust a few years ago, it was rare to see a small-batch local beer descended from crisp Bohemians in the se ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Guide 2015: Nine of Our Favorite Ten Beers of 2015

Beer Guide 2. Peach Slap (Batch No. 1) Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House Some great beers are meticulously planned, and others are happy discoveries. Some are flat-out unicorns, creatures that appe ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

2015 Oregon Beer Awards

Beer Guide In a state with such a vital craft beer culture, Willamette Week found it strange that there was no award ceremony to celebrate the best of the industry. So, this year, with the help of Ben Edmu ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Portland-Area Breweries From A to Z

Beer Guide 10 Barrel 13 VirtuesA Alameda Brewing Ambacht Amnesia Ashtown Awesome AlesB Backwoods Brewing Baerlic Brewing Base Camp BJ’s Boring Brewing Co. Brannon’s Breakside Milwaukie Bridge ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Guide 2015: Beer Bars & Shops

Beer Guide Westside Beer Bars The Abbey Bar 716 NW 21st Ave., 222-1593, theabbeybar.com. This loyally Belgian beer bar has a wonderful little sidewalk patio, three refrigerated cases storing hundreds of ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

2015 Portland Beer Events and Festivals

Beer Guide Feb. 25-March 2 Tart Fruit Fest Cascade Brewing’s limited releases poured at the barrelhouse. cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com. Feb. 28 Malt Ball Bands and brews. themaltball.com. March 6-7 ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Sum Boke Brunch

Boke Bowl’s westside location enters the dim sum game.

Food Reviews & Stories No cuisine is pure and unadulterated. The walls historically separating one group’s food culture from another’s have always been porous, riven and worn by prevailing trade routes and battl ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Farina Bakery

Food Reviews & Stories The macaron is an unlikely feat of wizardry—tender and crisp in turns, a bright-hued confection every bit as stratified as Detroit economics. There is voodoo involved, folklore about whether ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Liquor Store: House of Blue

Bar Reviews There’s something bittersweet about a shiny new bar naming a drink after the previous occupant. In the case of the Blue Monk, doubly so. Formerly a jazz club, it ran into problems after hostin ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Tropicalia (Breakside Brewery)

Drank A good chili beer is the ultimate rope-a-dope. You drink a little beer, and the spice hits. You get a little tingle and want to quash it with more cold beer, then more spice hits. When the lasti ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Verdigris: Restaurant Review

French-accented Verdigris serves some terrific brunch, but dinner is a work in progress.

Food Reviews & Stories When your mom asked to go to a “nice” restaurant back in the day, she maybe pictured something like Verdigris. Chef Johnny Nunn’s French-tinged spot opened very quietly in December on Nort ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Taste of Poland: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews If it’s been a while since you stopped in, you might be surprised to discover just how much Cartlandia has become a weird little world. While most Portland pods remain confined to ever-narrowi ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Death Wish Bunny (Hi-Wheel)

Drank It is not wine. It is not mead. It is not cider. Until its mead program gets off the ground in six months, Portland’s Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead Co. mostly makes “fizzy wines”—fermented, ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Likewise: Not Really Like Anything

Bar Reviews Likewise (3564 SE Hawthorne Blvd., likewise.website) is part bar, part performance art—a callback to the money-free, improvised ’90s, when Miranda July was still making origami out of Port ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Tacos Chavez: Restaurant Review

Tacos Chavez brings Michoacán to Southeast Foster Road.

Food Reviews & Stories If you’re still clinging to the old truism about the best Mexican fare coming from places with bars on the windows and glossy billboard menus showing photos of enchiladas, it’s time to give ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Bourbon St. Chocolate (BuzzBar)

Drank Alcohol-infused ice cream bars from a bodega? Yeah, get this novelty while you can. Somewhere, someone’s mom is about to start lobbying for a ban on BuzzBars. That’ll be especially stupid gi ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

NachoQuest

Don’t settle for subpar Super Bowl nachos.

Food Reviews & Stories There’s a lot that can go wrong with nachos. An unfavorable ratio of chips to toppings, congealed cheese sauce, globs of brown guacamole, tough chicken—any of these moving parts can break, ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Savoy Tavern: Bar Review

In, Out, In

Bar Reviews Things are changing fast at Savoy Tavern (2500 SE Clinton St., 808-9999, savoypdx.com). Broder proprietor Peter Bro’s “Midwestern-inspired American food” tavern on Clinton Corner was never ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Stoopid Burger: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Some of the best french fries in Portland are served crinkle-cut and salty in a crumpled paper bag, in a rain-slicked parking lot, by two guys who seem as if they’re having the time of their l ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

Food Reviews & Stories A list of the five spots we're excited about right now—maybe taquerias we've loved forever, maybe seafood spots with special menus this week. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?
... More

Mar 24, 2015 04:29 pm by WW Culture Staff

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

Food Reviews & Stories Our pick for the top brewpub, dive bar or wine lounge might change by the time you've finished reading this. But here are the spots, new and old, that we're most excited about right now. ... More

Mar 24, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Still Life: Distillery Guide

Oregon is in high spirits.

Distillery Guide Kentucky might be known for its whiskey, but it only has about 20 distilleries. Oregon’s got more than 50. And though Washington gets nationwide attention for its 87 craft-distillery licenses� ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland Restaurant Guide 2014: Editor's Note

Restaurant Guide Editor's Note: Holding the LineThe hottest debate in Portland’s food scene is both trivial and dire: What should be done about those lines?  That queue in front of your favorite restaurant ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Coffee Issue 2014: Coffee Rules Everything Around Me

Our favorite new Portland cafes.

Coffee Guide FOURTH ESTATE COFFEEHOUSE 7373 N Burlington St., 384-2756, fourthestatecoffee.com. The new Fourth Estate Coffeehouse is almost as old school as the entire notion of the Fourth Estate. Carved int ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Market Guide 2014: Introduction

From the Editor

Market Guide Look, you gotta eat every day. We get this. And because the demands of your growling stomach are as incessant and irritating as A Prairie Home Companion on NPR weekends, it’s easy to fall into routi ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Guide 2014

Pickle chasers, drunken cornhole, wine pubs of the future and everything else you need to know about Portland bars this year.

Bar Guide Our livers hurt, but our hearts are full. To make this guide to Portland bars, we have traveled the wine lounges and beer pubs of Portland, the cocktail halls and juke joints and paint-thinner ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff
 

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