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This Week In Portland Food News: A Cocktail Lounge with Indian Street Food Opens, A Souvlaki Spot Arrives, and Top Burmese Plans a Fondue Restaurant

February 4, 2022 Edition
February 4, 2022
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Bluto's, a wood-fired Greek restaurant, is the latest project from chef Rick Gencarelli of Lardo and Grassa, and it promises to be just as much of a hit. (Alan Weiner Photography)
Welcome to February! This week brings two of our most anticipated restaurants for 2022: the Indian street food spot Chaat Wallah (located inside 503 Distilling's new cocktail lounge) and the lively wood-fired Greek spot Bluto's. We've got all the details, plus the scoop on Top Burmese's upcoming grill and fondue restaurant in Hillsboro. For more ideas, head to our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

503 Distilling Add to a List and Chaat Wallah Add to a List
The local distillery 503 Distilling, which is housed inside the Iron Fireman Collective building and known for its canned cocktails in flavors like "The Wicked Mule" and "La Vida Mocha," recently launched an adjacent cocktail lounge, complete with six rotating draft cocktails in addition to traditional craft cocktails, beer, and wine. The lounge is also home to Chaat Wallah, a new Indian street food spinoff from DesiPDX owner Deepak Saxena, with items like masala pulled pork sandwiches, nacho chaat, and spiced lamb sloppy Joes.
Brooklyn
Pickup, dine-in

Bluto's Add to a List
Last Friday, 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 frozen yogurt with toppings like halva, honey, and tahini magic shell.
Sunnyside
Pickup, dine-in


Hearty K-Bop Add to a List
This spot serving bulgogi and Korean fried chicken opened in Battle Ground, Washington in January. Sides include kimchi, japchae, corn coleslaw, white or purple rice, and seaweed salad.
Battle Ground
Pickup, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

Dolly Olive Add to a List
The Sesame Collective restaurant group (the team who brought you Mediterranean Exploration Company Add to a List , Shalom Y'all Add to a List , Lil' Shalom Add to a List , Yalla Add to a List , and Bless Your Heart Burger) plans to open this southern Mediterranean restaurant led by executive chef and co-owner Kasey Mills this spring. Look forward to house-made pastries, freshly baked focaccia, and house-made pasta.
Downtown

Top Burmese Ambassador Add to a List
The Top Burmese chain is expanding to the Hillsboro area with an upcoming grill in March, featuring a fondue-inspired menu inspired by the restaurants' paratha dip dish alongside a selection of skewers.
Hillsboro

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Stem Wine Bar Two Year Anniversary Add to a List
Help Stem Wine Bar toast to two years of business with champagne sabering, live music by Michael and Jimmy, and the throwback cocktail special "The Lauren" (the first sparkling wine cocktail created at the restaurant).
Stem Wine Bar, Friday, 7 pm

Black and Brown Farmer Networking Fair Add to a List
This free event aims to connect BIPOC farmers with local buyers and will feature food trucks, live music, and a DJ.
Collective Oregon Eateries, Saturday, 12-5 pm, and Sunday, 12-2 pm

Make Vegan Pork Belly with Thuy Pham Add to a List
Mama Đút owner Thuy Pham will demonstrate how to make her signature plant-based pork belly on Kittch, a relatively new live streaming community for culinary creators.
Online, Wednesday, 4 pm

Dumpling Week Add to a List
The Oregonian/Oregon Live's annual Dumpling Week celebrates comforting, pillowy pockets of goodness in all of their forms with specials from over 30 participating restaurants, from sweet potato dumplings with green curry, herb oil, and crispy shallots at Oma's Hideaway to chicken parm dumplings from Grassa. Print off a passport from the website and set out to try them all.
Various locations, through Saturday

The Mushy Love Market Add to a List
The seasonally themed marketplace Zuckercreme is focusing on all things love this month, with bonbons from pastry chef Gabriella Martinez, macarons, grab-and-go beverages, a new freezer case full of flavors from Hound Dog Ice Cream, an expanded market with more pantry goods, special Sunday markets, a Valentine's Day pop-up shop and collaborative pastry box, and a Valentine's Day pop-up dinner at White Pepper.
Zuckercreme, February 4-28

Chocolate and Wine Pairing Add to a List

Delight in the superlative pairing of chocolate and wine with this set of artisan chocolates, a salted caramel, and tastes of five wines, available in-person with reservations or for takeout with pre-order. The in-person experience includes a bonus pour of sangria.
Hip Chicks Do Wine, February 4-March 13

SPECIALS

Doe Donuts Add to a List
The vegan donut spot debuted strawberry cheesecake fritters with vanilla bean glaze as one of its new flavors for February and March.
Hollywood District
Pickup, delivery

Great Notion Brewing
On Monday, the award-winning brewery released Orange Creamsicle Fruit in the Can, a tart smoothie beer inspired by its popular Orange Creamsicle milkshake IPA, with "mouthwatering Cara Cara orange and creamy vanilla."
Concordia, Beaverton
Pickup, delivery

Mama Đút Add to a List
Mama Đút baker Kachina Williams, who also runs the pop-up Baker Ghoul Magic, has concocted a matcha cupcake, filled with tangy kumquat jam and topped with a swirl of vanilla frosting and a sprinkle of matcha powder.
Buckman
Pickup, dine-in

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