This week, the new "bar with sports" Jackie's offers birria brisket nachos and a stellar rooftop patio. Plus, the Filipino cart Baon Kainan gets ready to open, and SushiLove closes its brick-and-mortar location. Read on for all of that, plus fun events for this weekend, like a Harry Potter's Birthday celebration at DB Dessert Company. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
Last week, the team behind the Pearl District bar Two Wrongs opened a new bar called Jackie's in the former Century Bar space. Rather than a traditional "sports bar," the owners refer to Jackie's a "bar with sports," focusing on casual, group-friendly drinks and snacks in a lively setting. Bartender Tony Contreras developed the bar program, which includes draft cocktails like watermelon hibiscus margaritas as well as low- and no-proof drinks, while Grand Cru Hospitality devised a food menu with crowd-pleasers like birria brisket nachos, hot wings, barbecue pork sliders, and shrimp po' boys. The bar also features a rooftop patio.
Indoor seating, outdoor seating
This new cart serving tostadas and aguas frescas recently opened in a pod in Brentwood-Darlington. Owner José G. acquired a sense of cooking savvy from watching his Mexican mother in the kitchen and later fell in love with the cocktail world while working as a bartender at the Gustav's location inside Portland International Airport, then began to deliver his food and drinks after finding himself out of a job in 2020. His tostadas come with fillings like chorizo con papas, picadillo, ceviche, and tinga de pollo, while his agua fresca flavors include melon, horchata, strawberry, pineapple, guava, hibiscus, and more.
Pickup, outdoor seating
Married couple Ethan and Geri Leung, the team behind the Seattle-based Filipino pop-up Baon Kainan, will open a cart at Metalwood Salvage on August 7. The Leungs have previously hosted some pop-ups at the Seattle restaurant Ben Paris (where Ethan worked as a sous chef) and at Matta. The spot's tagline is "not your tita's cooking," which reflects Ethan and Geri's experiences as Filipino-Americans growing up predominantly in the United States, melding traditional Filipino cooking with influences from American fast food and snacks as well as the cuisines of personally significant places like Italy, South Carolina, and Hawaii.
Chicken and Guns
The longtime chicken and potato cart known for its Cartlandia location is closing its outpost in the CORE pod, which opened less than a year ago, due to not being able to hire enough employees to run two locations. The Cartlandia location will remain open.
This Hainanese chicken cart, which opened inside the CORE pod in February, has also called it quits, citing "internal issues."
The vegan and gluten-free sushi spot announced on Instagram this week that it will close its brick-and-mortar location but that its cart will remain open and that it will be running more pop-ups. Co-owner Diandra Totte wrote, "We're exhausted. When the pandemic hit, the two of us were running two locations on our own for about 3 months. We worked long days and didn't have days off. One year later...we're kinda doing the same thing with an additional 4-5 employees. We miss having a life outside of sushilove. Miss having thoughts outside of sushilove for that matter. And on top of that, things are slipping...We don't want you, our super supportive and loving community, to deal with that. We want to give more time and attention to our employees to make sure they're taken care of (you'll still see all those friendly faces, everyone is being moved to the truck!) And we want more time for our friends, family, and our own happiness."
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Not Umami's Cooking Pop-Up at Sisters Gourmet Deli
Pick up some homemade frozen gyoza to stash in your freezer from Kelsey Miguel of Not Umami Cooking. Varieties include pork, chicken, mushroom, and vegan.
Sisters Gourmet Deli, Friday, 11 am-3 pm
Mis Tacones Pop-Up
Snack on tacos, tortas, papas nachos, and Cali burritos from the queer Chicanx-owned taqueria pop-up Mis Tacones.
Local Lounge, Friday, 4-10 pm
Beer Run - Zoiglhaus Brewing | 2021 OR Brewery Running Series
Go for a 5K run/walk and regroup at Zoiglhaus Brewing for some celebratory beers afterwards.
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, Saturday, 10 am-1 pm
Foster Come Back Party
Enjoy tunes from DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid and DJ Astrodisiac, plus wine, a "therapy piñata," a bake sale, sidewalk oyster shooters, tacos, houseplants for sale, and more.
Bar Carlo, Glasshaus Gardens, and Manifest Mercantile, Saturday, 4-9 pm
Harry Potter's Birthday
Celebrate the birthday of the Boy Who Lived with a full-blown bash that includes a wand-making station, a potion station, a photo booth, goodie bags, face painting, cookies, cupcakes, and more.
DB Dessert Company, Saturday, 11 am-3 pm
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Bridgeport Village
The all-pink Hello Kitty cafe truck will return to the Rose City, bringing with it plenty of kawaii sweets and collectibles.
Bridgeport Village, Saturday, 10 am-7 pm
Summer Brunch Party
Partake in an unlimited brunch buffet, sip cocktails, and dance at this patio party, which will also feature tarot readings and games.
Psychic, Sunday, 11 am-4 pm
Zuckercreme Presents: Summer Camp
Embrace your inner child at this summer camp-themed weekend series, where you'll find purveyors of sugary sweets, a bakery and camp store with morning treats and craft supplies, Sunday brunches, and more.
Kuchenhaus, Thursdays-Sundays through July 31
Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies
The coolest, most delicious event of the summer is finally here! The Merc and Jim Beam present Summer of Slushies, which brings boozy, frozen, custom-made treats to the frugal and thirsty denizens of Portland at just $5 a pop. Check out this convenient slushie map to see which bars have the goods.
Various locations through July 30
Rose + Lincoln Juicery
Cool down this weekend with a tie-dyed blended lemonade that swirls together peach, passionfruit, lemonade, and blue raspberry flavors.
The Vietnamese deli's new biscuit rib sandwich features house-made soy ribs in a five-spice and sweet chili sauce on a vibrant green pandan biscuit with cucumber slices, kale kimchi, jalapeños, scallion oil, and kimchi aioli.