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This Week In Portland Food News: Cheesesteaks, Katsu Sandos, and Varenyky

August 25, 2023 Edition
August 24, 2023
The Japanese bakery and cafe Tanaka is now open in Tigard. (Tanaka)
There's plenty to be excited about in the local food scene this week, as Tanaka begins slinging shokupan in Tigard, the Philly-inspired Steakadelphia expands to Beaverton, and Banderyky brings Ukrainian food to the Vancouver Mall. Read on for all of that and more tasty updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Banderyky List
Named for a triangular specialty stuffed with minced meat, this Ukrainian joint opened in the Vancouver Mall earlier this week, serving varenyky, borscht, cabbage rolls, hot dogs, and more.
Pickup, dine-in

Steakadelphia List
Philly native Rolando Mingledoff's spot brought its hearty menu of cheesesteaks, steakburgers, fries, and milkshakes to Beaverton last week.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

SuperDeluxe List
Micah Camden's nostalgic burger chain, which sources pasture-raised beef, all-natural pork, and cage-free chickens and eggs from the local wholesale supplier SP Provisions, expanded to Lake Oswego earlier this month.
Lake Oswego
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

Tanaka List
The downtown Japanese bakery and katsu sandwich shop Tanaka opened its new location in Tigard’s Bridgeport Village on Tuesday.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Frog & Snail List
This crêpe cafe closed suddenly due to the unexpected passing of owner Chad Bernard.

Stumptown Coffee List
The famed roaster is shuttering its Ace Hotel List location and will relocate to a 30-story mixed-use building at SW 11th & Washington later this fall.


Kann plans to open in-person reservations for one day
Chef Gregory Gourdet's James Beard Award-winning restaurant Kann List is the most coveted reservation in town, and they're magnanimously giving us mere mortals a shot at snagging a table by opening up October reservations in-person at the Old Town-Chinatown tea shop and clothing store Barnes & Morgan List for one day only. Hopefuls should arrive from 12-4 pm with an active Resy account and purchase a food, beverage, or clothing item in order to be eligible. Any remaining reservations will be subsequently available online at noon on September 1 (but are sure to be snapped up promptly).



Viking Beer Fest Past Event List
Wannabe Scandinavian seafaring warriors can sip frothy brews, indulge in Nordic traditions, and peep historical combat reenactments by living history group the Timberhaven Vikings at this year's Viking Beer Fest. You'll find Scandinavian bites at Broder Söder, plus custom ales and a brand-new recycled art troll sculpture crafted by Danish artist-environmentalist Thomas Dambo. Don your Viking-inspired finest and prepare to dance into the twilight hours around a fiery encampment, just like the ancients. LINDSAY COSTELLO
Nordic Northwest, 3-10 pm


Portland Mercury's Burger Week 2023 Past Event List
Hamburglars, it's your time to shine. You have one week to see how many juicy burgers you can put away at an absolute steal ($8 each!) You won't get a trophy or anything, but you will have bragging rights among your fellow burger lovers and one very satisfied stomach. Brought to you in partnership with Jim Beam, Laurelwood Brewing, and Electric Lettuce, The Merc's most popular food week event by a landslide features vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, so no growling belly is left behind. Plot your own personalized burger adventure and try as many as you like. For maximum success, we recommend wearing something with an elastic waistband. Plus, don't forget to tip the kitchen staff and servers, and make sure to tag @portlandmercury and use #mercuryburgerweek on Instagram. 
Various locations

23rd Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival Past Event List
The Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival has brought connoisseurs of fine wines, fine tunes, and fine art together for 22 years now. This year, sip on a selection of 200 different wine options while enjoying performances from jazz, blues, and roots legends like the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sue Foley, Spyro Gyra, Alison Brown Quartet, and Tommy Castro & the Painkillers. AUDREY VANN
Esther Short Park, 4-10 pm


Beaverton Lagerfest Past Event List
Dive into the world of effervescent, light-bodied beers at this festival dedicated to all things lager. 16 different breweries, including Von Ebert, Breakside, Steeplejack, Great Notion, Gigantic, and Binary, will show off brews ranging from pilsners to bocks, while restaurants Giovanni's Restaurant, SeeSee Motor Coffee Co, and MegaBytes will provide nourishment. You'll get a chance to talk beer with professional brewers and participate in workshops and tasting sessions led by industry experts. Plus, enjoy live music from local artists, a kids' section with cotton candy and bubble tea, arts and crafts, and a selection of physical activities (including yoga, Zumba, obstacle courses, and more).
Downtown Beaverton, 2-6 pm

Picklefest + Wild Wild West League Doubleheader Past Event List
Portland's favorite briny boys are back with their annual Picklefest! Cheer ‘em on through two baseball games (the Wild Wild West League semifinals and championship) with the added bonus of a lineup of local bands and fresh pours from your favorite Portland breweries. Have you been doing your arm exercises? Get ready to Raise the Chairs, and enjoy even more wild and scrappy baseball fun. SHANNON LUBETICH
Walker Stadium, 3:30 pm


Festa Del Pomodoro Past Event List
In the words of an evergreen 2019 tweet from writer Sarah Lazarus: "every day we have to wake up, confront the most upsetting shit we’ve ever seen, and then walk around obeying laws and saying 'it’s tomato season.'" That being's tomato season. Glorious, juicy red orbs are everywhere you look, and we highly recommend taking full advantage while you can during their limited run. You can do just that with this "five-course, freaky fresh, downright delicious, tomato-touting patio party" from Grand Amari and Little Bitter Bar, which will start off with a complementary Italian spritz or non-alcoholic cocktail and include tomatoes in a myriad of preparations—"fresh, roasted, sauced, pasta'd." Seating will be communal with big plates for sharing, so prepare for a little socializing and a lot of summer abundance.
Grand Amari and Little Bitter Bar, 6-9 pm

Hapa Barkada Brunch Pop-up Past Event List
The Hawaiian food truck Hapa Howie's and the Filipino pop-up BarkadaPDX present this five-course family-style pop-up brunch as a preview of their highly anticipated brick-and-mortar restaurant Hapa Barkada (which, adorably, means "a mix of best friends"), set to open inside TPK Brewing this fall. Hapa Howie's chef Kiaha Kurek will prepare Hawaiian delights like deep-fried loco moco, li hing mui spam fries, and pipikaula Hawaiian short ribs, while BarkadaPDX chef Melvin Trinidad will show off his interpretation of Filipino comfort food staples, including pork belly tocino, deep-fried arroz caldo arancini, and embutido shumai dumplings. The deliciously synergistic meal will be complemented by a brunch cocktail created by Morchella executive chef Cameron Dunlap.
Morchella, 9 am-1 pm


Baker & Spice List
In celebration of stone fruit season, the small-batch bakery is offering almond Danishes and hand pies packed with Baird Family Orchards peaches.

Pinolo Gelato List
Looking for a unique flavor that stands out from the sea of other frozen treats this summer? Pinolo is currently swirling up Pinoli e Bacche, a Tuscan pine nut gelato studded with port wine reduction-soaked black currants and finished off with a hint of lemon zest.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Toyshop Ramen List
Your weekend hangover cure is sorted: This Sunday, the playful ramen restaurant will serve a special brunch menu, complete with fried chicken and waffles, egg drop ramen, brioche breakfast sandwiches, bubble waffles, and loco moco.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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