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This Week In Portland Food News: Blue Star Donuts Gives Out Free Donuts, 'Somebody Feed Phil' Takes Portland, and Gregory Gourdet Will Compete on 'Iron Chef'

May 26, 2022 Edition
May 27, 2022
Run, don't walk: Blue Star Donuts is giving out free donuts for its grand opening in Lake Oswego today. (Blue Star Donuts)
The local food scene is making waves on Netflix this week, as Somebody Feed Phil drops its Portland episode on the streaming platform this week and chef Gregory Gourdet is set to compete in the upcoming series Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. In other news, Blue Star Donuts celebrates its grand opening in Lake Oswego with free donuts today, Next Level Burger brings vegan burgers and shakes to Goose Hollow, and the Oregon Brewers Festival announces that it will return this summer. Read on for all of that and more updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Blue Star Donuts List
After a trying two years in which it was forced to close four of its locations and file for bankruptcy due to the impact of COVID-19, Blue Star Donuts is back on its feet: The local chain is hosting the grand opening of its new store in Lake Oswego today, according to a press release. Beginning at 2 pm, each customer at the grand opening will receive a free donut of their choice (one per person) until the shop is sold out (which they estimate will be around 6 pm).
Lake Oswego
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Honolulu Fish Grill List
This casual counter-serve Hawaiian spot offering poke bowls, salmon katsu, yakitori, misoyaki butterfish, and more opened in Happy Valley at the end of April.
Happy Valley
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Mike's Drive-In List
The local fast-food joint with locations in Milwaukie and Oregon City opened a new outpost in Tigard on May 19. The business announced on Wednesday, May 25, that it had closed temporarily to re-train some new employees and would be back open in two weeks.
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Next Level Burger West Burnside List
This plant-based burger chain opened a location on West Burnside at the beginning of the month, with a menu of vegan offerings like dairy-free milkshakes, Beyond burgers and hot dogs, Chik'n nuggets, crinkle-cut fries, tater tots, and salads. The Stranger's Sean Nelson previously raved about the chain's Seattle location, writing, "Next Level makes it easy to begin the process of eliminating the principle that eating = eating meat from your mouth's muscle memory. It really works. And their patties are far tastier than standard-issue veggie burger substitutes. Best of all, though, are the shakes, which can be made with either soy or coconut-based soft serve in 12 flavors and are totally convincing...Also excellent: the Sausage Bacon burger (that 'sausage' patty is fantastic), the Signature (an umami mushroom and quinoa patty, with sliced avocado, and roasted garlic thyme mayo), and the heroically sloppy Chili Chz Dog."
Goose Hollow
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Ruse Brewing Crust Collective List
The Portland area has been blessed with some exciting new pizza and beer destinations this spring. Steeplejack Brewing List launched Steeplejack Brewing Pizza & Beer List in Hillsdale last week, and the popular local brewery Ruse Brewing List also recently opened this family-friendly taproom with Detroit-style pizza on the Vancouver waterfront. Pies range from the "North Shore" (shaved sweetheart ham, bacon lardon, pineapple, jalapeno jelly, brick cheddar, and red sauce) to the "Turnpike" (fennel sausage, rosemary ricotta, pickled pepper, mozzarella, and red sauce).
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Siam Umami List
This elegant Thai restaurant with dishes like pork siu mai, beef massaman curry, coconut juice-braised pork belly, and Japanese cotton cheesecake launched earlier this month.
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Good Coffee List
This local coffee chain plans to open a location inside the Portland International Airport on June 13.
Portland International Airport


Somebody Feed Phil releases Portland episode
In August, Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond and the host of the popular Netflix travel documentary series Somebody Feed Phil, paid a visit to Portland List . The resulting episode was released on Netflix as part of the show's fifth season this Wednesday. In it, Rosenthal hangs out with Top Chef: Portland contestant Shota Nakajima, hits up DesiPDX, Fried Egg I’m in Love, Matt’s BBQ, Kachka, Han Oak List , Jacobsen Salt Co. List , and Ruthie's List , and chats with Nong Poonsukwattana of Nong's Khao Man Gai at last year's Feast Portland festival. (A scene filmed at Portland Cà Phê List didn't make the cut but has been released on YouTube.)

Gregory Gourdet will compete in Iron Chef reboot
In other TV-related news, Portland's own Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet is set to appear on the upcoming Netflix series Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, which comes out on June 15. The show is hosted by food personality Alton Brown and former Top Chef contestant Kristen Kish and will feature Iron Chefs Curtis Stone, Dominique Crenn, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai, and Gabriela Cámara. Gourdet is also preparing to open List his highly anticipated wood-fired Haitian restaurant Kann List and a downstairs pan-Caribbean bar called Bar Sousòl List in mid-July. If you'd like to catch a glimpse of Gourdet and preview the type of food he'll be cooking at Kann, he'll be appearing as a guest chef at Chef Kwame Onwuachi's Cookbook Release and Signing Party Past Event List on Monday.

Oregon Brewers Festival returns

The Oregon Brewers Festival, Past Event List otherwise known as the state's biggest beer festival, is poised to make a triumphant comeback this summer after being on hiatus for the last two years due to COVID-19. The event is scheduled for July 28-30 and will host 40 Oregon breweries, with 80% of the featured beers being either exclusive to the festival or brand-new releases.



HOLI Spring Festival
Past Event List Topaz Farm is honoring the season of rebirth on their land while celebrating the South Asian festival of Holi, which marks the arrival of spring. A vibrant dance party will be soundtracked by DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid, during which festival-goers will pelt each other with brightly colored organic, plant-based powders imported from India. Plus, dig into food from Bhuna, Big Elephant Kitchen, Chaat Wallah, DesiPDX, and Kulfi. A percentage of proceeds from the event will benefit farmers in India.


à table: Culinary Rummage Sale & Bake Sale Past Event List
Sift through a selection of kitchen gadgets, small appliances, cookware, cookbooks, glassware, bar tools, vintage linens, dishes, and more at this rummage sale from the Portland chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. Baked goods, beer, and wine will also be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to AHIVOY, Growing Gardens,and the Dames d'Escoffier Portland chapter scholarship fund.

Sundae Jams
Past Event List Within Lake Oswego's hub of beloved Portland restaurants, donut shop Fills will host a weekly music series for you to enjoy while you fill up on sweet treats, and partake in tastings of spirits, beer, and wine. This Sunday, revel in some rootsy blues tunes from Kenny Lavitz while sipping on some Freeland Spirits.


Pix Pâtisserie's Movies at Dusk! Past Event List
They've mastered the macaron—why not movie screenings, too? Pix Pâtisserie kicks off a summer of film favorites with The Big Lebowski on June 2. Tickets to each Thursday night show include prearranged seats, movie trivia, and all the popcorn you can eat!


Concourse Coffee List
This spinoff from Deadstock Coffee List owner Ian Williams just introduced its first food item: house-made honey whole-wheat toast with hand-whipped halva butter, honey, butter, and sea salt. The toast is also available topped with just butter and jelly. 
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Ken's Artisan Bakery List
In the mood for something savory? The esteemed bakery is slinging croissants filled with gruyere, fresh thyme, and ham.
Nob Hill
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Sunrice List
This "elevated and intentional" Filipino food pop-up debuted a unique new dessert this week that combines a cinnamon roll with an ensaymada (a Filipino-style brioche treat slathered with butter and topped with grated cheese and sugar). 
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Tacovore List
The cheerful taco shop debuted a new seasonal "Carnivore" taco special made with flat-iron pork, creamy carrot slaw, pickled spring onions, and a garlic top chimichurri.
Beaumont - Wilshire
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