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This Week In Portland Food News: A New Panadería, A Cozy Bar, and the Return of Kenny & Zuke's

January 13, 2023 Edition
January 13, 2023
Dig into a plate of concha bread pudding with crema whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles at Matutina. (Matutina)
Fight the January doldrums with pan dulce and breakfast at the newly opened "panadería americana" Matutina, smash burgers and arcade games at My-O-My, or bagels and smoked fish at the newly reopened Kenny & Zuke's. Read about that and more, from an upcoming toy-themed ramen bar to the Sixth Annual Wassail Cider Fest, below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Kenny & Zuke's Add to a List
The Jewish deli, which closed its downtown location in December, reopened in the former Kimura Toast Bar Add to a List space on New Year's Day, serving a new "bagel-centric" menu along with espresso drinks and locally smoked fish. The new location also features a spacious heated patio.
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Matutina Add to a List
The República Add to a List crew opened this lovely, light-filled "panadería americana" earlier this month. The spot slings nourishing breakfast dishes like savory porridge, biscuits with chorizo gravy, and porchetta breakfast sandwiches alongside coffee, champurrado, and pan dulce.
Pearl District
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My-O-My Add to a List
The team behind the laidback hangout White Owl Social Club Add to a List soft opened this cozy cocktail bar in the former Rocky Butte Pub space on January 6. Guests can enjoy pinball, arcade games, an indoor fireplace, and crisp-edged smash burgers from the cart Monster Smash PDX Add to a List , which runs the kitchen.
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Ninja Bowl Teriyaki Add to a List
This Forest Grove teriyaki joint expanded with a Beaverton location last month. Options include chicken teriyaki, beef bulgogi, chicken curry rice, Korean short ribs, and more.
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Besaw’s Add to a List and Solo Club Add to a List
The historic restaurant Besaw's is set to reopen by the end of January, followed by its sibling cocktail bar Solo Club. Owner Cana Flug is teaming up with River Pig Saloon Add to a List owner Ramzy Hattar to relaunch the businesses with a new chef and general manager, but Hattar tells Eater Portland that no major changes are planned.

Fire on the Mountain Add to a List
The Portland-born Buffalo wing joint plans to expand with a new restaurant in a former auto sales lot in Bend later this year.

Toyshop Ramen Add to a List
Soon, you'll be able to get in touch with your inner child while imbibing grown-up beverages and slurping scratch-made noodles. Chef Isaac Ocejo plans to open this toy-themed bar in the former Jinx Add to a List space next month, serving ramen alongside cocktails from cocktails from Gabbiano’s Add to a List co-owners David Sigal and Blake Foster.



New Nordic Cuisine Opening Add to a List
In the last 15 years, the Nordic food movement, defined by its emphasis on local, natural and seasonal produce, has inspired world-famous chefs and home cooks alike. Nordia House will kick off their New Nordic Cuisine Add to a List exhibit, which examines the Nordic value-driven food system, with appetizers and a lecture from Thor Erikson.
Nordia House, 6:30-8:30 pm


Nano Beer Fest Add to a List
Toast to all things nano-brewing at this festival uplifting pint-sized producers. Your ticket will afford you 10 tastes of beer, cider, mead, and wine from small local businesses around the region.
John's Marketplace


Double Mountain Brewery Rare Barrel Aged Beers Showcase Add to a List
Seize the opportunity to taste eight hard-to-find beers from the local favorite Double Mountain Brewery, in addition to four of their standard offerings.
Loyal Legion


Sixth Annual Wassail Cider Fest Add to a List
Wassailing is an ancient custom that involves toasting to health and prosperity in the new year (often with cider-based beverages) and visiting an orchard to promote a bountiful harvest. McMenamins will put its own spin on the Old English tradition with a special toast, an orchard parade, live music, and of course, plenty of cider. Come dressed in "bright colors with medieval flair" for a chance to win a costume contest.
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, 2:30 pm

Vacancy Speakeasy Add to a List
Step up in style to this speakeasy-inspired pop-up, which will feature over 25 vendors, food, cocktails, beer, spirit-free drinks, games, prizes, art, and DJ tunes from P33P and NEW BOOTZ.
Vacancy PDX, 9 pm-1 am


Binary Brewer's Dinner Add to a List
At their inaugural brewer's dinner, Binary Brewing will team up with the restaurant Megabites to present a banquet-style, five-course meal with specially curated beer pairings.
Binary Brewing, 5-7 pm


Shinnenkai Add to a List
Take part in a shinnenkai (a traditional Japanese New Year's gathering), complete with osechi and sushi from Sho, ozoni soup from Chef Naoko, and sake from SakéOne. Additional festivities include fukubukuro (lucky grab bags), kimonos, games, card making, and live performances.
Ecotrust Building, 6-9 pm


Tuck into winter comfort in a bowl, otherwise known as Grassa's occhi di lupo (wolf's eyes), a baked pasta dish with tomato sauce, cream, fontina, burrata, parmesan, pesto, and passata.
Buckman, Downtown, Nob Hill, Vancouver
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Laurelhurst Market Add to a List
The steakhouse and butcher shop also slings some elegant desserts, like its goat's milk cheesecake with persimmon olive oil cake, walnut crumble, and yuzu mandarin curd.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Mama Đút Add to a List
It's your last chance to try the vegan Vietnamese favorite's pork belly pandan biscuit sandwich, made with the spot's signature vegan "pork" belly and pulled "pork" jackfruit: The special will be retired soon, so go grab one while you still can.
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