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This Week In Portland Food News: Allie G's Pastries Comes to Derby, Burger Week Returns, and Outdoor Plazas Are Here to Stay

August 20, 2021
August 19, 2021
The pop-up Allie G's Pastries, which specializes in Filipinx-inspired delights like adobo chicken pot pie, launched a new residency at Derby this week. (Allie G's Pastries)

In this week's batch of food news, Allie G's Pastries brings Filipinx-inspired comfort food like chicken adobo pot pies to Derby, Burger Week returns, and the Portland food scene gets a shoutout in the Los Angeles Times. Read on for all of that, plus tasty specials to try this weekend, like lavender strawberry pop tarts from Pine State Biscuits. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Allie G's Pastries
Now you can enjoy comforting specialties like adobo chicken pot pies and braised pork asado buns three days a week. On Thursday, the Filipinx-inspired pop-up Allie G’s Pastries, run by Alexandria Guevarra, launched a residency at Derby's back patio. The menu will be available from Thursday-Saturday starting at 4:30 pm and will focus on savory delights like kaldereta empanadas, pancit, and lumpia, in addition to the aforementioned pot pies and buns. For more ideas, check out our list of pop-up residencies in Portland to try right now.
Pickup, dine-in

The upscale Peruvian spot Andina, which went on hiatus last winter and launched a takeout-only spinoff concept called Chicha in May, reopened this Wednesday. Executive chef Alexander Diestra, who came aboard in March, has updated the restaurant's menu with new dishes like arroz con mariscos and lomo saltado. Proof of vaccination is required. Chicha will remain open for pickup, delivery, and outdoor patio dining. 
Pearl District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Cove
This seafood-centric restaurant from George and Gwen Goodrich, the father-and-daughter team behind The Hammond Kitchen & Craft Bar in Camas, opened this weekend at the Tidewater Cove Marina in Vancouver. The expansive space features an event venue, outdoor patios, fire pits, an eight-seat raw bar, and underground parking. Chef Dylan Reisch has developed a menu that includes dishes like wood-grilled salmon, shrimp boils, braised short rib sandwiches, and Dungeness crab cakes. 


Los Angeles Times highlights the Portland food scene
The Portland food scene enjoyed some well-deserved time in the spotlight this week. On Sunday, the L.A. Times debuted a piece by Pacific Northwest-based food writer Jordan Michelman, detailing how several local restaurants and carts found a way to thrive amid the pandemic. The article features many familiar names, including Mama Đút, Oma's Hideaway, República, Flying Fish, Ruthie's, and Lazy Susan.

Portland Nabisco workers inspire a national strike
On August 10, over 200 employees at the Northeast Portland Nabisco factory went on strike to fight against a new "alternative work schedule" from parent company Mondelez International, which would eliminate overtime pay for weekend workers and employees who work shifts over eight hours. The strike has since spread to other Nabisco facilities across the nation, including a production bakery in Richmond, Virginia and a distribution hub in Aurora, Colorado.

Outdoor plazas are here to stay
Dining al fresco isn't going away anytime soon. The city has extended the Healthy Businesses permit program, which enables restaurants to build and maintain outdoor dining areas in public parking spaces and streets, to last until June 2022.


Sips and S'mores
Snack on some deluxe made-to-order s'mores from 1927 S'mores and get a drink from Deadstock at this party for Snow Peak Portland's one-year anniversary in its 23rd Ave location.
Snow Peak, Friday, 2-5 pm

Portland Beer Week
The annual celebration of all things beery and beautiful in the Pacific Northwest returns in grand style, stretching the definition of "week" to encompass 10 whole days, and sprawling all over the city like a freshly shaken can of lager popped with no regard, featuring a wide range of events at notable breweries, hotels, theaters, and restaurants.
Various locations, Friday through August 29

The Craft Beer & Wine Fest of Vancouver
Get your designated driver sorted, because Vancouver's Craft Beer & Wine Fest spotlights 100+ Pacific Northwest craft wines, 60+ craft brews, and five distilleries. Along with all the booze your heart desires, the festival brings together unique art, local food, and live music.
Esther Short Park, Friday-Sunday

HeyDay Pop-Up
The pop-up HeyDay will sling rice flour donuts in flavors like black sesame sugar, lychee raspberry, and matcha strawberry, as well as rice flour waffles.
Yoonique Tea, Saturday, 11 am-1 pm

Pop-Luck: a Community Art + Food Event at the Open Signal Free Fridge
Help artist Sabrina Spurlock paint a mural on Open Signal's free fridge while enjoying free popsicles and snacks.
Open Signal, Saturday, 10 am-2 pm

Portland Mercury’s Burger Week
Don your finest stretchy pants and get ready for the meat sweats because the Portland Mercury’s Burger Week is back! Brought to you by The Merc and New Seasons Market, you’ll find one-of-a-kind burgers at 38 of Portland’s finest establishments for a mere $6 each.
Various locations, August 16-22

Pix Pâtisserie’s Movies at Dusk!
Pix brings back their popular summer movie night series with four uplifting classics that will entertain all ages. Kick back in the dessert shop's courtyard for the week's screening, all you can eat popcorn, movie trivia, and a beer garden.
Pix Pâtisserie, Thursdays through August 26, 7:30 pm

Zuckercreme and Honey Butter Country Fare Presents: A Mini City Portland Fair Experience
This festive pop-up collaboration between Zuckercreme and Honey Butter Country Fare will present gussied-up vegan and gluten-free versions of nostalgic fair food favorites. The menu includes items like fried Vtopian mozzarella curds with Newk's spicy chipotle ranch, lemon granita, Frito pie, house-marinated tofu corn dogs with whipped honey mustard butter, and a "Stumptown sundae" with funnel cake, Ramblin' Rose vanilla ice cream, olallieberries, vegan honey, and a Darth Baker cookie.
Kuchenhaus, Thursdays through September 2, 6 pm


Bark City BBQ
If you need a nostalgic late summer treat, Virginia native Michael Keskin’s barbecue cart is currently featuring s'mores milkshakes.
Pickup, delivery

Ecliptic Brewing
The galactic-themed brewery has unveiled Ecliptic + Stoup Pineapple Gose, a wheat-based, German-style Gose made with coriander and salt, dry-hopped with Sabro and El Dorado hops, and finished with pineapple.
Pickup, dine-in

Lovely's Fifty-Fifty
Sarah Minnick's acclaimed pizzeria has a variety of seasonal pies topped with summer produce goodness, including fresh mozzarella with basil, rainbow chard with fermented vegetables, cherry tomato confit with shaved summer squash, oven-roasted eggplant, Diamond Princess peaches with sweet corn, and house-made fennel sausage with lacinato kale and Jupiter grapes.

Pine State Biscuits
The biscuit purveyor's new strawberry lavender pop tart special features strawberry compote and lemon lavender pastry cream filling and is topped with a lavender glaze and strawberry lavender streusel.
Alberta Arts District, Hosford-Abernethy, Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in