This week, Mama Bird owner and recent Top Chef: Portland contestant Gabriel Pascuzzi reveals his new grain bowl spot Feel Good, and the Netflix series Somebody Feed Phil hits up a few Portland food scene favorites. Plus, the building that houses famed downtown landmark Jake's Famous Crawfish is for sale. Read on for all of that, plus tasty events for this weekend, like Feast Family Reunions at The Redd and Portland Beer Week. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
This plant-based food truck opened in downtown Portland in late July and specializes in vegan fried chicken sandwiches. Other offerings include meatless burgers, nuggets, and Philly cheesesteaks.
This neighborhood bar opened in the former space of Caldera Public House on Sunday, August 1. Former Olympia Provisions chef Alex Yoder developed the food menu, which includes cheeseburgers, grain bowls, and more, while bartender and owner Ansel Vickery has masterminded the cocktail list.
On Thursday, local chef and recent Top Chef: Portland contestant Gabriel Pascuzzi (of Mama Bird and Stacked Sandwich Shop) at last opened the brick-and-mortar incarnation of Feel Good, the popular grain bowl pop-up he launched in May 2020. The new restaurant was originally slated to open on Wednesday but was forced to delay the launch due to a burglary. You can choose from four different bases (cauliflower rice, red quinoa, brown rice, and mixed greens) and from various pre-set bowls, such as the "Usual" (basil mint pesto, charred lemon vinaigrette, cucumber, cherry tomato, arugula, marinated chickpeas, red onion, nutritional yeast, sumac, and basil microgreens). You can also boost your bowl with add-ons like Ota tofu, Mary's chicken, and avocado or build a custom bowl from scratch.
This Cuban cart had its grand opening on July 12, serving specialties like fricase de pollo, taquitos, piña coladas, flan, and its namesake dish, la caldoza (a stew made with potatoes, sweet potatoes, yucca, taro root, carrots, corn, plantains, and pork). Catering to the clientele of the nearby gym Foster Fitness, there's also plenty of options for refueling after a workout, like grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken with broccoli and rice, and smoothies.
Pickup, limited outdoor seating
According to a press release, chef and restaurateur Emily Andrews opened this plant-based taqueria in a temporary pop-up location in St. Johns on August 1. (The restaurant is seeking future pop-up locations and will post updated location information on Instagram after September 15.) The health-conscious menu includes a "rainbow bowl," nachos, quesadillas, beans and quinoa, pickled veggies, guacamole, and various salsas and sauces, plus agua fresca and horchata. There's also a Taco Tuesday with $2 tacos and $10 tequila flights.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Somebody Feed Phil visits Portland
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 this week. The noted food enthusiast stopped at Matt's BBQ, Burger Stevens, Desi PDX, and Nico's Ice Cream for an upcoming episode. The airdate has not yet been announced.
Jake's Famous Crawfish building is for sale
Jake's Famous Crawfish faces an uncertain future: The building that houses the iconic downtown seafood restaurant is up for sale, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The building is currently owned by a pair of limited liability companies associated with the McCormick and Schmick families, known for the seafood restaurant chain of the same name.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Hot Girl Summer Soirée
Channel the spirit of Megan Thee Stallion with this three-day bash, which includes tarot readings with an in-house mystic, rotating playlists, a photo booth, a "champagne bubbles" balloon wall, and featured drink specials, such as frosé, Acid Freak Rosé, and "Hot Girl Summer" cocktails.
Stem Wine Bar, Friday, 5-11 pm
Bar Norman x Brokedown Palace Burger Pop-Up
The pop-up Brokedown Palace will sling burgers and market vegetables at Bar Norman. Skate videos, a street DJ, and plenty of chilled red wine will contribute to the laidback ambiance.
Bar Norman, Saturday, 6-9 pm
Enjoy a seasonally driven, Indian-inspired picnic meal from chef Molly Behnke, with wine from Confluence Winery.
Confluence Winery, Saturday, 4-7 pm
Enjoy a packed day of late summer fun at Abbey Road Farm. The lineup includes a 5K walk or run, a summer makers market with over 25 vendors presented by Barn Swallow Artists, wine for sale, live music from the Roundhouse Band, a classic car show, a photo booth, lawn games, and a painting class. If you're hungry, there's also a selection of food to choose from, including smash burgers from Abbey Road chef Will Preisch, barbecue from Fertie's BBQ, and locally sourced fare from the food truck The Farmer's Lunchbox.
Abbey Road Farm, Sunday, 11 am-5 pm
Zuckercreme and Honey Butter Country Fare Presents: A Mini City Portland Fair Experience
This festive pop-up collaboration between Zuckercreme and Honey Butter Country Fare will present gussied-up vegan and gluten-free versions of nostalgic fair food favorites. The menu includes items like fried Vtopian mozzarella curds with Newk's spicy chipotle ranch, lemon granita, Frito pie, house-marinated tofu corn dogs with whipped honey mustard butter, and a "Stumptown sundae" with funnel cake, Ramblin' Rose vanilla ice cream, olallieberries, vegan honey, and a Darth Baker cookie.
Kuchenhaus, Thursdays through September 2, 6 pm
Portland Beer Week
The annual celebration of all things beery and beautiful in the Pacific Northwest returns in grand style, stretching the definition of "week" to encompass 10 whole days, and sprawling all over the city like a freshly shaken can of lager popped with no regard, featuring a wide range of events at notable breweries, hotels, theaters, and restaurants.
Various locations, through August 29
Feast Family Reunions at The Redd
Nothing brings folks together like food, and no one knows that better than the folks at Feast Portland. This series of "family reunions" will feature imaginative themes and tasty creations from up to ten chefs and restaurants, ice-cold summer bevvies, music, and more in a condensed version of the multi-restaurant Feast events of years past.
The Redd, Saturday-Sunday, 12-2 pm, 6-8 pm
Make the most of berry season while you can with Cafe Rowan's stunning huckleberry French toast, which is available Friday through Sunday and features Grand Central Bakery brioche, wild huckleberries, Deadstock Coffee-infused maple syrup, toasted almonds, shaved dark chocolate, and whipped cream.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
Craving a savory pastry breakfast this weekend? Look no further than the creamy chorizo potato Danish at the charming bakeshop St. Beatrix.
Sweet Lorraine's Latkes and More
The homestyle Jewish truck has dropped a new savory kugel casserole for this weekend, made with broccoli, chives, and lots of cheese.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in