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This Week In Portland Food News: Holler Opens, Sugarpine Drive-In Launches a Food Truck, and Mitate Is Opening a Vegan Sushi Food Cart

April 23, 2021 Edition
April 22, 2021
The co-owners of Sugarpine Drive-In have launched Da Pine, a new food truck pop-up currently slinging Hawaiian eats, and have a retro roadhouse in the works. (Da Pine Grinds)

In this week's batch of Portland food news, Top Chef star Doug Adams has at last opened the dining room of his long-awaited fried chicken joint Holler (which has been open for takeout only), and Sugarpine Drive-In has both a new food truck pop-up and an upcoming retro roadhouse. Plus, Portland Pizza Week 2021 is here, vegan sushi pop-up Mitate is getting a food cart, and Migration Brewing opens its rooftop taproom. Read on for that and more food-world updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Holler
Holler, the Sellwood fried chicken operation from Bullard co-owners Doug Adams and Jen Quist, opened its dining room on April 15, according to a press release. The restaurant was initially meant to launch in June but was postponed due to the pandemic and ended up opening as a takeout-only enterprise last July. The new space boasts over 5,000 square feet and was made with families and groups in mind and will show sports games on its TVs. Besides fried chicken, there's also plenty of bar snacks, such as crispy pork "cigars" and pimento cheese with crackers, plus entrees like grilled pork chops and trout. The spot also features 16 taps and a drinks menu that ranges from "Textbook Plays" (classic cocktails) like the Old Pal to "Technical Fouls" (newer inventions) like a verde vodka soda and a Lambrusco cobbler, as well as non-alcoholic drinks.
Southeast
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating


Migration Brewing Rooftop at Canvas
Looking for some beer with a scenic view? The brewery has reopened its downtown "Rooftop at the Canvas" taproom, which opened as a temporary pop-up-style location in 2020 and which will now become a permanent location. The taproom serves light snacks such as cheese boards, jerky, and chips, but does not have a full kitchen.
Downtown
Outdoor seating

FUTURE OPENINGS

Mitate
The popular vegan, gluten-free sushi pop-up Mitate will open a cart at the new CORE (Collective Oregon Eateries) food cart pod in early June. Owners Nino Ortiz and Summer Ortiz hope to open a full-fledged brick-and-mortar location by summer 2022.
Southeast

Sugarpine Roadhouse
Emily Cafazzo and Ryan Domingo, co-owners of the retro Sugarpine Drive-In, have purchased the historic space formerly home to the beloved Shirley's Tippy Canoe, which was damaged by fire over a year ago. In homage to the restaurant's past life as a 1930s roadhouse, they plan to restore it and reopen it as an old-fashioned roadside pit-stop in summer 2022. Can't wait until then? On Tuesday, Sugarpine Drive-In also launched a new spinoff pop-up food truck called Da Pine, which will serve up a rotation of different cuisines at nearby Glenn Otto Park. The first concept is Da Pine Grinds, with Hawaiian-style poke bowls, plate lunches, mac salad, and slushies from Ryan's brother Darrin Domingo, inspired by his Hawaiian heritage.
Troutdale

OTHER NEWS

Hopworks celebrates 13th anniversary
On Thursday, the brewery Hopworks celebrated its 13th anniversary as well as Earth Day. They've revamped their menu for the occasion, with new dishes like IPA-braised pork nachos and a new black bean burger, as well as limited-time specials like a "Northwest Best" pizza with local mushrooms, leeks, asparagus, greens, and chèvre. Local artist Caleb Jay has also freshened up the place with three new murals on the walls.

Ponzi Vineyards purchased by French champagne house
Champagne Bollinger, a legendary French champagne house, has purchased the trailblazing family-owned winery Ponzi Vineyards in Sherwood. The Willamette Valley operation is known for helping bring pinot noir to the forefront. Current winemaker Luisa Ponzi will retain her position, and the Bollinger family will continue to focus on making the pinot noir and chardonnay wines characteristic of the vineyard, rather than champagne.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Olive Oil Garage Sale at Wellspent Market
The pantry staple purveyor Wellspent Market (formerly Real Good Food) will host an outdoor market with discounted olive oil, as well as grilled sausages and meat for sale from the new bar and butcher Piccone's Corner and paella from Tournant.
Wellspent Market, Saturday, 12-6 pm

Portland Pizza Week 2021
After a hiatus in 2020, the Portland Mercury’s Pizza Week is returning in 2021 to team up with Portland's best pizza purveyors to offer amazing, delicious, $2 slices to the masses! (Or $16 whole pies.) With over 30 restaurants and bars taking part, you’ll never be far from your next slice, and your week—nay, your life—will be all the better for it.
Various locations, through April 25

CBD Dinner Series
Looking for some upscale room service with a cannabis twist? Chef and plant medicine coach Liv Vasquez, a winner on Netflix's Cooked With Cannabis, is currently hosting a CBD Dinner Series at the Jupiter Hotel, with private in-room three-course meals.
Jupiter NEXT, April 23-24

NEW SPECIALS

Boxcar Pizza
The vegan Detroit-style pizzeria has brought back its plant-based three-cheese bacon mac and cheese pizza special starting today. They'll even include a free side of buffalo hot sauce while supplies last.
Southeast
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or limited indoor seating

Cheese and Crack
The snack shop has dropped a new limited-edition caramel cornflake ice cream sundae, featuring house-made salty caramel pudding layered with vanilla soft serve and old-fashioned cornflakes.
Southeast
Pickup

Lardo
Stabs Smoked Meats, the Vietnamese-inspired barbecue pop-up founded by Aron Moxley (former lead singer of the band the Slants), has concocted a new "Chefwich" Reuben sandwich, featuring house-made pastrami, smoked Swiss cheese, kimchi kraut, sambal Thousand Island dressing, and sourdough rye. The sandwich will be available at both Lardo locations through the end of the month—a portion of proceeds will benefit Project Lotus, a youth-led organization that aims to "destigmatize mental health in Asian-American communities by tackling the model minority myth."
Southeast, Southwest
Pickup or delivery

Mama Đút
Inspired by owner Thuy Pham's mother's love of durian, the vegan Vietnamese deli is selling a pretty pink durian cream pie, made with cashew-based cream, durian, and a gluten-free almond cookie crust, topped with rose-infused whipped cream, candied rose petals, and toasted coconut flakes.
Northeast
Pickup or delivery

Nacheaux
The food-cart-turned-restaurant known for its decadent "Mexicajun" cuisine is releasing a new bacon mac and cheese smash burger next week.
Northeast
Pickup or delivery