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This Week In Portland Food News: A New Asian Street Food Spot Arrives, Biga Pizza Says Goodbye, and Desi PDX Plans a Spinoff

October 1, 2021
October 1, 2021
The new Asian street food-inspired spot Katak is slinging Vietnamese fish sauce wings and Thai-style fried chicken. (Katak)

In this week's batch of food news, Katak brings fish sauce wings and Thai fried chicken to Buckman, Brazakaya combines Brazilian cuisine with Japanese drinking snacks, and PULU by Sunrice takes up residency inside Deadshot. Plus, Biga Pizza and Sungari Pearl say farewell, Desi PDX plans an exciting Indian bar snack and sandwich spinoff, and Sugarpine Drive-In gets ready to launch a new food truck pop-up called Apizza Pine. Get the scoop on all that and more below. For more culinary inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

1st Street Pocha
This Korean street food spot opened in the former Du Kuh Bee space in Beaverton in early September, slinging Korean-style corn dogs, fried chicken, wings, corn cheese, chicken bulgogi, tteokbokki, and other bites. "Pocha" is short for "pojangmacha," a type of covered tent or street stall serving street food in South Korea.
Beaverton
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Brazakaya
According to a press release, this new "Brazilian-izakaya" fusion restaurant, inspired by chef and owner Marlon Alonso's Brazilian heritage and fondness for Japanese drinking food, is now open for takeout. The unique combination results in dishes like Brazilian-flavored yakitori skewers, creamy polenta with pan-seared shiitake mushrooms, and fried Brussels sprouts with ginger scallion sauce.
Buckman
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Katak
This Asian street food-inspired spot opened in mid-September. The menu features Vietnamese fish sauce wings, hat yai (Southern Thai-style hand-battered fried chicken), Thai street market-inspired crispy fried chicken, kai yang (Thai-style roasted chicken), and sides like fries, coconut buttered corn, cheese bread, and papaya salad.
Buckman
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NORR Kitchen
According to a press release, the Portland-based production house NORR Agency will debut this new takeout and catering "kitchen concept" next Wednesday, October 6. The project is helmed by chef Matt Hobbs, who formerly worked as the chef de cuisine at Rosa Rosa and as the executive sous chef at the Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern in Washington, D.C. Dishes include white truffle garlic bread, smoked tomato arancini, Tuscan kale salad, ditalini with pork fennel sausage, and olive oil cake.
Buckman
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The Sedgwick
This upscale lounge opened in the former space of Tommy O's in downtown Vancouver on September 9, serving small plates, yakitori, craft cocktails, local beer, and wine.
Vancouver
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PULU by Sunrice
The farmers market vendor and pop-up Sunrice has launched a new weekly residency inside Deadshot. The menu incorporates Filipino, Vietnamese, and Japanese influences, with dishes like mushroom sisig, barbecue pork skewers, and "not mango peach pie" (a deconstructed homage to the classic dessert from the beloved Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee—this version is made with grilled peach granita, mango, and fried cinnamon-sugar rice chips).
Hosford-Abernethy
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FUTURE OPENINGS

Apizza Pine
Sugarpine Drive-In's food truck spinoff, which has hosted the Hawaiian plate lunch pop-up Da Pine Grinds since May, is transitioning to a new theme. Today will be the last day of the season for Da Pine Grinds, and a New Haven-style pizza pop-up called Apizza Pine will take over by November.
Troutdale

Berlu
Chef Vince Nguyen's spot celebrated for its Vietnamese baked goods hopes to reopen by October 14 with a new tasting menu available Thursdays-Saturdays. The menu will consist of Vietnamese street food-inspired snacks, three plated courses, and sweet dishes, capped off with Vietnamese hot chocolate. Diners can look forward to innovative dishes like grilled and toasted bành bò nฦฐแป›ng (a sweet, chewy cake) topped with coconut cream and caviar.
Buckman

Bluto's
Rick Gencarelli, the chef behind Lardo and Grassa, is set to open a playful Greek-inspired restaurant called Bluto's (named for the rowdy Animal House character played by Jim Belushi) by the end of November. The menu will center around souvlaki and might also include dishes such as deep-fried eggplant steaks, ouzo mojitos, and Greek yogurt soft-serve with a tahini hard shell.
Sunnyside

