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This Week In Portland Food News: CC Slaughters Is Coming Back, Masia Says Goodbye, and Rooftop Bar Tope Reopens

April 2, 2021 Edition
March 31, 2021
The Hoxton's rooftop restaurant and bar Tope reopened with a new chef this week. (Tope)

This week in Portland food news, Top Chef: Portland premieres, CC Slaughters is making a triumphant return, and Masia closes for good. Plus, Tope reopens, Dirty Lettuce is opening a new location, and a new barbecue pop-up is coming to town. Read on for all that and more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Birrieria Jalisco
Portland's birria craze continues unchecked: This new cart opened in mid-March, joining other recently opened birria carts like Birrieria Pepe Chile and Birreria PDX. The menu includes birria plates, bowls, vampiros, mulitas, burritos, quesadillas, birria en caldo, "spiders," tacos, and more.
Southeast
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Good Coffee
The Good Coffee cafe inside Woodlark Hotel reopened along with the hotel this week. Chef Doug Adam's Tex-Mex-inspired restaurant Bullard is also serving breakfast and lunch for the spot, with a menu of dishes like breakfast burritos with smoked pork or vegan chorizo, fried chicken plates, cheese plates, and pastries. The coffee shop is now open for takeout and will soon have socially distanced indoor dining inside the hotel lobby.
Southwest
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Indian Hunger Point
This cart serving an extensive range of Indian dishes, including chicken tikka masala, wraps, biryani, curries, samosas, naan, and more, opened in the Eastport Food Carts pod in late March.
Southeast
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Poochie's Jambalaya Grill and Grilled Chicken
This Creole food cart specializing in (you guessed it) jambalaya and grilled chicken joined the Carts on Foster pod on February 22. In addition to jambalaya and grilled chicken dinners, the menu features oxtail with mashed potatoes and gravy, "Poochie's FlashPoint shrimp" with sauce and rice (only available on Fridays and Saturdays), filet mignon bites with rice and gravy, red beans and rice with beef sausage, mac and cheese, potato salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and sweet corn. Customers even have the option to pay with bitcoin.
Southeast
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating

Roxy's Island Grill
The popular Hawaiian restaurant Roxy's Island Grill opened an outpost in Happy Valley in late March, slinging favorites like shoyu chicken, teriyaki chicken, kalbi chicken, kalua pork, hamburger steak, loco moco, chicken katsu sandwiches, and more.
Happy Valley
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Society Pie
This new family-owned and -operated pizzeria landed in Beaverton on March 3. Owners Josh and Stacey Kearney quit their corporate jobs to open the venture, which serves classic pizzas (pepperoni, Hawaiian, veggie, supreme, or "create your own"), salads, and both savory garlic knots and sweet frosting-glazed cinnamon knots.
Beaverton
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating

Tope
The Hoxton's stylish Mexican rooftop restaurant and lounge reopened on Thursday. Chef Joel Lui-Kwan, who's previously spent time at Jacqueline and Nobu Waikiki, has taken over as the new chef de cuisine.
Northwest
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating

FUTURE OPENINGS

CC Slaughters
Here's some very welcome good news: The beloved gay bar and Portland institution CC Slaughters, which closed indefinitely in October after 39 (!) years of business, has announced that it will be reopening in mid-April. The announcement states, "We will be requiring our staff as well as our guests to follow every rule put into place by the health authority as well as the bar management. We look forward to seeing you all very soon and doing so in a safe, responsible and respectful way."
Northwest

Dave's Hot Chicken
The California-based hot chicken sensation Dave's Hot Chicken, which launched as a shop in East Hollywood in 2018 and has since grown to encompass eight locations in California and one in Canada, is headed for Oregon. The chain plans to open a shop in Tualatin in early May.
Tualatin

Dirty Lettuce
The vegan Southern food cart Dirty Lettuce, which specializes in plant-based "sinful Southern eats" such as seitan-based versions of crispy fried chicken and barbecue ribs, will open a second location on Northeast Fremont next to Bang Bang PDX by the end of May.
Northeast

Jerusalem Rose
An upcoming market on Northeast MLK from Center for Study & Preservation of Palestine founder Ramzy Farouki will pay tribute to Palestinian culture with Farouki's family-recipe hummus, house-made pickles, fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, imported goods, and more. The spot is inspired by the small markets found all over Jerusalem and will open in mid-May.
Northeast

