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This Week In Portland Food News: A Dungeons and Dragons-Themed Pizza Cart Arrives, The Sudra Expands, and The Mocking Bird Takes Over Homegrown Smoker

March 4, 2022 Edition
March 4, 2022
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Leo Brills' D&D-themed pizza cart Paladin Pie opens today. (Paladin Pie)
Spring is only 16 days away, and the Portland food and drink scene is buzzing with activity. Highlights include the opening of a new Dungeons and Dragons-themed pizza cart, an upcoming vegan Italian restaurant from the chef behind The Sudra, and more. Read about that and more updates, from a boycott on Russian vodka to The Mocking Bird taking over Homegrown Smoker, below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Kaizen Sushi Add to a List
Job and Nicolas Martinez, the owners of the Japanese restaurant Mirakutei Add to a List , opened this downtown sushi destination in January. The menu features salmon belly, hamachi carpaccio, sashimi, specialty rolls like the "Keep Portland Weird" (unagi, asparagus, cream cheese, topped with smoked salmon, avocado, and a spicy-sweet sauce), traditional and vegetarian options, and more.
Downtown
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Paladin Pie Add to a List
Ready your 20-sided die: 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, is officially opening this Dungeons and Dragons-inspired wood-fired pizza cart at the NE 23rd and Alberta pod from 11 am until 10 pm today, with raffle prizes throughout the day. Expect sourdough-fermented pies in varieties like cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian, and buffalo chicken, with vegan options, house-made ranch, grilled vegetables, and salads. (Ice cream will also join the menu later on.)
Alberta
Pickup, dine-in


Ruby Pho and Deli Add to a List
This Vietnamese spot opened in Vancouver in late February, serving salad rolls, potstickers, chicken wings, bánh mì, pho, vermicelli noodles, stir-fries, and other specialties.
Vancouver
Pickup, dine-in

Sugar Street Bakery and Bistro Add to a List
This Portland and Vancouver bakery and catering service (formerly known as Cookies, Cupcakes and More) expanded with a new South Waterfront location in mid-February.
South Waterfront
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

Lilla Add to a List , Daylily Coffee Shop Add to a List , and The Sudra Add to a List
The Sudra chef-owner and former Aviv co-owner Sanjay Chandrasekaran plans to open a new vegan Italian restaurant called Lilla in the former Aviv space in Southeast Portland by April. Chandrasekaran also plans to expand with a new cafe called Daylily Coffee Shop next to the Sudra's Mississippi location around the same time, followed by a fifth location of The Sudra in Hillsboro.
Hosford-Abernethy, Boise, Hillsboro

Ranch Pizza Add to a List and Loro Add to a List
The popular square pie purveyor will open an outpost in Beaverton (its fifth location) later this year, along with a new cafe called Loro.
Beaverton

CLOSURES

Angel Food & Fun Add to a List
The cult-favorite Yucatec Mayan spot closed its doors on March 1 in order to open an all-new spot in the next few months.
Cully

Foxy Coffee Co.
This coffee shop announced this week on Instagram that it plans to close both of its locations for good, writing, "We’re closing permanently pretty soon (in the next few weeks most likely.) We tried. Opening a coffee shop in the pandemic was honestly super risky and we knew it was going to be a challenge. We had some wonderful time with y’all, but ultimately finances didn’t match up to physical, mental, & emotional work that went into it."
Downtown, Overlook

Heavenly Creatures Add to a List
Seasoned Portland wine pro Joel Gunderson will open a new wine bar and shop called Heavenly Creatures in the Coopers Hall Add to a List space this spring. If you'd like to get a preview before it opens, you can check out a pop-up Add to a List from 5-9 pm today, which will feature Cutter Cascadia's new Strawberry Mullet XL Zinfandel Rosé, glass pours, Cutter Cascadia flights, and fried chicken sandwiches, fries, and oysters from Coopers Hall chef Keith Morris.
Buckman

The Mocking Bird Add to a List
Sadly, the plant-based comfort food business has permanently closed its Rose City Park cart, but there's a silver lining: It will be taking over the beloved vegan barbecue joint Homegrown Smoker Add to a List , which was set to close if it couldn't find a buyer, and diehard fans will still be able to find its signature vegan fried chicken sandwiches there. The Mocking Bird's Beaverton location will remain open.
Rose City Park

Tea Bar Southwest Add to a List
The local tea shop chain has closed its Southwest Portland location. According to Eater Portland, owner Erica Indira Swanson signed an NDA that prohibits her from discussing the reasons for the closure.
Downtown

