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This Week In Portland Food News: Afuri Expands to Slabtown, Steeplejack Opens a Pub with Pizza, and A New Italian Restaurant Arrives

May 20, 2022 Edition
May 20, 2022
The Tokyo chain Afuri Ramen + Dumpling unveiled its highly anticipated new location in Slabtown this week. (Afuri Ramen + Dumpling)
In this week's batch of food news, Afuri Ramen + Dumpling arrives in Slabtown, NOLA Doughnuts expands to Beaverton, and Steeplejack Brewing Pizza & Beer opens inside a historic Hillsdale space. Read about all of that and more food news, like the upcoming Italian restaurant Tartuca, below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Afuri Ramen + Dumpling Add to a List
This much-buzzed-about Tokyo ramen chain with locations in Beaverton Add to a List Buckman Add to a List , and Old Town-Chinatown Add to a List opened an outpost in Slabtown on Wednesday. The new location serves the chain's specialty, a bright, delicate yuzu shio ramen, in addition to hazelnut vegan and pork-style tantanmen, tsukemen, small plates, gohan, winged gyoza, and more, and offers customers a clear view of the ramen-making process.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

NOLA Doughnuts Add to a List
The New Orleans-inspired bakery NOLA Doughnuts, known for its brioche doughnuts, beignets, and "la'ssants" (a laminated doughnut-croissant hybrid), launches a Beaverton location this Sunday. The new shop also offers some pretty delightful-sounding brunch options, such as bread pudding French toast and bananas Foster waffles.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Shaku Bar Add to a List
This laidback bar opened on NE Sandy Blvd on May 5, serving dishes like tempura kimchi, burgers, barbacoa tacos, and fried eggplant sandos alongside drinks like the "Pomaroni" (a Negroni with house-made grenadine) and the "Blood Moon Rising" (a twist on the classic Manhattan made with Rittenhouse Rye, port, red wine, and a cherry garnish).
Pickup, dine-in

Steeplejack Brewing Pizza & Beer Add to a List
After opening its first location inside a restored historic church in Northeast Portland Add to a List last summer, Steeplejack Brewing has expanded with a second location in the former IBU Public House Add to a List space on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. Open as of this past Monday, the new pub features pizza with toppings like fennel sausage and wild mushrooms and a beer selection with two beer engines. The brewery is also set to open another west side location soon, this time in Hillsboro.
Pickup, dine-in

Tartuca Add to a List
According to a press release, this Italian-Pacific Northwest spot from FINO Add to a List owner Jason Riley, former Park Kitchen chef Jamie Wilcox, and former Arden Add to a List general manager Grant Ferguson will bring house-made pasta, New York and Neapolitan-style pizza, pastries, wine, and more to the former Radar Add to a List space, with an opening planned for next Wednesday, May 25.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Cafe Zamora Add to a List
Creston-Kenilworth's Guatemalan-owned coffee shop Cafe Zamora Add to a List plans to expand with a second location inside the downtown Portland Food Hall on June 6.


Suzette Add to a List
This French crêperie and dessert cafe closed on late April to focus on its mobile catering operation. Owner Jehnee Rains wrote in an Instagram post, "We have been so honored to provide a little space to gather for your large and small events, watching the kids grow taller and taller! Relaxation and trips to visit loved ones are on the horizon, as well as catering crêpe events!"


Workers at four local Starbucks locations vote to unionize
Workers at four Portland-area Starbucks stores voted overwhelmingly to unionize on May 17. The locations will be the first in the Portland metropolitan area to join the Starbucks Workers United union.

Two Portland chefs will appear on national TV

Mark your calendar to catch two Portland chefs on national TV: First, Nacheaux Add to a List co-owner Anthony Brown will compete on the Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games, hosted by the ever-flamboyant Guy Fieri. You can join a watch party Add to a List of the premiere at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 25, at Ale & Cider House Add to a List in West Linn. Next, local home cook Christina McAlvey will show off her Filipino fusion cooking finesse on the cooking competition The Great American Recipe, which debuts on June 24 on PBS.

Widmer Brothers Brewing wins at World Beer Awards
Portland's iconic Widmer Brothers Brewing was awarded a silver medal for its popular Hefeweizen in the 2022 World Beer Cup's American Wheat Beer category this month.


Holy Trinity Barbecue Pop-Up Add to a List
The barbecue pop-up Holy Trinity will sling its sought-after smoked meats at Culmination Brewing.
Friday-Saturday, Culmination Brewing, 12-5 pm

4th Annual Edgefield Brewfest Add to a List
The imbiber’s version of a candy store, Edgefield is home to a winery, distillery, and brewery. Their fourth annual Brewfest will showcase over 50 beers and ciders, so pick your poison and bring your own blanket or chair to enjoy it out on the lawn. The High Deductibles and the Neil Young/Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Fortunate Gold will provide live music.
Saturday, May 21, 1-7 pm

Nico's Ice Cream One-Year Anniversary Party Add to a List
The New Zealand-style ice cream shop Nico's Ice Cream, which makes its delicious flavors by blending together real fruit and vanilla soft-serve, will celebrate the anniversary of its first sale with a party that includes empanadas from Tita's Kitchen, a special anniversary half-pint "Brookie" flavor (brownie, cookie, and vanilla) in collaboration with JinJu Patisserie, discounted merch, and free ice cream for the first 50 guests.
Saturday, May 21, 12-5 pm

“Lumberjacked” Spring Makers Market Add to a List
This lumberjack-themed woodland marketplace will be staged in the lumberyard at Sustainable Northwest Wood. (Could this be a more Portland event?) You'll find handcrafted work by local artisans, seasonal brews, and attendees dressing the part in suspenders and flannel.
Saturday, Sustainable Northwest Wood, 12-6 pm

Clams & Cocktails Add to a List
Snack on clams, Caesar salads, and other "briny salty herby things" alongside wine and cocktails at this pop-up.
Cafe Olli, Sunday, 6-10 pm

Rasia's Ono Ice Pop-Up Add to a List
Treat yourself to a scoop of Hawaiian shave ice stuffed with ice cream (!) at this Black-Pasifika and Laotian-owned pop-up.
Kate's Ice Cream, Sunday, 2-5 pm


Bark City BBQ Add to a List
If you've missed Le Pigeon Add to a List 's beef cheek bourguignon, there's good news: next Friday, May 27, you'll be able to find a take on the dish (which has been on hiatus) in the form of a sloppy Joe served with truffled carrot slaw and aioli at Bark City BBQ. Only 100 sandwiches will be available, and all proceeds will go towards the nonprofit Ben's Friends, which helps those struggling with substance abuse or addiction.
Pickup, delivery

Bellwether Bar Co. Add to a List
During May, the neighborhood bar Bellwether Bar is donating all proceeds from its "Bellwether Spritz" special (sparkling wine, bitter orange aperitif, blanc vermouth, and an olive) to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Mt. Tabor
Pickup, dine-in

Great Notion Brewing
Great Notion is reprising its seasonal favorite Seedless, a hot pink watermelon sour beer, on Monday, May 23.
Beaverton, Concordia
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