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This Week In Portland Food News: Friendship Kitchen Soft-Opens, Cantonese Barbecue Is Coming, and Takeout Cocktails Are Here to Stay

June 4, 2021 Edition
June 3, 2021
The new restaurant Friendship Kitchen is open and serving Vietnamese plates, like lemongrass chicken "a-bún-dance" bowls. (Friendship Kitchen)

This week, Friendship Kitchen has begun slinging cocktails alongside Vietnamese fare, and Elvis Room has rebranded as Good Luck Charm. Plus, a new Cantonese barbecue spot and food cart pod are on the horizon, and takeout cocktails are here for good. Read on for all of that and more of the latest updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Friendship Kitchen
This warm, welcoming Vietnamese restaurant from Trang Nguyen soft-opened on June 1. The spot serves vegan egg rolls, fried chicken wings and cauliflower "wings," bún bò Huế, cơm tấm, and lemongrass chicken bowls, in addition to cocktails like the "Fresh Off the Boat" (lime juice, kumquat, simple syrup, mint, coconut soda, and rum) and "White Man Tears" (rum, strawberries, simple syrup, coconut cream, lime, and young coconut shell).
Northeast
Pickup, delivery, and dine-in


Good Luck Charm
The Elvis Room announced on social media this week that "Elvis has officially left the building." They've nixed their previous concept and are reopening today under the new name "Good Luck Charm." The new menu of bar bites features watermelon salad, pimento cheese with Texas toast, fried broccoli, deviled eggs, pork rinds, shrimp cocktail, dirty tots, and a "grilled cheese royale," while the cocktail section includes drinks like the "Number of the Beast" (Buffalo Trace Bourbon, lemon, candied ginger, and smoke), "Moon Rocks" (Crater Lake Vodka, lemon, thyme nectar, and bubbles), and the "Final Countdown" (a take on a Last Word with Illegal Mezcal, green Chartreuse, Luxardo, and lime). 
Southeast
Pickup or dine-in

Khao Yai Thai Kitchen
Named for a national park in central Thailand, this recently opened Thai restaurant in Beaverton serves staples like drunken noodles, khao soi, larb, gai tod nam pla (fried fish sauce chicken wings), and mango sticky rice.
Beaverton
Pickup or dine-in

Nanna's Place
This family-run spot serving comforting diner fare has opened in the former space of Sweet Betty's in Gresham. The menu includes cinnamon rolls, scrambles, eggs Benedict, chicken-fried steak, Cobb salads, and B.E.L.Ts (bacon, egg, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches), plus house-made bloody Marys and mimosas.
Gresham
Pickup or dine-in

Third Culture Kitchen
According to a press release, chefs Jon Free and Billy Fuqua have joined forces to start this cart, which is inspired by their upbringings in countries outside America (Peru and Japan) and has its official grand opening today. The cart's description explains its name and philosophy thusly: "While being raised by American parents and growing up immersed in another country's culture, a 'Third Culture Kid' cannot entirely identify as American, Peruvian, 'gringo,' or 'gaijin,' but rather a third, more ambiguous thing." The menu currently features a fried chicken sandwich with a Nashville hot option, a grilled chicken sandwich, saltado with a choice of chicken, steak, or soy curls, an arugula salad with smoked peaches, and fries. Other dishes set to join the menu later on include ceviche and katsu curry.
Northeast
Pickup

TUME
This plant-based, organic Latin pop-up soft-opens at Kuchenhaus today and will be available there from 3-8 pm every Friday. The opening menu features lomo tacos, guava alfajores, and chicha morada.
Southeast
Pickup or outdoor seating

FUTURE OPENINGS

Hinterland Bar & Food Carts
This new food cart pod and cocktail bar is set to open in December. The spot will feature five to six carts with plentiful outdoor seating, while the bar will offer 10 rotating beers on tap, wine, and special drink pairings to complement each of the carts onsite.
Southeast

YāYā
Partners Steven Chin, Micah Camden, and Ndamukong Suh will open this Cantonese barbecue spot on June 16, according to a press release. Expect a menu of Cantonese roast duck, soy sauce chicken, crispy pork belly, char siu, and other dishes and sides.
Northeast

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Tasty pops up inside Bar King
Tasty will take up residence as a brunch pop-up inside the former Bar King space on Saturdays and Sundays through June 13, with classic dishes like quiche and patatas bravas alongside baked goods from pastry chef Katherine Benvenuti. The restaurant is also opening a Lake Oswego location later this year.

Bill passes to legalize takeout cocktails permanently
To-go cocktails are here to stay: On Tuesday, the Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill that will permit bars and restaurants to serve takeout cocktails in sealed containers permanently. Gov. Kate Brown will soon sign the bill into law. 

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Latte Art Throwdown
Baristas will vie to show off their superior latte skills at this competition sponsored by Minor Figures and Slow Pour Supply.
Buckman Coffee Factory, Saturday, 6:30 pm

Deadstock Coffee & The Tipping Point: The Cookout
Join the Tipping Point and Deadstock Coffee for an old-fashioned summer cookout with food and beverages.
Deadstock Coffee, Sunday, 2-5 pm

Pride Kick-Off Brunch
Enjoy a cocktail, a rice flour doughnut from Heyday, and unlimited coffee from Deadstock while taking in live entertainment from drag queens Pizza Daddy, Baby Le Strange, Johnny Nuriel, and Isaiah Esquire.
Psychic Bar, Sunday, seatings at 10:30 am and 1 pm

Wine Country Pride
Yamhill County will have a lineup of events for pride, including special themed beverages at participating bars, restaurants, and wineries, lesbian trivia, speed friending, live entertainment, and yoga and mimosas
Various locations across Yamhill County, through June 30

SPECIALS

Doe Donuts
The vegan doughnut spot has debuted its roster of seasonal flavors for June. The lineup includes peach rhubarb fritter, lemon snowball, turtle (chocolate cake donut with chocolate glaze, chocolate chips, pecans, and caramel drizzle), brown butter snickerdoodle twist, savory barbecue jackfruit, sour watermelon, strawberry shortcake old-fashioned, cucumber mint mojito, and marionberry oatmeal crumble.
Northeast
Pickup, delivery, or dine-in

Mikiko Mochi Donuts
The mochi donut purveyor is unveiling three new flavors this Saturday: chocolate glaze with calamansi curd, strawberry glaze with matcha pudding, and sour peach with mini mochis.
Northwest
Pickup

Soro Soro
Need to cool off? Grab a coconut slush from the Korean cafe Soro Soro. Add a shot of espresso for an extra jolt of energy.
Southeast
Pickup, delivery, or outdoor seating