Summer has officially arrived, new restaurants are landing on the Portland food scene, and old favorites are making a return. The Woodlark Hotel's stylish Abigail Hall is back with some new drinks and snacks, the inventive craft cocktail bar The Midnight Society has opened, and the new hostel Lolo Pass is serving rooftop spritzes and snack boards. Plus, the homey cafe Sweedeedee has softly reopened, and Feast Portland is returning this summer. Read on for more delicious tidbits of culinary intel. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
After 15 months of being on hiatus, the Woodlark Hotel's chic cocktail lounge Abigail Hall is back in action, with a brand-new selection of cocktails and snacks. Bar manager Ariana Vitale has come aboard and added a new "Cocktails That Rock" drink menu, featuring female musician-inspired sips like the Lizzo tribute "Good as Hell" (cognac, Amaro Averna, pineapple, honey syrup, lemon, Cava, and a saffron sugar rim) and the glittery Billie Eilish homage "Party Favor" (vodka, Apple Pucker, green Chartreuse, cucumber syrup, lemon, and sparkles). Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are also accepted, and additional seating is available in the Woodlark's lobby.
Limited indoor seating
Sisters Lee and Lauren Gonzalez, who previously ran a hostel in Barcelona for years, opened this affordable new European-inspired hostel with a cocktail bar and rooftop patio on East Burnside on June 12. They've brought on industry vet and former Ataula general manager Emily Metivier to run the establishment, while Masia and Ataula alum Myeonghwan "Kevin" Choi is leading the kitchen. The Gonzalez sisters' Spanish influences shine through in the menu, which currently includes simple dishes like fried artichokes with Calabrian chile oil, customizable snack boards, and local strawberries with whipped cream and dulce de leche, as well as drinks like highballs and spritzes. Full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus and an upcoming coffee bar are on the way once things are more established.
Outdoor seating or limited indoor seating
The Midnight Society
Star bartender Estanislado Orona, known for his striking original craft cocktails, opened his own bar (previously called Bar Midnight) in the former space of the Liquor Store on SE Belmont on June 12. In addition to drinks like the "Horxata" (house-made horchata with Plantation 3 Stars rum, Mexican Coke, and cinnamon) and the "Death Shroud" (Libélula Tequila, Accompani Marigold, Bianco Vermouth, and absinthe), the bar also features a food menu with vegan and vegetarian tapas.
Pickup, delivery, or limited indoor seating
This cozy breakfast and lunch spot had a soft reopening this week and will be open on Fridays and Saturdays in June. The menu includes pastries such as pistachio morning buns and cherry almond custard tarts and familiar breakfast items like French toast and muesli, as well as lunch dishes like Calabrese sausage with Sungold tomatoes, roasted chicken, and mortadella sandwiches.
Pickup or outdoor seating
Cascade Chili Co.
Just last week, we reported on the opening of Cascade Chili Co., a new cart serving up Cincinnati-style chili in the Milwaukie Station food cart pod. Unfortunately, if you were counting on getting your Coney dog fix there, you're out of luck: The cart has already closed, days after opening. Owner Chris Serena told Eater Portland, "Unfortunately the labor conditions in our industry have forced me back to my main restaurant, Devil’s Dill Sandwiches, for the time being. Devil’s Dill is selling more sandwiches than we ever have and are stretched incredibly thin, No Fun is about to start booking shows again, we have to make plans on how to proceed with full reopening, and we are constantly short-staffed." However, he says the cart will reopen in the future.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Plant Based Papi will temporarily take over the kitchen at Bit House Collective
After helping open the buzzy bar Bit House Collective, the team behind Magna Kusina is leaving to focus their efforts on reopening their own restaurant. That means Bit House's menu of Filipinx food will be replaced by a three-month residency by the popular vegan pop-up Plant Based Papi, run by chef Jewan Manuel. The takeover will be followed by other chef residencies in the bar's kitchen—further details have not yet been announced.
Feast Portland will return this summer
The ever-popular food festival Feast Portland will make a comeback this summer, with a few changes: This year, the focus will be on local chefs rather than chefs from across the country, and the events will be spread out throughout July and August instead of being confined to a single week in September. The festival will return to its usual format in 2022. On the docket for this year: outdoor movie viewings with themed menus, collaborative chef dinners, and live podcast happy hours.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
3rd Annual Edgefield Brewfest
Maximalists will appreciate the fact that this festival offers over 50 beers and ciders to choose from. Enjoy live music while tasting different brews and enjoying pizza, tots, burgers, and ice cream.
McMenamins Edgefield, Saturday, 1-7 pm
Midsommar Fest at Fullerton Wine Bar
Erase all thoughts of the 2019 Ari Aster horror film and celebrate the Nordic holiday Midsommar with a traditionally decorated maypole, fresh floral wreath-making, and the Fullerton family's favorite recipes. They'll also pour a special rosé vertical tasting with vintages of their Three Otters Rosé from every year from 2015-2020, so you can compare and contrast.
Fullerton Tasting Room, Saturday-Sunday, 12-5 pm
Seeking refuge from the scorching heat this weekend? Psychic Bar has outfitted the premises with full-coverage misting fans and will provide a safe haven to hide away in, with electro-tropic DJ sets, refreshing drink specials, and plenty of shade.
Psychic Bar, Saturday-Sunday
Upcycled Ingredient Cake Sale
The nonprofit Do Good Multnomah, which provides low-barrier emergency shelter to veterans experiencing houselessness, noticed they had an overabundance of donated ingredients like yogurt, flour, butter, and oranges on their hands and no easy way to use them all in meals for their participants. Their cunning solution? To turn them all into almond orange breakfast cakes, thanks to a recipe provided by a professional pastry chef. They're selling the results alone and as part of bundles with other items (like bags of locally roasted coffee beans and T-shirts) to raise funds. Orders must be placed in advance for pickup.
Dame, Sunday, 10 am-1 pm
Wine Country Pride
Yamhill County will have a lineup of events for pride, including special themed beverages at participating bars, restaurants, and wineries, lesbian trivia, speed friending, live entertainment, and yoga and mimosas.
Yamhill County, through June 30
Da Pine Grinds
If you need a tropical treat to combat the heat, Sugarpine Drive-In's Hawaiian food truck pop-up has added P.O.G. slushy floats on Thursdays and Fridays.
Great Notion Brewing
The award-winning brewery drops a new batch of its Passionfruit Mochi milkshake IPA today. The brew features a combination of passionfruit, milk sugar, coconut, vanilla, and toasted rice.
Pickup or delivery
Kate's Ice Cream
Cool off with a pint of the plant-based ice cream shop's seasonal lemon balm hibiscus flavor before it leaves at the end of June.
Pickup or delivery