CLOSURES

Masia
Ataula chef José Chesa's Spanish destination Masia, which had the misfortune of opening in the downtown Hyatt hotel just before the pandemic and went on hiatus during the first lockdown in March 2020, will not be reopening. The spot had specialized in Spanish dishes like paella and sold "xurros" (Spanish-inspired churros) and hot chocolate at its counter 180 Xurros, which is also permanently closed.
Downtown

OTHER NEWS

Top Chef: Portland premieres
On Thursday, the Bravo cooking competition series Top Chef returned for its 18th season, which is set in Portland and features two Portland chefs in the running, as well as some famed Portland chefs as judges. (Watch the trailer here for a preview.) If you're curious about the artfully plated dishes you see onscreen and want a taste for yourself, we've gathered a guide to Portland spots associated with the show, including restaurants that have been linked to past and present contestants and judges, as well as places featured in the new season (like Akadi and Tillamook Creamery). The Portland Mercury's Blair Stenvick has also outlined five things to watch for in the first episode.

Mutt's Coffee raises funds for dog rescue
The new coffee roaster Mutt's Coffee is donating 25 percent of its proceeds to the Alabama-based animal rescue group Free State Four Paws and is bringing awareness to the cause by featuring real dogs and their stories on the bags of each new roast that they release. Their coffee is currently available for local delivery as well as national shipping and will soon be sold at local farmers markets.

Grasslands Barbecue pop-up debuts
A new pop-up called Grasslands Barbecue, started by former Occidental Brewing head brewer Sam Carroll and his friends Drew Marquis and Brendon Bain, debuted at the end of March at White Salmon Bakery in Washington and will have its first pop-up in Oregon at Level Beer on Saturday, April 10. Carroll started making oak-smoked, Texas-style barbecue in the backyard as a hobby after losing his job due to COVID-19's impact and turned it into a full-fledged business. The pop-up will feature brisket, pulled pork, sausage, cheesy grits, collard greens, and Texas-style white bread. 

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Le Pigeon Burger Pop-Up
Chef Gabriel Rucker's cult-favorite burger, a Portland classic that hasn't been available all year, will make a return for this pop-up. The Le Pigeon team will only be grilling up a hundred burgers, so get there early if you want to get your hands on one. The burger will also come with butter lettuce salad and a Sweet Matt’s foie gras profiterole cookie (!). Picnic tables and drinks will also be available if weather permits.
Le Pigeon, Friday, 12-6 pm (or until sold out)

Spumoni Wine Release Party
The new winery Spumoni will unveil its first vintages at this party, which will feature wine pours, bottles for sale, and snacks like hot dogs and shrimp cocktail.
Someday, Friday, 3-6 pm

Inheritance Stories: Oral Histories of Food Culture with Lola Milholland
Writer and noodle maker Lola Milholland will impart her skills in food-related storytelling, deep listening, and recording. In the workshop, you'll learn about your fellow participants' food memories and "experience the responsibility of holding another person’s story." 
Online, Saturday, 12 pm

Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise
Cruise the Willamette River while dining on a brunch with eggs Benedict, French toast, carved ham or beef, mac and cheese, and more. 
Portland Spirit, Sunday, 9:30-11:30 am and 2:30-4:30 pm

NEW SPECIALS

Decibel Sound & Drink
The '70s-inspired craft cocktail bar has added a new cocktail called "Comfortably Numb," featuring gin, Sichuan peppercorn-infused Byrrh Quinquina, lime juice, house-made strawberry cordial, and a fresh strawberry garnish, to its spring menu.
Milwaukie
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating


Doe Donuts
Need the perfect snack for vegging out during your next Netflix binge? Look no further than Doe Donuts' "CBD Couch Potato" donut, which will be available through April and May and is made with CBD, chocolate, kettle potato chips, and truffle pretzels.
Southeast
Pickup or delivery


Modern Times Brewing
Modern Times Brewing's new Neko Kingdom beer, a collaboration with the Japanese brewery Minoh Beer, is made with the pomelo-like fruit buntan and pineapple puree and features some eye-popping vintage-inspired can artwork.
Southeast
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