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This Week In Portland Food News: A New Brewery, Ranch Water, and Detroit-Style Pizza

November 18, 2022 Edition
November 17, 2022
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Sip some cold, bubbly ranch water at the new bar Lustre Pearl this weekend. (Lustre Pearl)
This week brings all manner of edible and drinkable delights, from wood-fired pizza and ranch water at the Austin import Lustre Pearl to raclette-smothered potatoes and beer at the newly opened Grand Fir Brewing. Plus, Wild Child Pizza slings Detroit-style pizza with inspired toppings, and Stumptown Coffee founder Duane Sorenson launches a brick-and-mortar cafe for his company Puff Coffee. Find all of that and more below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS

El Gaucho Add to a List
This swanky Seattle steakhouse soft-opened its first Vancouver location inside Hotel Indigo on Thursday.
Vancouver
Dine-in

Grand Fir Brewing Add to a List
Married couple Whitney Burnside and Doug Adams and general manager Emily Hilliard, all of them veterans in the local food and drink scene, are hosting the grand opening of this new brewery in the former West Coast Grocery Company Add to a List space from 12-11 pm today and from 4-11 pm on Saturday. The new spot slings brews like the "Tack Shack East Texas Lager" (a Czech amber lager) and the "Old Growth Pale Ale" (a crisp pale ale inspired by the ones popularized in the '80s) alongside comfort food like fried chicken, lager-braised elk, fried alpine potatoes with beer-infused raclette, and smoked vegetables.
Buckman
Pickup, dine-in

Lustre Pearl Add to a List
Experience a little slice of Austin, Texas, without leaving the state: The famed Austin bar Lustre Pearl will host the grand opening Add to a List of its new Portland location, featuring a "refreshing mix of late-night glam and rock and roll grit," on Saturday. The spot will serve wood-fired pizza and ranch water (a popular Texas-born cocktail with seltzer, citrus, and tequila). The opening party will feature drink specials, pizza, bar snacks, a pop-up shop from 3-7 pm, giveaways, live music, a late-night DJ, and other festivities.
Boise
Pickup, dine-in

Master Kong Add to a List
Earlier this month, the celebrated Chinese restaurant Master Kong, which specializes in noodles, congee, dumplings, and other dishes, expanded with a second Southeast Portland location.
Richmond
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Puff Coffee Add to a List
Stumptown Coffee founder Duane Sorenson launched the small-batch (or, as they put it, "itsy-bitsy") coffee roaster Puff Coffee five years ago. On November 9, he debuted the business's first coffee shop in the former Canteen Add to a List space.
Sunnyside
Pickup, dine-in

Wild Child Pizza Add to a List
Kure co-owners Nate Higgins and Nick Amour co-founded this new Detroit-style pizzeria with Portland Gear Add to a List founder Marcus Harvey on November 9. True to its name, the quirky takeout-only spot serves pies topped with unconventional ingredients like tater tots, Nashville hot chicken, and rose harissa in addition to more familiar ones like pepperoni and soppressata.
Alberta Arts District
Pickup, delivery

CLOSURES

Fish and Rice Add to a List
This counter-serve sushi joint closed its doors on November 4, citing "COVID cases, monkeypox, heatwaves, and repeated break-ins" as factors contributing to the closure. However, the business says they may continue on in some other form, such as pop-ups, after "taking a breather" to "think about what's next."
Nob Hill

Sasquatch Brewing & New West Cider Add to a List
Last week, Sasquatch Brewing revealed that it plans to close its Northwest Portland location, which houses a brewery and its sibling cidery New West Cider, due to increased costs and a drop in business due to the pandemic.
Northwest Industrial

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Former Roxy owner Suzanne Hale dies
Suzanne Hale, the longtime proprietor of the legendary 24-hour diner The Roxy Add to a List , died in her sleep on November 8. Hale, known as "the Lovely Suzanne," is remembered as a beloved figure within the Portland LGBTQ+ community who provided shelter and support for those who needed it.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Beaujolais Day | Bar Takeover Add to a List
Beaujolais Nouveau, France's most famous vin de primeur (a wine that may be sold the same year it is made), is released upon the world each year on the third Thursday in November. This year, Vino Veritas is celebrating the following day with the latest release from winemaker George Duboef, plus other delicious Gamays from the same region. Winemaker Tom Aufranc of Domaine Aufranc in Beaujolais will also visit from France and showcase his family's offerings.
Vino Veritas Wine Bar & Bottle Shop, 4-10:30 pm

OMSI After Dark: Uncorked Add to a List
Your school field trip just got a grown-up makeover. Geek out over regional wines and learn the science behind booze at this event hosted by OMSI. You'll get to explore exhibits, enjoy live music and DJ tunes, witness demos, sample vino from 14 different wineries, and grab nosh from food and drink vendors.
OMSI, 6-10 pm 

Trap Kitchen Weekend Add to a List
Back in May, celebrity-acclaimed soul food cart Trap Kitchen opened a restaurant inside the Roseland Theater’s Peter’s Room space on the ground floor, serving up things like pineapple bowls filled with teriyaki steak or seafood, Rich Boy and Rich Girl sandwiches, mac and cheese, fried shrimp and fried chicken. On November 18, the restaurant and venue will launch the inaugural Trap Kitchen Weekend. Despite the event’s name suggesting there’s two days worth of live music, the event only takes place on Friday, but the lineup for the evening is absolutely packed with local rappers: Jay Worthy, G Perico, Saviii 3rd, Cool Nutz, Maniac Lok, Niro Gotti and more. DJs Fatboy and Jerry Bandito will spin the 1s and 2s. Plus! There’ll be a fashion market with booths from local retail brands like Creme & Co, Black Mannequin, Stackin Kickz, and Chocolate Dope. JENNI MOORE
Roseland Theater, 8 pm

BrewLights Add to a List
Revel in the illuminated wonderland of ZooLights with an exclusively grown-up crowd, and enjoy food truck fare and live music. You'll get to choose from a hundred beer, seltzer, and cider options from 45 Northwest breweries and cideries while you feast your eyes on twinkling trees and glowing 3-D sculptures.
Oregon Zoo, 4-10 pm

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Portland’s Fall Cider Fest Add to a List
Savor over 20 ciders on tap and other autumnal sips at this event hosted by the Pine Street Taproom.
Pine Street Market

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Free Tasting: Olympia Provisions Add to a List
Sample mouthwatering cured meats from the award-winning artisan charcuterie producer Olympia Provisions.
Elephants Delicatessen, 11 am-2 pm

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23

2022 Harvest Festival Add to a List
This annual harvest festival will help you embrace autumn with live music, art activities, tastings, and "other surprises."
Portland Farmers Market at Shemanski Park, 8 am-12 pm

NOVEMBER 18-27

Wine Country Thanksgiving Add to a List
Wineries scattered across Willamette Valley will offer special tastings, food pairings, live music, holiday discounts, and other wine country experiences. 
Willamette Valley

SPECIALS

Little Conejo Add to a List
Looking for a festive sip to enjoy this weekend? This Vancouver taqueria is currently serving vibrant cranberry margaritas.
Vancouver
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Pizza Kat Add to a List
This week, this pizzeria from the owners of Crown Paella Add to a List introduced a new limited-time special: the "Costa Rossa," made with house pancetta, fontina, ricotta, radicchio, roasted grapes, mozzarella, and saba.
Goose Hollow
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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