Untapped and Tap That: Tap Takeover

Bar Reviews In 2013, when WW published its first Beer Guide, it was pretty easy to list the city’s serious beer bars. Even here in Beervana, each quadrant had only a few destinations with an ever-changi ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Liquor Store: House of Blue

Bar Reviews There’s something bittersweet about a shiny new bar naming a drink after the previous occupant. In the case of the Blue Monk, doubly so. Formerly a jazz club, it ran into problems after hostin ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Likewise: Not Really Like Anything

Bar Reviews Likewise (3564 SE Hawthorne Blvd., likewise.website) is part bar, part performance art—a callback to the money-free, improvised ’90s, when Miranda July was still making origami out of Port ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Prospect Bottleshop & Bar: Good Apple

Bar Reviews Like any good prospector, Prospect Bottleshop & Bar (1611 NE Killingsworth St., 971-229-0422, prospectbottleshop.com) understands the importance of location. Northeast 16th Avenue and Killin ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Savoy Tavern: Bar Review

In, Out, In

Bar Reviews Things are changing fast at Savoy Tavern (2500 SE Clinton St., 808-9999, savoypdx.com). Broder proprietor Peter Bro’s “Midwestern-inspired American food” tavern on Clinton Corner was never ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Habesha Lounge: Say Wat

Bar Reviews Habesha Lounge (801 NE Broadway, 284-4299) is either a party on top of an Ethiopian restaurant, or it’s a bar that stumbled into a patio party. Loosely open Tuesdays through Saturdays, it mo ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Maven and FoPo Tavern: Bar Review

Bar Reviews Given most passersby are flying at 40 mph, it takes some time for a new bar to build a crowd in Foster-Powell. At least that’s the word at Bar Maven (6219 SE Foster Road, 384-2079, barmaven-pd ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Brannon’s: Beaver Bran

Beaver Bran

Bar Reviews Is it time to get my oil changed? This is all I can think about while sitting at Brannon’s (3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 567-8003, brannonsbrewery.com), Beaverton’s newest brewpub. The ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Rams Head: Tempest in a Martini Glass

Bar Reviews Mike and Brian McMenamin seem steadfast in their belief that if a thing should be done, it should be done a lot. Their Edgefield distillery built up to 9- and 13-year brandies before becoming on ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Gracie’s at Hotel deLuxe: Merry Christmas

Bar Reviews Maybe it’s childhood church services, or maybe it’s just memories cribbed from movies, but there’s something reassuring about being in a large, ornate room during the holidays. A space that ... More


Pickin’ Pubs

Where to go for draft and bottled ciders.

Drank Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider 1813 NE 2nd Ave., 567-2221, reverendnatshardcider.com. The hardwooded taproom at Nat’s runs eight taps with only his own product, which is wide-ranging enough you�� ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Upcoming Portland Cider Events

Drank Thursday, Feb. 26 Cider Riot Tap Takeover Civic Taproom, 621 SW 19th Ave., thecivictaproom.com. Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s garage cidery will take over a bar larger than his cidery. Expect the ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: 25 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

The ultimate vertical tasting of Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve.

Drank Today’s Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve is not craft beer. Made by MillerCoors at an undisclosed location, the bottles of “Northwest-style lager” now shipped across the country aren’t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, PARKER HALL

Top 5 New Oregon Ciders

Drank Cider of the Year 7 Deadly Sins: Envy Reverend Nat’s/Barley Brown’s Unlike some cider makers, Nat West loves beer. Really loves beer. When he’s not downing ales after a cider festival—a ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Cider, Cidre, Sidra

A primer on the cider styles of the Old World.

Drank While America’s founding fathers drank the stuff for breakfast, American cider lags far behind the Europeans thanks to Prohibition. Originally used to create ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by Tyler Hurst

New World Ciders That Drink Like Old World Ciders

Drank Virtue Sidra de Nava When he sold Goose Island brewing to Anheuser-Busch, Greg Hall knew he’d have to stay out of beer for a while. He had a great fallback: traditional Old World ciders made ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Drank: Tropicalia (Breakside Brewery)

Drank A good chili beer is the ultimate rope-a-dope. You drink a little beer, and the spice hits. You get a little tingle and want to quash it with more cold beer, then more spice hits. When the lasti ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Death Wish Bunny (Hi-Wheel)

