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Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Wine snobbery got a little more accessible this spring when MetroVino opened across from Tanner Springs Park. The restaurant offers all of its 64 wines by the 1.5-ounce taste or 4.5-ounce glass, thanks to the high-tech Enomatic wine system, a giant behind-the-bar dispenser that keeps wine fresh for    More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 LIZ CRAIN

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Antipasti is what it’s all about at Caffe Mingo’s more affordable, less formal, sexier next-door neighbor, Bar Mingo. Ten-plus generously proportioned small plates feature everything from fresh discs of pillowy chèvre in a spicy tomato sauce, served with bruschetta, to sauté   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 LIZ CRAIN

Drink 2010


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“It tastes like Christmas.” That’s how a Vintage Cocktail bartender describes the Czech Becherovka herbal liqueur as he pours a taster ($2.75). The Montavilla bar owned by Justin Akins and his wife, Jaeymee, which opened last July, is packed with these kinds of boozy presents. The    More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 LIZ CRAIN

Devour 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
[VEGGIES FOR VEGANS] Proper Eats feels like a henna- and hemp-built food cooperative: There’s a kitchen and cafe attached, and regular events include saved-seed swaps and open-mic nights. The small market up front carries a good amount of bulk foods—spices, flours, grains, cereals and li   More
 
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 LIZ CRAIN

Devour 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
[VEGAN SCONES] Located in Portland’s only vegan mini-mall, Sweetpea has a fully vegan sweet-and-savory bakery case, as well as a sit-down-and-stay-awhile cafe serving breakfast, lunch and then some. It’s a low-key neighborhood hangout with folks eating toasted bagels and vegan spread, an   More
 
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 LIZ CRAIN

Devour 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
[CARIBBEAN, AFRICAN] If you want to discover a new food or seasoning, head to the bright red, yellow and green Caribbean Spice and give yourself some time. Although the shop isn’t too large, you’ll find everything from unusual flours (plaintain, fufu, farina) and spices (jerk and adobo b   More
 
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 LIZ CRAIN

Devour 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
[FRESHEST FISH] Newman’s wholesales to the likes of Andina, Toro Bravo, Castagna, Bluehour and Paley’s Place, and you can get the same sweet and briny goods—often air cargoed in (in 100-pound boxes with gel ice and liners)—at the company’s fish counter and live tanks in   More
 
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 LIZ CRAIN

Devour 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
[VIETNAMESE] This market across the street from Northeast Sandy Boulevard’s Safeway sells cock for 98 cents a can. That’s right—the shelf label for the canned young green jackfruit reads “cock.” Seems pretty dang cheap to me. In Nam Phuong’s small produce section    More
 
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 LIZ CRAIN

Soluna Grill

Fife’s old space now filled with booze and family-friendly dinners.


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Although Soluna Grill’s space on Northeast Fremont Street, which used to house Marco Shaw’s dearly departed restaurant Fife, was redesigned for its September launch, the layout of the larg ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 LIZ CRAIN

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Old eyeglasses adorn the walls and fake flowers crowd a collage above the bar at this small Northwest beacon of crêpe and drink. Le Happy is as sweet as its pommes chantilly crêpe ($7) with baked apples, roasted hazelnuts and whipped cream. The low-lit date-night spot also does savory: T   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 LIZ CRAIN
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