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This Week In Portland Food News: A New Bakery Arrives, Lawless Barbecue Opens Inside Little Beast, and Level Beer Launches a New Taproom

October 29, 2021 Edition
October 29, 2021

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The Kansas City-style barbecue joint Lawless Barbecue is serving its saucy offerings inside Little Beast Brewing. (Lawless Barbecue)

In this week's batch of food news, Portland gets a taste of Missouri, as The Hungry Hero brings St. Louis-style gooey butter cake to the Pearl District and Lawless Barbecue brings saucy Kansas City-style barbecue to Little Beast Brewing. Plus, Level Beer opens a new taproom, and the Mayor of Flavortown visits Bend. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates, plus Halloweekend events like the Unicorn Creationz First Annual Halloween Party. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.


The Hungry Hero
Baker Alex Wilson, who runs the Sherwood bakery The Hungry Hero and recently won Netflix's baking competition Sugar Rush: Christmas, opened an outpost in the Pearl District in collaboration with Broobee Café on October 6. The sweet selection includes Basque cheesecake, St. Louis-style gooey butter cake, chocolate potato chip cookies, churro cupcakes, and more.
Pearl District

Lawless Barbecue
This Kansas City-style barbecue joint has begun slinging hardwood-smoked meats at the award-winning farmhouse-style brewery Little Beast Brewing. The opening menu features brisket, burnt ends, and ribs smothered in Kansas City sweet and Carolina Gold barbecue sauces, as well as potato salad, mac and cheese, baked beans, slaw, house-made pickles, and banana pudding.
Pickup, dine-in

Level 3
Level Beer hosted the grand opening of its third location, aptly named Level 3, inside the former See See KTM space on October 16, with over 20 beers on tap, a collection of retro arcade games, and an outdoor patio.
Buckman, Kerns

Chef Cameron Lee Dunlap launched a restaurant called Morchella, focused on seasonal foraged and wild foods, in the former Verdigris space on October 19, with an opening menu of house-made sourdough, white chanterelle soup, oysters, venison tartare, pappardelle, quail, and stuffed escarole.
Pickup, dine-in


Cafe Olli
Here's something to look forward to: This all-day cafe is set to open in the former Ned Ludd space in late November, with scratch-made baked goods from co-owner and pastry chef Siobhan Speirits, who you may know from her project Saint Frances. The cafe will also serve wood-fired pizzas, salads, handmade pasta, sandwiches on house-baked bread, charcuterie, and other wood-oven-baked dishes.


The Waiting Room
This restaurant in a Victorian house, known for its fried chicken, oysters and champagne, appears to have closed without an announcement. A dispensary called the Oregon Weedery has taken up residence in the space.


Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives features three Bend restaurants
Everyone's favorite bleach-haired, mustachioed, tattooed Food Network personality, Guy Fieri, drove his famous red Camaro into Bend to check out three different local restaurants earlier this summer, and now you can see the results. You can catch Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails in the episode "Regional Flavors," which aired on October 1, and you'll be able to see Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro & Backstage Lounge in the episode "Sandwiches and Spice" airing tonight at 6 pm, followed by Dump City Dumplings in an episode on November 5.


Unicorn Creationz First Annual Halloween Party
Nacheaux's new food hall Unicorn Creationz will host its first-ever Halloween party, with live music, spooky New Orleans-inspired cocktails from its new speakeasy Bourbon Street, and a costume contest with a $100 prize.
Unicorn Creationz Food Hall, Saturday, 8-11 pm

Baker Ghoul Magic Pop-Up
Mama Đút baker Kachina Williams will take over the vegan Vietnamese restaurant on Halloween with her goth bakery pop-up, Baker Ghoul Magic. The pop-up takes inspiration from Williams' Black-Filipina heritage and love of pop culture and Halloween and will feature Midsommar-inspired mushroom tocino "meat" pies, matcha coconut cupcakes, dirt cups with pandan frosting, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, and ube whoopie pies.
Mama Đút, Sunday, 10 am

Ecliptic Brewing's Cosmic Halloween
One normally leaves their kids at home before heading to a brewery, but today Halloween enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy spooky tunes, show off their costumes, stuff their faces with candy, decorate gourds, and more.  
Ecliptic Brewing, Sunday, 12-9 pm

Trick or Treat
Grab your pumpkin-shaped pail and head to Aimsir Distilling's bar the Emerald Room, which will have candy for kids and a "spooky potions lab" with DIY mocktails and cocktails for adults. A "haunted photo station" will be onsite to immortalize your costume.
The Aimsir Distilling Company, Sunday

For Esmé: Día de Los Muertos Pop-Up
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with this pop-up from former Nightingale co-owner and chef Luna Contreras and bartender Michelle Ruocco, who are currently running a residency at Magna Kusina. Load up on spooky treats, snacks, and drinks from Allie G's Pastries, Sweet Thing, Molly Erika, Victoria Ascencio, Lisa Horness, HeyDay, and Banhez Mezcal, plus cocktails, cemitas, tamales, and other street snacks.
Magna Kusina, Monday, 4-9 pm

Around the World in 82 Dishes
Sample international eats and drinks from the abundance of diverse restaurants across 82nd Avenue. Shop or eat at one of the participating locations and post a photo on social media with the hashtag #82Dishes from October 23-November 27 for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.
82nd Avenue, through November 27

Dine the Couve 2021
All month long, you can take advantage of super-cheap "3 for $20" or "3 for $30" specials from over 30 participating Clark County restaurants, including Locust Cider & Brewing, Slow Fox Chili, Rally Pizza, and Mt. Tabor Brewing. If you redeem five different offers during the promotion, you'll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the participating restaurant of your choice.
Clark County, through October 31


Holler Treats
Holler's dessert shop spinoff is getting in on the spooky season fun with candy corn and Rolo ice cream flavors, shortbread cookies shaped like ghosts and mummies, house-made jack-o'-lantern Oreos with orange filling, and earthworm brownies made with cookie "dirt" and gummy worms. They're also adding many Halloween-worthy tweaks to their usual offerings—watch out for eyeball sprinkles and meringue ghosts.
Pickup, dine-in

Mama Đút
The Vietnamese vegan restaurant is paying tribute to the classic candy Almond Roca with a chocolate cupcake filled with caramel sauce and topped with chocolate frosting and chopped almonds.
Pickup, dine-in

The Pie Spot
Pie gets a goth makeover with the Pie Spot's "Chocula S’cream Pie": chocolate coconut charcoal crust, chocolate mirror glaze, and Theo chocolate cream. It even comes with your own pair of vampire fangs.
Pickup or delivery