The Portland food scene continues to come back to life: This week brings the return of Hey Love and Derby, the arrival of Cascade Chili Co., and a brioche burger pop-up at Fills Donuts. Read on for all of that and more culinary developments. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
Cascade Chili Co.
Portlanders can now enjoy some saucy Cincinnati-style chili, thanks to a new cart called Cascade Chili Co. joining the Milwaukie Station food cart pod on Tuesday. The regional specialty was invented by Macedonian immigrant restaurateurs in the 1920s and consists of a meat sauce seasoned with Mediterranean spices like cinnamon, allspice, and clove. The menu at Cascade Chili Co. includes both beef and vegan versions of the dish, with options to have it served over spaghetti or Coney dogs (as is traditional).
The second coming of chef Judith Stokes' restaurant Derby Kenton, which converted into a neighborhood market during the pandemic and then closed last November, has arrived. The spot reopens in its new 2,500-square-foot location today for takeout and delivery, with patio dining to follow. You can look forward to brunch dishes like challah French toast, macadamia nut waffles, and breakfast burritos, as well as the restaurant's cult-favorite smash burger. Bar manager Solana Robinson will provide sassy cocktails like the "Fancy Betch" (gin, elderflower liqueur, bright shiso leaf, and salted plum) or "Ma Moi" (a banana coconut cream slushy).
Pickup or delivery
The Jupiter NEXT Hotel's 1970s-inspired cocktail bar reopened on Thursday with a reimagined menu that includes new dishes such as barbecue lamb ribs and a "Waldorf and Statler salad" (iceberg wedge with apricots, grilled grapes, coconut sugar cashews, celery, smoky bleu cheese crumbles, and curried yogurt). The cocktail menu also features newcomers like the "Afternoon Delight" (Cinnamon Toast Crunch rum, orange curacao, amaretto, Black & White Coffee Roasters cold brew, Kahlua, and heavy cream) and will showcase a rotation of specials made in collaboration with other industry names around town—first up is a gimlet created by Thuy Pham of Mama Đút, benefiting the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization.
Pickup, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating
Kanji Fusion Restaurant
This Japanese-Chinese neighborhood spot opened recently on Division, serving crab puffs, sashimi and sushi rolls, Szechuan chicken, mapo tofu, dumplings, fried rice, and other favorites.
PIckup or delivery
This cold-pressed juice bar, which provides drinks for the vegan restaurant Plant Based Papi, announced on Instagram that it will be launching its own location on Saturday.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Fills Donuts launches burger pop-up
The downtown Berliner donut shop Fills Donuts is currently shaking things up and running a burger pop-up through June 20 as the team prepares to open a new location in Lake Oswego on July 1. During this time, donuts will not be available, but the shop will be slinging burgers made with repurposed brioche doughnut buns, local beef, chili aioli, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and American cheese. Once the Lake Oswego location opens, the downtown location will temporarily close for a few months before reopening with a new evening menu that includes burgers, soft-serve sundaes, and crullers.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Browse the preternaturally soothing minimalist Japanese store MUJI and scoop up some chewy-crisp rice flour doughnuts from Heyday, with flavors like furikake, white chocolate matcha, roasted strawberry basil, and baked salted caramel chocolate.
MUJI Portland, Friday, 11 am-2 pm
The Big Gay Dinner To Go
Chef Risa Lichtman's pop-up dinner series is featuring a vegetarian prix-fixe takeout meal with items from queer chefs and winemakers. Lichtman will provide the "top" (rainbow veggies and zucchini baba ghanoush), while Les Rendon of Nopales PDX will provide the "switch" (spring greens lasagna) and Leah Miller of Take Care Baking will provide the "bottom" (butterscotch pudding with Chantilly cream). 50% of sales will benefit the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Bee's Cakes and Cafe, Tuesday, 4:30-7 pm
Portland Strawberry Museum
Zuckercreme presents a celebration of strawberry season with sweet treats, picnic-inspired eats, drinks, fresh berries, threads and adornments, home goods, art, and vintage wares. Menus and vendors are updated weekly.
Küchenhaus, Sunday, 12-4 pm
Binary Brewing has just the brew for your hot girl summer—"Hop Girl Summer," a hazy IPA topped off with a "crescendo of dry hops delivering citrus, lemon verbena, and tropical fruits."
Vegans need not be left out of the "birria boom" currently sweeping Portland: The plant-based pizzeria is putting their own spin on the trend with a birria pizza special, made with dairy-free mozzarella and cheddar, marinated jackfruit, onions, and cilantro and served with a side of consommé.
Pickup or delivery
Cool down during the sweltering weekend with a frozen watermelon Sour Patch Kids-flavored paleta from the native- and Chicana-owned plant-based frozen dessert shop Ice Queen.
The acclaimed Thai restaurant has added an ideal warm-weather special to its menu—khao chae, a dish with rice soaked in cool water and traditionally eaten in the hot season in Thailand. Langbaan's version is made with polished jasmine rice in chilled Thai aromatic water, cured albacore, albacore relish, grilled asparagus, and marinated leek.
Pickup, delivery, or outdoor seating
The vegan Vietnamese spot is offering some delightful treats, including sea salt chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies, pandan rose whoopie pies, and "Cali candi" (Sour Patch Kids candy soaked in a strawberry habañero sauce, seasoned with li hing powder and Tajín).