Drank It is not wine. It is not mead. It is not cider. Until its mead program gets off the ground in six months, Portland’s Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead Co. mostly makes “fizzy wines”—fermented, ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Bourbon St. Chocolate (BuzzBar)

Drank Alcohol-infused ice cream bars from a bodega? Yeah, get this novelty while you can. Somewhere, someone’s mom is about to start lobbying for a ban on BuzzBars. That’ll be especially stupid gi ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Review: Hawthorne’s Best Bitter (Lucky Labrador)

Drank As one of the original six recipes at Lucky Lab, Hawthorne’s Best Bitter has been around for a generation. Come this October, the beer would be 21, old enough to drink itself, if beers could ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Taste of Poland: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews If it’s been a while since you stopped in, you might be surprised to discover just how much Cartlandia has become a weird little world. While most Portland pods remain confined to ever-narrowi ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Stoopid Burger: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Some of the best french fries in Portland are served crinkle-cut and salty in a crumpled paper bag, in a rain-slicked parking lot, by two guys who seem as if they’re having the time of their l ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Monk’s Deli

Food Cart Reviews Nobody ever thinks of Delaware when they say “cheesesteak.” Forgive them—they don’t know nothing. The Mid-Atlantic’s best-loved sandwich travels downstream on the Pepsi-sugared waters ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Ash Woodfired Pizza: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Ash is easy to like. The wood-fired sourdough pizzas in the little Sellwood cart are made with attention and forethought from luxe ingredients, brushed with garlic butter after they’re removed ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Umai: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews To get to Umai, you need a little faith. Turn down a street that doesn’t look like a street, and behind the Hazel Room and Red Velvet Parlour, facing a wall with quotes about murder, you’ll ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Russian Horse: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews A Russian horse must be no-nonsense and a hard worker, built for terrible winters. But at Russian Horse food cart, stick with snacks and desserts—food for dawdlers and wastrels. The Sellwood ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Haan Ghin: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Portland now has a second contender for an iconic food-cart chicken dish from Southeast Asia, and its name is mii gai. Nong Poonsukwattana, maker of Portland’s go-to Thai chicken-and-rice di ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE


Food Cart Reviews Takoyaki is like the corn dog of Japan—a savory snack for streetside stalls and festivals. But Japan being Japan, the little fried flour balls are generally filled not with pork but chewy octo ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Food Cart Review: Kim Jong Grillin’

Food Cart Reviews Kim Jong Grillin’ went down the same year as its namesake. In 2011, on the same night it won a judge’s choice award as the favorite food cart at Willamette Week’s Eat Mobile festival, Han ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mama Chow’s & Uncle Tsang’s

Food Cart Reviews Shanghai street fare is legendary: dumplings, fried chicken, duck neck, smoked fish, you name it. But in Portland, Chinese food carts are a bewildering rarity, aside from a couple noodle shops o ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Fill ’Er Up

A survey of Portland’s gas-station food spots.

Food Reviews & Stories In the heartland, where the towns that survive are built along the great and open freeway, no gas station is just a gas station. It’s the town square, the place everybody goes, home to fresh ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sum Boke Brunch

Boke Bowl’s westside location enters the dim sum game.

Food Reviews & Stories No cuisine is pure and unadulterated. The walls historically separating one group’s food culture from another’s have always been porous, riven and worn by prevailing trade routes and battl ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Farina Bakery

Food Reviews & Stories The macaron is an unlikely feat of wizardry—tender and crisp in turns, a bright-hued confection every bit as stratified as Detroit economics. There is voodoo involved, folklore about whether ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

Feb 17, 2015 04:29 pm 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

Feb 17, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Verdigris: Restaurant Review

French-accented Verdigris serves some terrific brunch, but dinner is a work in progress.

Food Reviews & Stories When your mom asked to go to a “nice” restaurant back in the day, she maybe pictured something like Verdigris. Chef Johnny Nunn’s French-tinged spot opened very quietly in December on Nort ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Tacos Chavez: Restaurant Review

Tacos Chavez brings Michoacán to Southeast Foster Road.

Food Reviews & Stories If you’re still clinging to the old truism about the best Mexican fare coming from places with bars on the windows and glossy billboard menus showing photos of enchiladas, it’s time to give ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR


Don’t settle for subpar Super Bowl nachos.

Food Reviews & Stories There’s a lot that can go wrong with nachos. An unfavorable ratio of chips to toppings, congealed cheese sauce, globs of brown guacamole, tough chicken—any of these moving parts can break, ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

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

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by 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

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Hotseat: The Third Degree

A climatologist describes how global warming will alter the wine industry.

