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Mediterranean Exploration Company: Restaurant Review

John Gorham’s Mediterranean Exploration Company on choppy seas.

Food Reviews & Stories “Mediterranean Exploration Company” is a mouthful, but there’s no word wasted. Recipes are, indeed, pulled from across the region that begins at Gibraltar and ends at the foot of the Zag ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Barlow: Bar Review

Ceaselessly into the past.

Bar Reviews The new downtown bar Barlow (737 SW Salmon St., 227-0705, barlowpdx.com)—not to be confused with the no-frills, wood-paneled NoPo dive Barlow Tavern—strives for old Hollywood glamour. This sis ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Drank: Billy Whiskey (McMenamins)

Drank It takes a long time to make good whiskey. At minimum, two years in the barrel, though your favorite midshelf bourbon spent seven or more. Oregon’s fledgling distilling industry thus has a few ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

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

Secrets of the Mermaid

The Starbucks underground is ruining baristas’ lives.

Coffee Guide Even in Portland, there are people who care deeply about Starbucks. Like, really care. Sure, the Seattle chain’s ham-fisted Big Brother approach to one of our city’s most precious commodities ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Portland Coffee Gear

Equipment from local makers for the perfect brew.

Coffee Guide PALLET DRINK COASTERS, CUSTOM ROASTED COFFEE Howells Fired Coffee, etsy.com.HOWELLS CUSTOM ROASTED COFFEEIMAGE: Will Corwin IMAGE: Will Corwin For Chris Howells, owner and founder of Howells ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

24-Hour Grind

Spending all day and night in the Portland coffee shop that never closes.

Coffee Guide If Starbucks is the “third place” between business and home, as plugged by CEO Howard Schultz, then the open-24-hours Southeast Grind at 1223 SE Powell Blvd. is a “fourth place”—a have ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Milking It

A brief guide for the lactose insistent.

Coffee Guide  ESPRESSO A “shot” of coffee made by forcing near-boiling water through a handheld filter packed with finely ground coffee beans. Traditionally 1 ounce, but most Portland coffee hous ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Worldly Cups

Where to get coffee styles from around the globe in Portland.

Coffee Guide DARK-ROAST ESPRESSO MACCHIATO - ITALY Caffe Umbria, 303 NW 12th Ave., 241-5300, caffeumbria.com. Caffe Umbria clings to tradition, in part because owner Emanuele Bizzarri is familiar with the ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, MATTHEW SINGER

The Year In Portland Coffee

Coffee Guide RISE OF THE MACHINES One of the hallmarks of third-wave coffee has been the forefronting of the barista as artisan. Stumptown’s original selling point against Starbucks was that it French press ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Fireside: Restaurant Review

Fireside is a hot spot thanks to two great new hires.

Food Reviews & Stories Fireside doesn’t poach eggs—but damn if they can’t pull a chef and lead bartender. When it opened a year ago, the restaurant had already dramatically transformed the catacomb of Northwes ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pepper Box Cafe: Food Review

Food Reviews & Stories Last October, the Pepper Box food cart was scrambling to move from a redeveloping lot, leaving Hatchheads to bemoan the city’s lack of decent New Mexican food. Things are very different now. O ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Padre Nat’s Tepache (Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider)

Drank The label on a bottle of Reverend Nat’s tepache reads like something out of the J. Peterman catalog: “During a holiday in Veracruz I had a chance meeting with a peddler hawking traditional t ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Prettyman’s General: Bar Review

Sitting Pretty.

Bar Reviews You have a better chance of spotting a yeti than a random Humble Brewing handle, considering the homebrew-scale operation sold only about 100 kegs in 2013. So it’s reassuring to hear the bartend ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Fenrir: Restaurant Review

Fenrir charms, but execution often falls short of ambition.

Food Reviews & Stories Fenrir is a second story for the space that held 2nd Story, the impossibly twee upstairs-downstairs restaurant run by Cellar Door Coffee Roasters until late last year. The new tenants have mai ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

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

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The Hole Shebang

The Buckman Bagel Institute brings the old-world bagel back home.

Food Reviews & Stories Harley Leiber says it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. When he makes bagels, he likes the cool, misty days—the ones Portland was known for before the weather got all screwy and Midwest ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Fields: Bar Review

Field Goal.

Bar Reviews Picture a sports bar in the Pearl. OK, now add polenta fries, and you’ve got a game plan for The Fields (1139 NW 11th St., 841-6601, thefieldspdx.com), a sports-ish bar that opened in the former M ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

St. Jack: Restaurant Review

St Jack’s new bar gives the burger, dog and fries a whole new accent.

