This week, Portland gets a new ramen destination, a Palestinian market, and a spooky bar with cocktails served out of Erlenmeyer flasks and skulls. Plus, a cacao cafe is on the way, and Scotch Lodge has been designated one of the best bars in America by Esquire. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
DosAlas Latin Kitchen + Tequila Bar
This new tequila bar and restaurant from restaurateur Jorge Castro of Margarita Factory recently opened on the Vancouver waterfront, serving a Latin American food menu with Mexican and Caribbean influences. Cocktails range from the "Coco Chanel" margarita (Pueblo Viejo Blanco, coconut, raspberry, agave, and fresh lime) to the "Cholopolitan" (pisco, Chambord, cranberry, passionfruit, and fresh lime). The bar also serves frosé and punch bowls for two.
Pickup, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating
Grand Stark Deli
According to a press release, this deli from Submarine Hospitality Group opened inside the Grand Stark Hotel on May 4. The menu includes breakfast plates, cereal with yogurt, English muffins, fresh pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, coffee, and wine.
Pickup or limited indoor seating
The local craft cannabis and hemp farm East Fork Cultivars will open this new "flagship retail space for high-quality, accessible hemp-based goods and CBD mocktails" this Saturday. The spot will serve a plant-based food menu as well as non-alcoholic CBD beverages and other CBD products. The first 50 adults to arrive at the grand opening will receive gifts, and the "legendary and beloved therapy llama" Caesar the No Drama Llama will even grace the shop with his presence in the afternoon.
This market from Center for Study & Preservation of Palestine founder Ramzy Farouki is opening Saturday on Northeast MLK. The spot is inspired by the small markets found all over Jerusalem and will pay tribute to Palestinian culture with Farouki's family-recipe hummus, house-made pickles, fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, imported goods, and more.
This cafe serving classic diner fare, including omelets, crepes, scrambles, pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, sandwiches, salads, soup, and burgers, opened in Multnomah Village on Thursday.
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating
Lucky Cat Ramen
Looking for a steaming, soul-soothing bowl of noodles? This new ramen joint opened inside H Mart's Tigard location about a week ago and serves the slurpable specialty with a choice of tonkotsu, miso, beef shoyu, or veggie broth. Appetizers include gyoza, shrimp tempura, fried tofu, and steamed edamame.
Pickup or limited indoor seating
Goths and anyone with a taste for the macabre will be happy to know that a spooky "haunted manor-themed cocktail bar" now occupies the former space of No Vacancy Lounge. The bar allows guests to sip craft cocktails from glassware like beakers and skulls and participate in a variety of interactive activities, such as a hands-on "elixir experience" where you can "brew your own mad scientist potion."
Pickup or limited indoor seating
After pandemic-related delays, Submarine Hospitality and the outdoor apparel brand Snow Peak USA opened their new joint project, which they describe as a "mountain izakaya," on May 18. Famed New York bartender Jim Meehan is behind the bar menu, which features Suntory Whisky highballs and sparkling yuzu shandies, while executive chef Alex Kim developed the food menu, which includes sashimi, small plates, hot pot, and soba noodles.
This Tex-Mex cart recently joined the Hawthorne Asylum food cart pod, slinging wings, sandwiches, fries, tacos, and "Texicano bowls."
Pickup or outdoor seating
Soul Lift Cacao Cafe
"Cacao is (in) everything" is both the slogan and guiding philosophy of this upcoming "chocolate shop and superfood elixir cafe," which will directly source all of its ceremonial cacao from Mayan indigenous collectives in Guatemala. The gluten- and dairy-free menu will feature drinking chocolate, smoothies, tea, and coffee. The cafe will soft-open on June 9 and will have its grand opening on June 12.
The Lake Oswego brewery plans to open a third location this fall in Happy Valley and will add a fourth in the Cedar Mill neighborhood in Beaverton next spring. The upcoming Happy Valley spot will feature an Italian coffee bar in the mornings, plus wood-fired pizza and 28 taps.
Happy Valley, Beaverton
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Scotch Lodge named one of the best bars in America
Portland's distinguished whisky den Scotch Lodge has been deemed one of the 27 best bars in America in 2021 by Esquire. Culture and lifestyle director Kevin Sintumuang wrote, "It’s simple: If you’re looking to have your mind expanded through whiskey, come here. You’ll find everything from rare Macallans to obscure, soul-heating bourbons. Single-ounce pours mean you can really take a round-the-world journey. While whiskey bars with deep lists are nothing new, Scotch Lodge has a decidedly sophisticated yet unpretentious energy, impressive bites, and a cocktail list that is a master class in pushing what Scotch can do."
Psychic Bar launches weekend brunch
Chef Diane Lam has added brunch to the offerings at the hip cocktail lounge Psychic Bar, with dishes such as hanger steak and eggs, strawberry French toast, and mapo tofu biscuits and gravy available from 11 am-3 pm on weekends.
Pelican Brewing receives awards at the Australian International Beer Awards and The Oregon Beer Awards
Last week, Pelican Brewing Company took home several awards at the Australian International Beer Awards, the largest annual international beer competition in the world. The company received a Consistency of Excellence Trophy and a gold medal for its Captain of the Coast beer as well as a silver medal for its Bird-Day Volume I and bronze medals for six other beers. Pelican also received a silver medal for its flagship Kiwanda Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale at the local Oregon Beer Awards.
