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This Week In Portland Food News: An Aviation-Themed Bar Arrives, Precious Pizza Says Goodbye, and Din Tai Fung is Coming

March 25, 2022 Edition
March 25, 2022
The wildly popular Taiwan-based chain Din Tai Fung announced this week that it will open a Portland location next year. (Din Tai Fung)
This week, the Portland International Airport gets a swanky new aviation-themed cocktail loungePrecious Pizza bids farewell, and Din Tai Fung announces that it's bringing its renowned noodles and soup dumplings to Portland proper. Read on for all of that and more culinary intel. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.


Church Bar Add to a List
This bar serving New American, vegan, and gluten-free food and craft cocktails on NE Sandy Blvd, which closed in December last year, plans to reopen on April 14, according to a press release.

Juliett Add to a List
This elegant midcentury bar dedicated to women in aviation opened inside the Portland International Airport last Saturday, with portraits of historic figures like Bessie Coleman, Berta Moraleda, Micky Axton, and Hazel Ying Lee. The bar serves six beers made in collaboration with Fracture Brewing Add to a List in tribute to the notable women it highlights, plus vintage cocktails like the Hanky Panky and (of course) the Aviation.
Portland International Airport

Moberi Add to a List
The açai bowl spot Moberi, which operates locations in Slabtown, Mississippi, and Hawthorne, plans to open a location inside Beaverton’s Cedar Hills Crossing shopping center on April 1. The business will give out free medium-sized açai bowls from 12-4 pm that day to celebrate the opening.

Rukdiew Cafe Add to a List
The popular Thai spot Kala Noodle and Grill Add to a List , known for its khao soi, recently closed, but this restaurant has opened in its place, with the same chef and an expanded menu that includes new dishes like boat noodles, trout fried rice, and "mango paradise" (a mango stir-fry with bell pepper, cashews, basil, onion, and chili jam sauce).
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Din Tai Fung Add to a List
Portland can look forward to some exciting new dumpling destinations: Washington's rapidly expanding chain Dough Zone Add to a List recently revealed plans Add to a List to launch a Rose City outpost, and now, Din Tai Fung is following suit, announcing a new location set to open in the Pioneer Place mall in 2023.  The wildly popular Taiwanese chain, known for their delicate soup dumplings with 18 pleats apiece, opened its first Oregon location inside Washington Square Mall in 2018.


Precious Pizza Add to a List
Owner Alejandro Preciado announced on Instagram this week that his grandma-style pan pizza cart, which opened Add to a List in the Barley Pod last August, is closing later this month, writing, "Initially this was supposed to be a 3 month trial period for my self to see if y’all would like my pies - 8 months later here we are - we rlly love all our regs and all the homies at this pod - this next week will be our last here at the Barley pod - we will be shifting to doing markets and pop-ups for the time being till we figure out what our next move is."
Rose City Park


Man who killed Choi's Kimchi founder Matt Choi sentenced to life in prison
The Pacific Northwest food scene mourned in October 2020 after Matt Choi, the co-owner of the award-winning kimchi brand Choi's Kimchi, was fatally stabbed in his apartment Add to a List in Southeast Portland. On Friday, Allen Alonzo Coe, the man who killed him, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Portland Seafood and Wine Festival Add to a List
Sip a lotta wine, eat a lotta fish! Sounds pretty simple, right? This annual celebration of coastal drinking and dining falls in the middle of Dungeness crab season, too, so there's definitely gonna be some seasonal delicacies to try, as well as other family-friendly activities. 
Portland Expo Center, Friday-Saturday

BarkadaPDX at Culmination Brewing Add to a List
Barkada PDX will take over the kitchen at Culmination Brewing and will sling their take on pulutan (Filipino drinking food), including adobo fried chicken and their signature "almost famous" pork and veggie lumpia.
Culmination Brewing, Friday-Saturday

Empanadas Festival at Portland Mercado Add to a List
Taste empanadas from all over Latin America, with unique varieties from Portland Mercado's diverse array of businesses. Participating vendors include Alecocina, Tierra del Sol, La Carreta Pura Vida, Principe Maya, Tita's Kitchen, Havana Station, Fernando's Alegría, Qué Bacano, Xocotl, and Kaah Market.
Portland Mercado, Friday-Sunday, 11 am-8 pm

Spring for Zenger Add to a List
Now that spring has officially sprung, kick off the growing season at this community plant and seed swap event. Gardening pros will offer helpful advice, and plant starts, seeds, and other freebies will be available. Explore the working urban farm, meet the chickens, and don't forget to snag an aromatic herbal blend from the tea bar.
Zenger Farm, Saturday, 11:30 am-3 pm

One-Year Anniversary Hootenanny Add to a List
Grasslands Barbecue will celebrate its one-year anniversary in the Gorge with a menu that includes brisket, jerk-rubbed and smoked turkey legs, pork belly burnt ends, hatch chile cheddar and cheesy taco sausages, mac and cheese with garlic breadcrumbs, raspberry lemonade slushies, and more. The local businesses Holy Trinity Barbecue and Burn Unit Barbecue will join the fun, Ferment Brewing will provide the beer, and KEXP DJ Greg Vandy will spin tunes. A large turnout is expected, so show up early.
Hood River Waterfront, Saturday, 12 pm until sold out

Sunrice Brunch Pop-Up Add to a List
The Filipino pop-up Sunrice will debut its new brunch menu, with dishes like pan de sal, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches on ube buns.
Deadshot, Sunday, 12-3 pm

Macaron and Wine Pairing Add to a List
Enjoy the sophisticated pairing of three delicate meringue-based French cookies from Mama's Artisan Sweets with five wines and one sangria.
Hip Chicks Do Wine, April 1-3


Ice Queen Add to a List and Smith Teamaker
The vegan paleta purveyor Ice Queen is teaming up with Smith Teamaker to offer a new special collaborative "Cha Cha Matcha" flavor, featuring dark chocolate oat milk ice cream dipped in white chocolate with Smith's matcha and crunchy genmaicha. The flavor is available today through Sunday only at Ice Queen and both Smith Teamaker locations.
Buckman, Nob Hill

Miami Nice Add to a List
This week, the plant-based restaurant inspired by the flavors of Cuba and Miami introduced a new "spicy cowboy" special, made with house grilled seitan steak, saffron yellow rice, black beans, pickled onions, thinly sliced jalapeños, mixed grape tomatoes, local organic microgreens, and house-made tortilla chips.
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Von Ebert Brewing
The local brewery recently collaborated with former Portland Trail Blazer Brian Grant on a new beer called Rasta Monsta Tropical Pils, named in tribute to Grant's nickname. The beer will be released during a game at the Moda Center on March 30, and all proceeds will be donated to the Brian Grant Foundation, a nonprofit started by Grant in 2010 to help those living with Parkinson's disease after his own diagnosis in 2008 at the age of 36.
Hazelwood, Pearl District
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