Thai Hard

Andy Ricker takes Pok Pok to New York. Do his wings have a prayer?

Cover Story
Pok Pok? The woman in the woolen hat mouths the words on the sidewalk in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where Andy Ricker has opened the latest outpost of his Thai-food realm. She scrunches    More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 AARON MESH

Soul Food, Thai Style

Manao ditches the pad Thai and brings on the pork knuckle.

Food Reviews & Stories
Pok Pok has fish sauce wings; Manao has pig knuckles. That’s not to say that Chef Ekkachai “Chew” Sakkayasukkalawong’s quiet new Thai spot in Sellwood will grow to inspire the same legion    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

Pok Pok's Andy Ricker To Expand Empire

So what the hell is kaeng kiaw waan kai, anyway?


Food & Drink
As reported everywhere this week, Thai restaurant tycoon Andy Ricker has announced he will be opening a third eatery on Southeast Division Street, already home to Pok Pok and Whiskey Soda Lounge. Ricker has scored the building soon to be vacated by Kappaya Restaurant at Southeast 33rd Avenue, where he plans to open a restaurant based on a Thai “khao kaeng” (rice and curry) shop. But instead of ...   More
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 RUTH BROWN

What's With All the Thai Restaurants in Portland?

Crunching the numbers on Portland's ethnic eateries.


Food & Drink
The ever increasing number of Thai restaurants in Portland is something of a preoccupation in the WW office. Don't get me wrong, I'd give my first-born for a good pad grapow, but given the number of actual Thai residents in the city—versus, say, the Vietnamese population, or the Indian population, and their respective eateries—the numbers seemed a little out of whack.So I sat down with a copy of ...   More
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Drink 2011: Whiskey Soda Lounge

Bar Guide
Andy Ricker’s Thai bar and de facto Pok Pok waiting room is a cheap Southeast Asian vacation. Score a seat in the wood-paneled space and order a tableful of Thai drinking bites, like salty little deep-fried anchovies and turmeric-laced meatballs   More
Monday, January 24, 2011 KELLY CLARKE

Quick Bites: Trebol's New Cart and Spella's Last Cup

Food & Drink
A new taco cart in downtown Portland isn't usually noteworthy, but this one is probably worth a mention: On Monday, North Portland locavore Mexican restaurant Trebol launched a new cart in Old Town called Costillas Diablas. Tucked away on NW 2nd and Everett, the small, one-man operation offers some incredibly competitively priced lunch fare compared with less sophisticated taquerias in the area. ...   More
Thursday, October 7, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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