Luke's Lobster is coming to Portland
If you're craving the luxury of an East Coast-style lobster roll, you're in luck: The chain Luke's Lobster will bring its signature roll (made with Maine lobster, mayo, and melted butter on brioche) to Cafe Rowan for a month starting next weekend.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Veganizer PDX: Creole Me Up
Join Creole Me Up chef Elsy Dinvil for a Haitian vegan pop-up with dishes like spicy-sweet fried plantains, soy-based meatballs, and yellow turmeric coconut rice with vegetables. Elsy's signature Creole Me Up pickleez (a classic Haitian condiment) will also make an appearance. A portion of proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Compassion First, which provides care and healing to survivors of child sex trafficking and exploitation.
1517 SE 10th Ave, Friday, 6-8 pm
Tails & Claws Pop-Up with Bento Bros and Two Spoons
Sisters Gourmet Deli is hosting a East Coast-themed "Tails & Claws" collaboration pop-up with Bento Bros on Sunday, May 30, featuring a menu of lobster rolls, lobster grilled cheese sandwiches, lobster platters, beer-battered fish sandwiches, lobster mac and cheese, popcorn shrimp, and popcorn lobster. There's also a selection of sushi rolls, including varieties with fried lobster, fresh lobster, bay scallops, and shrimp tempura. The sweets pop-up Two Spoons will bring the dessert: pineapple upside-down mini cupcakes, key lime pie, and chocolate chunk salted toffee cookies. Pre-orders are required.
Sisters Gourmet Deli, Sunday, 11 am-5 pm
Cheese and Wine Pairing Class
Do you love both wine and cheese, but find yourself at a loss for how to pair them together? Join Kristen of Good Company Cheese Bar and Bistro at downtown Newberg’s Et Fille tasting room as she explains what you should take into consideration. Taste the harmonious pairings during this palate-pleasing two-hour workshop, which is designed to level up your game. Reservations are required.
Et Fille Winery, Sunday, 12 am-2 pm
Distaff + Caravan Memorial Day Block Party
Located across the street from each other, Distaff Wine and Caravan Coffee are teaming up to host a family-friendly block party. The festivities will include cold brew, hot brew, wine, mini muffins, food from Renegade Mobile Kitchen, lawn games, sidewalk chalk contests, and giveaways on the hour.
2761 E 9th St, Sunday, 11 am-4 pm
Portland Cà Phê Pop-Up with Hey Chaudy and Heyday
The Vietnamese coffee roaster Portland Cà Phê will join forces with the pop-ups Hey Chaudy and Heyday for a trifecta of deliciousness: a pandan coconut cheese foam cold brew from Portland Cà Phê, two coconut baked rice flour doughnuts with a mango glaze and coconut shavings from Heyday, and banh mi bỏ xiêm (a spicy marinated beef skewer sandwich) from Hey Chaudy, all for $20. As part of the pop-up, the Diaspora Coffee team will take over the Portland Cà Phê space and will serve drinks—all proceeds from the day will be donated to their upcoming non-profit neighborhood cafe Jubilee Hall PDX.
Portland Cà Phê, Monday, 11 am-1 pm
Pix-O-Matic One Year Birthday
Pix Pâtisserie's magical 24-hour "Pix-O-Matic" vending machine will dispense free birthday cake all weekend to ring in its first trip around the sun. While you're there, submit your favorite memory of the bakery in a "memory box."
Pix Pâtisserie, May 28-30
Memorial Day Weekend Open House
Join this self-described micro-winery as they coincidentally celebrate their fifth anniversary. Boss Hawg’s BBQ Express will have their food cart onsite from Saturday through Monday, serving up pulled pork, beef brisket, dilly tater salad, coleslaw, and more. If barbecue doesn’t appeal to you, picnic goodies will be available for purchase in the tasting room, and guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic food. Live music will be playing from Bluebird’s front porch as visitors take in their spectacular view of the valley.
Bluebird Hill Cellars, May 28-31, 5 pm
I Love Gamay
I Love Gamay is Oregon’s annual celebration of the “under-the-radar” wine varietal. As part of this year’s festivities, Cooper Mountain is hosting this pop-up event, giving oenophiles the opportunity to taste five Oregon-made Gamay Noirs. A snack from Farmer and the Beast will accompany pours from Hundred Suns, Ridgecrest Winery, Division Wine Co, and Hazelfern. A limited-edition wine glass by glassmaker Jason Parker of Esque Studio will also be available for purchase. Reservations can be made on the vineyard’s website.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards, May 29-30
Memorial Weekend Sip & Stroll
Explore Left Coast’s property with a glass of wine in hand before settling down under their White Oak savanna for an evening of relaxing tunes. The winery is offering flights that include small bite pairings, with pizza also available for those after a substantial meal. Tigers of Youth, a Salem alt-pop outfit, will play on Saturday, and folk duo Dead Lee will perform on Sunday. Call for reservations.
Left Coast Estate, May 29-30
The Vietnamese deli has been baking up some cheerful pandan whoopie pies sandwiched with rose frosting and topped with rainbow sprinkles.
This week, the retro drive-in is featuring their waffle-grilled take on the Monte Cristo sandwich, stuffed with smoked ham, gruyere, muenster, fontina, caramelized onion, and thyme on buttered Texas toast and finished with powdered sugar and pickled strawberry jam.