Food Reviews & Stories St. Jack is less of a saint these days. The old eastside bouchon—which closed in February, when the restaurant hopped the river to Northwest 23rd Avenue—was a cozily domestic Portland take ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

MOD Pizza: Fast Food Review

Food Reviews & Stories Given that it only takes a few minutes to cook a pizza with the right equipment, it’s odd that burgers, burritos and the like have a stranglehold on fast food. Sure, there was the short-lived ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Drank: Skidmore Western Lager (Hopworks Urban Brewery)

Drank People so rarely go to the Brewery Blocks for beer anymore. Back in 1999, the old Weinhard Brewery was shuttered, and though the Henry’s Tavern that replaced it maintains a focus on regional ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Steinhaus: Bar Review

Bar Reviews Not so long ago, the northeast corner of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street was home to a blues bar called Steinhaus. Then, it was a rocker dive called Agenda. Then, a strip club called A ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Review: The Blue Goose

The new best New Mexican still has some quirks.

Food Reviews & Stories It’s funny how fast we get accustomed to nice things, and want for nicer. A few years ago, Portlanders were happy to have any pepper-forward Sichuan restaurants. Now we want hot pot in every q ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Food Cart Review: Kim Jong Grillin’

Food Cart Reviews Kim Jong Grillin’ went down the same year as its namesake. In 2011, on the same night it won a judge’s choice award as the favorite food cart at Willamette Week’s Eat Mobile festival, Han ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Review: Bootleggers Whiskey Bar

Fauxhibition

Bar Reviews Strolling down Broadway Street in ye olde Beaverton, you’ll notice some large barrels with tabletops standing outside a dark, nondescript storefront. Bootleggers Whiskey Bar (12424 SW Broadway ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Drank: Couch Select Lager (Burnside Brewing)

Drank They say if you drink enough craft beer, you’ll come back to lager. After trying all those barrel-aged imperials and hop bombs, you find yourself just wanting something crisp and clean. I didn ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Taco Trail

¿Donde debemos comer en Woodburn?

Food Reviews & Stories Woodburn wears a lot of sombreros. Shoppers stop at the town north of Salem for its outlet mall. Gearheads go for the drag strip. Foodniks know the majority-Latino town as the state’s mecca of ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN, NICK ZUKIN

Dime Store

Food Reviews & Stories There was much to love about Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop. You grabbed one of the teal vinyl stools, and a complimentary copy of the day’s Oregonian appeared. Owner-server Peter Chan didn't ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Mad Sons Pub: Untelevised Revolution

Bar Reviews There is no “I” in Mad Sons (1109 SE Madison St., 265-8531, madsonspub.com). The new Revolutionary War-themed bar is a beautiful hardwood affair complete with 13-star flags, a hearth, a gian ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Ripe: Marion is the Berry We’ve Been Waiting For

Now is the time to make the marionberry Oregon’s official state food.

Cover Story Marionberries are Oregon's favorite food. We can’t say we’re surprised—everyone loves the locally bred blackberry cultivar. So when we asked readers to vote for what should become our ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

The 50 Plates: 50 Distinctive Foods from 50 States in Portland Restaurants

A culinary road trip.

Food Reviews & Stories 1. Alabama Fried green tomatoes at Bernie’s Southern Bistro, 2904 NE Alberta St., 282-9864, berniesbistro.com. Fried Green Tomatoes, the 1991 movie, is based on Irondale, Ala.’s Whistle St ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

What Makes a Marionberry a Marionberry?

Food Reviews & Stories Marionberry In season July 10-Aug. 10. Oregon’s soon-to-be state food is a cross between the Chehalem and Olallie blackberries. It’s got a dark red to black color, has medium-sized seeds and ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Our Favorite Marionberry Foods In and Around Portland

Mari me.

Food Reviews & Stories Marionberry pancakes Hawthorne Street Cafe, 3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 235-8286. Begin the day at the cheerily domestic Hawthorne Street Cafe, which serves stolidly thick and hearty wheat cakes— ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland's Boozed-up Frozen and Slushy Drinks

Getting slushed in the summer.

Drank Slushies have proved to be this summer’s breakout hit. Adult-grade Slurpees are popping up all over Portland, from familiar dives like the Standard to high-end cocktail bars like Rum Club. H ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, RIAN NIELSEN, MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Our Campaign Plans to Make the Marionberry the Oregon State Food

Food Reviews & Stories To get things done in Salem, you have to lobby. The marionberry learned that back in 2009, when House Joint Resolution 11, which would have made it Oregon’s state berry, was pulled from the floo ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

P.R.E.A.M.