Chaat Wallah
Desi PDX owner Deepak Saxena plans to open two locations of a new Indian sandwich and snack spinoff called Chaat Wallah (which loosely translates to "snack vendor") within the next year. The first will open this fall along with a TBA bar inside the Iron Fireman Collective building, while the second will take the form of a cart in Northeast Portland, opening in 2022. Get ready for items like masala pulled pork sandwiches, paneer and chutney nachos, and spiced lamb sloppy joes. 
Brooklyn, Northeast

Lovely Rita
The Hoxton's restaurant Lovely Rita, which has been closed since last fall, is set to reopen on October 15. The spot broke ties with Submarine Hospitality Group in March 2020, and new chef Joel Lui-Kwan is taking the reins for Lovely Rita, as well as the Hoxton's speakeasy-inspired bar Basement (currently closed) and its popular rooftop bar Tope. 
Old Town-Chinatown

Lustre Pearl
Soon you'll be able to experience a little slice of Austin, Texas, without leaving the state. The popular Austin bar Lustre Pearl will open an outpost in the former locations of Quaintrelle and the bookstore Another Read Through on North Mississippi in early 2022. The spot will offer ranch water (a popular Texas drink with seltzer, citrus, and tequila) and wood-fired pizza.
Boise

CLOSURES

Biga Pizza
Pizzicato owners Marc and Tracy Frankel's "Neo-Neapolitan" artisan pizzeria, which opened just over a year ago, has closed. The restaurant wrote on Instagram, "Friends and neighbors, it is with a deep sadness that we have decided to close our beloved pizzeria permanently. As we all know, the last several months have been challenging and unpredictable. Although things did not work out as planned, we will treasure our time making pizza for you all. It has been our pleasure to be your neighbor and serve you!"
Concordia

Circa 33
The speakeasy-themed bar closed permanently on Sunday due to its lease expiring. The bar's restaurant group Independent Restaurant Concepts is choosing to focus on its pizzeria Pacific Crust Pizza Company, which is opening a location inside the former Crown space inside Hotel Lucia later this year. Circa 33 employees have been offered jobs at the group's restaurant Paddy’s Bar and Grill.
Sunnyside

Sungari Pearl
This locally sourced Chinese American restaurant announced via its website that it has closed permanently after 22 years of business.
Pearl District

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Portland named best coffee city in America
This is a big week for coffee—September 29, was National Coffee Day, and today, October 1, is International Coffee Day. And luckily for coffee lovers, Portland happens to be one of the best cities in the world to celebrate—the website WalletHub has named Portland the best coffee city in America.
To help you get your caffeine buzz on, we've rounded up a list of 20 local coffee shops well worth your time, from Prince Coffee to Portland Cà Phê

Steamboat Inn for sale

The historic Steamboat Inn, located within the Umpqua National Forest, is for sale for $3.75 million. Current owners Melinda and Travis Woodward purchased the resort in 2017.

One person killed, two injured in shooting at Silver Dollar Pizza
One man was killed and two others were injured in a shooting at the Northwest Portland restaurant Silver Dollar Pizza at 2 am last Friday. The two wounded men were taken to the hospital and the third man, who has been identified as 34-year-old Jacob Knight-Vasquez, died at the scene, according to police.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

PDX Fresh Hop Festival
The Portland Mercury's Ned Lannaman wrote in 2019, "It’s hop-harvesting season, and that means literal tons of fresh hops are making their way to your beer. The annual Fresh Hops Beer Festival will feature more than 50 fresh hop beers made by Oregon brewers, and they’re only available during this magical season (at other times of year, beer’s made with preserved or dried hops). You live in one of the only parts of the world that can get fresh-hop beer (they can’t travel very far), so don’t miss out!" This year's festivities, which will be hosted outdoors and be split into multiple sessions with a limited amount of attendees for COVID safety, will also include food offerings from Von Ebert Brewing.
Glendoveer Golf Course, Friday-Saturday

Portland Seltzerland 2021
Guzzle all the boozy bubbly water your heart desires at this hard seltzer "immersive experience" featuring over 100 different hard seltzers, plus food, swag, music, games, and photo opportunities.
Colwood Golf Course, Saturday, 12:30-5 pm

