Witch Way

How is the food at Black Cauldron, Portland’s second vegan strip club?


Food Reviews & Stories
Some things are too good to be true. Unfortunately, a seven-course vegan tasting menu at a strip club in far-flung East Portland is one of them. When Casa Diablo owner Johnny Zukle opened his    More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Todos Los Tacos

Nayar Taqueria shows more variety is great—until it’s not.


Food Reviews & Stories
Rookie restaurateurs are pushovers when it comes to their menus. If you mention you’re from the neighborhood and ask for something they might be expected to serve, there’s a decent chance you�   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Teote


Food Reviews & Stories
Teote bills itself as an areperia, after the Venezuelan corn cakes that accompany most of the plates on the menu. But that’s a bit like calling a Chinese restaurant a rice house. However delight   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hand-Me-Down

Trinket serves cheery brunch in a dim den of horns and silver.


Food Reviews & Stories
In August, wild-eyed chef Eric Bechard surrendered the Kingdom of Roosevelt after only six months in business. The ambitious native-foods menu apparently out-weirded Portland with wood-pigeon live   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Punch Out

Micah Camden’s Boxer Ramen delivers quick, hard jabs.


Food Reviews & Stories
Micah Camden’s strategy isn’t much of a mystery. You see it in action at the restaurateur’s most successful venture, Little Big Burger, which has a simple menu built from a small pantry of   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Second Rodeo

Rodney Muirhead’s La Taq rides herd.


Food Reviews & Stories
Grub-wise, Texas is best known for two things. First, there’s barbecue, which the Lone Star State does better than anyone. Second, there’s that vaguely defined cuisine de gringo known as “   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Both Ends Burning

Roman Candle by day and by night.


Food Reviews & Stories
In the morning, Roman Candle tends to be busy, all four planks of communal walnut splattered with laptops and coffee mugs. The brightly lit room is inviting from the street—warm smells and white   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Bravo Barcelona

Ataula is the best westside Spanish joint in a generation.


Food Reviews & Stories
Let’s not call Ataula, the 3-month-old rookie venture from Barcelona-born chef Jose Chesa, a “neighborhood restaurant.” To my ear, that’s code for mediocrity, the kind of place you’d vis   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Hat Trick

Tasty N Alder is John Gorham’s latest great restaurant.


Food Reviews & Stories
Much like a Montessori school, Portland chef John Gorham seems to operate on a three-year development cycle. His Northeast Russell Street tapas joint Toro Bravo—famed for its slow-marinated, t   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Restaurant Review: El Cubo de Cuba


Food Reviews & Stories
Little Havana’s Cuban restaurants feel strangely uptight, like they’re run by Republicans. One of the best lunches I’ve had all year, at the Versailles Bakery in Miami, was marred by the u   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

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