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This Week In Portland Food News: Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Pono Brew Labs, and A Visit from Eric Wareheim

Sept. 2, 2022 Edition
September 1, 2022
The "farm-to-table fast food" joint Hit the Spot's new restaurant is serving up fried chicken sandwiches. (Hit the Spot)
This week, Hit the Spot debuts a new location with fried chicken sandwiches and milkshakes, Pono Brewing opens its first taproom and pub, and Screen Door hits the Portland International Airport. Plus, Cooperativa and YaYa bid farewell, and comedian Eric Wareheim pays some of Portland's favorite culinary destinations a visit. Read on for all of that and more updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Hit the Spot Add to a List
This popular burger cart opened a brick-and-mortar location in the former Brunch Box Add to a List space on Southeast Morrison on August 31. In addition to the regular menu of burgers, the new location also serves fried chicken sandwiches (with options for spicy or regular) on potato rolls and milkshakes made with Umpqua ice cream.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Motto Motto Revolving Sushi Bar Add to a List
If your preferred way to eat sushi is by plucking it off a revolving conveyor belt, this Clackamas spot, which opened in the former Sushi Land space in Clackamas last month, may pique your interest. The restaurant is the first in Oregon to offer two layers of conveyor belts and serves hand rolls, nigiri, bento boxes, yakisoba, and ramen in addition to classic sushi rolls.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Pono Brew Labs Add to a List
The craft brewery Pono Brewing Add to a List , known for its fruity, South Pacific-inspired beers, debuted its first taproom and pub on August 6 in the space that previously housed Columbia River Brewing and the original location of Laurelwood Public House & Brewery. The upcoming location is family-friendly and open to all ages during the day, and features Pono's beers alongside a Hawaiian and Southeast Asian food menu created by chef Garrick Ikeda.

Screen Door Add to a List
Now you can grab some of the city's favorite fried chicken before your next flight: The perennial Southern favorite opened a location at Portland International Airport last month.
Portland International Airport
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Cooperativa Add to a List
This weekend is your last chance to dine at the Italian market, restaurant, and bar. The business announced via Instagram this week that they will close on Saturday, September 3, writing, "As you all know, we opened during a time when uncertainty was the only constant. We have faced a multitude of challenges over the past two years of being open and have fought hard to survive, and after much thought and discussion, we have decided it is time for us to take some time and step away. Despite the challenges, we have also experienced great joy, great passion, great craft, great friends, great memories. It's complex, we are tired. We need to tend to ourselves and our loved ones (and nap) before we can see where Cooperativa lives on."
Pearl District

YaYa Add to a List
This Cantonese barbecue spot closed permanently last Wednesday, August 28. Chef and owner Steven Chin broke the news on Instagram last week, writing, "When we opened 14 months ago, Portland was still in the depths of the pandemic. Beyond the lockdowns, the numerous other challenges ranging from staffing & supply chain shortages, illnesses, food & transportation costs (to name a few) have made it impossible to keep YaYa open."
Alberta Arts District


Hapa PDX set to open a restaurant in Kauai
The popular Japanese-Hawaiian fusion restaurant Hapa PDX Ramen & Whiskey Add to a List , run by married couple Sarah and Michael Littman, will soon have a location in Hawaii: The owners have moved to Poipu, Kauai and plan to launch a Hapa outpost there this fall. The Portland restaurant will remain open—longtime employee Abigail Cox has been promoted to general manager and become a co-owner, and will oversee the business's Portland presence.

In-N-Out hits roadblock
Bad news for anyone hoping for double-doubles and animal fries in the metro-area: In-N-Out Burger's application to open a restaurant along the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway has been denied by independent hearings officer Joe Turner. According to The Oregonian, the permit was denied on the basis of land-use grounds.

Eric Wareheim stops by Portland
Eric Wareheim, the comedian and actor known primarily for being one half of the comedy duo Tim & Eric, made a stop in Portland this week. Wareheim, who recently penned the bestselling cookbook Foodheim and runs the cult-favorite natural wine label Las Jaras alongside winemaker Joel Burt, documented his stay on Instagram and hit up Phuket Cafe, Hat Yai, Magna Kusina, Canard, Eem, RingSide Steakhouse, Gado Gado, and Lovely's Fifty Fifty (and hid a signed copy of his book in Forest Park for a lucky Portlander to find).



Ukrainian Day PDX Add to a List
Celebrate the embattled country and its rich culture with live music and dancing, traditional Ukrainian food, and other activities. The profits raised from the event will go towards medical and military safety equipment for Ukraine.
Westmoreland Park, 11 am-7 pm

Cully Central Street Food Fest 2022 Add to a List
Scoop up some Asian street foods, sip local beers and specialty cocktails, participate in activities, and enjoy live music performances at this outdoor community event.
Cully Central, 11:30 am-7 pm

Mid-Autumn Moonlight Market Add to a List
Lan Su Chinese Garden's first-ever Moonlight Market celebrates one of the most important Chinese holidays of the year, the mid-autumn festival. During this evening celebration, the garden will be illuminated with lanterns while festivalgoers enjoy live music, lion dances, mooncakes (a traditional festival treat), and check out local AANHPI vendors.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 2-9 pm

Erica's Soul Food Pop-Up Add to a List
If you've missed the beloved Southern cart Erica's Soul Food, which is currently on hiatus as it searches for a new location, here's a chance to catch some of its comforting fare. Erica herself will sling a menu of entirely never-before-seen dishes, while the plant-based pastry pop-up Emma & Lottie’s will serve up treats.
Hemp Bar, 4-7 pm


11th Annual Arab "Mahrajan" Festival 2022 Add to a List
Organized by the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon (AACCO), this celebration of Arab culture will return after a two-year pandemic hiatus. The festival spotlights Arab communities in Oregon through traditional cuisine, henna, dance performances, poetry, and a vendor bazaar.
Oaks Amusement Park, 11 am- 7 pm


You don't have to book a flight to Disneyland to enjoy some frosty Dole whip: Canard is now serving the frozen pineapple-based soft serve.
Buckman, Oregon City
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Devil's Dill Sandwich Shop Add to a List
This local sandwich shop debuted its new monthly special for September: soy and bourbon-marinated slow-roasted beef, a customer favorite with sautéed onions and mushrooms, gorgonzola cream sauce, and cherry pepper relish.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Rukdiew Cafe Add to a List
The cheerful Thai restaurant is now featuring a fruity new "Popsicle Therapy" cocktail garnished with gummy candy.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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