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2022 Portland Restaurant Highlights

Best New Restaurants and Openings to Look Forward To in 2023
December 28, 2022
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Star chef Gregory Gourdet's Haitian restaurant Kann was one of the most notable openings of the year. (Kann)
The end of the year is traditionally a time for reflection, so we're taking stock of the year in food, including some of the most exciting additions to Portland's restaurant scene (we're looking at you, Kann) and things to look forward to in 2023. Read on to discover more culinary highlights. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

BEST OPENINGS OF 2022

Afuri Ramen + Dumpling Add to a List
This much-buzzed-about Tokyo ramen chain with locations in Beaverton Add to a List , Buckman Add to a List , and Old Town-Chinatown Add to a List opened an outpost in Slabtown in May. The location serves the chain's specialty, a bright, delicate yuzu shio ramen, in addition to hazelnut vegan and pork-style tantanmen, tsukemen, small plates, gohan, winged gyoza, and more, and offers customers a clear view of the ramen-making process.
Slabtown
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Akadi Add to a List and House of Flavor Add to a List
Portland's acclaimed West African restaurant Akadi, which was on hiatus for over a year, reopened with an expanded menu in a new, bigger space at 1001 SE Division St. in May. Better yet, chef and owner Fatou Ouattara also launched a new grocery store called House of Flavor, with locally grown African fruits and vegetables, house spice blends, house-made sauces, and other ingredients, plus African beer and wine. The shop plays its own original videos educating visitors on how to use the ingredients.
Hosford-Abernethy, Boise
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Bee's Custom Cakes Add to a List
Chef and owner Rebecca "Bee" Powazek launched this brick-and-mortar bakery last spring. Cakes range from funfetti rainbow chip to orange poppyseed to carrot with coconut and pineapple. 
Roseway
Pickup, delivery

Bing Mi Dumpling and Noodle Bar Add to a List
The popular jianbing cart Bing Mi Add to a List started the year off strong back in January with a new Northern Chinese-focused dumpling and noodle bar. The menu features zha jiang mian ("fried sauce noodles," a dish with wheat noodles tossed in a thick soybean sauce) with both vegan and pork belly variations, as well as pork and Napa cabbage dumplings, beef and celery dumplings, plant-based Impossible meat dumplings, Chinese sausage fried rice, roasted duck fried rice, and mushroom tofu fried rice.
Nob Hill
Pickup

Bluto's Add to a List
Early this year, Rick Gencarelli, the chef behind Lardo and Grassa, opened this playful wood-fired Greek restaurant, named for the rowdy Animal House character played by Jim Belushi. The menu centers around souvlaki (grilled skewers) and is supplemented by ouzo mojitos, hummus, flatbread, salads, vegetable sides, chicken lemon orzo soup, Greek potatoes, and soft serve with toppings like halva, honey, and tahini magic shell.
Sunnyside
Pickup, dine-in


Canard Add to a List
Gabriel Rucker and Andy Fortgang's smash-hit cafe and wine restaurant Canard Add to a List debuted a new Oregon City location last summer. In addition to established favorites like steam burgers, oeufs en mayonnaise, and foie gras dumplings, the outpost also serves dishes like ricotta gnocchi with corn, tomatoes, and basil and smoked pork chops with scallion pancakes and nectarine XO sauce.
Oregon City
Dine-in


Dough Zone Add to a List
Washington's rapidly expanding dumpling destination Dough Zone opened its highly anticipated Portland location in the former River Space event venue in April. The restaurant is known for its juicy xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and signature "q-bao" (pan-fried steamed buns).
South Waterfront
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Fools and Horses Add to a List  
Pink Rabbit Add to a List owner and manager Collin Nicholas debuted this throwback steakhouse-inspired bar with rare whiskeys, a raw bar, and retro cocktails in the former Vault Cocktail Lounge Add to a List in October.
Pearl District
Pickup, dine-in

Gabbiano's Add to a List
David Sigal and Blake Foster, the duo behind the cocktail pop-up Zoo Bar, opened this red sauce Italian-American restaurant in Concordia in January, with a menu that includes chicken parmesan, mozzarella sticks, meatballs, duck marsala, sourdough ricotta gnocchi, lamb shank osso bucco, and other comforting dishes.
Concordia
Pickup, dine-in


