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Battered and Fried

Batter Griddle & Drinkery is sloppy drunk food.

Food Reviews & Stories
If Cheech and Chong opened a restaurant honoring their weed-humor heyday, I’m certain it would bear an uncanny resemblance to Batter Griddle & Drinkery. Batter, which opened to much fanfare in M   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

The Oregonian Names 2016 Restaurant of the Year

Restaurant not yet named or built-out, but chef is good.


As if yesterday’s coronation of 2-week-old Renata as its 2015 restaurant of the year wasn’t bizarre enough, The Oregonian today announced its 2016 restaurant of the year will be Erik Van Kley’s as-yet-unnamed and not fully built-out spot in the Central Eastside Industrial...   More
Thursday, June 18, 2015 by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

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
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Getting Ready for Oregon v. Ohio State... by Eating Dallas' Best Food


Death or glory. The Clash’s pissed-off punk anthem has been pinballing around my lizard brain since The University of Oregon finished its Rose Bowl beatdown of Jameis Winston and his tomahawk-chopping Florida State probation buddies. That win was the most glorious of all for diehard Ducks fans like me—high fives and euphoria crescendoed in its wake—but there was an even bi...   More
Monday, January 12, 2015 by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Go Fish

A meat eater dives deep into Davy Jones’ Locker.

Food Reviews & Stories
This fall, I idiotically pledged to become a fish eater for 31 days. No good reason. I like seafood, I thought, so how hard could it be? But once you’ve told anyone about a resolution—wh   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Castagna: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 231-7373, castagnarestaurant.com [MODERN GARDEN] Under chef Justin Woodward, the elegant, modernist-leaning Castagna is as good as it's ever been.   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Pok Pok: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
3226 SE Division St., 232-1387, pokpokpdx.com. [THAI ROYALTY] Less than 10 years ago, Andy Ricker was a guy in a shack on sleepy Division Street slinging transcendent Thai-   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Szechuan Chef: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
5331 SW Macadam Ave., 227-3136, szechuanchef.us [MEET THE HEAT] Szechuan Chef is all kinds of unlikely. Not only is it excellent food in the demilitarized zone of southwest   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Tarad Thai: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
601 SE Morrison St., 234-4102, taradpdx.com [NEXT-TIER THAI] Remember why you're here: damn good renditions of several Thai standards, a few offerings with a little added    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 3, Ataula

A new best tapas in town.

Restaurant Guide
Ataula celebrated its one-year anniversary in late August, with flamenco music and dance. The packed house was rollicking, which says a lot since this was a Wednesday night in the barely noticea   More
Sunday, October 12, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN
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