This Week In Portland Food News: New Japanese Restaurants, A Potential New In-N-Out & Great American Beer Festival Winners

by Mercury EverOut Staff
October 21, 2020
The buzz-worthy Tokyo restaurant Afuri Izakaya opened its second Oregon location in Beaverton this week. (Afuri Izakaya)

Some exciting new options for Japanese food have landed on the scene, with this week's openings of Afuri Izakaya and Momoyama and the recent opening of Hamono Sushi. Plus, a hip New England-style deli called Lottie & Zula's has arrived, a food hall called Valley Public House with food from Tamale Boy and Ranch Pizza is coming soon, and In-N-Out is making moves towards Beaverton. Read on for all that and more food-world updates. For additional inspiration, check out our Portland food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Afuri Izakaya
According to a press release, this buzz-worthy Tokyo-based restaurant specializing in yuzu ramen, which opened its first location outside of Japan in southeast Portland in 2016, celebrated the grand opening of its outpost in Old Town Beaverton on Thursday, October 22. The restaurant, which is currently open for takeout and delivery through DoorDash as well as dine-in by reservation, features an open kitchen layout so guests can peek at the process behind the scenes. The menu features classic izakaya bites such as karaage chicken and dumplings, in addition to nigiri and sashimi, sushi rolls, ramen, tsukemen, robata (Japanese grilled food similar to barbecue), and chirashi. Drinks include sake, wine, and beer. 
Beaverton

Biga
Two months ago, Pizzicato owners Marc and Tracy Frankel opened this "Neo-Neapolitan" artisan pizzeria, named for a type of pre-fermentation used in Italian baking, in the former space of Autentica. The dough at Biga is cold-fermented for three days, similar to the process for ciabatta. Ingredients include sun-dried Mission figs, buffalo mozzarella, wild mushrooms, anchovies, and prosciutto. The restaurant, which is open for delivery and takeout, also features a back patio for outdoor dining and a bottle shop with a curated selection of discounted wine.
Northeast

Hamono Sushi
This new Japanese restaurant serving poke, hibachi, and sushi opened in southeast Portland on October 5. The menu includes nigiri balls and wafu pasta (an umami-heavy Japanese take on pasta).
Southeast

Lokanta
Formerly a pop-up, this rustic Turkish restaurant (named for the word for "restaurant" in Turkish) from chef Umut Matkap opened in early October, serving seasonally inspired mezze-style dishes, pide (Turkish flatbread), Turkish wine and beer, and raki, a grape and anise brandy.
Southeast

Lottie & Zula's
This hip deli serving Southern New England style grinders, subs, sliced bread sandwiches, soup, salads, and "tasty beverages" opened in early October for takeout and delivery. The hearty offerings include the "John Cock.Toes.Ton Roast Beef" (rotisserie roasted beef, melted cheddar, fried shallots, shredded lettuce, red onion, horseradish mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, and celery salt on rye) and the "Laurel" (herb cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, red bell pepper, purple cabbage, shredded lettuce, and oil and vinegar dressing on honey wheat).
Northeast

Momoyama
Two famed Portland sushi chefs, Hiroshi Ikegaya of Mirakutei and the now-closed Hiroshi and Heemoon “Scott” Chae of Yama Sushi, have joined forces to open this upscale, modern Japanese restaurant in the Pearl District with subtle international influences, now available for curbside pickup and dine-in. Dishes include uni pasta with sea urchin butter and beef tartare bibimbap, as well as a wide selection of nigiri, sashimi, and sushi.
Pearl District

Petit Norman
The chic natural wine hot spot Bar Norman, which recently reopened as a bottle shop, will open a pint-sized bottle shop called Petit Norman inside the Hollywood District cafe Vivienne this Saturday. You can order wine from Petit Norman's 20-bottle selection (all under $21, farmed naturally, and made without additives) as well as pastries, take-home meals, and pantry goods from Vivienne from the cafe's walk-up window.
Northeast

