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This Week In Portland Food News: A Princess Bride-Themed Cafe Opens in Powell's, Stacked Sandwich Shop Closes, and Mumbo Gumbo Plans a Brunch Spot

December 3, 2021 Edition
December 2, 2021
Find some inconceivable coffee at the new Princess Bride-themed Guilder Cafe inside Powell's City of Books. (Nick Mendez)

Welcome back to a new edition of food news! It's a good time for movie buffs who love to eat, as the Princess Bride-themed Guilder Cafe Add to a List opens inside Powell's City of Books Add to a List and the 4th Wall Add to a List brings film marathons with a side of coffee to Buckman. Plus, Ardor Add to a List opens a new natural wine bar Add to a List , Stacked Sandwich Shop Add to a List says goodbye, and Mumbo Gumbo Add to a List plans a new brunch spot Add to a List . Read for all of that, plus more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


4th Wall Theater and Lounge Add to a List
Now you can binge-watch movies in the comfort of a cozy coffee shop, thanks to this new cinema-themed cafe and lounge, which opened on November 1 and features a projector playing a constant stream of films. Sip coffee from Sisters Coffee Company and enjoy movie snacks like Doe Donuts Add to a List ice cream sandwiches and buttery popcorn while taking in curated series like "Sequels That Are Better Than the Originals."
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Flor Wines Add to a List
Famed Portland sommelier Andy Fortgang, the co-owner and wine director of Le Pigeon Add to a List  and Canard Add to a List , opened his own wine shop on November 23, along with his business partner Gabriel Rucker and former Little Bird Add to a List wine director Sergio Licea.

Guilder Cafe Add to a List
The popular Princess Bride-themed coffee shop Guilder Add to a List debuted a cafe inside Powell's City of Books Add to a List on Burnside on November 27, paying tribute to its source material with menu items like the "Farm Boy Oats," the "Autumn Miracle Pill" latte, and the "Spicy Humperdinck" and serving items from other local favorites, such as corn fritters from Oma's Hideaway Add to a List . The space features fanciful fairytale-inspired wallpaper by local artist Kate Blairstone. 
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Los Plebes Tacos Add to a List
This taco truck recently opened in Buckman, serving tacos, tortas, and burritos with homemade tortillas.

Magnolia Tavern Add to a List
This Southern kitchen and bar opened in Vancouver in early November, with a selection of over 100 whiskeys, 16 taps, and a small wine list.
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Nil. Add to a List
The team behind the natural wine store Ardor Add to a List launched this new wine bar next door in late November.

SIM Golf Add to a List
This "indoor golf and entertainment facility" opened in mid-November next to Washington Square, with over 100 simulation golf courses and games like soccer, baseball, hockey, bowling, and "zombie dodgeball." If you work up an appetite on the virtual putting green, you can refuel with charcuterie boards and pub grub like burnt ends mac and cheese and prosciutto chicken sandwiches. Drinks include craft cocktails, beer, cider, and wine.

SomTum Thai Kitchen Add to a List
This Northeastern-style Thai spot opened downtown in mid-November. The menu includes kai tod (fried chicken), Isan-style fermented sausage, moo ping kati (grilled pork skewers), crispy rice salad, chicken wings, and the restaurant's namesake dish, som tum (papaya salad).
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Jacob & Sons Add to a List
Chef Noah Jacob is currently running this Jewish supper club and hopes to open a deli somewhere in Northwest Portland sometime in the next few months. The new spot will serve house-cured fish, rye bread, challah, bialys, rugelach, babka, black-and-white cookies, and more.

Grits N' Gravy Add to a List
The popular Cajun/Creole cart Mumbo Gumbo Add to a List , which reopened at the Carts on Foster pod a few weeks ago, plans to open a brunch spot called Grits N' Gravy in the former Little Bird Bistro Add to a List space soon. The menu will include chicken-fried dishes (steak, pork chops, and chicken breast), pancakes, waffles, French toast, eggs, bacon, grits, sausage gravy, and other Southern-influenced breakfast dishes.


Sisters Gourmet Deli Add to a List
In September, Sisters Gourmet Deli owner Michaela McVetty announced Add to a List via Instagram that she and her husband Nick Roberge are moving back to Maine and that they will be finding someone to take over the deli's space before their three-year lease expires. This week, she revealed on Instagram that the restaurant's last day of service will be on December 17.

Stacked Sandwich Shop Add to a List
Recent Top Chef: Portland contestant Gabriel Pascuzzi, the owner of Mama Bird Add to a List and Feel Good Add to a List , announced via Instagram this week that the last day of business for his sandwich shop Stacked will be December 19. In the post, he wrote, "After struggling through the past 2 years of the pandemic, we looked at the rising labor cost, food cost, meat prices, and supply chain issues; and have decided to go out on our terms on a high note!"


