First National Taphouse: Bar Review

Second Oregon

Bar Reviews In theory, at least, the area surrounding Portland State University needs more bars. The school has 30,000 students, making it our state’s largest such institution, and yet the bar scene aroun ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Iconic Lounge: Bar Review

Hollywood Babylon

Bar Reviews When one thinks of classic Hollywood, certain images immediately leap to mind. A brooding Marlon Brando in a tight T-shirt, cigarette perched between his fingers. Dustin Hoffman being seduced by ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Barlow: Bar Review

Ceaselessly into the past.

Bar Reviews The new downtown bar Barlow (737 SW Salmon St., 227-0705, barlowpdx.com)—not to be confused with the no-frills, wood-paneled NoPo dive Barlow Tavern—strives for old Hollywood glamour. This sis ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Prettyman’s General: Bar Review

Sitting Pretty.

Bar Reviews You have a better chance of spotting a yeti than a random Humble Brewing handle, considering the homebrew-scale operation sold only about 100 kegs in 2013. So it’s reassuring to hear the bartend ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Fields: Bar Review

Field Goal.

Bar Reviews Picture a sports bar in the Pearl. OK, now add polenta fries, and you’ve got a game plan for The Fields (1139 NW 11th St., 841-6601, thefieldspdx.com), a sports-ish bar that opened in the former M ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Steinhaus: Bar Review

Bar Reviews Not so long ago, the northeast corner of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street was home to a blues bar called Steinhaus. Then, it was a rocker dive called Agenda. Then, a strip club called A ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: Bootleggers Whiskey Bar

Fauxhibition

Bar Reviews Strolling down Broadway Street in ye olde Beaverton, you’ll notice some large barrels with tabletops standing outside a dark, nondescript storefront. Bootleggers Whiskey Bar (12424 SW Broadway ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Mad Sons Pub: Untelevised Revolution

Bar Reviews There is no “I” in Mad Sons (1109 SE Madison St., 265-8531, madsonspub.com). The new Revolutionary War-themed bar is a beautiful hardwood affair complete with 13-star flags, a hearth, a gian ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TeSoAria: Bull’s Blood Supply

Bar Reviews We arrived at TeSoAria (4003 N Williams Ave., 971-229-0050, tesoaria.com) a half-hour before it was scheduled to close on a Thursday evening. We figured it would be a quick visit. Two hours, 10 ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Bar Review: Turn! Turn! Turn! Record Shop Bar

Bar Reviews Portlanders really want to make the record-store bar happen. Witness House of Records, Record Room, Music Millennium’s Kickstarter campaign for that purpose and, now, Turn! Turn! Turn! (8 NE K ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Drank: Tropical Thunder (Gigantic with Larry Clouser)

Drank Hops get all the credit, but yeast does a bunch of the work. Even those big, juicy fruit flavors you like in an IPA are often due as much to the yeast strain as Citra or Simcoe. Tropical Thunder, ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Keep Arequipa Beered

A West Linn native brings Portland beer to a charming Peruvian city.

Drank Arequipa, Peru’s second most populous city, sits in the high desert of the Andes. Other than the 500-year-old Baroque cathedrals, it’s a lot like Bend, says Casey Workman. “We were in Are ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Drank: Billy Whiskey (McMenamins)

Drank It takes a long time to make good whiskey. At minimum, two years in the barrel, though your favorite midshelf bourbon spent seven or more. Oregon’s fledgling distilling industry thus has a few ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Padre Nat’s Tepache (Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider)

Drank The label on a bottle of Reverend Nat’s tepache reads like something out of the J. Peterman catalog: “During a holiday in Veracruz I had a chance meeting with a peddler hawking traditional t ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Skidmore Western Lager (Hopworks Urban Brewery)

Drank People so rarely go to the Brewery Blocks for beer anymore. Back in 1999, the old Weinhard Brewery was shuttered, and though the Henry’s Tavern that replaced it maintains a focus on regional ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Couch Select Lager (Burnside Brewing)

Drank They say if you drink enough craft beer, you’ll come back to lager. After trying all those barrel-aged imperials and hop bombs, you find yourself just wanting something crisp and clean. I didn ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Buzz List 8/27/14

Drank 1. Rum Club 720 SE Sandy Blvd., 265-8807, rumclubpdx.com.  Born as the bar and waiting room for Beaker & Flask, this snug cocktail bar has outlived its sister restaurant, coming into it ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Portland's Boozed-up Frozen and Slushy Drinks

Getting slushed in the summer.

