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The Taco Trail

¿Donde debemos comer en Woodburn?


Food Reviews & Stories
Woodburn wears a lot of sombreros. Shoppers stop at the town north of Salem for its outlet mall. Gearheads go for the drag strip. Foodniks know the majority-Latino town as the state’s mecca of   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN, NICK ZUKIN

Can I Get A Ramen?

One man’s quest for the best bowl in Portland.


Food Reviews & Stories
Portlanders love comfort food, and there’s no Japanese food more comforting than a hot bowl of ramen. We spent some chilly winter nights sampling 20 bowls at 13 restaurants around town. Ramen, a    More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 NICK ZUKIN

Chocolate Love

Nick Zukin eats his way through Portland’s cocoa bounty.


Food Reviews & Stories
Valentine’s Day is all about romance. And by “romance,” I mean sex. Whether you’re trying to get sex or you’re trying    More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 NICK ZUKIN

BurgerQuest

Local blogger and restaurateur Nick Zukin ate 72 bistro burgers in three months to find the ultimate burger in Portland.


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Photos By Cameron BrowneUntil recently, a burger made on your own backyard grill was better than anything you could get from a diner, drive-in or drive-thru. Only with the rise of the “bistro bu ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 NICK ZUKIN

Pan Labyrinth


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There’s something wonderful about the aroma of bread baking. Even Franz with its Wonder-soft loaves smells good when the ovens are on. But Mexican bakeries—panaderias—are a whole oth ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 NICK ZUKIN

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Beaverton’s Aloha Mall is a nexus of good eats. That’s not sarcasm. With two of outer-PDX’s best taco trucks (Ely’s and Mexico Lindo), plus this Salvadoran gem, it truly is. The sopa de pata ($9) is heavily seasoned, but gelatin-rich with odorless tripe and vegetables permeat   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 NICK ZUKIN

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
The enormous menu here offers the Salvadoran food of the cook and owner, Silvia Espino Vargaz, the Guatemalan food of her husband, Jaime Sandoval, and the Mexican dishes Vargaz has cooked elsewhere. La Guanaquita sells the best pupusas in the metro area—freshly made and ungreasy with well-seas   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 NICK ZUKIN

Pupusa Quest

For the best Salvadoran food around, you gotta get beyond Portland’s city limits.


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BEYOND BURRITOS: Cheese pupusas and a Salvadorian beer at La Guanaquita in Hillsboro. IMAGE: chrisryanphoto.com“It’s like Mexican food. This here, it’s like a quesadilla,” the ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 NICK ZUKIN


Food Reviews & Stories
There are only four tables inside this downtown Beaverton lunch spot, which also sells pupusas at the Beaverton Farmers Market. Unfortunately, the pupusas—soggy and pulled straight from the fridge—are the worst item on the menu. However, the tamales, also available at New Seasons, ar   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 NICK ZUKIN


Food Reviews & Stories
Hidden in the back of a tiny strip mall across from Syun Izakaya, this Guatemalan restaurant and bakery can sometimes be worth seeking out. You can hear the cook pat out pupusas for each order. They’re generous with the fillings, but the flavors are unbalanced. The curtido is average at be   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 NICK ZUKIN
 

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