Ice Queen Add to a List
The plant-based paleta business Ice Queen, which has received praise in the past from Mercury arts and culture editor Suzette Smith, opened its new brick-and-mortar retail shop in Hosford-Abernethy in October, offering hand-dipped paletas, “Thiccflurries,” floats, and more.
Hosford-Abernethy
Pickup, dine-in

Jacob & Sons Add to a List
This Jewish deli and catering business, which opened in November, serves specialties such as pastrami, corned beef, knishes, babkas, challah, Reuben sandwiches, deli salads, matzo ball soup, and pickles.
Pearl District
Pickup, delivery

Janken Add to a List
Chef Rodrigo Ochoa has assembled a dream team of chefs, including Gabby Martinez of the pop-up Sweet Creature and Luna Contreras of the pop-up Chelo Add to a List , at this elegant new Japanese-Korean restaurant, which debuted last month. The menu features dishes like Peking duck, miso black cod, mushroom tempura, Korean short ribs, strawberry cheesecake bingsu, and matcha mille-feuille, as well as a selection of craft cocktails.
Pearl District
Dine-in

Jojo Add to a List
The fried chicken cart known for its crispy poultry and cheeky social media presence opened its brick-and-mortar restaurant in the former space of Daily Cafe Add to a List last fall. Owner Justin Hintze brought his popular menu of over-the-top comfort food like double-fried jojos, smash burgers, and smothered fried chicken sandwiches to the glam '70s-inspired digs, along with new specials like the "Mr. Onion" (an allium-packed smash burger with chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, American cheese, white onions, fried shallots, chives, and pickles on a butter roll) and new vegan versions of every sandwich on the menu. Eem Add to a List bartender Ashelee Wells has created a "smashable" drink menu with milkshakes, slushies, and cocktails, while pastry chef Christina Hoover serves cheesecakes, cookies, and rotating desserts like pavlovas and sundaes. 
Pearl District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Kann Add to a List
Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet unveiled his highly anticipated wood-fired Haitian restaurant Kann, which has been in the works for over three years, in August, serving dishes like akra (crispy taro root fritters), coffee-rubbed and smoked beef ribs, and twice-cooked griyo (Haitian fried pork). The restaurant also features downstairs pan-Caribbean bar called Sousòl Add to a List (Haitian Creole for "basement"). Gourdet has been vocal about his sobriety, and both the bar and restaurant offer plentiful zero-proof options in addition to cocktails, beer, and Oregon wine.
Buckman
Dine-in


Masala Lab + Market Add to a List
The team behind DesiPDX opened this restaurant specializing in Indian-inspired brunch and pastries at the end of July, with comforting dishes like pakora waffles and a reimagined BLT (ghee-toasted New Cascadia sourdough, tomato chutney, house spiced bacon, ghee fried egg, and arugula).
Sunderland
Pickup, dine-in

Mis Tacones Add to a List
The queer Chicanx-owned vegan taqueria pop-up Mis Tacones, known for its tacos, tortas, papas nachos, and Cali burritos, launched a brick-and-mortar in the former Tiffin Asha space on Killingsworth in February.
Vernon
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Old Pal Add to a List
Partners Emily Bixler and Jeremy Larter opened this cozy, seasonally driven neighborhood spot at the end of June. The restaurant serves snacks like housemade pickles and gougères, jarred and tinned fish, plates like grilled asparagus and heirloom tomato gazpacho, larger dishes like risotto and ricotta gnocchi, housemade ice cream and sorbetto, and a selection of cheeses from Cowbell.
Sunnyside
Pickup, dine-in

Pacific Standard Add to a List   
Star bartenders Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin Amberg, best known for their tenures at the influential Clyde Common Add to a List , opened this hotel bar inside KEX Portland Add to a List last spring. The roster of classic cocktails is inspired by "the world's great hotel bars," while others, like the Lobby Irish Coffee and Draft Michelada, pay tribute to Morgenthaler's California upbringing. There's also a selection of beer and wine from the small, local producers Morgenthaler and Amberg have developed relationships with over the course of their career, primarily served on draft. The food menu features bar snacks like deviled eggs, Walla Walla onion dip with Ruffles chips, and Morgenthaler's famed chocolate chip cookie. The duo also plans to open a Pacific Standard Add to a List location in Salem in February.
Kerns
Dine-in