Drank Slushies have proved to be this summer’s breakout hit. Adult-grade Slurpees are popping up all over Portland, from familiar dives like the Standard to high-end cocktail bars like Rum Club. H ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, RIAN NIELSEN, MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drank: Tahoma Kriek (Double Mountain)

Drank No one scoffs at fruity beer anymore. Citrus-spiked IPAs are ubiquitous, Stiegl radler has replaced PBR among a certain class of well-coifed patio drinker, and you can find everything from passi ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Buzz List 8/6/14

Drank 1. Scout Beer Garden Southeast Belmont Street and 43rd Avenue, scoutpdx.com.  You’re only a block from the Horse Brass—but who wants to be stuffed into a dim British pub on a sunny day? ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

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

Food Cart Review: Luang Prabang

Food Cart Reviews Laos’ porous borders—from both directions along the Mekong River—have left its cuisine’s borders equally nebulous. The sticky rice, larb and green papaya salad that originated in Laos ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Deutschland Curry

Food Cart Reviews If you are what you eat, Berliners are made of currywurst. The homegrown flavor of postwar Berlin is Herta Heuwer’s patented sauce of English curry, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup, slathered ... More

May 21, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Gastro Mania

Food Cart Reviews Foie gras is like steroids for meat flavor: shamelessly fatty and mildly illicit, so effective it feels like cheating. In Tokyo, Wendy’s puts foie gras on a hamburger. French burger chain Quic ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rua

Food Cart Reviews In Vietnam, pistachios are a rare imported luxury. At Jason Myers’ new Vietnamese cart, Rua, they’re a baseline. His green papaya salad subs in pistachios for the customary peanuts, and the ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sabrosa Barbosa

Food Cart Reviews Silvia Barbosa asks only two questions when presented with indecisive customers at Sabrosa Barbosa: “Are you a vegetarian?” (No.) “Do you like spicy foods?” (Yes.) If those are your answer ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

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

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

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am 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

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Drink Mobile

How beer helped save the food-cart phenomenon.

Food Reviews & Stories Tidbit Food Farm and Garden doesn’t look much like the apocalypse. It’s a sunny afternoon, and Portland’s newest food-cart pod—with 20 eateries, a mobile apothecary and a school bus sell ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

BTU Brasserie: Restaurant Review

The city’s moribund brewpub food scene gets a Szechuan kick.

Food Reviews & Stories A bold prediction: Brewpub food in Portland is going to get better, and fast. Sure, it’s been 30 years since Oregon brewers won the right to sell onsite, and those decades have seen little e ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Mediterranean Exploration Company: Restaurant Review

John Gorham’s Mediterranean Exploration Company on choppy seas.

Food Reviews & Stories “Mediterranean Exploration Company” is a mouthful, but there’s no word wasted. Recipes are, indeed, pulled from across the region that begins at Gibraltar and ends at the foot of the Zag ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Fireside: Restaurant Review

Fireside is a hot spot thanks to two great new hires.

Food Reviews & Stories Fireside doesn’t poach eggs—but damn if they can’t pull a chef and lead bartender. When it opened a year ago, the restaurant had already dramatically transformed the catacomb of Northwes ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pepper Box Cafe: Food Review

Food Reviews & Stories Last October, the Pepper Box food cart was scrambling to move from a redeveloping lot, leaving Hatchheads to bemoan the city’s lack of decent New Mexican food. Things are very different now. O ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Hole Shebang

The Buckman Bagel Institute brings the old-world bagel back home.

Food Reviews & Stories Harley Leiber says it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. When he makes bagels, he likes the cool, misty days—the ones Portland was known for before the weather got all screwy and Midwest ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by 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

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

St. Jack: Restaurant Review

St Jack’s new bar gives the burger, dog and fries a whole new accent.

Food Reviews & Stories St. Jack is less of a saint these days. The old eastside bouchon—which closed in February, when the restaurant hopped the river to Northwest 23rd Avenue—was a cozily domestic Portland take ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

GOODBYE, FAREWELL AND AMEN

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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