Food Reviews & Stories Call a catered dinner or theme night a pop-up, and the foodniks suddenly pony up C-notes for oysters when otherwise they’d leave work early for happy hour at the Parish. It’s sort of amazing ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TeSoAria: Bull’s Blood Supply

Bar Reviews We arrived at TeSoAria (4003 N Williams Ave., 971-229-0050, tesoaria.com) a half-hour before it was scheduled to close on a Thursday evening. We figured it would be a quick visit. Two hours, 10 ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Restaurant Review: Son of a Biscuit

Food Reviews & Stories Micah Camden doesn’t lack confidence. Coming off the excellent Boxer Ramen, the restaurateur of Little Big Burger and Blue Star Donuts fame was bullish about Son of a Biscuit, his new fried- ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Food and Drink Near MusicfestNW

MusicfestNW allows re-entry. Here’s how to use this privilege.

Food Reviews & Stories Did you eat at past editions of MusicfestNW? It’s hard to remember. Maybe, while scurrying between venues, you were able to stuff a burrito down your gullet. Maybe you waited until the house l ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KATHERINE MARRONE

New Crop, New Cream

Checking in on Portland’s post-Salt & Straw ice cream and froyo parlors.

Food Reviews & Stories Salt & Straw changed everything. Before that “farm to cone” product hit the streets, ice cream wasn’t trendy. Gelato, maybe, for people into futbol and Vespas. But, in 2011, longtime ... More

Aug 5, 2014 01:07 pm by WW Staff

Bar Review: Turn! Turn! Turn! Record Shop Bar

Bar Reviews Portlanders really want to make the record-store bar happen. Witness House of Records, Record Room, Music Millennium’s Kickstarter campaign for that purpose and, now, Turn! Turn! Turn! (8 NE K ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Restaurant Review: Pizza Maria

Pizza Maria keeps it simple.

Food Reviews & Stories The margherita pizza is almost as simple as it gets—crust, sauce, cheese and basil. It’s how American pizza snobs usually judge pies, because there’s nothing to hide behind. Lately, an ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Tahoma Kriek (Double Mountain)

Drank No one scoffs at fruity beer anymore. Citrus-spiked IPAs are ubiquitous, Stiegl radler has replaced PBR among a certain class of well-coifed patio drinker, and you can find everything from passi ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: Ex Novo

Good Intentions.

Bar Reviews Portland welcomed the nation’s first nonprofit pub, Oregon Public House, last year. Some questioned the city’s decision to give $50,000 in grants to a church-affiliated bar on Dekum Triangle ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Food Cart Review: Kim Jong Grillin’

Food Cart Reviews Kim Jong Grillin’ went down the same year as its namesake. In 2011, on the same night it won a judge’s choice award as the favorite food cart at Willamette Week’s Eat Mobile festival, Han ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The French Press

Testing Portland’s new wave of creperies.

Food Reviews & Stories Crepes are the new cupcake. Or maybe they’re the new artisanal doughnut. Either way, until very recently Portland’s dedicated creperies had been a small, turn-of-the-millennium group—think L ... More

Jul 16, 2014 01:10 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Wooos and Brews: Oregon Brewfest 2014

Your cheat sheet to the most interesting beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival 2014.

Drank This year’s Oregon Brewers Festival has something for every kind of beer lover, and there are many kinds of beer lover. The festival has beers for hopheads, sessionistas, fruitheads and those ... More

Jul 22, 2014 05:50 pm by BRIAN YAEGER

Drank: Duke Apple Blueberry (Carlton Cyderworks)

Drank Earlier this year, we named Carlton Cyderworks’ Carry Nation our inaugural Cider of the Year on the strength of a sweet, fresh Jonathan-Jonagold apple blend that’s downright elegant. But Carlt ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Review: Swine

Shine On

Bar Reviews Back in the day, moonshine was an unfortunate side effect of a bad legal situation—a hollow-sweet grain liquor of indeterminate toxicity. But at Swine (808 SW Taylor St., 943-5844, swankandswi ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Food Cart Review: Luang Prabang

Food Cart Reviews Laos’ porous borders—from both directions along the Mekong River—have left its cuisine’s borders equally nebulous. The sticky rice, larb and green papaya salad that originated in Laos ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Deep Cuts

Okra stew, lamb sausage and pumpkin kibbeh at TarBoush Glisan.

