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This Week In Portland Food News: A New Distillery, Street Food Snacks, and an Upcoming Food Cart Pod

September 23, 2022 Edition
September 23, 2022
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The new Vancouver spot Tiny Tasties specializes in street food snacks like bubble waffles. (Tiny Tasties)
In this week's batch of food news, the Ryan Reynolds-owned Aviation Gin opens a new Portland distillery and visitor center (complete with an escape room), Binary Brewing hosts the grand opening of its Beaverton brewery, and the new spots Honey Spicy and Tiny Tasties sling craveable Asian fusion snacks. Plus, Chez Jose, Drink Mamey, and Jinx say goodbye, and a new cart pod is headed to SE Division later this year. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS

Aviation American Gin Distillery and Visitor Center Add to a List
According to a press release, Portland-based Aviation American Gin, co-owned by actor Ryan Reynolds, celebrates the grand opening of its new distillery and visitor center today. The spacious new facility features a tasting room, draft cocktail bar, gift shop, and Reynolds' "office," which doubles as an interactive escape room for visitors. “If a grown-up theme park and a bartender fell in love and produced offspring, it would be this gin factory," Reynolds says in the release.
Northwest
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Binary Brewing Add to a List
The nano-brewery Binary Brewing Add to a List (formerly known as Uptown Brewing) will host the grand opening Add to a List of its location in the former space of Beaverton Bakery Add to a List in historic downtown Beaverton on Saturday, September 24. The new outpost features a pinball hall, lounge areas, a spacious patio, and an in-house restaurant called Megabites, which serves sliders and other bar fare. The grand opening will feature live music from Straw Boss, brewery tours, and a chance to meet the head brewer Roger Wood. 
Beaverton
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Cellar Z Add to a List
The local grocer chain Zupan's Market recently opened this private dining room and wine cellar located inside its West Burnside location. Executive chef John Eisenhart's menu showcases local and seasonal produce alongside the restaurant's selection of rare and high-end wines.
West Burnside
Dine-in

Honey Spicy Add to a List
This Korean fusion spot with locations in Tigard and Northeast Portland launched a new takeout-only location in Southwest Portland this week. The menu features Korean fried chicken, Korean-style corn dogs, fried dumplings, and milk tea.
Southwest
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Tiny Tasties Add to a List
You'll find street food-style snacks like waffle corn dogs, waffles, crepes, bao buns, Vietnamese chicken wings, egg rolls, takoyaki, and more at this small Asian fusion shop, which opened in Vancouver on September 15.
Vancouver
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FUTURE OPENINGS

Farmhouse Carts Add to a List
This food cart pod is slated to open in Southeast Division in late 2022, with a stacked lineup that includes the Mexican-Southern favorite Nacheaux, wonton soup purveyor Mama Chow's, and eight other TBA vendors.
SE Division

Fracture Brewing Add to a List
Married couple Darren and Ny Provenzano plan to open this taproom for their brewery, which they opened earlier this year, in Southeast Portland in October. The taproom will be located in a community hub that will also be home to the upcoming Lil' America Add to a List pod and a new location of Dos Hermanos Bakery Add to a List .
Buckman

CLOSURES

Chez Jose Add to a List
After a staggering 35 years of business, this Mexican mainstay will close on October 8, due to owners Howie Schechter and Tom Midrano Jr.'s retirement. According to an announcement on the restaurant's website, Schecter and Midrano have been running the spot with minimal kitchen staff due to shortages and hoped to find a buyer who would continue to run the business, but were unable to due to the current state of the restaurant industry, writing, "[We] chose to end the restaurant on our terms rather than an abrupt ending due to a lack of staff."
South Burlingame

Drink Mamey Add to a List
Owner Cydnie Smith-McCarthy announced on Instagram this week that she closed her juice shop in mid-September. The statement reads, "Before coming to this conclusion, I looked at this situation and felt a lot of shame and sadness. Now I realize how necessary this redirection is not only for my personal and professional growth but for the growth and evolution of my brand. Drink Mamey always has a specific purpose, mission, and goal that I feel I completely lost sight of amongst the craziness. I was struggling, it was no longer fun, and to be honest, I needed more support that I didn’t have."
Killingsworth

