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This Week In Portland Food News: Erica's Soul Food Returns, Cloudforest Is Back, and NOLA Doughnuts Says Goodbye

January 6, 2023 Edition
January 5, 2023
Get your chocolate fix at the newly reopened Cloudforest. (Cloudforest)
This week's Portland food scene happenings bode well for the new year, as beloved spots Cloudforest and Erica's Soul Food make triumphant returns and favorites like Bless Your Heart Burgers and Prince Coffee expand. Read on for all of that and more of this week's culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Bless Your Heart Burgers List
The Sesame Collective's fast food chainlet Bless Your Heart Burgers opened a new location in The Mill shopping center in Vancouver on Saturday, December 17.
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Cloudforest List
Chocoholics, rejoice: After closing last April List , this whimsical cafe specializing in Ecuadorian chocolate reopened in a new location on Hawthorne Boulevard in late December. Best of all, the spot plans to offer free chocolate at all times.
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Erica's Soul Food List
After going on hiatus, Erica Montgomery's beloved soul food cart, which gained a loyal following for its Southern menu of dishes like "soul bowls" (stuffed with delights like cornbread, greens, mac and cheese, and gravy) and Atlanta-style hot lemon pepper wings, has officially reopened in its new home in the Park the Carts pod on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
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Ora et Labora Wine Shop List
This new wine shop offering glass pours, wine classes, and private events debuted on Williams Avenue on December 21.
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Prince Coffee List
The Dutch-themed cafe serving house-made stroopwafels alongside specialty coffee from local roasters Heart List Proud Mary List , and Coava expanded with a new location on NW 19th Avenue on Monday.
Nob Hill
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Lucky Labrador Brewing List
After nearly 30 years of business, this pioneering brewpub—one of the oldest of its kind in the city—plans to close its North Portland pub due to the decrease in winter sales and the impact of increased COVID cases and other illnesses.

Nectar Cafe List
The popular vegan cafe and juice bar closed its doors on December 19. 
Hollywood District

NOLA Doughnuts
The New Orleans-inspired doughnut shop known for its signature la'ssants (a doughnut-croissant hybrid) revealed on Instagram on Thursday that it has closed all of its locations permanently. The announcement read, "The slow rebound from the pandemic and the current economic conditions have led us to make this difficult decision."
Pearl District, Beaverton, Lake Oswego

Papi Sal's List
This food cart serving a unique combination of Puerto Rican barbecue and Philadelphia comfort food made with local, organic, and seasonal ingredients shuttered on December 21 due to the closure of its beer gardens and new food cart regulations, which went into effect this month. However, all is not lost: The business plans to continue in the form of pop-ups.

Rally Pizza List
According to a press release, this family-friendly pizzeria closed permanently on New Year's Eve. Owners Alan Maniscalco and Shan Wickham wrote, "We have such a supportive community of customers and a wonderful team, but it is no longer feasible for us to operate at this scale with the economic challenges restaurants are currently facing."


Feast Portland festival will not return
Alas, Portland's nationally acclaimed food festival Feast, which was canceled abruptly last year, is officially no more. Co-founder Mike Thelin told Portland Monthly, "We were very intentional about connecting the culinary community in our city with other communities nationally and globally. That’s hard to pull off when everyone is raw from the trauma of the last couple of years. So many restaurants are still in survival mode, and chefs still face supply chain issues and staffing shortages. Plus, the needs of our city, the landscape and politics of the food world, have changed immeasurably. I remain a believer in Portland. I’m grateful for the opportunity we had for nearly a decade. But it’s time to close this chapter of Feast, to go out on a high note. We accomplished what we set out to do."



Meet the Winemaker: Cristina Gonzales of Gonzales Wine Co.
Past Event List Chat with winemaker Cristina Gonzales of the local minimal-intervention winery Gonzales Wine Co. You'll also get a chance to sip a flight of her signature aromatic whites and bold reds.
Helioterra Winery, Tasting Room, and Wine Bar, 4-7 pm


Yoga + Beer Portland | Baerlic Brewing Past Event List
Bend and stretch with a feel-good yoga practice, then refuel afterward with a crisp pint from Baerlic Brewing while socializing with fellow yogis.
Baerlic Brewing Company, 9:45-10:45 am


Dark Lagoon Goth Tiki Night Past Event List
Most people probably don't consider tiki and goths a natural pairing, but this event aims to change that by mashing up the two subcultures, resulting in a darkly kitschy combo. Pile on the eyeliner and dark lipstick and sip a tropical cocktail while bopping around to a blend of exotica, surf, rockabilly, goth, and more.
Mad Hanna, 8 pm


Boxcar Pizza List
This week, the vegan Detroit-style pizzeria (which recently earned a seal of approval from Lizzo) unveiled a new bacon mac and cheese pie, made with Good Planet Foods cheddar and mozzarella, East Village vegan bacon, and (of course) mac and cheese.
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Doe Donuts List
The popular plant-based doughnut shop is emulating the flavors of a classic Boston cream pie with a new ice cream flavor, which features a vanilla base, custard swirls, fudge, and vanilla cake pieces.
Hollywood District
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Pip's Original Doughnuts List
The family-owned mainstay rolled out its new seasonal banana custard doughnut flavor this week.
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