FUTURE OPENINGS

Valley Public House
Valley Growlers owners Ami and Brian Shannon plan to open this family-friendly Happy Valley taproom and food hall with an 84-tap beer bar on Wednesday, October 28. The Mexican favorite Tamale Boy and the Sicilian-style pizza shop Ranch Pizza will sell food inside the hall, with more vendors to come in the future. The space also has heated and covered outdoor patios with fire pits.
Happy Valley

CLOSURES

OurBar
The friendly neighborhood hub and breakfast spot in Washougal announced in an Instagram post that it will have its final service on October 31 after seven years of business. Owner Alexandra Yost wrote, "I love you, and I thank you. It has been an honor to nourish and help build this community one plate, one bite, one person at a time."
Washougal

OTHER NEWS

Oregon breweries win big at the Great American Beer Festival
Oregon brewers took home a combined 22 medals, as well as two brewing group and brewpub awards, from the Great American Beer Festival, which was held online this year. Among the highlights: Local favorites Old Town Brewing, Three Creeks Brewing, ColdFire Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Alesong Brewing & Blending, and Von Ebert Brewing all took home two medals each, and Oregon brewers swept the national competition's "Specialty Saison" category. In addition, Monkless Belgian Ales in Bend was named Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year, and Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters was named Brewery Group of the Year.

In-N-Out eyes expansion in Beaverton
Could animal-style fries and Neapolitan shakes be in Beaverton's future? The wildly popular Californian burger chain In-N-Out is reported to be aggressively searching the Portland suburbs for a site for its fourth Oregon location and scoped out a property along the Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

Local food carts feature Korean comfort food and wood-fired pizza for the fall
In this week's edition of the Portland Mercury's Takeout Club, Suzette Smith writes about the beloved Cartside Carts and the St. Johns Food Cart Pod and praises the Korean comfort food cart Ko Sisters Seoul Food and the wood-fired pizza spot Pizza Creature.

POP-UPS & EVENTS

Dine the Couve
All month long, you can take advantage of super-cheap "3 for $25" specials from participating Vancouver restaurants. Some restaurants will be offering takeout options in addition to dine-in.
Vancouver, through October 31

Bratwurst & Bier
Drink some sudsy steins of craft beer from Three Mugs alongside hearty brats from the Altengartz German Sausage Food Truck.
Three Mugs Brewing Company, Fridays through October 30

NEW SPECIALS

Bar King
According to a press release, the Asian-inspired Pacific Northwest restaurant and bakery Bar King rolled out its new winter lunch and dinner menus last Friday. A limited quantity of seasonal ramen and soup noodles with meats like pork belly and short ribs will be available each day, inspired by chef Shaun King's love of both barbecue and ramen. King, who has worked with the acclaimed chefs Michael Mina and David Chang, said in the release, "I want the strong, bold flavors of Bar King’s smoked meats and proteins to merge with ramen noodles. Typically meats can be quite bland and overcooked in soups and I want to showcase the meat in a distinct way. It’s a very ambitious, serious bowl of soup that’s seasonally driven.” Unconventional ingredients like burrata, country ham, charcoal roasted pumpkin, kohlrabi sauerkraut, horseradish, smoked eggplant, water spinach, greens, and aromatic herbs also make appearances.
Southeast
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Bushel and Peck Bakeshop
The charming bakery and coffee shop is serving up spiced squash and cream cheese scones, blueberry sage almond Danishes, and rosemary grapefruit croissants. Plus, they've introduced a new drink: Black Moon, a mix of charcoal, cocoa, vanilla bean, oat, chocolate, and coffee bitters.
Northeast
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Coco Donuts
Cozy up with a pumpkin spice latte, maple latte, toffee nut latte, or spiced apple cider from the mochi donut shop.
Various locations
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Eb & Bean
The locally sourced frozen yogurt shop is getting into the fall spirit with pecan pumpkin pie and apple cider caramel flavors.
Various locations
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Mikiko Mochi Donuts
The mochi donut pop-up's current flavors include apple crisp, "cran de la cran," pumpkin five-spice, chocolate, pandan, and black sesame.
Northwest
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