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This Week In Portland Food News: Jojo Opens, Portofino Says Goodbye, and A Spooky Pop-Up Is Headed to Hey Love

Sept. 16, 2022 Edition
September 15, 2022
The allium-packed "Mr. Onion" smash burger, a menu item at Jojo's new brick-and-mortar restaurant, has already been praised by the likes of The Simpsons writer Bill Oakley. (Jojo)
Fans of fried chicken and smash burgers, rejoice: The wildly popular comfort food truck Jojo's new brick-and-mortar location has arrived at last. Read on for more details and other updates, from an upcoming Piedmontese restaurant to a Halloween-themed pop-up bar inside Hey Love. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Daddy's Chickens Add to a List
This cart specializing in roasted Mexican chicken opened in Beaverton last month. Customers can choose between a whole chicken, half chicken, or a combo that comes with beans, rice, salsa, grilled onions, and roasted chilis.
Pickup, dine-in

Jojo Add to a List
The fried chicken cart known for its crispy poultry and cheeky social media presence hosted the grand opening of its highly anticipated brick-and-mortar restaurant in the former space of Daily Cafe Add to a List on Thursday. Owner Justin Hintze brings his popular menu of over-the-top comfort food like double-fried jojos, smash burgers, and smothered fried chicken sandwiches to the glam '70s-inspired digs, along with new specials like the "Mr. Onion" (an allium-packed smash burger with chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, American cheese, white onions, fried shallots, chives, and pickles on a butter roll) and new vegan versions of every sandwich on the menu. Eem Add to a List bartender Ashelee Wells is slinging a "smashable" drink menu with milkshakes, slushies, and cocktails, while pastry chef Christina Hoover is serving cheesecakes, cookies, and rotating desserts like pavlovas and sundaes. 
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

O'Dear Add to a List
This hip lounge launched in Parkrose on September 8, serving cocktails, beer on tap, and craveable bar bites like bourbon-soaked bacon-wrapped dates and fried chicken sandwiches.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Pastificio d’Oro Add to a List
Chase Dopson and Maggie Irwin's handmade pasta pop-up Pastificio d’Oro plans to open a location in the current Gracie's Apizza Add to a List space on November 1. (Gracie's is moving to a new location.) The cozy Piedmontese spot will sling regional specialties like agnolotti dal plin and tajarin in addition to antipasti, dessert, and wine.
St. Johns

Starter Bread Add to a List
After it opens in January, the new Gracie's Apizza Add to a List location will also have an exciting new neighbor: The critically acclaimed Starter Bread plans to open a brick-and-mortar production bakery in the former St. Johns Coffee Roasters space next door in early 2023.
St. Johns


Black Seed Burger Cult Add to a List
This vegan fast food chain has closed. The company told Eater Portland that they hope the closure is "temporary" and that they "just ran out of money," writing, "We tried our best to stick it out but just couldn’t hold our breath long enough to catch up with the momentum we had before COVID hit us all."

Portofino Add to a List
Sellwood's longest-running Italian restaurant, which opened in 1990, will close permanently on September 24, according to a farewell message on the business's website.


Hey Love will host Halloween-themed pop-up bar
The Jupiter NEXT Hotel's stylish '70s-inspired bar Hey Love Add to a List is set to host the spooky Halloween-themed pop-up bar Black Lagoon in October. The experience, created by bartenders Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage in New Orleans in 2019, features dungeon-esque decor and ghoulish libations like the "Closed Casket" (Bruichladdich Classic, St. Remy, Giffard L’Abricot, passionfruit syrup, miso falernum) and the "Hellraiser" (Hornitos, Chairman’s Spiced Rum, Cointreau, spiced oat orgeat).

Bon Appétit features two Portland restaurants in 50 best new restaurants list
Two local spots earned a coveted place on Bon Appétit's 50 Best New Restaurants 2022 list last week: Morchella Add to a List , chef Cameron Lee Dunlap's restaurant focused on wild and foraged foods, and República Add to a List , the Pearl District's celebrated Mexican tasting menu destination.

Divisions New Seasons employees vote to unionize
Workers at New Seasons' SE Division store, also known as the "Seven Corners" location, voted 62-15 to unionize, following a months-long union-busting campaign by the store's management. Employees at the grocery chain's Hillsboro, Sellwood, and Orenco Station locations have voted against unionizing.

Slim Chickens plans Pacific Northwest expansion
The cult-favorite, Arkansas-based fried chicken franchise Slim Chickens is headed to Portland. The business plans to open 14 dine-in/drive-thru outposts across Portland and South Washington, although the exact locations have not yet been determined and opening dates have not yet been set.



