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This Week In Portland Food News: Khao Soi, Birria Ramen, and Pho

February 17, 2023 Edition
February 16, 2023
Slurp some khao soi at the newly opened Khamdee Thai Cookhouse. (Khamdee Thai Cookhouse)
This week brings Northern Thai cuisine, birria, and Vietnamese food to the Portland food scene. Read on for that and more of the latest culinary news, from the Han Oak team's upcoming restaurant to The Portland Mercury's Highball 2023. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Birrieria PDX List
The popular family-owned birria business recently opened a new location in Hazelwood. Unlike the other locations, this one also features a robot server that will ferry dishes like quesabirria, birria ramen, and vampiros to your table.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Khamdee Thai Cookhouse List
This Northern Thai-style restaurant named for the proprietors' father debuted in Beaverton last week, serving specialties like khao soi, boat noodle soup, and larb.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Theory List
OMSI's casual eatery run by the Epicurean Group is back open for business, with a menu of pizzas, salads, and desserts.
Central Eastside

Yoonique Pho & Grill List
The Foster-Powell boba cafe Yoonique unveiled this new Vietnamese restaurant on February 9. Dishes include pho, carpaccio beef, turmeric grilled salmon, Hanoi noodles, fermented fish soup, and more.
Pickup, dine-in


Duality Brewing List
Duality Brewing plans to team up with the up-and-coming pop-up Astral to launch this brewpub and restaurant in Kerns later this spring. The spot will serve espresso and a selection of seasonal beers from Duality, plus brunch, lunch, and dinner.


Holler List
The Sellwood fried chicken joint and sports bar founded by Jen Quist and Doug Adams announced via Instagram this week that it will close permanently on February 26. The post read, "Sadly our industry has become all too familiar with this story, but opening during COVID and managing all that comes along with it as a brand new business, we did all we could, for as long as we could. To all of our regulars, including so many kiddos who brought in the FUN we hoped to create for Portland, we love you and thank you. To our staff current and past, you put your HEARTS into this place and we are forever grateful." The restaurant will donate a portion of proceeds from the rest of the month to local schools and Little League. Its sibling business, Holler Treats List , will remain open.

Poboyz List
Eater Portland reports that this Cajun-Creole restaurant appears to have closed permanently and that its phone line has been disconnected.


Han Oak plans a new restaurant
Get excited: The team behind the nationally acclaimed Korean restaurant Han Oak List and its sibling restaurant Toki List is opening a third restaurant. Food Instagrammer Gary Okazaki (aka "Gary the Foodie") revealed the news that co-owners Peter Cho and Sun Young Park plan to open an as-yet-unnamed "whole animal, wood-fired Korean BBQ" in the former Renata List space in June.

Arden celebrates its fifth anniversary
The Pearl District's seasonal Pacific Northwest restaurant Arden List is marking a half-decade of business this month with a newly renovated kitchen and a special monthly menu of greatest hits, including house-made chorizo sausage and black truffle pierogis, paired with wines curated by owner and sommelier Kelsey Glasser.

APANO purchases Canton Grill building
The iconic Chinese-American restaurant Canton Grill List , which closed in 2020, was purchased by the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon in January, according to a press release. The space will be used to provide affordable housing and community spaces. 



The Great Portland Beer Fest Past Event List
Savor a dozen tastes of beer from over 30 local breweries, plus food from local vendors like Pleasure Burger, Kotsu Ramen, Teote, and Shanghai's Best.
Pine Street Market


Zwickelmania® 2023 Past Event List
Prime your liver for Zwickelmania, the annual event where more than 120 breweries open their doors for your drinking pleasure, with free samples, tastings, meet-the-brewer events, pairings, tours, and beer releases. This weekend is open throughout the Portland area, while the second (February 25) is held all over the state.
Various locations

Oregon Distilled
Past Event List This spirited event will gather over 30 of Oregon's best distillers in one place, along with five chefs, various food vendors, and plenty of cocktails. Sip all the whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, and aquavit you can handle, brush up on your cocktail-making skills, and savor small plates.
The Redd on Salmon, 5-9 pm

The Original Dark Brews Fest Past Event List
Cozy up with some dark beers, from barleywines to stouts and from dark lagers to dark sours. While you're at it, round up some friends and grab nosh from the neighboring food carts.
John's Marketplace, 12-9 pm

FINEX Chili & Beer Fest Past Event List
Chefs Luna Contreras of Chelo, Melissa McMillian of Sammich, Aaron Barnett of St. Jack and La Moule, and Shannon Feltus of Mason Hill Cattle will each whip up their own version of hearty chili while Pfriem Family Brewers, Xicha Brewing, Fracture Brewing, Great Notion Brewing, Happy Mountain Kombucha, and Pelican Brewing will provide refreshing beverages. Plus, you'll get a chance to win a free FINEX seven-quart Dutch oven and 12-inch skillet.
Finex Cast Iron Cookware, 12-3 pm


Sea all the Snacks Past Event List
Seaweed might just be the ideal superfood: it's nutrient-dense, umami-rich, and good for the planet. The local group Winter Waters, which celebrates the marine plant as a culinary ingredient, will team up with the event space The Mahonian to host a "tiny farmers market for Oregonians making delightful consumables out of seaweed," with plenty of snacks, cocktails, and seafood. Taste free samples from local vendors like Sauvie Island Shrubs and Blue Siren Shellfish, savor ceviche, oysters, and Oregon albacore tuna, and sip cocktails made with Roku gin.
The Mahonian, 2-5 pm


The Portland Mercury's Highball 2023 Past Event List
BEHOLD! It's the triumphant return of the Portland Mercury's HIGHBALL! That's correct: Get ready for an ENTIRE WEEK (February 20-26) of specially crafted, original cocktails mixed by the best bartenders in town… and get this, they're only $8 each! We've teamed up with the finest bars and restaurants in Portland—along with our cocktail-lovin' pals at Jim Beam—to bring you this one-of-a-kind booze-tacular! At each of Highball's locations, you'll find $8 specially crafted cocktails, and even better? They'll be available ALL DAY (not just during happy hour)!
Various locations


OMSI After Dark: Books & Brews
Past Event List Literary types won't want to miss this bookish edition of OMSI After Dark, where attendees 21 and over can scope out a new favorite tome, learn more about self-publishing, and sip on local brews with fellow readers.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), 6-10 pm


Haymaker List
The stylish bar and eatery dropped a hearty new sandwich special on Thursday: the "Sloppy Lynn Deal," made with slow-braised sliced beef, mushrooms, potatoes, caramelized onions, fresh rosemary, and brown gravy on house-made rosemary focaccia.
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You have two more weeks to grab Lardo's current monthly "Chefwich" special, created by chef Michael Casper of the nonprofit Milk Crate Kitchen, which cooks and delivers cost-free family meals to those in need. The "Milk Crate Kitchen Meatloaf" features bacon, cheddar, "Grandma's tomato gravy," shredded iceberg and pickles on buttered Texas toast, and proceeds will benefit Milk Crate Kitchen.
Downtown, Hosford-Abernethy, Lake Oswego
Pickup, delivery

Nacheaux List
The Mexican-Southern fusion spot introduced a new Louisiana-style hot chicken sandwich this Wednesday, with Cajun-fried chicken dipped in Louisiana hot sauce, slaw, pickled onions, and "Boss sauce" on fluffy brioche.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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