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Pono Farm Soul Kitchen

Food Reviews & Stories Pono Farm Soul Kitchen is like a Star Wars prequel: You show up in Hollywood, heart on your sleeve, ready to love it. And what’s not to like about Pono Farm? It’s a Japanese “soul food ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Eternal Oktober

Our blind taste test of 29 lagers from across Oregon.

Drank For a kind of beer that’s best fresh, the world’s top lagers are very old. Germany’s best—think Augustiner, Tannenzäpfle and Neumarkter—have been at it for a couple hundred years. M ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Sup Broder

Chef Derek Hanson’s excellent new dinner menu at Broder Nord shows the lighter side of Scandinavia.

Food Reviews & Stories Sweden isn’t all heavy food and revenge killing, whatever you’ve seen in the movies. Dinner service quietly died in August at Scandinavian bruncherie Broder Nord, but it was revived in Septe ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Pines: Riding High

Riding High

Bar Reviews The view from the upper deck of any basketball arena is notably lacking once you’re off the concourse. So linger awhile at The Pines (1 N Center Court St., 797-9619), the Moda Center’s spaciou ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Big Legrowlski: Just like, uh, my opinion, man.

Bar Reviews Way out in the Pearl there was this minimalist 15-tap bar…bar I wanna tell ya about, bar by the name of The Big Legrowlski (812 NW Couch St., 206-6481, That’s the thematic ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Big Ol’ Pumpkin (10 Barrel)

Drank There’s no pumpkin in a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Obvious, right? Well, there’s often no pumpkin in pumpkin beers. The flavors you associate with round, orange squash come mostly from the spices co ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Kachka, 2014 Restaurant of the Year

The party of the year is vodka drunk and fish happy.

Restaurant Guide Kachka is like a party at Mom’s house—if your mom grew up near Minsk and had a weird thing for Lenin.  In a room decorated with both Soviet propaganda posters and carved window frames from ... More

Oct 14, 2014 07:00 pm 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

Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 3, Ataula

A new best tapas in town.

Restaurant Guide Ataula celebrated its one-year anniversary in late August, with flamenco music and dance. The packed house was rollicking, which says a lot since this was a Wednesday night in the barely noticea ... More

Oct 12, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Old Salt: 2014 Restaurant of the Year Runner-Up

Setting a new standard for sustainable comfort food.

Restaurant Guide Skin is the new wing. Of that, Old Salt’s Ben Meyer is sure. “Go to New Seasons and look at the deli case, and you’ll see their biggest seller is boneless, skinless chicken breast,” he says ... More

Oct 14, 2014 10:30 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 5, Expatriate

Playful, worldly excellence and damn fine drinks.

Restaurant Guide Not so long ago, Portland’s bars and restaurants were distinct. For the purposes of this guide, a restaurant was a place you could happily dine without drink. A bar, meanwhile, was a place tha ... More

Oct 10, 2014 03:45 pm by MARTIN CIZMAR

Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 4, American Local

Road-tripping from Wisconsin to Japan.

Restaurant Guide The American Local was made on the road—in a cheese-logged Wisconsin bar called the Old Fashioned, and amid the cream and sugar of Iowa’s Waffle Stop Grill. It was made in the piled, loose ... More

Oct 11, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drink Mobile

How beer helped save the food-cart phenomenon.

Food Reviews & Stories Tidbit Food Farm and Garden doesn’t look much like the apocalypse. It’s a sunny afternoon, and Portland’s newest food-cart pod—with 20 eateries, a mobile apothecary and a school bus sell ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Tropical Thunder (Gigantic with Larry Clouser)

Drank Hops get all the credit, but yeast does a bunch of the work. Even those big, juicy fruit flavors you like in an IPA are often due as much to the yeast strain as Citra or Simcoe. Tropical Thunder, ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

First National Taphouse: Bar Review

Second Oregon

Bar Reviews In theory, at least, the area surrounding Portland State University needs more bars. The school has 30,000 students, making it our state’s largest such institution, and yet the bar scene aroun ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Free the Animals: Restaurant Guide 2014

Our picks for excellent vegetarian and vegan fare.

Restaurant Guide Bar Avignon: Meatless small plates outnumber those with animal protein on the menu’s “Finger Food” and “For Sharing—Or Not” sections. Bete-Lukas: Bete-Lukas offers a seven-item vege ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Around the State: Restaurant Guide 2014

Where to eat well elsewhere in Oregon.