Food Reviews & Stories Everyone wants the hummus. That, and grilled meat —lamb shawarma is the most popular dish, but chicken and beef kebabs are huge sellers. And so the waiter working the nine tables at TarBoush ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Growler Guys: Jug Band

Bar Reviews It’s gotta be a scary time to be in the growler game. On one hand, half-gallon glass jugs of beer have become ubiquitous, even at Portland bodegas and grocery stores. On the other hand, the ma ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Blonde IPA (Arlington Club)

Drank The Arlington Club was founded way back in 1867, with the purpose of giving men with names you’d recognize from street signs a little quietude in which to smoke cigars, cut skyline-shaping bus ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Review: Storrs Smokehouse

Food Reviews & Stories Breakfast is a reassuring sign at a barbecue joint. Even if you’re not in the mood for early-morning biscuits and gravy, it’s always good to see the pitmaster hanging around the kitchen ju ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The High Water Mark: Critical Pass

Bar Reviews There’s a definitive moment in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas when Hunter S. Thompson sums up the end of the ’60s era profoundly, making note of a “high-water mark” that can be seen from ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

The Fifty Plates: Delaware Scrapple

Eating the whole pig, German style.

Food Reviews & Stories Scrapple is made of things you don’t talk about in polite company. It is a loaf of slurried pig—snout, eyeball, liver and heart—made mealy with corn and served fried. It is a comfort both ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Black 13 (Boneyard)

Drank Boneyard has been shorting the market since it opened. Tony Lawrence assembled his Bend brewery from pieces and parts collected during his visits to other breweries across the country as a consu ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Yard House: First and 130

Bar Reviews Even in beer-buzzed Portland, a new bar with 130 taps gets attention. A big selection of suds isn’t necessarily enough to ensure prosperity for a chain—witness the quick crash of the success ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Review: Stammtisch

Bring an army to Stammtisch. Feed it beer.

Food Reviews & Stories At Stammtisch, you want numbers. The new German tavern from the proprietors of North Mississippi Avenue’s Prost doesn’t demand it—a couple can get a very date-night meal seated on the square ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Review: East Glisan Pizza Lounge

Food Reviews & Stories Montavilla has long been home to some of Portland’s better pizza. To my mind, at least. Flying Pie makes excellent classic pizzeria pies, moderately thick and covered in a blanket of salty pro ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Painted Lady Gin (North Coast Distilling)

Drank North Coast’s Painted Lady gin is named after some garishly painted Victorian homes in Astoria, where it was made, but you could forgive us if we thought it is a reference to heavy perfume. This ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Royale: Brunch and Burlesque

Bar Reviews The closure of Hamburger Mary’s last year left a hole in Portland’s gay nightlife. The Royale (317 NW Broadway, 432-8944), a new bar in the former Tiger Bar spot on Northwest Broadway, aims to ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

The Best Ribs in Portland: 22 Racks, Ranked

22 racks of pork ribs eaten for our ultimate Portland rib burn-off.

Summer Guide You can’t eat ribs without dirty fingers and a munged-up face. They’re just about the only food that even a princess still has to gnaw off the bone like a Bengal tiger. It takes hours to cook ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Best Double IPAs Available in Portland

Our blind taste test of 40 bottled double IPAs available on Portland shelves.

Summer Guide Double IPA is the new IPA. That became obvious when we set out to taste test a variety of summer seasonal beers. I expected Belmont Station’s coolers to be crammed with marionberry wits and co ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

World Cup Beer Garden: Popping For The Cup

Bar Reviews All of Portland loves a pop-up, even when it’s not really a pop-up—see Vitaly Paley’s and Aviary’s recent “pop-ups” in their own restaurants, which we’d just call dinners. But the Wo ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

Cheap Eats 2014

Cheap Eats From the Editor Portland is a great place to be a cheapskate. Each year, we put out our Cheap Eats guide to the best restaurants in Portland with dinners under $15 and lunches under $10, and ea ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Beer Guide 2014

Get your fill.

Beer Guide Behind a fleabag motel on the eastern outskirts of Gresham, you’ll find it: the mythical tobacco store with a growler filling station. There, surrounded by Donettes and Romeo y Julieta cigar ... More

Feb 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Portland Restaurant Guide 2013

Restaurant Guide Not so long ago a “nice meal” in Portland meant a big steak and a bottle of Italian wine. More recently, it’s meant an aggressively casual atmosphere, where that steak is ground into a bur ... More

Oct 16, 2013 12:01 am by WWeek Culture Staff
 

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