Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-760-1-.html Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 <i>Lee Daniels’ The Butler</i> - A shallow pool of tears. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21021-lee_daniels_the_butler_a_shallow_pool_of_tears.html Every time a character in The Butler goes on a trip, somebody offers him a ham sandwich. Director Lee Daniels does much the same for the viewer—in every single scene. It isn’t hard to see ]]> Cheap Eats 2015 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24218-cheap_eats_2015_.html 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]]> Market Guide 2014: Introduction - From the Editor http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22485-market_guide_2014_introduction_from_the_editor.html 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]]> Cheap Eats 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21991-cheap_eats_2014_.html 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]]> Bar Guide 2015 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24570-bar_guide_2015_.html I didn’t know there would be cake. But there was cake. The Standard, a little neighborhood bar just off East Burnside (page 46), was marking the retirement of its bartender and chef. Annelies]]> Bar Guide 2013: Editor's Note - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20550-bar_guide_2013_editors_note_.html After long marches through Portland’s bars, pubs, lounges, taverns and brewpubs, we’ve come to believe that bars age a lot like the wine or whiskey served at them. Only a few are at their ve]]> Bar of the Year 2013: Victory Bar - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20551-bar_of_the_year_2013_victory_bar_.html Rare that a name is as felicitous as Victory Bar’s. Willamette Week’s first-ever Bar of the Year isn’t shiny or new or even particularly fashionable. It’s just a goddamn winner. The bar came ]]> The Best Ribs in Portland: 22 Racks, Ranked - 22 racks of pork ribs eaten for our ultimate Portland rib burn-off. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22681-the_best_ribs_in_portland_22_racks_ranked_22_racks_of_pork_ribs_eaten_for_our_ultimate_portland_rib_.html 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 ]]> Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 4, American Local - Road-tripping from Wisconsin to Japan. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23207-top_five_restaurants_of_2014_number_4_american_local_road_tripping_from_wisconsin_to_japan.html 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]]> Kachka, 2014 Restaurant of the Year - The party of the year is vodka drunk and fish happy. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23204-kachka_2014_restaurant_of_the_year_the_party_of_the_year_is_vodka_drunk_and_fish_happy.html 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]]> Restaurant Guide 2013: Roe, Restaurant of the Year - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21313-restaurant_guide_2013_roe_restaurant_of_the_year_.html It’s 11 in the morning, six hours before dinner service begins, and Trent Pierce is already three hours into his workday. In the open kitchen of his tiny avant-seafood restaurant, Roe, tucked ]]> Panic Room Caution: High Volume Bar - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24654-panic_room_caution_high_volume_bar_.html 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 ]]> No Reservations? - Where to camp if you didn’t book your spot back in February. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24791-no_reservations_where_to_camp_if_you_didnt_book_your_spot_back_in_february.html Portlanders love the outdoors. If you need proof, just go onto ReserveAmerica.com right now and try to book a camping spot for July. Chances are you’ll be directed someplace like Lake Owyhee Sta]]> Capture or Asylum - Chuck Palahniuk’s <i>Fugitives and Refugees</i> 10 Years Later. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20859-capture_or_asylum_chuck_palahniuks_fugitives_and_refugees_10_years_later.html In junior high, they give you To Kill a Mockingbird. In high school, it’s The Catcher in the Rye. In Texas, we presume, they give you a Bible and a gun. In Portland, sooner or later most new arr]]> Mari-Wanna? - Oregon and two other states are huffing and puffing toward legalizing weed. But don’t buy that bong just yet. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19599-mari_wanna_oregon_and_two_other_states_are_huffing_and_puffing_toward_legalizing_weed_but_dont_buy_t.html Harking back to the days when everything that mattered in politics was decided in smoke-filled rooms, the Western states...]]> Closing Time - 2014 was Barmageddon in Portland. You don’t have to stay home, but you can’t go here. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23710-closing_time_2014_was_barmageddon_in_portland_you_dont_have_to_stay_home_but_you_cant_go_here.html A world was ending. Some wept openly, one woman danced the worm so hard she thinks she might have shattered her knee, and the next night at least two people had sex in the basement. We’ve all ]]> 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, Vol. 2 - Nice Things for Naughty People http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20009-2012_holiday_gift_guide_vol_2_nice_things_for_naughty_people.html In our first Holiday Gift Guide, we directed you to some downright pleasant local stores, where you might putter around aimlessly and endlessly to find gifts for the various people in your life�]]> The Tooth of the Matter - A new call to put fluoride in the city’s water raises old fears. