This week brings a new locally sourced butcher shop and restaurant, a tropical food cart, and a Puerto Rican-Philadelphia mashup. Plus, Base Camp Brewing says goodbye, and Le Pigeon is coming to a hotel room near you. Read on for more food-world updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
This "island-style fusion" food cart serving Hawaiian plate lunches opened in Beaverton in late January. The menu changes daily but includes dishes like loco moco, teriyaki chicken, twice-cooked shrimp, and chicken katsu. All plates come with two scoops of rice and a choice of tuna mac salad or seasoned vegetables.
Más Veggies Taqueria
At the end of January, the fast-casual plant-based chain Veggie Grill launched this new taco ghost kitchen in Portland. The delivery-only concept serves shredded jackfruit chipotle carnitas, cauliflower asada, crispy poblano chickin’, savory Tex-Mex taco meat, and crispy baja fish, with options for tacos, burritos, nachos, and bowls.
This new food cart serving a unique combination of Puerto Rican barbecue and Philadelphia comfort food made with local, organic, and seasonal ingredients soft-opened in the new food cart pod Core (Collective Oregon Eateries) on Thursday. Owner John Hatch, a.k.a. "Papi Sal," is Russian and Puerto Rican and was adopted into an Italian family in Philadelphia. The cart serves a variety of sandwiches on house-baked bread, such as "The Jawn" (slow-roasted Puerto Rican lechon with oregano jus, Puerto Rican barbecue sauce, sofrito mayo, and chicharrones on an Italian sesame seed roll), which is named for an all-purpose Philly slang word meaning pretty much anything, as well as the "Mr. Burns" (a fried egg, sour cream and onion dip or sofrito mayo, and hot roasted peppers on a sesame seed baguette) and a "veggie jawn" (semolina onion rings, portobello mushrooms, vegan Cheez Whiz, sofrito mayo, and sautéed onions on a sesame seed baguette). There's also coconut garlic poached white fish, almojabanas (Colombian cheese bread), and alcapurrias (a popular Puerto Rican fritter dish).
On Thursday, farmer Austin Piccone opened this new butcher shop and restaurant. The kitchen is helmed by chef Nic Maraziti (who's spent time at Bar Casa Vale, Ava Gene's, the Bent Brick, and Tournant) and features a menu inspired by Italian-American and Pacific Northwest flavors, with dishes like arancini, fresh pasta, steak, roasted chicken, mixed grill, braised greens, polenta, and garlic bread pudding, plus a "sausage window" with Italian sausage sandwiches and vegan "shroom dip" sandwiches. The butcher shop offers premium heirloom pork and lamb products from Piccone's own farm Wallow & Root as well as meat from other small local farms, in addition to scratch-made sauces and stocks, pantry items, and other grocery items. House-made salumi products, including n’duja, guanciale, spicy coppa, and finocchio, are coming soon. Currently, the restaurant is takeout only, but indoor seating and a full bar will follow eventually once it's safe.
Looking for a new place to grab some wings for Super Bowl Sunday? This new food cart, which soft-opened the weekend of January 16-17, serves fried wings, tenders, popcorn chicken bites, fries, chicken sandwiches, and fried cauliflower bites. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options are available.
Pickup or outdoor seating
Base Camp Brewing
This Southeast Portland brewery and taproom, which closed last March due to COVID, will officially not reopen. Owner Justin Fay hopes to sell the outdoors-themed business and brand and will focus on running Bear Creek Ranch in Ashland.
Eatery at the Grant House
The Eatery at the historic Grant House in Vancouver announced on Facebook last Sunday that it has closed permanently. The post read, "We are blessed to have had the opportunity to be stewards of this beautiful building for the past four years. We hope that the Grant House will open again for someone with a new vision and a new dream that respects the history of the beautiful building and the stories it holds secret to its heart."
Le Pigeon will begin serving multi-course hotel meals
James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker's celebrated Le Pigeon is pivoting to room service: The French restaurant is teaming up with the modern boutique hotel Jupiter NEXT to offer a pop-up with three-course meals in hotel rooms for $100. Guests have the option to book a stay for the rest of the night for $89 and can also add on optional wine and cocktail pairings. The pop-up has seatings at 6 pm and 8 pm, Thursday-Saturday, from February 12-March 6, as well as Valentine's Day.
Ramen Ryoma opening a yakitori restaurant
The well-received Beaverton ramen destination Ramen Ryoma plans to launch a yakitori restaurant in downtown Portland this year, tentatively slated to open between April and May. By day, the not-yet-named spot will dish out the ramen offerings the original location is known for; by night, it'll serve chicken and vegetable skewers grilled on a Japanese binchotan charcoal grill.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Browse food and crafts from a wide variety of local vendors at this pre-Valentine's Day market.
Everett West, February 5-6, 12-13
The Oregonian/Oregon Live's annual Dumpling Week celebrates comforting, pillowy pockets of goodness in all of their forms with specials from over 20 participating restaurants, from "Georgian nacho vareniki" at Kachka to Chengdu-style shrimp and pork "dragon dumplings" at Ping. Print off a passport from the website and set out to try them all.
Various locations, February 5-7
National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
The first Saturday in February is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, a holiday invented by Florence Rappaport in Rochester, New York on a snowy day in the 1960s. The small-batch ice cream shop Ice Cream Renaissance will celebrate with waffles, waffle sundaes, baked French toast, and other breakfast-y treats à la mode, as well as plenty of creamy scoops all on their own.
Vancouver, February 6
Winter Soup Festival To-Go
Warm up with steamy, restorative Latin American soups available for takeout or for covered outdoor dining from a variety of Portland Mercado businesses, including Xocotl, Tierra Del Sol, Fernando's Alegría, Barrio, Kaah Market, La Arepa, Que Bacano, and Alecocina.
Portland Mercado, February 6-14
Volksfest: A Mt. Angel Celebration of German Sausage
If the bevy of holidays this month still leaves you craving something more to celebrate, head to Mt. Angel, a town with Bavarian roots, and turn your hurrahs to German sausage, beer, and sauerkraut at storefronts all around town in honor of Germany's Volksfest.
Mt. Angel, February 12-14
Prime your liver for Zwickelmania, the annual event where more than 100 breweries open their doors online stores for your drinking pleasure, promising tons of beer releases. Think of it as a virtual open house.
Online, February 13, February 20
As we head further into the season of dark and heavy brews, Fort George Brewery has you covered with a lineup of hearty food specials (like beer-braised beef with potatoes and mushroom gravy and bacon on a stick) to complement your stout of choice.
Astoria, February 5-28
The vegan donut shop is channeling savory winter comfort with their new pierogi flavor, made with creamy mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, sour cream, and fresh dill.
Pickup or delivery
This online Japanese grocer, started by Kana Hinohara (owner of the erstwhile Japanese deli Giraffe Goods) and her husband Erik Hanson, has released a new lunch menu that includes gyuu-don beef and rice bowls, tonjiru pork belly stew, onigiri rice balls, the popular egg salad sandos once served at Giraffe Goods, and other dishes.
The irreverent doughnut stalwart's newest flavor is Violet, inspired by the bratty, gum-chewing Golden Ticket recipient Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: a blueberry cake doughnut dipped in vanilla frosting and topped with a dollop of blueberry jam. They claim it's guaranteed to "get even Grandpa Joe out of his bed."
Pickup, in-person, or delivery