Piglet: Little Piggy Went to Pub

Bar Reviews Over the speakers, the newly uncoupled Chris Martin sings a song about how we never change. But inside Piglet (17730 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego, 635-7427, pineshedribs.com), everything is quite ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Spin Laundry Lounge: Quick Slosh

Bar Reviews Most proper college towns have at least one musty, old basement dive that swapped its pool tables for a handful of rickety Maytags that “fell off the back of a truck.” Portland deserves someth ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Double Barrel: Barreling Forward

Bar Reviews If it’s on the wall at Double Barrel (2002 SE Division St., 234-1420), it’s either a gun or something it shot. The walls pack more heat than a Texas wedding party. Even the clocks and mirrors ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bitter End Pub: New Kicks

Bar Reviews The original Bitter End Pub (1981 W Burnside St., 432-8236, bitterendpdx.com) was more a bitter beginning. It was a dim, dirty, piss-and-vinegar-fry dive that germinated a drunken army of Portland ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pepe Le Moko: Home Of The $16 Midshelf Gin and Tonic

Bar Reviews For a bar that barely announces its presence—just a plain storefront, the name in cursive on the window—Pepe Le Moko (407 SW 10th Ave., 546-8537, pepelemokopdx.com) arrives with a near-cacophono ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Luchador: Breaking Kayfabe

Bar Reviews There’s an obvious metaphor that applies to Trebol’s rebranding as Luchador (4835 N Albina Ave., 517-9347, luchadorpdx.com). Here, an unspectacular Mexican restaurant dons a mask and transforms ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Soma Kombucha Speakeasy: Basement Booch

Bar Reviews Certain things about Soma Kombucha Speakeasy (7319 N John Ave., facebook.com/somapdx) are very much like a speakeasy. Starting with the fact that it’s hidden under an insurance office and you ga ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by LYLA ROWEN

Pod Bar: Drink Mobile

Bar Reviews Have you ever spent the night at a campground packed with recently retired RVers who all seem to know each other? That’s the vibe at Pod Bar (5205 SE Foster Road, facebook.com/cartsonfoster), ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Huckleberry Pub: Grandma’s Watching Her Stories

Bar Reviews The little upstairs bar at Huckleberry Pub (2327 NW Kearney St., 228-5553, huckleberrypub.com) has the feeling of a mountain refuge. Not just because we visited this wood-toned space in a converte ... More

Feb 12, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Daddy Mojo’s: Detroit, What?

Bar Reviews Daddy Mojo’s (1501 NE Fremont St., 282-0956) is the closest Portland will ever get to a Detroit bar. At least, this is what an enthusiastic Motor City friend tells me while touting the sports ... More

Feb 5, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Second Bite

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Drank: Red Sea (Big Island/Caldera)

Drank On paper, Red Sea, the collaboration between Ashland’s Caldera and Hawaii’s Big Island Brewing, looks like a messy wreck. The brew includes pink peppercorns, Himalayan pink salt, molasses and ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Get Sprung

Taste-testing the crop of new and unfamiliar seasonal beers.

Drank Spring is here—well, sort of—and with it a new crop of local brews. So far, 2014 looks to be the year of the citrus IPA, with a host of new fruit-forward pale ales landing on local taps and ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

Drank: Beer Brother

Forest Grove’s SakeOne is now selling rice wine in kegs.

Drank When Americans think of sake, they usually remember the Japanese rice spirit as an acidic thimbleful served hot with sushi or dropped into a beer—experiences that don’t beg to be repeated. F ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by Adrienne So

Drank: Mirror Mirror (Deschutes)

Drank There’s still a full 12 months before you’re supposed to cut the wax topper off Mirror Mirror, the new super-limited barleywine from Deschutes Brewery. It’s been five years since the last ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Devils Bit (McMenamins Edgefield Distillery)

Drank There’s still precious little proper whiskey made in Oregon. Give it a few years and there will be, but right now most whiskey sold with local labels is either immature white dog or stuff that ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Everybody Pogo (Cider Riot)

Drank Cider Riot’s Abram Goldman-Armstrong has deep roots in the cider orchards. As a teenager, he picked cider apples in Yamhill County, then made his first batch of booze from Red Delicious apples ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Devil’s Kriek 2012 (Double Mountain)

Drank The just-released bottles of Double Mountain’s Devil’s Kriek have two very important numbers on them. The first is the year the beer was brewed—2012—which, in following the wine world’ ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Long Dark Winter Milk Stout (Fort George)

Drank Astoria’s Fort George Brewery is the most ambitious stout-maker in the state, releasing 14 different big, dark beers this month and throwing a “dark” festival out at the windy coast. This mi ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Sintrus Citrus IPA (Heathen Brewing)

Drank A year ago, the hop race was getting bitter. As the IBUs in local IPAs continued their steady climb, I found myself totally bored with the style. My faith was renewed by juicy IPAs like Laurelwo ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Heisenberg Reduced-Gluten Midwestern IPA (Bunsenbrewer)

Drank Heisenberg is not Breaking Bad blue. Bunsenbrewer’s “Midwest-style” IPA—not as hoppy as a West Coast IPA, but not quite Old World mellow—is naturally yellowish in hue, meaning blue foo ... More

