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¡Viva Las Patatas!

Local eateries wear their politics on their wrappers.

z-Eat Me
Don't think for a minute that a Communist revolutionary can't sell a burrito. When a Fourth of July hot dog hangover led me to veg haven Laughing Planet, I didn't expect a political awakening. I just ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Mike Thelin


Toro Bravo cements the PDX-Spain connection.

z-Eat Me
Had Old Spain stuck around to conquer North America back in colonial days, we'd have cooler accents and no trouble finding decent coffee in places like Missouri. That didn't happen, so in 2005 I sold ...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 Mike Thelin

Gracie's Chef Ousted

Things must get worse before they get better. Just weeks after Gracie's owner Greg Schillinger was evicted by hotel management, Gracie's Executive Chef Scott Shampine has been let go, according to insider sources in the professional eating world. This com...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 by Mike Thelin

Cheap Eats 2007

Food Reviews & Stories
Below street level in the Pearl Nurvrei's commercial kitchen counter is tough to find but payoffs are huge perfectly crispy and not-too-sweet almond croissants ($2.50) dense and crumbly chocolate scones ($2.50) flour- and butterless chocolate cookies ($1.25) that'll make you believe you're eating an   More
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Mike Thelin

Hope You're Hungry: More Restaurants Coming to Portland

Spring 07 has ushered in more new eateries than Portland has seen in years, and the city must still be hungry because more are on the way. Mio Sushi will open a Pearl location next door to Paragon on Irving Street later this summer, and Il Mercato, a Mediter...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 by Mike Thelin

Sit-Lie Ordinance Delayed

Homeless: rest easy for the moment.

The City Council voted 3-2 today to delay the enforcement of the so-called "sit-lie" ordinance until more facilities to benefit homeless people are in place.

In a two-hour showcase of superb political turd polishing, the council members cited t...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 by Mike Thelin

Duct Tape Ban Will Have to Wait

Though it appeared that Commissioner Randy Leonard wanted to tape Mayor Potter's mouth shut for trying to thwart his proposed tape ban with an alternative resolution, duct-tape wielding parade watchers are safe for now.

The council agreed today without voting to send the resolution back to Leona...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 by Mike Thelin

Cat Fancy

Country Cat gives down-home vittles the city treatment.

Food Reviews & Stories
The Country Cat is the short answer to the question "Where the hell is Montavilla?" A hodgepodgey cluster of storefronts near 80th Avenue along Stark and Washington streets, Montavilla finds in Countr ...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 Mike Thelin

New Ten 01 Chef Debuts Menu

I love a parade, and the upper level of Ten 01 looked like one Thursday evening as owners Michael Rypkema and Adam Berger seemed to have their entire pretty staff on hand to show off what brand-new executive chef and LA-transplant Jack Yoss can do. Hamachi sas...   More
Friday, June 8, 2007 by Mike Thelin

Pacific Coast Restaurants Sells The Farm

Well-placed gossip minions deep inside Portland's restaurant world say that after a few months of being up-for-grabs, the entire Pacific Coast Restaurants chain is being sold to a deep-pocketed Seattle investor. The PCR brand includes Po...   More
Thursday, June 7, 2007 by Mike Thelin
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