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This Week In Portland Food News: Bing Mi Opens a Dumpling and Noodle Bar, A New Winery Arrives, and Baby Blue Pizza Says Goodbye

January 14, 2022 Edition
January 13, 2022
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The jianbing cart Bing Mi launched its new Bing Mi Dumpling and Noodle Bar on Tuesday. (Bing Mi Dumpling and Noodle Bar)
This week's edition of food news is packed with delicious morsels, including a huge new winery, a new dumpling and noodle bar from Bing Mi, a new red sauce joint, and the reopening of Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More. Read on for all of that and more, plus two upcoming restaurants for seafood lovers to look forward to. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Amaterra Add to a List
This sweeping winery, restaurant, and 12-acre vineyard opened in the West Hills on Wednesday, just minutes from downtown Portland. With a name meaning "for the love of the earth," the destination features a tasting room with a wine-friendly food menu by executive chef Jami Flatt and a cocktail program by Robbie Wilson (the owner of the recently closed cocktail bar Botanist Add to a List ).
West Hills
Dine-in

Bing Mi Dumpling and Noodle Bar Add to a List  
The popular jianbing cart Bing Mi Add to a List is starting the year off strong with a new Northern Chinese-focused dumpling and noodle bar, which opened near the cart on Tuesday. The menu features zha jiang mian ("fried sauce noodles," a dish with wheat noodles tossed in a thick soybean sauce) with both vegan and pork belly variations, as well as pork and Napa cabbage dumplings, beef and celery dumplings, plant-based Impossible meat dumplings, Chinese sausage fried rice, roasted duck fried rice, and mushroom tofu fried rice.
Nob Hill
Pickup

Gabbiano's Add to a List
Ready for red sauce? David Sigal and Blake Foster, the duo behind the cocktail pop-up Zoo Bar, opened this Italian-American restaurant in Concordia on Wednesday, with a menu that includes chicken parmesan, mozzarella sticks, meatballs, duck marsala, sourdough ricotta gnocchi, lamb shank osso bucco, and other comforting dishes.
Concordia
Pickup, dine-in

Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More Add to a List
The homestyle New York Jewish cuisine cart Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More reopened at its new location on Thursday, serving up latkes, knishes, kugel, and more.
Overlook
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

ChefShack Add to a List
Flying Fish Company Add to a List owner Lyf Gildersleeve plans to open this food cart at the business's patio on Saturday, January 22. The upcoming shack will feature a rotating series of chefs, beginning with former Departure Add to a List chef Trever Gilbert, and will sling a slew of seafood, including oysters, ceviche, and more. Attendees at the grand opening Add to a List will receive one free house-smoked salmon with their purchase.
Kerns

Mi Cava & Cocina Add to a List
Rafael and Olga Mora, who own a number of Mexican restaurants around Oregon, are teaming up with Olga's cousin Ezequiel Gutierrez to debut their first Portland restaurant, a seafood-focused Latin American spot, by late January or early February.
Hazelwood

Rockabilly Cafe Add to a List
Owner David Liberman plans to channel his lifelong love of 1950s culture (specifically, "hot rods, bomber jackets, and teenage delinquency," as he put it to Eater Portland) into this upcoming retro diner in the former Chop Add to a List space in St. Johns, set to open in late February. Expect greasy-spoon classics like buttermilk pancakes, tuna melts, and meatloaf made with upgraded and locally sourced ingredients, plus milkshakes in combos like the "Chocolate Elvis" (chocolate, peanut butter, and banana) and peanut butter and jelly.
St. Johns

CLOSURES

Bistro Agnes Add to a List
Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton’s cozy downtown French spot Bistro Agnes revealed this week that it will not be reopening. The restaurant's Instagram announcement read, "The last two years have been challenging for many restaurants and small businesses, and in this case, we just don’t see a path forward without drastically changing the concept to something that is not the restaurant that we built and love."
Downtown

Baby Blue Pizza Add to a List
This beloved Rose City Food Park cart, which was run by vegan chef and Gracie's Apizza Add to a List alum Odie O'Connor and was known as Portland's first and only vegan wood-fired pizza cart, will close after January 30. An Instagram post from the business read, "Hello everyone, unfortunately we have found ourselves in the same position that many other small businesses have. With the pandemic, an especially slow winter, and the rising cost of, well, absolutely everything- this just isn’t something we can pursue any longer." O'Connor's plant-based Detroit-style pizzeria Boxcar Pizza Add to a List will remain open.
Rose City Park

Pixie Retreat Add to a List
In another blow to the Portland vegan scene, this organic, plant-based fast food spot is closing its doors to the public on January 25. But all is not lost: The business is transitioning to focus on its wholesale business, and its popular Li'l Puddin' cups (a coconut- and cashew-based treat) will be available in local grocery stores.
Hosford-Abernethy

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Products containing CBN will soon be removed from grocery stores
Oregon cannabis regulators are pulling all products containing CBN (cannabinol, a non-intoxicating hemp derivative) from grocery shelves beginning July 1. In response to the ban, which will restrict the products' sales to dispensaries, the popular edible producers Grön and Wyld CBD are now threatening to leave Oregon, which is the only state imposing a restriction on CBN.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Winter Makers Mercado Add to a List
Portland's hub for Latino culture hosts this weekly in-person market at their plaza, where you can enjoy food and drink, live music and performances, and local community craft vendors.
Portland Mercado, Saturdays through February 26

Portland's Barrel-Aged Beer Fest Add to a List
This event will grant you ten taster tickets to sample all of the barrel-aged beers your heart desires, with a selection from a variety of breweries on tap.
The Civic Taproom and Bottleshop, January 21-23

SPECIALS

Doe Donuts Add to a List
The vegan donut favorite has unveiled a tangy new mascarpone and berry ice cream flavor, swirled with a blend of marionberries and blueberries.
Powellhurst-Gilbert
Pickup, delivery

Ice Queen Add to a List
The native- and Chicana-owned plant-based frozen dessert shop's newest paleta flavor is the breakfast-worthy "Slayer Hippy," featuring frozen yogurt swirled with mixed Oregon berries and locally made granola.
Buckman
Pickup

Sweedeedee Add to a List
The adorable brunch spot Sweedeedee has crammed all of the bright, refreshing flavors of a key lime pie into a layer cake, featuring lime curd, lime buttercream, and graham cracker crumble.
Humboldt
Pickup, dine-in

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