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Southern Soul

Fine-dining Italian is dominated by northern fare. Can Bellino make the south rise again?

Food Reviews & Stories In the first century of Italian-American cuisine, nothing north of Naples mattered. The vast majority of the Italian immigrants who migrated to this country in the late 1800s and early 1900s came from ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Marmo, Reviewed

Food Reviews & Stories The best thing I’ve eaten at the West End’s Marmo is also by far the simplest. The humble Italian sub ($11) is light, classic and almost perfect—a balance of fatty mortadella, spicy coppa and sa ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Review: Loyal Legion

Bar Reviews BACK IN BLUE: Kurt Huffman’s 99-Oregon-tap beer hall had quite an opening week. Loyal Legion (705 SE 6th Ave, 235-8272, loyallegionpdx.com) had a line down the block when it first cracked the doors ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Sweet Tea Liqueur (Townshend’s)

Drank Why bother mixing tea with liquor like some Southern plantationer, when you can just make liquor directly from tea? Townshend’s has been kicking out a fast-expanding array of local liquors distilled ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Terminally Intoxicated

A bar crawl of PDX airport pubs.

Bar Reviews If you’re flying into Salt Lake City, get a drink first. It’s tough to get a decent cocktail given the tyrannical pouring contraptions affixed to every bottle of liquor in Utah, ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, LIZZY ACKER

Donut Byte Labs: Doughnut Review

Food Reviews & Stories We have met our new mini-doughnut robot overlord, and its name is Donut Byte Labs. Look, I love me some Pip's robot-made mini-doughnuts straight off the boiler—luscious cake ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Review: Fortune Bar

Bar Reviews MUSICAL CHAIRS: First there was Ping, and it was good. But after the Pok Pok spinoff closed to “expand” at the end of 2012, it instead went dark for good, finally reviving in April 2014 as Ea ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mi Piace Troppo: Renata Reviewed

The young Renata has some nice moves and fantastic pasta. But there’s work to do.

Food Reviews & Stories Lunch plans had to be canceled—Nick Arnerich knew that right away. When Arnerich’s new, wood-fired Italian restaurant, Renata, was chosen as The Oregonian’s favorite new spot in its annual res ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: Altabira

Bar Reviews THE WINDOW SHUTS: The inner eastside sure is fancy these days. No longer do visitors want to stay in a humble Red Lion (actual marketing slogan: “Affordable Hotels”) and drink at a faux-upscale ba ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Laurelweizen (Laurelwood Brewing)

Drank Call it blasphemy, but I’m not a big fan of “American hefeweizen.” To me, the best part of a traditional German hefe is the interplay of esters like isoamyl acetate and the protein-dense, sweet ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Summer Lovin’

The pop-up romance with Lil’ Wares’ General Tso sandwich will be short but intense.

Food Reviews & Stories Like a new love born at Coachella, Lil’ Wares was never meant to last. Consider it a summer fling, equal parts exciting and doomed. When the quaint Red Fig restaurant closed down this spring on No ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Dusk ’Til Dawn: Casa Diablo II, Bar Review

Seitan in Sellwood

Bar Reviews There is no menu at Portland’s newest vegan strip club. Sure, you can get animal-free nachos or cleaned-up Sloppy Joe's, but you’ll have to get your dining options read out loud b ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Revelation Mountain Rose (Reverend Nat’s)

Drank Reverend Nat’s Revelation series is to cider what single malts are to whiskey. Every year, Nat’s ferments the juice of particular apples to make a set of single-varietal ciders, whether Siberian c ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Battered and Fried

Batter Griddle & Drinkery is sloppy drunk food.

Food Reviews & Stories If Cheech and Chong opened a restaurant honoring their weed-humor heyday, I’m certain it would bear an uncanny resemblance to Batter Griddle & Drinkery. Batter, which opened to much fanfare in M ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:12 pm by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Drank: Apple and Cinnamon Vodka (Wild Roots)

Drank The world of “infused” vodkas is an awful place—a wasteland of rocket-fuel liquors spruced with car-freshener aromas. But Portland’s Wild Roots is one of the few liquor makers to use real frui ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Culmination: Bar Review

Bar Reviews LAGERED BREWERY: The story of Culmination Brewing (2117 NE Oregon St., 353-6368, culminationbrewing.com) reads more like slow accumulation than capstone. When the taphouse opened three months ago, the ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pow to the People

Kung Pow dresses up and gets down with American Chinese.

Food Reviews & Stories When you see the dragon on that takeout menu, you know what you’re in for. Not to mention the exclamatory name (Kung POW!, a typography our copy editors won’t allow in our paper outside of these p ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Salt & Straw's New Street-Food-Based Ice Creams

Food Reviews & Stories On paper, it looks wonderful. Ice-cream collaborations from some of our favorite food carts—Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Wolf and Bear’s, Viking Soul Food—available all June as seasonal flavors. Thing ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Absinthe Minded Stout Gruit Ale (Fire Cirkl)

Drank After a few summer beer festivals, you start to think you’ve seen it all. How many blackberry sours are gonna come out this year, anyway? So it’s exciting to spot something as crazy as this absint ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 pm by MARTIN CIZMAR

Shift Drinks: Bar Review

Quittin' time.