Restaurant Guide Astoria Albatross & Co., 225 14th St., 741-3091. Local foodniks were thrilled when Eric Bechard left his lauded McMinnville restaurant Thistle to bring “fallow deer heart tartare with his ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Bustin’ the Glutes: Portland Restaurant Guide 2014

Where to find the best wheat-free options in town.

Restaurant Guide Andina: Luckily for Portlanders, Peruvians naturally forgo most things wheat. Though they do love their meat, the gluten-free, vegan and veggie menus are pages long; bigger than the full menu at ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Beer Buddies: Portland Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurants with great beer lists.

Restaurant Guide Higgins Bar 1239 SW Broadway, 222-9070, Though most patrons—federal prosecutors, Oregonian reporters—at the dim back bar of pioneer locavore Greg Higgins’ restaurant d ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Wine, Dine: Restaurant Guide 2014

Old grapes go well with everything.

Restaurant Guide Enso 1416 SE Stark St., 683-3676, This urban winery is a tops of the new wave, from its urban-garagiste ambience to its affordable $5 Resonate reds and whites to $10 taster trays ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Incoming and Outgoing: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide Very New or Not Yet OpenBend-based Pono Farm Soul Kitchen opened a Portland restaurant in July, serving beef-heavy Japanese fare from a family that owns both the farm and the table. Hotel Rose rest ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hottest Pop-Up Unrestaurants

Our Restaurant Guide would not be complete without a survey of the year’s hottest trend: Dinners cooked by trained chefs in commercial kitchens on semi-regular schedules for slightly above-market prices.

Restaurant Guide Holdfast 337 NW Broadway, 226-1400, In order to “avoid the trappings of a traditional restaurant,” William Preisch (Chuck’s Diner of Cleveland, the Bent Brick) and Joel ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Counter Attack: Latin

Restaurant Guide Angel Food & Fun 5135 NE 60th Ave., 287-7909. Former Bluehour sous chef Manuel Lopez offers rich, surprising Yucatecan meats and stews. Get the smoky relleno negro ($10)—midnight-black fro ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Counter Attack: Sandwiches

Restaurant Guide Tails & Trotters 525 NE 24th Ave., 477-8682, Tails & Trotters serves a loosely Eastern-style pulled pork with peppery vinegar sauce, housemade garlic aioli which, in ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Counter Attack: Asian

Restaurant Guide Bollywood Theater 2039 NE Alberta Ave., 971-200-4711; 3010 SE Division St., 477-6699;  The Division Street sequel is bigger and flashier than the original box-office ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Counter Attack: Italian

Restaurant Guide Handsome Pizza 2730 N Killingsworth St., 247-7499, Handsome’s wide, crisp-bottomed pies strongly resemble the standard-setter at Apizza Scholls. Each emerges from a super-ho ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Counter Attack: Burgers

Restaurant Guide Slowburger 2319 NE Glisan St., 477-5779,  Spun off from a dim Southeast Grand Avenue bar, the namesake burger at this Ocean microrestaurant is a half-pound of perfectly medi ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

BTU Brasserie: Restaurant Review

The city’s moribund brewpub food scene gets a Szechuan kick.

Food Reviews & Stories A bold prediction: Brewpub food in Portland is going to get better, and fast. Sure, it’s been 30 years since Oregon brewers won the right to sell onsite, and those decades have seen little e ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Keep Arequipa Beered

A West Linn native brings Portland beer to a charming Peruvian city.

Drank Arequipa, Peru’s second most populous city, sits in the high desert of the Andes. Other than the 500-year-old Baroque cathedrals, it’s a lot like Bend, says Casey Workman. “We were in Are ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Iconic Lounge: Bar Review

Hollywood Babylon

Bar Reviews When one thinks of classic Hollywood, certain images immediately leap to mind. A brooding Marlon Brando in a tight T-shirt, cigarette perched between his fingers. Dustin Hoffman being seduced by ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

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 29, 2014 12:01 am 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

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

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,—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

Coffee Issue 2014: Coffee Rules Everything Around Me

Our favorite new Portland cafes.

Coffee Guide FOURTH ESTATE COFFEEHOUSE 7373 N Burlington St., 384-2756, 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, 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, Caffe Umbria clings to tradition, in part because owner Emanuele Bizzarri is familiar with the ... More


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

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

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,, 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


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, 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, 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


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


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

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

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