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This Week In Portland Food News: French Fry Flights, Instant Noodles, and Dungeness Crab Rangoons

February 9, 2024 Edition
February 9, 2024
You deserve some decadence in the form of oysters and flights of fries at the newly opened Love Shack this weekend. (Carter Hiyama)
The common thread in this week's batch of restaurant openings is FUN—look forward to miniature martinis and flights of fries from The Love Shack, instant noodles from the wine tasting room Statera, and reimagined versions of retro Asian-American favorites at Warsugai. In less fun news, Sweet Hereafter bids farewell. Read on for all of that and more of the latest culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


The Love Shack List
According to a press release, G-Love List chef and restaurateur opens this glitzy cocktail lounge channeling midcentury beach bar opulence today. Expect playful offerings like croissant bánh mì, milk bun Reubens, French fry flights, gold-flaked martinis, "There's Always Money in the Banana Stand" (an MSG-spiked, banana-infused take on the margarita with yuzu and lime), and adorably teeny martinis paired with mini Chicago dogs.

Statera List
The natural winery Statera's new tasting room, which opened in a warehouse on Salmon Street on January 17, thumbs its nose at traditional wine snobbery with fun touches like a stuffed animal installation and instant noodle cups topped with kimchi, squid, crab, and/or sesame oil.

Warsugai List
This new spot from the team behind Danwei Canting List opened on January 31 and specializes in gussied-up versions of retro Asian American classics like Dungeness crab rangoons, black truffle chicken wontons, and the titular war su gai, a battered almond chicken dish.


EarthLab Libations Beer Garden List
This Belmont beer cart operating out of a 1988 Italian box truck announced that it is calling it quits, as its landlord has decided to stop leasing the property as a food cart pod (due to Oregon's new wastewater regulations). Owners Dan Denison and Matt McDonald say their last day of service may be in March.

Sweet Hereafter List
The beloved vegan bar announced this week that its last day of service will be on February 29, writing, "We had a wonderful 13 year run but the last few years have been extremely difficult. We lost one of our founders, navigated Covid and weathered many other challenges."



Enthea Teahouse Celebrates Lunar New Year Past Event List
The Brooklyn tea destination Enthea will host a "speakteasy" and plant-based potluck. Bring your signature show-stopping vegan dish, be it peanut stew or Tex-Mex casserole, for a gathering from 6-7, then enjoy some tea and a contemplative discussion of what the Year of the Wood Dragon has in store from 7-10 pm.
Enthea Teahouse, 6-10 pm


Lunar New Year Celebration Past Event List
Since the Year of the Dragon represents strength and progress, it seems appropriate that the Sports Bra, the nation's first bar dedicated to celebrating women's achievements in athletics, will go all out for the holiday. Enjoy themed food and drink specials, mooncakes from HeyDay, and a lion dance performance from White Lotus.
The Sports Bra, 4 pm


Poppy Shop Pop-Up Past Event List
My perfect Sunday morning starts with some pastries and coffee—maybe yours does too? If so, scoop up some plant-based treats, including scones, buns, muffins, cake slices, cookies, and more, as well as drip coffee and cold brew, from the pop-up Poppy Shop.
Zuckercreme, 9 am–12:30 pm


De Noche List
Feed your hungry guys this Super Bowl Sunday with a birria platter, complete with two pounds of birria, 24 house-made tortillas, salsa, and black beans. Pre-orders are available now for pickup on Sunday.
Pearl District

La Provence and Petite Provence
The local French chain has you covered for Mardi Gras revelry with their brioche king cake, studded with dark chocolate chips and candied orange and adorned with orange icing and colorful rock sugar. Pre-orders must be placed at least three days in advance.
Various locations

The sandwich shop Lardo's February "Chefwich" special, made in collaboration with chef Louis Lin of the buzzworthy new restaurant Xiao Ye List , features a Taiwanese fried pork chop with pickled mustard green relish, a night market spice blend, and kewpie mayo on a buttered Dos Hermanos milk bun. Proceeds will enable the nonprofit Jin Ren to support students in Martin Luther King Jr. School's Mandarin immersion program.
Various locations

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