This week, some familiar players in the Portland food scene are embarking on new chapters: the Peruvian staple Andina reopens for indoor dining, the nationally acclaimed Thai spot Langbaan announces an upcoming move and a new cafe inside a mock Thai train car, and the creative fine-dining destination Quaintrelle prepares to reopen in a new location. Plus, Cooperativa celebrates its grand opening, HeyDay plans to open a stall at the CORE pod and food hall, Precious Pizza is launching a food cart, and Wolf & Bear's says goodbye after 12 years. Read on for all of that and more essential culinary updates. For additional inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
The upscale Peruvian spot Andina, which went on hiatus last winter and launched a takeout-only spinoff concept called Chicha in May, will fully reopen next Wednesday, August 18 and will require proof of vaccination for indoor dining. Executive chef Alexander Diestra, who came aboard in March, has updated the restaurant's menu with dishes like arroz con mariscos and lomo saltado. Chicha will remain open for pickup, delivery, and outdoor patio dining.
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, indoor seating
Burgers & Beer Bar and Grill
The team behind Hooligan's, Charlie's Sports Bar & Grill, and the Offramp Sports Bar & Grill opened this sports bar in Camas in late July, with a menu of casual pub grub like burgers, poutine, wings, and jalapeño poppers.
Pickup, outdoor seating
This Italian market, which opened for takeout in fall 2020, will host its grand opening from noon to 5 pm this Saturday. Now, guests can take advantage of a pizzeria, pastaria, and bar in addition to the spot's cafe, market, and paninoteca, all in one convenient location. To celebrate, the business will offer plenty of samples and discounts from vendors on goods like wine, gelato, heirloom tomatoes, and imported cheeses.
Pickup, outdoor seating, indoor seating
Les Caves & Le Clos
The cozy wine tasting room Les Caves reopens today, along with a verdant new covered patio called Le Clos. Reservations and proof of vaccination are required for both indoor and outdoor seating.
Outdoor seating, indoor seating
Soon, you'll be able to acquire the pop-up HeyDay's coveted rice flour doughnuts on a more regular basis: The business plans to open a permanent stall in the CORE food cart pod and food hall this winter.
Langbaan and Phuket Cafe
The acclaimed Thai restaurant Langbaan is moving to a new location in Northwest Portland this fall. Once it does, it will also open a new restaurant called Phuket Cafe inside a mock Thai train car in front of the former Ataula space, serving Southern Thai food and classic cocktails. In the meantime, Langbaan will serve a set-course tasting menu at the patio at its current location beginning in September, and its sister restaurant PaaDee will expand into the current Langbaan space.
The award-winning farmhouse-style brewery Little Beast, known for its wild, wood-aged, and blended beers, will open a second taproom next to its Clackamas brewery location sometime in the next few months.
The smash burger truck will open a brick-and-mortar location in the former Bernstein's Bagels space by November. The upcoming menu will feature hot dogs and chili dogs in addition to the truck's signature cheeseburgers.
Burrasca alum Alejandro Preciado, who launched a grandma-style pan pizza pop-up called Precious Pizza Project (P3 for short) on Instagram over the last year, plans to open a cart in the Barley Pod by the end of August.
Rose City Park
The playful fine-dining destination Quaintrelle will reopen in its new location in Southeast Portland on August 29. Reservations are currently available online, and limited walk-ins will also be accepted. Proof of vaccination is required.
Next Thursday, August 19, brothers Jimmy and Johnny Le, whose family owns Phở Lê in Vancouver, will open this stylish, pint-sized pho joint.
Alberta Arts District
The perpetual tourist staple plans to open a new location at the Vancouver Mall later this year.
Wolf & Bear's
The falafel favorite announced on Instagram this week that it is closing both its North Portland and Southeast Portland carts after 12 years of business. The post noted that co-owner Jeremy Garb is now pursuing a PhD in molecular microbiology and is a father, while co-owner Tanna TenHoopen Dolinsky is now a practicing social worker.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
"Rice Bowl Posse" delivers free meals to AAPI seniors
In response to the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes this spring, a group of Asian American restaurant and food cart owners, including Thuy Pham of Mama Dút, Richard Le of Matta, Han Ly Hwang of Kim Jong Grillin’, Aron Moxley of Stabs, and Jacky Ren of Bing Mi, came together to found a community-focused group called the "Rice Bowl Posse." The group is now cooking and delivering free meals for AAPI seniors. They're also currently seeking volunteers for weekly Monday deliveries.
Urdaneta transitions to patio seating only
On Thursday, the Spanish restaurant Urdaneta announced via Instagram that it will be temporarily suspending indoor dining and moving solely to outdoor dining, beginning on August 17, due to the rapid spread of the delta variant. The post read, "This is not a decision that we have come to lightly, but with rising cases and a variant that seems to be changing our view on what safe and responsible practices are for our staff and community, it feels like a good time to revisit some habits we know to be safe and effective. As a staff, we haven't stopped wearing our masks and will continue to do so. We will move to outdoor dining to minimize time spent unmasked, indoors. Until we see a drop in daily cases, we feel these things are the best decisions we can make, especially in regards to children and immunocompromised members of our community that continue to be vulnerable."
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Beaverton Night Market with La Strada dei Pastelli
Reminiscent of international night markets, the Beaverton Night Market offers a diverse set of vendors selling ethnic foods and crafts. This year, the event has teamed up with arts nonprofit 2D4D to present La Strada dei Pastelli, a chalk art festival highlighting the 500-year old tradition of Italian street painting. 2D4D board chair Raziah Roushan writes: “In just a few hours attendees watch drawings evolve from plain asphalt to fully-rendered, multi-colored masterpieces.” Beaverton, Friday-Saturday, 4-10 pm
Matta + Friends
Matta will throw a parking lot party with a bunch of their pals. Deadstock Coffee and HeyDay Donuts will be there to sling coffee and donuts, and Matta will serve up bò lúc lắc (shaking beef) in collaboration with Mikey Nguyen of Index Portland. Plus, enjoy DJ tunes, vintage vendors, and a new line of collaboration T-shirts from Matta and Index for sale.
Metalwood Salvage, Saturday, 11 am-4 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
Rally Pizza x Veganizer: Vegan Muffuletta Lunch Menu
Rally Pizza will feature four plant-based muffulettas for their Veganizer collaboration lunch menu, including the "Chickwich," "Hot Vegan Meatball," "The Capo," and "Fritto Misto." All offerings are available á la carte for takeout or dine-in. Snap a photo of your sandwich and share it on Instagram for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Rally Pizza and $25 gift card from Veganizer.
Rally Pizza, Monday-Friday through August 25, 12-3 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, August 19, August 26, September 2, 6 pm
The Berliner-style donut destination's new Lake Oswego location, which also serves brioche burgers and soft serve, is now serving bags of cinnamon sugar-dusted brioche donut holes, available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.
The sandwich shop's August "Chefwich" special, made by chef Rick Gencarelli in collaboration with Lyf Gildersleeve and Erik Englund of Flying Fish, features seared albacore tuna, fish sauce chimichurri, house-made aioli, and pickled onions on a Dos Hermanos Bakery brioche bun. A portion of proceeds from the sandwich will go to the nonprofit Save Our Wild Salmon.
Downtown, Hosford-Abernethy, Lake Oswego