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This Week In Portland Food News: Mexican Seafood, Ice Cream for Dogs, and the Return of Abyssinian Kitchen

August 12, 2022 Edition
August 12, 2022
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The Ethiopian and Eritrean favorite Abyssinian Kitchen debuts its new location today. (Abyssinian Kitchen)
In this week's edition of Portland food news, chef Adán Fausto debuts a summery seafood pop-up in the Güero parking lot, and local favorite Abyssinian Kitchen makes a triumphant return. Plus, Salt & Straw introduces a new ice cream treat for your beloved pup. Read on for all of that and more updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Abyssinian Kitchen Add to a List
This Ethiopian-Eritrean staple, which closed temporarily in August 2020 due to the pandemic, reopens in the former Stella Taco Add to a List space today. The new location features an expanded kitchen, a cocktail bar, and a dining room with African-inspired wallpaper.
Concordia
Pickup, dine-in

Company Add to a List
Last weekend, the branding studio Old Friend debuted this new wine and beer bar inside a garage.
Belmont
Dine-in

Humble Spirit Add to a List
Former Jackrabbit Add to a List chef Brett Uniss opened this new farm-to-table restaurant in downtown McMinnville last month in partnership with the Yamhill County hospitality group The Ground, which also operates Tabula Rasa Farms in Carlton. Uniss told Eater Portland, "My ambition, not to be too Portlandia about it, is to have our burger beef to be from a single animal where it’s identifiable, real food. You know, tag number 118, it was a red Devon. Brenda and farmer Brett raised this cow, it was harvested in Carlton, and now it’s here."
McMinnville
Pickup, dine-in

Little Griddle Add to a List
The cozy Beaumont brunch favorite Little Griddle expanded with a second location in the former Cup & Saucer Add to a List space at the end of July, where it's now slinging fried chicken in addition to classic breakfast fare.
Richmond
Pickup, dine-in

Paradise Mariscos Add to a List
Chef Adán Fausto recently launched this summery Mexican seafood pop-up in the parking lot behind Güero Add to a List , where it will reside through October. The pop-up is closed this weekend, but you can look forward to fresh dishes like tuna tostadas and black cod flautas once it reopens.
Buckman
Dine-in

 Portland Cider Co. Westside Pub Add to a List
On Wednesday, the Clackamas cider business Portland Cider Co. opened a taproom in Beaverton, marking the company's third location. Guests can choose from 27 different ciders and guest beers on tap, plus a range of packaged drinks. 
Beaverton
Pickup, dine-in

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Salt & Straw introduces ice cream for dogs
Your canine companion need not be left out next time you make an ice cream run: In honor of National Dog Day on August 26, Salt & Straw has introduced a new "pup cup" (a "human-grade" coconut ice cream with apple and carrot bits and sweet potato ribbons), according to a press release. To celebrate the new release, Salt & Straw locations will host "Yappy Hours" from 2-4 pm from August 22-26, where pet owners can get a complimentary pup cup with purchase of ice cream.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

2022 Vancouver Summer BrewFest Add to a List
Enjoy beers from 25 different Washington breweries within the stunning surroundings of Vancouver's Esther Short Park. You'll also be able to grab nosh from food trucks like Big Dogs Grill, Poblano Pepper Mexican Food, and Southern Girl Delights and take in live music performances.
Esther Short Park

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies 2022 Add to a List
The coolest, most delicious event of the summer is finally here! The Merc and Jim Beam present Summer of Slushies, which brings boozy, frozen, custom-made treats to the frugal and thirsty denizens of Portland at just $6 a pop.
Various locations

Portland BBQ & Brews Add to a List
Savor mouthwatering smoked meats alongside beer, spirits, and wine at this all-ages festival. A lineup of bands, including the blues and funk outfit the Montavilla All Stars and the eclectic Jester's Brass Marching Band, will provide tunes.
Washington Monroe Park

SATURDAY

5th Annual PDX Hot Sauce Expo Add to a List
If you're the kind of person who always craves a little more heat and keeps a bottle of Cholula stashed in your bag like Beyoncé, then you definitely won't want to miss this hot sauce extravaganza. The spicy festivities also include wrestling, craft beers, specialty cocktails, and plenty of food.
OMSI, 10 am-6 pm

Beaverton Night Market Add to a List
Over 60 vendors and multicultural performers will take over The Round for two evenings of family-friendly fun. The August night market includes Japanese taiko drumming, a Chilean rap performance by Alta Vocez, and Ukrainian folk tunes from Inna Kovtun, plus paper lantern making led by Lan Su Chinese Garden and dozens of multicultural food options (don't miss Alleamin's Somali offerings and Whabii's Salvadoran pupusas and raspados).
The Round, 5-10 pm

Taste of Latin America Add to a List
This festive event will host over 20 food vendors, makers, and musicians from more than a dozen Latin American countries. Nosh on fare from local favorites like Tropicale and How Sweet It Is, brush up on your dance skills with bachata lessons, and groove to tunes from local artists like Gata Galáctica and Frankie Simone.
Saturday, 12-7 pm

AUG. 15-21

Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022 Add to a List
Don your finest stretchy pants and get ready for the meat sweats because the Portland Mercury’s Burger Week is back! Presented by The Merc and New Seasons Market, you’ll find one-of-a-kind burgers at loads of Portland’s finest establishments for a mere $8 each. Burger Week is also brought to you by Jim Beam, Laurelwood Brewing, Electric Lettuce, DinnerStar, and EverOut.
Various locations

SPECIALS

Nacheaux Add to a List
Embrace your inner hedonist with the Mexican-Cajun cart's new Southern cheesesteak, featuring thinly sliced, Cajun-seasoned ribeye steak slathered in Cajun cheese sauce, garlic cilantro ranch, and pickled onions and served on a cheese bun with a side of Cajun fries.
West Linn
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Sugarpine Drive-In Add to a List
Not ready for the season to end? The nostalgic drive-in introduced a new "Endless Summer" menu this week, which will run through October and includes items like an heirloom tomato BLT on Oyatsupan Bakers Add to a List milk bread, caprese bread salad, and a "Caribbean Queen" sandwich with jerk-rubbed, seared Oregon albacore.
Troutdale
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

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