Pah! Add to a List  
This food stand serving classic pub grub opened within The ZED Add to a List brewery and food hall (formerly Zoiglhaus Brewing) last summer. The business is Latinx-owned, queer-owned, and deaf-owned—the word "pah!" is slang in American Sign Language for "finally," "it's about time," "at last," or "eureka" and carries positive connotations in deaf culture.
Lents
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Paladin Pie Add to a List  
Leo Brill, an alum of Scottie's Pizza Add to a List and Nostrana Add to a List and former chef de cuisine at Oven & Shaker, opened this Dungeons and Dragons-inspired wood-fired pizza cart at the NE 23rd and Alberta pod in March, slinging sourdough-fermented pies in varieties like cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian, and buffalo chicken, with vegan options, house-made ranch, grilled vegetables, and salads.
Alberta
Pickup, dine-in


Milk Money Add to a List
Pastry chef Jess da Silva recently unveiled this new small-batch bakery in the former Cafe Reina space, serving baked goods like macarons, ham and Gruyere croissants, and wildflower honey sea salt pie (with honey she harvests herself from her own beehives!).
King
Pickup, dine-in

Mister Goose Add to a List
Last summer, William Steuernagel, the founder and co-owner of the dairy palace Cheese and Crack Add to a List , launched this old-school shop specializing in steamed sandwiches in tribute to a bar his grandparents ran in Kansas City in the '70s. A Midwestern delicacy, steamed sandwiches are a style of meat and cheese sandwich, steamed and served piping hot. All sandwiches at Mister Goose come with a Franz hoagie roll, creamy havarti cheese, house-made herb spread, and the filling of your choice (ham, turkey, roast beef, pepperoni, or mushrooms). Besides that, the pared-down menu features mac salad, cucumber salad, tomato soup, Miller High Life, and cocktails.
St. Helens
Pickup, dine-in

Nico's Ice Cream Add to a List , Nico's Cantina Add to a List , and Nico's Coffee Add to a List
Nico's Ice Cream owner Nico Vergara has certainly been busy this year. Following the late 2021 opening of his Cully brick-and-mortar ice cream shop, he opened a Mexican bar and restaurant in Cully in September. Vergara was inspired by the lively cantina scene of Guadalajara, where he lived for a year; consequently, the bar serves free botanas (snacks) like peanuts and chicharrones alongside tacos, ice cream, and mezcal- and tequila-based drinks. Next, he debuted a new cafe called Nico's Coffee, serving empanadas, chicha cold brew, and cafecito, in October. And most recently, he opened a second ice cream shop in Humboldt in early November.
Cully, Vernon, Humboldt
Pickup, dine-in


Norah Add to a List
The team behind Mestizo Add to a List opened this new sister restaurant serving plant-based pan-Asian fare with Pacific Northwest ingredients on Belmont earlier this month. The spot's name comes from a traditional dance performed at celebrations and community gatherings in Southern Thailand, where co-owners Nan Chaison and Prae Nobnorb grew up. Dishes include tom yum tofu "wings," lotus root salad, crispy curry rice salad, mushroom wonton soup, volcano tempura noodles, and coconut caramel bananas.
Sunnyside
Dine-in

No Saint Add to a List and Mattino's Add to a List
Husband-and-wife team Anthony Siccardi and Gabriella Casabianca's pizza pop-up No Saint recently took over the former Handsome Pizza Add to a List /Seastar Bakery Add to a List space and is now slinging salads, antipasti, pizza, and pasta (currently available for takeout only until January). Not only that, but the couple has also launched a natural wine bottle shop and luncheonette called Mattino's in Southeast Portland.
Vernon, Southeast
Pickup