Feb 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

PDX, The Appetizer

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Steak Frites PDX

Food Cart Reviews Captured by Porches does not make Belgian beer. That wasn’t a problem until Steak Frites PDX moved in across from the little green bus in the pod behind Crema coffee shop at Southeast 28th Avenu ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Pulehu Pizza

Food Cart Reviews Pulehu Pizza started out as a joke among friends: quitting their day jobs, moving to the beach and grilling pizzas for a living. And then Pierre Prevost and Annabelle Eastling, owners and pizzai ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

Road Runner Barbecue

Food Cart Reviews After dark, as the eateries begin to close and dim, the sprawling Carts on Foster lot begins to look less like a food pod and more like a spooky trailer park—the sort of backwater roadside spot ... More

Jan 8, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Maine Street Lobster

Food Cart Reviews The Maine Street Lobster cart is a mess of improbable. A streetside lobster seller might be normal at a wharf in the other Portland, where the beast actually exists, but here it’s a logistical nightmare: The ... More

Dec 31, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Duende

Food Cart Reviews In flamenco, duende is the thing that makes you cry, or dance, or play at all—sort of the gypsy version of what James Brown meant when he said “soul.” It’s this spirit that inspired An ... More

Nov 13, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Burrasca

Food Cart Reviews With Wolf and Bear’s stacked falafel wraps, Guero’s rich tortas and Captured by Porches beer around a fireplace, the little cart pod on Southeast 28th Avenue and Ankeny Street was already on ... More

Oct 23, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Guero

Food Cart Reviews Guero basically means “white boy,” and—let’s get this out of the way—that’s one of the people who’ll be making your tortas and huaraches at this pretty little cart on Southeast 28t ... More

Sep 25, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Tiffin Asha

Food Cart Reviews Dosas are rare in Portland proper. The crepelike Southern Indian staple is mostly known locally through places like Southeast Hawthorne’s Dwaraka and Hillsboro’s Chennai Masala, which serves n ... More

Sep 18, 2013 12:01 am by HALEY MARTIN

Gabagool

Food Cart Reviews Gabagool is a fun word to say. Turns out, it’s Jersey Italian slang for capicola, that gloriously salty cold cut of pork shoulder. It was a favorite of Tony Soprano’s, and if you swing by this ... More

Sep 11, 2013 12:01 am by HALEY MARTIN

Thrive Pacific NW

Food Cart Reviews Thrive catered my wedding. That’s not so much a disclosure—we’re not friends with the owners and we paid the going rate—as it is an endorsement. Because if Thrive, which just opened its ... More

Sep 4, 2013 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Oslo in the Summertime

Dinner at Broder Nord is pleasant but strangely quiet.

Food Reviews & Stories There’s an instinctual pause before reaching for the door handle. There’s scant proof of life behind the window. But back at the curb, a sandwich board advertises openness. The door gives. App ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

It’s Local Somewhere

The American Local is an intriguing blend of diner flavors.

Food Reviews & Stories The American Local is neither American nor local—which is to say, it’s as American as it gets. Like Smallwares, which it mirrors on the Portland city map, this clean-lined modern space is heav ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

A Dispatch From the Pale Continent

Food Reviews & Stories Dearest Anne, I hope this letter finds you well. Things are well here, especially as the sun has finally shown its bright face in this Pale Continent, a considerable improvement from the drearine ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Knuckle Sandwich

Food Reviews & Stories Knuckle Sandwich’s grinders come cut into fist-size halves—fist-size if you happen to be a massive Sicilian enforcer—and they’re as forthright and sloppy as a street brawl. This old-scho ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Macaromania

Taste-testing Portland macarons.

Food Reviews & Stories For a dessert built from a frail little shell of egg white, the macaron has proven surprisingly durable. Back in February 2010, the confection’s burgeoning popularity was documented by NPR’s ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by SAVANNAH WASSERMAN, KATHRYN PEIFER

Nick’s Big Beard

McMinnville Italian joint is second America’s Classic in Oregon.

Food Reviews & Stories James Beard was a native Oregonian, but before last week only one restaurant in the state held the highest honor given in his name. In my opinion, that’s at least being deemed one of America�� ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Jump the Stump

Changes are percolating at Stumptown—literally.

Food Reviews & Stories When news broke in 2011 that Duane Sorenson’s caffeine fiefdom had been sold, many observers—this newspaper included—expected big changes at Stumptown Coffee Roasters and its cafes were immi ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by RUTH BROWN

Maurice

Food Reviews & Stories Maurice, named after chef-owner Kristen D. Murray’s pet rabbit, is bright white as an art gallery, with signage on reams of butcher paper in the front window. The sunnily domestic train-car bist ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pizza For One

Our favorite slices, slabs and personal pies.

Food Reviews & Stories Stumptown isn’t a slice town. Portland’s strength isn’t making the greasy triangles Sipowicz folded and stuffed into his mouth on NYPD Blue, but producing pizzas in more diverse and nuanced ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Star-Crossed

Ecliptic shoots for the moon, makes a pretty good sandwich.

Food Reviews & Stories Portland brewery food tends to be solid, but far from spectacular. That is to say, you’ll never find foodies and wine lovers making reservations to get Breakside’s hummus, Lompoc’s wings o ... More

Feb 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

GOODBYE, FAREWELL AND AMEN

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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?

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

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
 

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