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19580-the_tooth_of_the_matter_a_new_call_to_put_fluoride_in_the_citys_water_raises_old_fears.html After 54 years of opposition, the City of Portland is moving to put fluoride in your drinking water. Upstream Public Health, the group behind the fluoridation move, launched what amounted to a p]]> Bar of the Year 2014: Enso Urban Winery - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22228-bar_of_the_year_2014_enso_urban_winery_.html The wine bar is poised on the edge of something new. Think back to the birth of Portland’s craft brewery bars back in the ’80s and ’90s: It was exciting. Rather than emulating the off-gassi]]> Best of Portland 2015 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-25088-best_of_portland_2015_.html It’s been 30 years since our first Best of Portland issue.  On Sept. 12, 1985, the very first Best of Portland item we ever printed was about a land-use hearings officer named]]> Restaurant Guide 2012: Off the Hook - The secrets of good sushi. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19811-restaurant_guide_2012_off_the_hook_the_secrets_of_good_sushi.html Discriminating sushi fans assert they would never eat Midwestern sushi, pronouncing it much too far from the dwindling seas of salmon and snapper. Portland diners, presumably, are a mere two-hou]]> Foster: The People - Foster-Powell just may be the most beautiful bar neighborhood in Portland http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24571-foster_the_people_foster_powell_just_may_be_the_most_beautiful_bar_neighborhood_in_portland.html Damn the West End luxury malls and the cranes of Division, and let the budding skyscrapers of Burnside do their grim work. The most important neighborhood in Portland right now is probably that ]]> TechfestNW 2013: Aesthetic, Synesthetic - Duet installation offers a heat map of MusicfestNW. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21066-techfestnw_2013_aesthetic_synesthetic_duet_installation_offers_a_heat_map_of_musicfestnw.html Above the grassy knoll and the cracking skate park, in the couplet that marks the east end of the Burnside Bridge, there will—during TechfestNW—stand a city of pyramids. It will be built on ]]> Urban Winery Tour - Our guide to getting mashed in your own neighborhood. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21416-urban_winery_tour_our_guide_to_getting_mashed_in_your_own_neighborhood.html Everything you need to know about your local wineries, including hours, directions and drink picks.1. Boedecker Cellars  2621 NW 30th Ave., 224-5778, boedeckercellars.com.  It’s not ca]]> #GamerFate - How a tiny Portland company got mixed up in gaming’s biggest controversy. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-25207-gamerfate_how_a_tiny_portland_company_got_mixed_up_in_gamings_biggest_controversy.html The most controversial video game of 2013 didn’t feature a single gun. There were no prostitutes bloodily murdered, no spines pulled out through anyone’s throat, and no heaving animated bosoms.&nb]]> High-5 North to Vansterdam - A primer for potential pot tourists. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19985-high_5_north_to_vansterdam_a_primer_for_potential_pot_tourists.html Vancouver is rarely touted for its progressive politics, but Portland’s sister city to the north now may now have one solid, um, high point. With passage of ballot initiative I-502, Washingt]]> I’ll Have What She’s Having - This 82nd avenue joint is delicately Chinese and discreetly Korean. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17216-ill_have_what_shes_having_this_82nd_avenue_joint_is_delicately_chinese_and_discreetly_korean.html Chinese Delicacy restaurant, despite the name, is not exactly a Chinese place—at least, not in any simple way. Your first hint should be on the tiny]]> World Cup 2014: Early Boots (updated) - Where to watch the World Cup live in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22664-world_cup_2014_early_boots_%28updated%29_where_to_watch_the_world_cup_live_in_portland.html 21st Avenue World Cup Beer Garden 625 NW 21st Ave., 202-744-1496, facebook.com/worldcupbeergarden. 8:30 am-9 pm daily. Go for: Breakfast sandwiches with beer and bros. When it opened in 2011, the r]]> Hook, Sinker - Trent Pierce’s Block and Tackle contains bright surprises, dull familiars. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21031-hook_sinker_trent_pierces_block_and_tackle_contains_bright_surprises_dull_familiars.html Trent Pierce’s Block and Tackle—in the former Wafu space—is like a four-eye butterflyfish. That is to say, it’s hard to tell where its head is. On the one hand, Block and Tackle is the]]> Bollywood Theater - Indian street food that's pure Portland http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19279-bollywood_theater_indian_street_food_thats_pure_portland.html Chef Troy MacLarty may have walked the streets of Kolkata to research the food for his new Indian bistro Bollywood Theater, but in feeling his restaurant is pure Portland: upscale street food amid]]>