Matta launches membership
This week, the acclaimed "Vietnamese soul food" cart Matta Add to a List revealed on Instagram that it is partnering with the New York- and Austin-based restaurant subscription startup Table22 to offer a new monthly subscription. Customers can sign up on Matta's website for "Viet Kieu Family Meals," which will include a monthly Vietnamese-American-inspired family meal for two ($60) or four ($99), with a full "family spread" such as make-your-own spring rolls or a fried chicken dinner, a baked good or dessert such as fresh pandan donuts, and a few pantry items, such as hot sauce or roasted Vietnamese coffee beans. There's also an option to add on a natural wine pairing.


Gingerbread House Party Add to a List
This festive DIY activity from Hip Chicks Do Wine brings new meaning to the term "house party." Decorate your very own tiny edible gingerbread abode with icing and candies while sipping your choice of wine, holiday sangria, beer, hot cider, or hot cocoa.
Hip Chicks Do Wine, Friday, 2-6 pm, and Sunday, 12-5 pm

Alberta Shul Hannukah Party & Parade Add to a List
The Alberta Shul will host its rollicking annual Hanukkah party outdoors this year, with latkes, potato leek soup, lemon cream curd sugfaniyot, warm drinks with or without booze, Manischewitz Jell-o Shots, klezmer music by Michelle Allany, songs with the Queertet, a neighborhood parade, lanterns, and a menorah lighting.
The Alberta Shul, Friday, 6-9 pm

Caviar & Bubbles Release Party Add to a List
Brooks Winery will unveil their 2017 Sparkling Riesling and their 2019 Sparkling Muscat with a party that includes blinis, crème fraîche, and oysters. They'll even teach you how to saber champagne and send you home with your very own saber, so you can have an impressive new party trick in your back pocket.
Brooks Winery, Friday, 6:30-8:30 pm

Portland's Winter Ale Fest Add to a List
Nearly 30 breweries will pour a variety of holiday-themed beers and ciders. 
Pine Street Market, Friday-Sunday

Holiday Market Add to a List
Check some items off your holiday gift-giving list with this market from Lolo Pass, with vendors like Sweet Root Botanicals, Badgerow Ceramics, and Sinensis Tea.
Lolo Pass, Saturday, 11 am-4 pm

Hip Chicks Holiday Market Add to a List
Shop your heart out with a glass of vino in hand at Portland’s oldest urban winery, which will have an indoor/outdoor setup with plenty of heaters. Local artisans will be sampling and selling their products and you can score special discounts on Hip Chicks wine and holiday sangria. You'll also be able to partake in a wine tasting ($10 or complimentary with a donation of food or personal hygiene items which will go to Esther's Pantry Food Bank).
Hip Chicks Do Wine, Saturday, 11 am-5 pm

Trap Kitchen Christmas Tree 3.0 Giveaway Add to a List
The "underground culinary sensation" Trap Kitchen, a wildly popular Compton-based pop-up and catering company that counts Kendrick Lamar and SZA among its fans, will team up with Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum to give away free Christmas trees to those in need.
Trap Kitchen, Saturday, 12 pm-3 pm

My People's Market 8 Add to a List
Pull up on any given Sunday, and you’ll find a completely new cast of 30 vendors and a new “experience” at this mecca of diverse makers, including Indigenous Come Up, Koa Roots, Resistakat, Tostado Coffee Roasters, and more.
The Redd on Salmon, Sunday, 12-6 pm

Luna and Sam's Super Friendship Pop-Up Collab Add to a List
Luna Contreras of Chelo and Sam Smith of Sweedeedee will celebrate their friendship with a pop-up dinner party that includes achiote pork tacos, potato and avocado tacos, black bean tamales, and green chorizo tlayudas.
Sweedeedee, Sunday, 1-6 pm

Miracle at Deadshot Add to a List
In 2014, New York bar owner Greg Boehm temporarily transformed his space into a kitschy Christmas wonderland replete with gewgaws and tchotchkes galore. The pop-up phenomenon has expanded to more than 100 locations all over the world, including Portland's stylish cocktail bar Deadshot. The specialty cocktails are no ordinary cups of cheer: Beverages are housed in tacky-tastic vessels and christened with names like the “Bad Santa,” the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r,” and the “Jolly Koala.”
Deadshot, Monday-Saturday through December 31


Mama Đút Add to a List
The vegan Vietnamese favorite's newest special is a slice of pandan custard pie, topped with vanilla frosting and toasted coconut flakes.
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Salt & Straw
The artisan ice creamery has launched its annual holiday flavor series. This year's lineup includes almond brittle with salted ganache, peppermint cocoa, gingerbread cookie dough, the "Great Cookie Swap" (a vegan macaroon ice cream base stuffed with snickerdoodles, thumbprint cookies, chocolate almond bark, and molasses cookies), and "Dwanta's Teremana Spiked Eggnog," a popular yearly flavor made in collaboration with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "festive alter ego" Dwanta Claus, featuring Johnson's eggnog, Teremana Reposado tequila, amontillado sherry, and nutmeg.
Nob Hill, Vernon, Lake Oswego, Division/Clinton
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