Q & A Gregory Jones can see the future…of booze. A climatologist at Southern Oregon University, Jones is an expert in why wines taste the way they do in the places they do. But as global warming rec ... More

Sep 11, 2013 12:01 am by RUTH BROWN

The Second Bite

z-Bite Club A conversation I overheard while I was shoveling dry sautéed string beans into my craw at that Chinese joint Hunan almost made me kill a man."I like to eat the same thing most days, that way I ... More

Jan 18, 2006 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Dear (Bite) Diary

Delicious dish ripped right from our reporter's notebook.

z-Bite Club Located on Southwest 4th Avenue, Romeo Bakery (520 SW 4th Ave., 241-7970) looks and tastes like what Bite Club would imagine a three-way between a subway station, a Japanese bakery and an American sch ... More

Jan 4, 2006 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Snack To The Future

z-Bite Club Buckle up! Bite Club's takin' a high-speed tour through Portland food 2005.FOODSTUFF, USA The launch of big name restaurants, from David Machado's spice-router Vindahlo (see review, page 49) to Bruce ... More

Dec 28, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Of Holy Oil And Budget Bottles

z-Bite Club Not to take anything way from the awesome brewpubs and hard-drinking eateries that dot the weedy stretch of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard that lies between the Willamette River and Southeast 12th Aven ... More

Dec 21, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Touched By The Frosting

Saint Cupcake blesses Northwest Portland.

z-Bite Club "I have a confession to make," Bite Club moaned ecstatically as we crammed a gooey chunk of rich, hot-fudge-drizzled cupcake in our pie hole. "I hate cupcakes." The woman across from us shook her butt ... More

Dec 14, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Have Stomach, Will Travel

A culinary couple taste-trots the world.

z-Bite Club The husband-and-wife culinary exploration force of Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid has been slogging through the back alleys of Thailand and hunkering down in the rural villages of Sri Lanka and Tibet ... More

Nov 30, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Bite Club Diary

Gut reactions ripped right from our reporter's notebook.

z-Bite Club 8:50 pm Tuesday, Nov. 8It's all smooth rock ahead tonight at the Cafe Wonder (128 NE Russell St., 284-8686), the Wonder Ballroom's congenial subterranean watering hole and diner. House of Cunt's Amber ... More

Nov 23, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Field King/Dairy Queen

Singing the praises of sustainable farming and ice-cream sammies.

z-Bite Club Before Bite Club can even get down to the sweet stuff this week, our tableside correspondent Ivy Manning has news of a hot food date:Fields of Plenty, the new book by organic farmer Michael Ableman, h ... More

Nov 16, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

Shake A Tail Feather

Your early-bird guide to Thanksgiving dinner domination.

z-Bite Club It's all about planning ahead when it comes to great holiday eats, so we've created a list of shopping spots (for awesome dining-out Thanks options, see left) that can help you attain Thanksgiving din ... More

Nov 9, 2005 12:00 am by Kelly Clarke, Leah Sottile

Bolder Sky

z-Bite Club The walls cluttered with folk art, those antique chandeliers and that huge, cinematic black-and-white mural: Ever since North Mississippi's Bold-Sky Cafe and Studios (3943 N Mississippi Ave., 287-0154 ... More

Nov 2, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

PDX, The Appetizer

Think 2007 tasted good? Wait until you get a nibble of 2008.

z-Eat Me More restaurants opened their doors in Portland in 2007 than any other year in recent memory. During some stretches, it seemed a new eatery would debut every weekend. And you know what? That was great ... More

Dec 26, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Blithe Spirits

Toasting PDX’s drink leaders.

z-Eat Me Of the 100 or so micro distilleries in the entire USA, Portland’s industrial-eastside neighborhood is home to four of them, with three more on the way by 2009. Maybe that’s why bartenders ... More

Dec 12, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Pearl Pickings

Imports claim Northwest territory.

z-Eat Me If the newish Pearl District eatery Leonardo’s (939 NW Lovejoy St., 546-2223) , which took over the spot where Graze once resided, were a car, it’d be a Ford Aerostar minivan. If it were ... More

Dec 5, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

East and Eden

The public market has lost its digs. Should it shift its gaze eastward?

z-Eat Me After a Portland Development Commission vote, the Portland Public Market’s nearly decade-long search for a home has collapsed again. The Pacific Northwest College of Art outmaneuvered backers of ... More

Nov 21, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Clinton Inhales

Fresh bread, bowling and the best five-buck noodles in town.

z-Eat Me South Waterfront condos have river views and the Pearl District has neon totem poles, but here’s a condo amenity that beats ’em all—the lucky residents of the Clinton Condominiums wi ... More

Nov 14, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Are You Kitchen Literate?