Bar Reviews The West End’s Shift Drinks (1200 SW Morrison St., 922-3933, shiftdrinkspdx.com) is a dog whistle, named after the free booze that service staffers get after they punch out. Because, yes, Portland c ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Cider Riot: Portland's Three Newest Cider Bars

Bar Reviews The cider bar is having a moment. When Southeast Portland’s Bushwhacker opened in 2010, its eight taps made it the only dedicated cider bar in the nation. But now, even Sasquatch Brewing has ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Premise Accepted

How Coors and Democratic politicians almost killed Oregon beer.

Food Reviews & Stories Few state laws have shaped Portland’s economy and culture like Senate Bill 813, otherwise known as the Brewpub Bill. The law, which was passed 30 years ago today and signed into law by Vic A ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by PETE DUNLOP

¿Qué Es Lo Bueno?

Trying every Latin American food cart at Portland Mercado.

Food Reviews & Stories The new Portland Mercado of Foster-Powell is beautiful, and if you don’t like it, I don’t trust you. The project—begun through assorted nonprofiteering, goodwill-type impulses having to ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Stag: Bar Review

Buck Naked

Bar Reviews Portland’s newest gay bar looks like your grandpa’s den. More to the point, Stag (317 NW Broadway, 971-407-3132, stagpdx.com), designed by tastefully haute Christopher David, looks like the pr ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by LIZZY ACKER

How To Pwn PDX Beer Week

Drank PDX Beer Week is not actually a week. It takes 11 days (June 11-21, pdxbeerweek.com) to cram in all three festivals, plus tap takeovers and pairings dinners. Here’s your guide. Get the offic ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

All Piez On Me

You got teeth in your mouth, so P.R.E.A.M. pies gotsta fit.

Food Reviews & Stories The sad-bastard music had to go. A few years ago, most upscale Portland restaurants—places where people went for some nice cooked food in their nice clean drawers—played Black Keys Pandora ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Bowpicker Fish & Chips in Astoria

Food Cart Reviews Follow the old men, and you’ll find it. Starting at 11 am, across Marine Drive from Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum, you’ll see them waiting in a single-file line stretching down ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sandy Hut: Bar Rescue

Bar Reviews “Whooooooooa!” A dozen heads turn toward the potbellied man in the white NASCAR hat and Jimmy Buffett tour T-shirt standing in the doorway. “I like the light in here!” At last, they’ve ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Drank: Dog Day IPA (Hondo’s)

Drank Hondo’s Brew and Cork is an odd institution in Astoria, a delightfully cranky little bottle shop, homebrew supply shop and nanobrewery, with beers that can be as up and down as a ride at Six ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rebuilding the Bell

It’s getting tough to get Taco Bell in Portland. We asked a Mexican food expert to reverse-engineer our favorite FourthMeals.

Food Reviews & Stories For FourthMeal fans, these are trying times. Both Taco Bell locations in central Portland are currently closed, with the West Burnside Street Bell apparently being rebuilt and the Northeast ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Juniper: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Juniper food cart is like the distilled essence of certain notions of Portland—a vegan, gluten-free, pan-cultural and eco-conscious cart owned by a quintet of young women who almost all work ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by AMY WOLFE

Wine Review: Underwood Rosé (Union Wine Co.)

Drank Oregon pinot noir in a can? Eh. The first aluminum-sided label I tried from Portland’s Union Wine Co. didn’t do anything for me—something feels wrong about drinking dry red wine out of a ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Solae’s Lounge: Old Solae

Bar Reviews The band was singing “Happy Birthday” to Snoop Dogg’s uncle, but they didn’t play it straight. It was a minor-key version extended with jags of solo guitar or keyboard, drums filling a p ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The First Annual Haute-N-Ready Awards

Food Reviews & Stories These are exciting times in the fast-food industry. What began with Doritos taco shells and fried chicken-as-sandwich bread has evolved into biscuit taco shells and fried chicken-as-hot dog bu ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

The 9

Food Cart Reviews I’d almost given up hope. After years of bone-dry biryanis, curries like oil-slicked dirt and bricked heat-lamp naan that could chip paint off a car, I had all but resigned myself to long driv ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

No Fun Bar

No Stooges

Bar Reviews For a place with nowhere to sit, Devil’s Dill sandwich shop is already an institution in its Hawthorne ’hood. It’s the last stop for the drunks at 3 am, and the first respite of the lazy ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Snakebite (Gigantic/Cider Riot)

Drank Mixing cider and beer makes you crazy, the legend goes. Maybe this came from London goths downing blood-red cider-beer drinks mixed with blackcurrant, maybe from working stiffs tempering the b ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hold Me

Pop-ups are a hassle for customers. Holdfast is worth it.

