First Taste: Renata, The Oregonian's restaurant of the year

Let's not blame Renata for the fact that The Oregonian gave them premature hype.

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Editor's note: Willamette Week typically maintains professional restaurant review standards and holds off on reviewing new restaurants that have not been open to the public for at least one month. The 30-day standard is almost universally accepted as the bare minimum amount of time a critic should wait before critiquing a restaurant, and we typically respect it. However, WW purchased a ticket to eat ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

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
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

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
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Off the Waffle: Restaurant Review


Food Reviews & Stories
A good corner has useful things. Not just pleasant things, such as a book-themed cafe with bad food and occasional poetry readings, or a twee Italian bistro with live acoustic-guitar music, bu   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Muscadine: Down-Home Skillet

Muscadine brings the soulful, regional Southern fare.


Food Reviews & Stories
Brunch and Southern fare are the twin towers of American comfort. Combine them, and you might as well be auditioning as somebody’s replacement mom. That womblike nexus of hospitality, famili   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Zaatar: Double Generous

Tony Karam is back with an excellent new Lebanese place in the Pearl.


Food Reviews & Stories
The last crumbs of the appetizers have been cleared, and the salad plates are stacked with the pita basket atop. There are no unused glasses. Still, there’s no empty space on the table when th   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Chongqing Hot Pot


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s downright heartening when a restaurant is willing to hand you your own ass in a stainless-steel bowl. In keeping with its eponymous pepper-bathed region of China, soup spot Chongqing Huo    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

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
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

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