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This Week In Portland Food News: A New Cheesecake Spot Arrives, Nico's Ice Cream Plans a New Location, and Fermenter Says Goodbye

February 23, 2024 Edition
February 23, 2024
Grab a decadent slice at the newly opened Muse Cheesecakes shop this weekend. (Muse Cheesecakes)
This week, we're digging into creamy concoctions from Muse Cheesecakes, looking forward to Nico's Ice Cream's upcoming Troutdale location, and saying goodbye to Fermenter and Unicorn Bakeshop. Plus, catch the tail end of The Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week this weekend. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Muse Cheesecakes List
Channel your inner Golden Girl (I'm a Blanche, how about you?) with a slice of cheesecake at this new shop, which artist Kiana Lee opened on February 9. Flavors range from banana pudding to blueberry lavender to "Rose City Romance."

Xŏcotl List
This bar specializing in cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and fruit bowls debuted a new location on Division last Saturday, February 17.


Nico's Ice Cream List
Nico Vergara is set to expand his fruity ice cream empire with a third location coming to downtown Troutdale's The Highlands pod in late May.

Phaya List
Nan Chaison of Mestizo List and Norah List plans to open a fast-casual restaurant inspired by the Thailand-based khao gaeng shops (spots serving curries and stir-fries over rice) of her youth on Hawthorne sometime this spring. 


Fermenter List
The spot billing itself as your "friendly neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium" will bid farewell permanently on March 31. Chef Aaron Adams explained on Instagram that the business was labor-intensive and not profitable enough to be sustainable. However, fans can take solace in the fact that Adams is planning a new concept—one that he says will make devotees "cry tears of joy" when it is revealed—and that the Fermenter brand will live on in the form of "products and classes and other stuff."

Unicorn Bakeshop List
The bakery known for its playful vegan and gluten-free sweets plans to close permanently on February 29. 



The Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week! Past Event List
IT'S A FACT: The pinnacle of human ingenuity is undoubtedly THE SANDWICH. And at long last, it's time to celebrate humankind's greatest feat with Jim Beam presents the Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week! And if you love sandwiches, you are gonna lose your damn mind, because from Monday, February 19 to Sunday, February 25, Portlanders will be feasting on delectable, original sandwiches built by some of the city's most creative sandwich makers... and if that's not enough, each of those sammies can be had for a mere $8! Are you dreaming? NO, YOU ARE NOT!
Various locations


Celebrating Bob Moore's Life and Legacy Past Event List
If you have even a passing familiarity with whole grains, it's likely you've seen Bob Moore's kindly face beaming up at you in the grocery store. The founder of the ubiquitous artisanal grain empire Bob's Red Mill passed away in his Milwaukie home earlier this month. The business's brick-and-mortar store will commemorate his life with a complimentary oatmeal buffet and live music performances. Share your condolences or favorite memories at a card station.
Bob's Red Mill Whole Grains Store & Vistors Center, Milwaukie, 11 am-1 pm


Poppy Shop Pop-Up Past Event List
My perfect Sunday morning starts with some pastries and coffee—maybe yours does too? If so, scoop up some plant-based treats, including scones, buns, muffins, cake slices, cookies, and more, as well as drip coffee and cold brew, from the pop-up Poppy Shop.
Zuckercreme, 9 am-12:30 pm


Pinolo Gelato List
The gelateria's seasonal tangerini sorbetto, made with freshly squeezed tangerines, sounds like a great way to ease the winter doldrums and ward off scurvy at the same time.

Pizza Kat List
Pair your Sopranos marathon with the Nob Hill pizzeria's newest limited-time special, the "Veneto": a red sauce pie with house-made fennel Italian sausage, roasted delicata squash, sage leaves, marinated peppers, chile, aged mozzarella, and pecorino romano. 
Nob Hill

Xiao Ye List
The relatively new restaurant serving first-generation American food is currently offering a special dish with a purée of Eloisa Organic Farm watercress, avocado, cilantro, and lime, served atop a Three Sisters Nixtamal tostada and albacore tuna confit.
Hollywood District

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