Hood River Hops Fest
The Pacific Northwest produces over 96% of the hops in the United States, with over 14% coming from Oregon, and Hood River County is in close proximity to many renowned hop-growing regions. This family-friendly festival will celebrate the hop harvest with over 40 fresh-hop beers from more than 30 breweries, as well as vendors, live music, and collectible mugs.
Columbia Lot, Saturday, 12-8 pm

Late Shake Pop-Up
The buzzy milkshake pop-up Late Shake will be whipping up its signature creations at Upper Left Roasters for its last event of the season.
Upper Left Roasters, Saturday, 7-10 pm

Celebrating Hispanic Roots
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Oregon-based Hispanic winemakers and winery owners will tell their stories, proudly display the diversity of Hispanic cultures (which span most of Latin America and Spain), and give back to Oregon's Spanish-speaking community. Participating wineries Alumbra Cellars, Atticus Wine, Beacon Hill Winery & Vineyard, Cramoisi Vineyard, Parra Wine Co, and Valcan Cellars will offer special wine selections and donate ten percent of ticket and bottle sales to Adelante Mujeres Empresas, a development program that provides instruction for small business owners and supports individuals in pursuit of their dreams.
Beacon Hill Winery, Sunday, 12-2 pm & 2:30-4:30 pm

Taste America: Portland
This year, in order to be more conscious of COVID safety and comply with health regulations, the prestigious James Beard Foundation's annual Taste America dinners will take on a more intimate form. For this event, Mariah and Tom Pisha-Duffly of Oma's Hideaway and Gado Gado and Maya Okada Erickson of LangBaan will prepare a multi-course menu that showcases their cooking styles, with dishes like fermented beef rib satay, roti canai with braised rabbit curry, wok-fried Brussels sprouts, and sangkaya kabocha squash, complemented by beverage pairings. Guests will also receive a swag bag to commemorate the evening.
Gado Gado and Oma's Hideaway, Monday, 6:30 pm

Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest
This annual fresh hop extravaganza returns for its sixth year with 10 food trucks, 10 rotating taps, and special tappings almost every day highlighting local breweries and regions. Each day will feature different rare and seasonal beers.
Prost! Marketplace, through October 3, 8 am-10 pm

Beaverton Restaurant Week
Try menu items created exclusively for Beaverton Restaurant Week at an array of restaurants across Beaverton. A select number of restaurants will also offer a 10% discount for frontline workers (including first responders, teachers, grocery and service workers, and medical workers).
Various locations, through October 3

Olympia Oyster Bar at Function
Chef Maylin Chavez of Olympia Oyster Bar will sling a seasonal, oyster-centric seafood menu at Function in collaboration with winemaker Cristina Gonzales of Gonzales Wine Company, pastry chef Palmira Obeso of Here for the Cakes, and the farmhouse brewery Wolves & People.
Function, Friday-Sunday through October 17

Zuckercreme Presents: Pumpkin Spice And Everything Nice
Inspired by fall's most ubiquitous flavor, this autumnal pop-up from Zuckercreme will feature a bakery, cafe, community markets, workshop, cozy home goods, clothes, accessories, vintage wares, and art.
Zuckercreme, Wednesday-Sunday through October 24

SPECIALS

Baon Kainan
In tribute to the beloved Filipino spaghetti dish popularized by Jollibee, this pop-up-turned-cart is serving their own version, featuring spaghetti, banana ketchup tomato sauce, ground beef, hot dogs, shredded cheddar, green onions, and fried garlic.
Cully
Pickup, dine-in

Doe Donuts
On October 5, the vegan donut favorite is unveiling a special lineup of seasonal flavors that will be around for October only, including a Harry Potter-inspired butterbeer special. They've also revealed some new spooky-season soft serve flavors, including pumpkin and extra dark chocolate.
Powellhurst-Gilbert
Pickup, delivery

Toast'd
The plant-based pop tart purveyor has added some creepy macarons in Halloween-appropriate hues, topped with spider decorations. They've also introduced some seasonal versions of their signature toaster pastries, adorned with "Boo!" messages and gory shattered glass.
Mississippi
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