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This Week In Portland Food News: A New Fried Chicken Cart Arrives, Mama Đút Announces a Second Location, and A "Mountain Izakaya" Is Coming

March 26, 2021 Edition
March 25, 2021
The new cart LoRell's Chicken Shack, specializing in Chicago-style wings and fries, is the latest addition to Portland's fried chicken scene. (LoRell's Chicken Shack)

The Portland food world is abuzz with a flurry of new developments this week, as the city returns to life after winter hibernation and the dream of herd immunity is finally within sight. Several highly anticipated projects that were shelved due to the pandemic are at last moving forward, and some of the pandemic's most popular openings have exciting news. There's lots to look forward to: Mama Đút has revealed plans for a second location, a "mountain izakaya" from Joshua McFadden, a Michelin-starred chef, and a star bartender is coming soon, and the takeout fried chicken joint Holler will open its dining room soon. Plus, two new juice bars have opened, a new fried chicken cart has arrived, and Known Associates Social Club has brought Mexican-Vietnamese fusion to Portland. Read on for all that and more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Dirty Habit
This trendy new veg-centric cafe from chefs Brian Han and BJ Smith opened on March 18 and features options like omelets, bibimbap, avocado toast, hummus toast, smoothies, juices, and coffee.
Southeast
Pickup or delivery

Everybody Eats Pearl District
Everybody Eats, which started as a catering business in 2016 and has operated out of the Oriental Value Food market since May 2020, has moved into its own full-fledged brick-and-mortar in the Pearl District. The new spot features dishes like peach cobbler chicken and waffles as well as crab, lobster, and shrimp mac and cheese, plus indoor and outdoor seating and a full bar.
Pearl District
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating

Harlow
Earlier this month, the gluten-free, organic juice bar and cafe serving vegetarian fare opened a second outpost in a former space of a Pizzicato location in the Alphabet District. Fans can expect the same menu of scrambles, bowls, plates, smoothies, juices, elixirs, and more.
Northwest
Pickup, delivery, or limited indoor seating

Known Associates Social Club
This unique new cocktail bar and restaurant, which previously opened briefly in fall before closing again and reopened recently in the former space of Keep, mashes up Mexican and Vietnamese cuisine, resulting in dishes like "phozole" (yup, pho with stewed beef and hominy á la pozole) and banh mi tortas stuffed with birria and al pastor. The cocktails are just as innovative, with offerings like the Excommunicado (a take on the Vieux Carre cocktail, with Batanga reposado tequila, Presidente brandy, Cocchi Americano, Licor 43, Xocolatl mole bitters, and a stick of Palo Santo that you get to burn to infuse the cocktail with smoke) and the "What the Pho?" (an Old Fashioned made with pho fat-washed scotch, Hennessy, cardamom syrup, and bitters).
Southeast
Pickup, delivery, or limited indoor seating

LoRell's Chicken Shack
Portland has yet another addition to its ever-growing roster of fried chicken joints. This Black-owned cart, which opened in the Carts on Foster pod in mid-March, slings Chicago-style fried chicken wings and fries. There are only a few Yelp reviews so far, but they're promising: One reviewer says it recalled Reel M Inn Tavern's famous chicken "in all the right ways" (high praise indeed), and another says, "Check this place out before the lines get to be a mile long... it's that good."
Southeast
Pickup

Mutantis Brewery & Bottle Shop
There's a new brewery in town for gluten-free beer lovers. Jason Berger, who co-founded Seattle's popular gluten-free brewery Ghostfish Brewing and opened the gluten-free bottle shop Mutantis in Portland last year, has begun brewing beer in the shop with ingredients like buckwheat and millet. There's also a new patio for al fresco drinking.
Northeast
Pickup or outdoor seating

Nakhon Sawan
This new Thai spot, which had its grand opening on March 11, serves up dishes like butterfly pea flower tom yum soup and noodle bowls with pork ribs, as well as Thai tea cocktails.
Southeast
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating

Oscar's Burgers
This new family-owned spot serves up plant-based Impossible burgers with optional add-ons for plant-based cheese, jalapeños, and plant-based bacon, as well as shoestring and sweet potato fries.
Southeast
Pickup or delivery

Yakai Musubi
Earlier this month, this new takeout spot from two Hawaiian transplants opened on Burnside, serving onigiri, musubi, crack seed (a category of Hawaiian preserved fruit snacks), and Lion Coffee.
Northwest
Pickup

FUTURE OPENINGS

13 Coins
The popular Seattle 24-hour diner 13 Coins plans to open an outpost in Vancouver's Hotel Indigo building, slated for later this fall.
Vancouver

Holler
Holler, the Sellwood fried chicken operation from Bullard co-owners Doug Adams and Jen Quist, will at last open its dining room on April 15. The restaurant was initially meant to launch in June but was postponed due to the pandemic and ended up opening as a takeout-only enterprise last July.
Southeast

Kings and Daughters Brewery
Married couple Kacie and Kyle Larsen are getting ready to open this highly anticipated brewery named in tribute to their son (whose middle name is King, a last name from Kyle's side of the family) and three daughters. The project, which was intended to launch in 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic, will focus on lower ABV beers.
Hood River

Mama Đút and Miami Nice
Exciting news for fans of former hair stylist Thuy Pham's Vietnamese vegan deli Mama Đút, which opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in November after the success of its pandemic-born pop-up: Pham announced this week on Instagram Live that she's already planning to open a second location in Alberta. Better yet, the vegan Cuban restaurant Miami Nice, which also launched last year, will open next door, and the two restaurants will collaborate on a pop-up called Miami Mama in the evenings. The opening date has not yet been revealed. 
Northeast

Takibi
After pandemic-related delays, the outdoor apparel brand Snow Peak USA and Joshua McFadden's restaurant group Submarine Hospitality are getting ready to open their new joint project, which they describe as a "mountain izakaya," soon. Famed New York bartender Jim Meehan has been tapped to develop the cocktail program, and Michelin-starred chef Alex Kim will oversee the food menu.
Northwest

OTHER NEWS

Restaurant workers will be able to receive the vaccine by April 19
Gov. Kate Brown announced last Friday that frontline workers, including restaurant and grocery workers, will be eligible to receive the vaccine no later than April 19. However, the rollout will depend on whether Oregon receives the amount of vaccinations promised by the federal government, which previously gave the state fewer vaccines than promised in December.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Nikkei Bake Sale
Named for a Japanese word that refers to Japanese emigrants and their descendants, this bake sale aims to raise funds for the Asian Mental Health Collective and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon in the wake of anti-Asian-American violence. Vendors donating goods include Carlos Lamagna, Berlu, La Reinita, Lazy Susan, Cooperativa, and more. If you can't make it, donations are also welcome.
XLB, Friday, 12-3 pm

Cider Week
Modern Times Brewing will highlight a "slew of apple-centric creations" all week long.
Modern Times Belmont Fermentorium, March 31-April 4

NEW SPECIALS

Bakeshop
Kim Boyce's acclaimed whole-grain bakery is currently slinging strawberry barley scones made with house-made jam.
Northeast
Pickup or delivery

St. Beatrix
The charming bakery has some black sesame Earl Grey orange buns.
Northeast
Pickup or delivery