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission boycotts Russian vodka
In response to Russia's attacks on Ukraine, Oregon businesses are pulling Russia-produced spirits from their shelves. On Monday, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission announced that it will be confining all Russian-made or -owned vodkas to its distribution center and revealed in a release that it is directing liquor store operators to remove the products from their businesses. It has also stopped fulfilling orders of Russian-made and -produced spirits.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Veganizer PDX: Wild Thing Spring Dinner Add to a List
Get ready for spring with a seasonal and plant-based three-course dinner featuring wild mushroom croquettes, a Veganizer grain bowl, and a take on panna cotta, with your choice of Wild Thing dry white wine or Lionheart Kombucha.
Wild Thing, Friday-Saturday and March 11-12, 5-7 pm

Chili Con IV: The Fellowship of the Bean Add to a List
Uptown Beer Co. will celebrate its annual beer and chili competition, with hearty chilis and beer pairings from seven breweries: Breakside, Baerlic, Away Days, Rosenstadt, BinaryBrewing.co, Stormbreaker, and Loowit. A portion of each entry fee will go to the Oregon Food Bank, and all remaining portions of chili will be sold off for $5 each to raise additional funds.
Uptown Beer Co., Saturday, 3-6 pm

SheBrew 7th Annual Beer Festival Add to a List

Human Rights Campaign Portland and the Oregon Brew Crew presents the seventh installment of this annual festival celebrating local female amateur and professional brewers. Check out beers from "shebrewers" at Breakside, Heater Allen, Leikam Brewing, Steeplejack, Von Ebert, pFriem, 10 Barrel, and more, and nosh on food from women-owned carts On Tots and Salvi PDX. All proceeds go to the Human Rights Campaign.
Castaway, Sunday, 12-7 pm

10 Barrel’s International Women’s Day Celebration Add to a List
10 Barrel Brewing is teaming up with Rose Haven Day Shelter, a day shelter for women and children, to release their new Rose Haven Stout. All proceeds from the brew will be donated to Rose Haven. Rose Haven will hold its ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening on International Women's Day, followed by a dinner at the pub.
10 Barrel Brewing, Tuesday, 6-10 pm

2022 McMinnville Wine + Food Classic Add to a List
Delight in the bounty of offerings from over 70 wineries, plus chefs, bakers, breweries, distilleries, artists, artisans, and musicians in Oregon wine country. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. James Catholic School.
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, March 11-13

Snack Fest Add to a List
The people who brought you the Portland Night Market have turned their eyes towards the very serious business of snacking, and Snack Fest is the result: a weekend's worth of local vendors dedicating their time and energy to sharing bite-sized deliciousness in a wide variety of forms and flavors.
100 SE Alder, March 11-12

Fieldwork Brewing PDX Residency Add to a List
The Berkeley-based brewery Fieldwork will take up residence in Function all month long with a rotating list of fresh beers and cans to go.
Function, through March 27

SPECIALS

Doe Donuts Add to a List
In celebration of Pi Day, the vegan donut shop has a special marionberry pie and oat streusel flavor available all month long.
Hollywood District
Pickup, dine-in

JinJu Patisserie Add to a List
The pastry and chocolate shop's weekend special is a luxe savory pastry with sliced honey gold potatoes, rosemary, black pepper, fontina and parmesan cheese, and black truffle oil.
Boise
Pickup

Rogue Ales Add to a List
Rogue Ales has created a new Northwest IPA called "F*#K Putin" to raise funds to support those affected by the crisis in Ukraine. The issue is close to Rogue president Dharma Tamm's heart, as his family was displaced by Russia's invasion of Estonia in 1944. The beer is now available on tap at all Rogue pubs, and 100% of proceeds will be donated to GlobalGiving's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.
Various locations
Dine-in

Salt & Straw
Today, the artisan ice creamery is rolling out its "Cereal-sly" series, a series of nostalgic flavors inspired by breakfast cereals, according to a press release. The lineup includes Pots of Gold and Rainbows (a fan-favorite flavor with a cereal milk base studded with real Lucky Charms marshmallows), OffLimits' Dash Cold Brew Cocoa Crisps (an Intelligentsia cold brew ice cream swirled with malty fudge and salty chocolate bark made with OffLimits Dash Coffee and Cocoa Cereal), Peanut Butter Cheer Yo Clusters (a dairy-free oat milk ice cream with chocolate stracciatella and clusters of peanut butter marshmallow cereal bars), Snap 'N Crackle Marshmallow Treats (a graham cracker ice cream with pieces of brown butter Rice Krispy treat florentines), and Cornflake Cookies with Marionberry Jam (a "cereal-flecked" ice cream with swirls of marionberry jam and crumbled brown butter sugar cookies).
Nob Hill, Vernon, Lake Oswego, Richmond
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

South x Northwest Add to a List
This vegan spot has introduced a new pastel pink "Blissful Thinking" mocktail for spring, made with Wilderton's Lustre Botanical Distillate, coconut cream, dragonfruit, hibiscus, and lime.
Boise
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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