An Oregon author wants to re-educate your pie hole.

z-Eat Me Technology has been adding new links to the food chain for a century, but thanks to books like Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma , our disconnect with what we eat is common cocktail ... More

Nov 7, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Food Invasion

imperialism doesn’t always suck.

z-Eat Me WW’ s recent Restaurant Guide debut made for busy Portland restaurants, so I skipped town, landing at the Seattle Vietnamese eatery Monsoon (615 19th Ave. E., Seattle, 206-325-2111) just minut ... More

Oct 31, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

At First Bite

New joints, good coffee and beach food.

z-Eat Me That Portland’s South Waterfront was predestined to become a beach town is not a surprise. Right from the get-go, its deep-pocketed master planners—including Pearl honcho Homer Williams&md ... More

Oct 24, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Silly Young Thing

Alberta lost an oyster bar, but it just gained a tapas powerhouse.

z-Eat Me Giorgio Kawas must love Portland a lot. So much so that the Italian-born restaurateur, whose eponymous Pearl District bistro has charmed diners for nearly a decade, wooed a pair of chefs (who once wor ... More

Oct 10, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin

Public Marketing?????

What’s missing from the push for a portland public market? The public.

z-Eat Me Last Friday night, more than 500 Portlanders paid $50 apiece to attend a fundraiser at Union Station for the proposed Portland Public Market. The iconic train station was packed with people excited by ... More

Oct 3, 2007 12:00 am by Mike Thelin


z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS,The last time Miss Dish will write that greeting is right there. She will also dispense with the third person and give it to you straight--I am leaving my post at the Dish desk afte ... More

Aug 6, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Feeding Tube

z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS, Is the new reality show The Restaurant, served Sunday nights on NBC, anything like the real thing? You've got the hottie chef. The barky money-man. The actor-waiters.The antisocia ... More

Jul 30, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Doughnut vs. Doughnut

z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS,For years Miss Dish has tried to tell the people that, while restaurant reviews may be interesting or informative or some combination of the two, they have no power over the life an ... More

Jul 23, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Smokin' Indo

z-Miss Dish Ginger beef burger with papaya ketchup. Chicken braised in coconut milk, green tomatoes and lemon-lime chili paste. Soy-lacquered pork loin with sweet-potato mash, curried slaw and Asian-pear chut ... More

Jul 16, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

3- Ring Circus

z-Miss Dish There's panic a-brewing at the Carrousel Restaurant (formerly the Carnival) located at the foot of Oregon Health & Science University. Loyal customers, who have staunchly frequented the over-50-ye ... More

Jul 9, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Red, White and Chew: Diner's Diary

z-Miss Dish Dear Diary,Happy Birthday, America, you old hag. Let's eat. Here are some recent adventures recounted for your voyeuristic pleasure:*The streets were clogged with a dizzying array of mouth-breathers ... More

Jul 2, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

About Last Night...

z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS, Two nights, two event reviews....Rogue Ales' Sausage Extravaganza Tuesday, June 17 Rogue Ales Public House 1339 NW Flanders St., 222-5910Miss Dish wasn't sure how this one would pl ... More

Jun 25, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Assorted and Sundry

z-Miss Dish Gentle Reader, You know how hot the Ripe consortium is--the catering, the coffee shop, the underground/above-ground family suppers. It's kinda old news, really, except there's newish news. Josh S ... More

Jun 18, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Spring Diner's Diary

z-Miss Dish Dear Diary: Saturday, March 29 Tin Shed Garden Cafe 1438 NE Alberta St., 288-6966 Miss Dish has been a fan of this lovely breakfast haunt since the get-go. She loves the dimple-cute staff, the ... More

May 28, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

Sir, How Could You?

z-Miss Dish GENTLE READERS, Miss Dish was excited when she received an invitation to an art gallery where the work in question would be an homage to food itself. As you know, food is one of Miss D.'s favorit ... More

May 21, 2003 12:00 am by Caryn B. Brooks

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