Portland's 2022 Oktoberfest Add to a List
You'll receive your very own Oktoberfest keepsake mug and a dozen drink tickets with which to fill it up at this downtown event. Choose from 16 different German beers on tap—if that's not your thing, Pine Street Taproom also has a full bar. 
Pine Street Market, 11 am-8 pm


Mount Angel Oktoberfest Add to a List
For four days out of the year, the town of Mount Angel essentially transforms itself into Little Germany, full of lederhosen, tuba music, sausages, and an absolutely astounding amount of beer of all kinds and varieties, to be drank out of all sorts of steins, mugs, cups and boots. Plus there's other attractions, including wiener dog races, a car show, races, dancing, live music, and much more. 
Mount Angel

ilani Wine & Food Fest Add to a List
This food and drink festival will feature a roster of big-name chefs, including Travel Channel star Andrew Zimmern and famed Food Network chef Rocco DiSpirito, as well as Maneet Chauhan, Antonia Lofaso, Kardea Brown, Lamar Moore, Christian Petroni, Aaron May, Tracey Bloom, Tregaye Fraser, Monti Carlo, Deanna Colon, Chris Scott, and Tyler Anderson. The lineup of events includes a wine pairing dinner with Michael Jordan’s Steak House, a celebrity chef "dine-around," a grand tasting, a "Vintage Elite Cru," a bourbon and cigar tasting, and a bloody Mary and bubbles brunch.
ilani Casino Resort


Farm to Plate Brewer’s Series Dinners Add to a List
It doesn't get much fresher than eating a meal on the very farm where the ingredients were grown. Topaz Farm's resident "farm-to-plate" chefs Christian and Janelle Ephrem will craft three multi-course, farm-to-plate dinners this summer, each featuring five specially selected beer pairings from a different local brewer: Fort George Brewing, Migration Brewing, and Foreland Beer. Guests will get to dine al fresco below the farm's historic oak tree (or under a tent, depending on weather).
Topaz Farm, 5:30 pm

Oregon Angel Food 2022 Grand Finale & Marketplace Add to a List
Local food and beverage innovators will pitch their ideas à la Shark Tank to investors on a main stage for a shot at being selected for angel investment. Plus, craft food and beverage entrepreneurs will sling their wares at a marketplace. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.
The Redd on Salmon, 1-6 pm

Brooklyn End of Summer Block Party Add to a List
503 Distilling and Ruse Brewing will kiss summer goodbye with a free all-ages block party complete with craft vendors, live music, an onsite tattoo artist, tasty fare from Holy Trinity BBQ, shaved ice from Island Nectar, and plenty of spirits and brews.
503 Distilling, 1-8 pm


Serbian Fest Portland Add to a List
Serbian hospitality will be on full display as you learn about the culture and customs of the Balkan country at this annual festival. Traditional Serbian food, including roast pig and lamb, will be served alongside beer and wine. Plus, watch (or join in on!) traditional kolo dancing and singing and partake in other fun activities.
St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 11 am


Depressed Cake Shop Portland Pop-Up Add to a List
This one-day pop-up bakery sells gray-colored cakes, cookies, and other goods (all donated by local bakers) to raise awareness and encourage conversation about mental health issues. The goodies, though dismal looking on the outside, are bright and colorful on the inside to symbolize hope. Proceeds benefit Baby Blues Connection, which provides free support for parents and families dealing with perinatal mood disorders.
Opal 28, 1-3 pm


Beaverton Restaurant Week Add to a List
Try menu items created exclusively for Beaverton Restaurant Week at an array of restaurants across Beaverton, including 1st Street Pocha, Afuri Izakaya, Ex Novo Brewing, Hapa Pizza, Top Burmese Bistro Royale, and more.
Various locations across Beaverton


Great Notion Brewing
Due to popular demand, the cult-favorite brewery has at last brewed its own Oktoberfest-style beer, aptly dubbed Oktoberfest. The brew is made with Vienna and Munich malts for a "nice sweet malt backbone" and Hallertau Mittelfruh and Sterling hops for "bittering and aromatics for balance."
Concordia, Nob Hill, Beaverton
Pickup, in-person

Lauretta Jean's Add to a List
The pie bakery is currently serving its signature Blueberry Victoria pie, made with layers of fluffy sponge cake, lemon curd, and blueberry compote.

Sorbu Paninoteca Add to a List
The Italian-inspired food truck is slinging a hearty prosciutto sandwich made with house stone-ground mustard, farm greens, and a thick slab of creamy gorgonzola on focaccia. They're also offering an orecchiette dish with Wild Roots Farm cime di rapa, parmigiano, anchovies, chili flakes, and squid ink breadcrumbs.
Pickup, dine-in


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