Zaatar: Double Generous

Tony Karam is back with an excellent new Lebanese place in the Pearl.


Food Reviews & Stories
The last crumbs of the appetizers have been cleared, and the salad plates are stacked with the pita basket atop. There are no unused glasses. Still, there’s no empty space on the table when th   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Chongqing Hot Pot


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s downright heartening when a restaurant is willing to hand you your own ass in a stainless-steel bowl. In keeping with its eponymous pepper-bathed region of China, soup spot Chongqing Huo    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 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
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Restaurant Review: The Blue Goose

The new best New Mexican still has some quirks.


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s funny how fast we get accustomed to nice things, and want for nicer. A few years ago, Portlanders were happy to have any pepper-forward Sichuan restaurants. Now we want hot pot in every q   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Review: Pizza Maria

Pizza Maria keeps it simple.


Food Reviews & Stories
The margherita pizza is almost as simple as it gets—crust, sauce, cheese and basil. It’s how American pizza snobs usually judge pies, because there’s nothing to hide behind. Lately, an   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Deep Cuts

Okra stew, lamb sausage and pumpkin kibbeh at TarBoush Glisan.


Food Reviews & Stories
Everyone wants the hummus. That, and grilled meat —lamb shawarma is the most popular dish, but chicken and beef kebabs are huge sellers. And so the waiter working the nine tables at TarBoush   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Review: Storrs Smokehouse


Food Reviews & Stories
Breakfast is a reassuring sign at a barbecue joint. Even if you’re not in the mood for early-morning biscuits and gravy, it’s always good to see the pitmaster hanging around the kitchen ju   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Review: Stammtisch

Bring an army to Stammtisch. Feed it beer.


Food Reviews & Stories
At Stammtisch, you want numbers. The new German tavern from the proprietors of North Mississippi Avenue’s Prost doesn’t demand it—a couple can get a very date-night meal seated on the square   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Russia With Love

Kachka brings serious comfort fare with a wink and a shot.


Food Reviews & Stories
Russia is for writers, a place of tawdry sentimentalism and deep irony. This flavors even the food. So it is no surprise that the new, Russian-inspired Kachka has a high-art reverence for nostalgi   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Return Of the Taq

Taqueria Nueve is actually as good as everyone remembers it.


Food Reviews & Stories
Portlanders are sentimental. When a food-cart pod closes, they cry. When a bowling alley is replaced by a hardware store, they moan. When a goat   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

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