Jinx Add to a List
This spooky bar and restaurant announced this week it would be closing, writing, "It's time for us to move on. This past few years have been rough on everyone and we know life has not been easy on you either (and those challenges just kept coming). Personally, we need a break. We need some time to pause and reflect on our next step. When we're strong again we'll let you know where we are and we will look forward to seeing you there!  Wishing you all the very best and we are leaving with much gratitude for all of you!"
Concordia

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Nacheaux takes over Swan Dive kitchen
While it waits to open its new cart in the upcoming Farmhouse Carts pod (see above for more details), the "Mexicajun" sensation Nacheaux will take over the kitchen at the recently opened cocktail bar Swan Dive Add to a List in the former Bit House Collective Add to a List space beginning on September 28. Upcoming specials at the Swan Dive kitchen will include fried chicken burritos, tacos, burgers, po'boys, Cajun cheesesteak, deep fried pork chops, French toast, and more.

The New York Times names Kann one of America's top 50 restaurants
Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet's much-buzzed-about Haitian restaurant Kann Add to a List , which opened about six weeks ago, was included in the New York Times' list of the top 50 restaurants in the country on September 19. Food correspondent Brett Anderson writes, "With a staff led by the chef de cuisine Varanya J. Geyoonsawat, Kann leans into the lapel-grabbing power of dynamically spiced, live-fire cooking. If you didn’t know walking in that akra, griyo and legim were staples of Haitian cuisine, you’ll learn it soon enough, along with the history of Haiti and its food, both shaped by slavery and colonialism. It’s hard not to admire a restaurant serving food this special, that dares to take so much more on its shoulders."

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 2

Beaverton Restaurant Week Add to a List
Try menu items created exclusively for Beaverton Restaurant Week at an array of restaurants across Beaverton, including 1st Street Pocha, Afuri Izakaya, Ex Novo Brewing, Hapa Pizza, Top Burmese Bistro Royale, and more.
Various locations across Beaverton

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Farm to Plate Brewer’s Series Dinners Add to a List
It doesn't get much fresher than eating a meal on the very farm where the ingredients were grown. Topaz Farm's resident "farm-to-plate" chefs Christian and Janelle Ephrem will craft three multi-course, farm-to-plate dinners this summer, each featuring five specially selected beer pairings from a different local brewer: Fort George Brewing, Migration Brewing, and Foreland Beer. Guests will get to dine al fresco below the farm's historic oak tree (or under a tent, depending on weather).
Topaz Farm, 5:30 pm

Fresh Hop American Summer, vol.1! Add to a List
Level Beer has rounded up all its brewery pals, including Away Days, Binary, Ex Novo, Little Beast, Migration, Zoiglhaus, and more, for a bona fide fresh hop extravaganza. Other festivities include lawn games and merch packages.
Level Beer, 12-5 pm

Widmer Brothers' 18th Annual Oktoberfest Add to a List
For a free, all-ages Oktoberfest option, check out this party from Widmer Brothers Brewing, which will offer special beers, food vendors, live music, dancing, and even special guest appearances from llamas and alpacas.
Widmer Brothers Brewing, 2-10 pm

2022 Oktoberfest Marketplace Add to a List
Peruse wares from Portland businesses at a free, all-ages marketplace and enjoy a local brew or two inside a beer garden, with food and drinks available for purchase.
Central Catholic High School, 11 am-4 pm

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

The Barter x Oma's Hideaway Add to a List
Gado Gado line cook Ryan Cartier will sling grass-fed beef burgers on the patio at this pop-up at Oma's Hideaway.
Oma's Hideaway, 12-3 pm

SPECIALS

Fermenter Add to a List
The fermentation-focused vegan and vegetarian restaurant reprised its cult-favorite, "Portland-famous" miso apple burger, which features a house tempeh patty marinated in shio koji with miso apple butter, ruby kraut, and griddled onions, on Thursday.
Buckman
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Mama Đút Add to a List
Inspired by her Filipina heritage, Mama Đút baker Kachina Larissa Williams has concocted a vegan tocino "mylk" bun filled with tocino seasoning-marinated jackfruit, oyster mushrooms, and onions, glazed with a sweet chili sauce, and topped with black sesame seeds.
Buckman
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PaaDee Add to a List
Get into the soup season spirit with PaaDee's Ba Mhee Pitsanulok: egg noodles, spicy lime, pork broth, pork belly, roasted pork, meatballs, green beans, ground peanuts, sprouts, and scallions.
Kerns
Pickup, dine-in

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