Secret Shelf

Top-notch whiskey bars that stay under the radar.

This weekend, the Whiskeytown USA festival will crowd with sulfur-breathed Beavertonites downing half-ounce plastic shots of God-knows-what whiskey that’s probably great. But Portland bars a   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Tanuki: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
8029 SE Stark St., 477-6030. [BUT CAN MY KID GET SOME SUSHI?] Tanuki likes to build its identity on what it's not. Per a sign on the Montavilla izakaya's door: "THIS IS NOT A JAPANESE    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Restaurant Guide 2013: Tanuki

Restaurant Guide
8029 SE Stark St., 477-6030, [WOW!] Chef-owner Janis Martin’s Montavilla izakaya is a dim, nearly unmarked space frequented mostly by a small, self-selecting group of adventurous   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

UPDATED: Tanuki Registered as Store, Not Restaurant

So Stop Buying so Much Food There!

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Food & Drink
Tanuki owner and chef Janice "Janis" Martin has always insisted her shop is not a restaurant.Now we know why.The Montavilla izakaya closed Wednesday, March 20, one day before an anticipated positive Oregonian review. Owner and chef Janis Martin said she didn't want the additional restaurant business. "As I begged a prominent local paper," wrote Martin on her Facebook page, "to not review ...   More
Friday, March 22, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Montavilla Bar Tanuki Closes to Head off Oregonian Review

The Oregonian reviews them anyway.

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Food & Drink
Montavilla sake bar/foodie haven Tanuki has temporarily closed today, apparently to head off a positive review by The Oregonian that would bring more diners to the establishment.Owner Janis Martin posted an open apology on Facebook to her "patrons, regulars, guests and fellow travelers on the path of J-punk oddity," further stating that Tanuki would be closed in order to deal with licensing ...   More
Thursday, March 21, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Best Thing I Ate 2012

WW writers remember their favorite dishes from 2012.

Food Reviews & Stories
The Woodsman Tavern’s roasted trout in crazy water is crazy—like a fox. Chef Jason Barwikowski has created a trifecta of salty, savory and acidic that makes me want each bite more than the one   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Raccoon Redux

Tanuki is a mysterious creature: Eat first, ask questions never.

Food Reviews & Stories
Tanuki is a strange little world. Known for its food but appointed as a bar, chef-owner Janis Martin’s Montavilla izakaya is a dim, nearly unmarked space frequented mostly by a small, self-selec   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Future Drinking: Aug. 21-25

This week's liquor license applications, glossed.


Food & Drink
Lots of applications in this week's OLCC blast: First and most exciting, Prost! owner Dan Hart is teaming up with Tasty n Sons/Toro Bravo chef John Gorham and prolific restaurant investment firm Chefstable (whose portfolio includes Ping, St. Jack, Grüner and others) to open a new bar, Interurban, in the former Lovely Hula Hands building at 4047 N Mississippi Ave. The name likely draws on Portland's ...   More
Friday, August 26, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Scoop: Spot the Baldwin, More Burgers for the Pearl

Gossip straight from the invalid litter dept.

BALDWIN WATCH: The Great Daniel Baldwin Experiment—Mr. Baldwin’s move to Portland and promise to bring a reality-TV studio with him   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Scoop: James Franco Fanfic, Tanuki Returns and Portlandia LIVE

Gossip gobbling down tofurducken

FUNDING JAMES FRANCO: We’re big fans of “crowd-funding” website Kickstarter, which allows people to follow through on brilliant and/or stupid project ideas through cash pledges from generous ’   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 WW Cultural Staff


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