Food Reviews & Stories In a perfect world, Holdfast is pretty much perfect. Just before dusk, you arrive at a semi-industrial street, where the neighboring car dealership recently took down its barbed wire. Inside a ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Killingsworth Dynasty: Rotture North

Bar Reviews Few things at Killingsworth Dynasty (832 N Killingsworth St., 234-5683, killingsworthdynasty.com) are as they appear. The “chicken burger” contains no chicken—everything here is vegan. The ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: 2014 Whité (Jackalope Wine Cellars)

Drank Cabernet franc is a workhorse of a grape. The gnarly-branched red fruit flourishes in cold, gravelly soil and is mostly used to give heft to red blends. But Jackalope Wine Cellars’ new wine ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Wicked Wiches

Food Cart Reviews Pyro Pizza didn’t mean to expand, but since it happened, why not keep going? Owner John Eads has been serving up perfect bubble-crusted pies at Cartopia on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard since ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Hala Back

Lamb bacon and yogurt cocktails at Ya Hala’s Lebanese brunch.

Food Reviews & Stories Bacon or sausage? Before you answer, consider that neither of the two breakfast meats at Ya Hala’s new Lebanese brunch bears much resemblance to the familiar versions found down the street at ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Ely’s

Food Cart Reviews Decades before food-cart chefs competed in reality-TV smackdowns and gave inspirational TED talks, there were the humble food trucks. The “roach coaches” did not specialize, or congregate in ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Straight Rye Whiskey (Stein)

Drank Stein Distillery makes straight rye the cowboy way, with rye grown in their own fields near Joseph, Ore., plus 25 percent corn they buy from farmers 150 miles west in Hermiston. It’s aged ju ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Panic Room Caution: High Volume Bar

Bar Reviews PANIC, DON’T PANIC: “I’m just here to punch Jon Taffer in the face!” says the guy in line. The 30-year-old music venue Tonic Lounge is being filmed for the terrifyingly awful cable show ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drunken Noodles

Biwa ramen spinoff Noraneko serves up killer pork and booze.

Food Reviews & Stories Some go for the burger, but I don’t care for such people. For years, the late-night happy-hour ramen at basement izakaya Biwa has been a pilgrimage for me, a $5 antidote for skipped post-work ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Commons: Beer Good, Warehouse Bad

Bar Reviews Since it opened, The Commons has made consistently great beer. Five years after Mike Wright brewed his first batch of commercial beer in his Richmond neighborhood garage, the brewery has earne ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Chocolate Cinnamon Stout (Terminal Gravity)

Drank There was a time when Terminal Gravity Brewing made Portland’s go-to IPA. Or so they tell me—that was long before my time, and I’ve only ever had the stuff in dingy corner sports bars, t ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar of the Year 2015: Stammtisch

An authentic German bier bar in Kerns.

Bar Guide When it was time to buy toothpicks, Dan Hart wasn’t about to start taking shortcuts. Hart had been eyeing the Kerns space where Stammtisch now sits for five years—it’s originally where he w ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Guide 2015: Bar of the Year Runners-Up

Bar Guide 2. The Liquor Store 3341 SE Belmont St., 421-4483, theliquorstorepdx.com. 4 pm-2:30 am daily. The news is all bad at the Liquor Store. Kennedy is assassinated, maybe. John Lennon is shot. Pearl H ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

So You’re In...

This week’s Bar Guide celebrates our favorite 170+ Portland bars. Here’s where to drink in the ’burbs.

Bar Reviews VANCOUVER: LOOWIT BREWING COMPANY 507 Columbia St., Vancouver, Wash., 360-566-2323, loowitbrewing.com.  Where the party at, Vantown? Oh, yeah, Loowit Brewing, This 2-year-old brewery just m ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Bing Mi

Food Cart Reviews Most tourists come back from China with just a T-shirt, or a cheap, stolen iPhone from a Shenzhen back alley. But Alisa Grandy returned with a deep hankering for jian bing—Chinese breakfast cr ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Belgian-Style Dark Ale (Pfriem Family Brewers)

Drank It took a year longer than expected, but Pfriem’s bottles are pfinally here. The Hood River brewery, whose Belgian Strong Dark became our 2014 Beer of the Year, has been draft-only since ope ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

PlayDate PDX: Sock Party

Bar Reviews If you’re a member of the muffin-top set, you’ve no doubt read the headlines about PlayDate PDX (1434 NW 17th Ave., 227-7529, playdatepdx.com), the popular indoor playground and drinkery with a ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

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

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

Jul 29, 2015 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

Jul 28, 2015 01:49 pm 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

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

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

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

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
 

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