Phuket Cafe Add to a List
Chef and restaurateur Akkapong “Earl” Ninsom, the man behind Eem Add to a List , Hat Yai, and Langbaan Add to a List , and his business partner Eric Nelson opened this restaurant inside the former Ataula Add to a List space in March. The menu is just as innovative and fun as you'd expect, with steaks, pork chops, oysters, paella, ceviche, smoked trout, peanut brittle, cheese-stuffed roti, carrot coladas, cucumber relish Collins, Thai tea Irish coffees, ume plum old fashioneds, and more. 
Nob Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Rangoon Bistro Add to a List
The farmers market fixture Rangoon Bistro, known for its locally sourced Burmese dishes, opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant inside the Breathe Building Add to a List  in Southeast Portland in March. The menu features comforting dishes like si chet khao swe (Umi Organic wheat noodles, black pepper, soy sauce, crispy garlic, and yu choy, with roasted pork shoulder or soy-roasted mushrooms) khao pyan sane (large flat rice noodle dumplings with sweet chili sauce and scallions), and chicken danbauk (chicken with aromatic rice, cashews, raisins, and peas), plus a selection of thokes (salads). To drink, there's Burmese tea and sweet coconut milk with toasted salt.
Richmond
Pickup, dine-in

Scholar Add to a List  
In addition to traditional Italian fare and craft cocktails, this spot on NE Broadway, which opened in early September, serves some dishes that are decidedly not your nonna's cooking, such as buffalo chicken livers and fried Brussels sprouts with popcorn.
Sullivan's Gulch
Pickup, dine-in

The Sports Bra Add to a List
In April, chef-owner Jenny Nguyen opened this women-focused sports bar and restaurant with a name inspired by a long-standing joke between her and her friends. The establishment shows women's sports, including Portland Thorns games and ATA Football matches, on the TVs and highlights offerings from women-owned businesses on its menu, such as booze from Freeland Spirits Add to a List , beef from Carman Ranch, and produce from Vibrant Valley Farm. Nguyen's menu of classic pub grub features family recipes like "Mom's baby back ribs" and "Aunt Tina's Vietna-wings."
Sullivan's Gulch
Dine-in


Tanaka Add to a List
The team behind Afuri opened this Japanese bakery in the former Blue Star Donuts Add to a List space in downtown Portland last June. The Osaka-inspired spot specializes in milk bread and serves katsu sandos and cream-filled sandos studded with jewel-like fruit, as well as macarons, malasadas, miso croissants, yuzu meringue tarts, and other baked goods.
Downtown
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Trap Kitchen PDX
The Portland branch of the wildly popular Oakland-based restaurant and catering company Trap Kitchen, which counts stars like SZA and Kendrick Lamar among its fans, opened a new restaurant inside the Roseland Theater Add to a List in May.
Old Town-Chinatown
Pickup, dine-in

UPCOMING OPENINGS FOR 2023

High Noon Add to a List
After closing five years ago, the erstwhile Southwestern restaurant High Noon is preparing to reopen in a swanky new location in the Sawbuck apartment complex in Goose Hollow this winter.
Goose Hollow

Le Tacos Add to a List
Jewan Manuel of Plant Based Papi Add to a List  has something new up his sleeve: After learning about the phenomenon of "French tacos" (a popular French fast food dish consisting of a flour tortilla grilled and folded around French fries, cheese, meat, and other fillings) in a viral New Yorker article, the chef set out to create a vegan take and plans to open a shop serving them in a TBD location in Northwest Portland. Fillings will include fries or cauliflower, vegan cheese, house-made vegan meats, and sauces.
Northwest

Shop Halo Halo Add to a List
The Filipino pop-up Shop Halo Halo plans to open a community-centered cafe and bakery serving treats like ube cheese pandesal and blueberry calamansi cheesecake on SE Woodstock this winter. The business is currently raising funds to help cover costs for the space.
Woodstock

Gracie's Apizza Add to a List and Starter Bread Add to a List
After it opens in January, the new Gracie's Apizza location will also have an exciting new neighbor: The critically acclaimed Starter Bread plans to open a brick-and-mortar production bakery in the former St. Johns Coffee Roasters space next door in early 2023.
St. Johns

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