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This Week In Portland Food News: Mike's Drive-In in Kenton, Soup Dumplings, and Yunnan-Style Rice Noodles

June 2, 2023 Edition
June 2, 2023
Treat yourself to a sundae without getting out of the car at Mike's Drive-In. (Mike's Drive-In)
Get the scoop on the latest updates in the Portland food world, from Mike's Drive-In's new drive-thru location in Kenton to a Woodlawn bar inside a former silent movie theater. Plus, read about HeyDay's Doughnut Day specials and the start of the Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week 2023. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


The Lobby Bar List
On May 11, co-owners Jessica and Kirk Kelley opened this charming bar in a former silent movie theater in Woodlawn, with a seasonal spring menu of bites like green garlic butter popcorn and brown butter cabbage with aged goat's Gouda. Cocktails range from "Garden Notes" (vodka, Lillet, lemon, rhubarb syrup, and fresh mint) to "Smells Like Camellia" (gin, Meletti, vermouth, and a lemon twist). The live performance theater Dekum Street Theater is slated to open in the adjoining space sometime this fall—it sounds like the two businesses will make a great date night destination.

Mike's Drive-In List
The 52-year-old fast food joint opened its highly anticipated outpost on Lombard Street this week. The location is the chain's first drive-thru, so you can now enjoy made-to-order deluxe cheeseburgers, seashore plank fries, and tin roof sundaes on the go. (Note that the spot is still getting on its feet, so be prepared for a longer wait time and possibly some other minor hitches as they work out the kinks.)
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

Ten Seconds Yunnan Rice Noodle List
This Yunnan-style Chinese spot soft opened on May 15, slinging regional specialties like "crossing-the-bridge" noodles (a famed rice noodle soup dish with a rich broth topped with a layer of chicken fat) and seafood hot pot noodles.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Xin Ding Dumpling House List
This new downtown dumpling destination arrived in mid-Way, with a menu of juicy xiao long bao, dan dan noodles, dried hot pots, twice-cooked pork, and more.
Pickup, dine-in


Lokanta List
Oregon's sole Turkish restaurant will close on June 30. In an Instagram post, chef/owner Umut Matkap wrote, "It was not an easy decision for me, but especially after the earthquake in Turkey, I realized I needed a little break from the industry and to have some time for myself, family, and friends."



Portland Spring Beer & Wine Fest Past Event List
After a long hiatus, the Portland Spring Beer and Wine Fest is back and better than ever. Satisfy your thirst for abundance with a myriad of craft beers, ciders, wines, spirits, and food, from vendors like Buoy Beer Co., Pono Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, Binary Brewing Co., Taqueria La Merced, Spice of Africa, Catman Cellars, Portland Cider Co., and more. DJ Bobby Brown will set the ambiance with tunes from open till close.
Washington Monroe Park, 4-10 pm on Friday and 12-10 pm on Saturday

Portland Night Market Remind List
Stroll beneath twinkling lights while browsing over 175 vendor booths selling food, drink, clothing, accessories, flowers, home goods, beauty products, arts and crafts, and more. Hit up the bar and outdoor food carts for sustenance while you shop.
100 SE Alder, 4-11 pm


Boba Dash Past Event List
Let Chris Fleming's "Boba Manifesto" be your theme song as you stroll through downtown Beaverton and Portland's metro region, picking up tapioca-studded beverages from businesses like Milk + T, Sharetea, Phin Cafe, Auntea Ha, Just Tea, Mo Cha Tea House, Tamu Boba, and Tan Tan. You'll get to partake in ten four-ounce samples and receive a complimentary reusable glass boba straw and souvenir boba cup, so you can be the most stylish person at the bubble tea cafe.
Various locations, 12-4 pm

JUNE 5-11

Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week 2023 Past Event List
IT'S A FACT: The pinnacle of human ingenuity is undoubtedly THE SANDWICH. And at long last, it's time to celebrate humankind's greatest feat with Jim Beam presents the Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week! And if you love sandwiches, you are gonna lose your damn mind, because from Monday, June 5 to Sunday, June 11, Portlanders will be feasting on delectable, original sandwiches built by someof the city's most creative sandwich makers... and if that's not enough, each of those sammies can be had for a mere $8! Are you dreaming? NO, YOU ARE NOT! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Various locations


Winter Waters Sea Veggie Cocktail Pop Up 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 Fracture Brewing and Wheyward Spirits to present this pop-up featuring carbon-neutral cocktails, made with regenerative sea vegetables farmed by Oregon Seaweed and Blue Evolution and Wheyward's spirit made from upcycled excess whey. If you're hungry, find sea veggie dishes from nearby Lil’ America food carts Speed-O Cappuccino and Hawker Station and seaweed specials from the new raw seafood bar Câche Câche.
Fracture Brewing, 12-10 pm

JUNE 8-11

ilani BBQ Fest Past Event List
Co-hosted by Master Chef contestant Deanna Colón and Real Housewives of Dallas star D’Andra Simmons, this weekend-long barbecue bacchanalia will feature appearances from culinary luminaries like Bludso’s BBQ chef/owner Kevin Bludso, New York Times-bestselling cookbook author Rocco DiSpirito, Hi-Pointe Drive-In chef/owner Christina Fitzgerald, Bullseye Event Group executive chef and culinary director Aaron May, celebrity chef and Food Network host Damaris Phillips, American Barbeque Showdown star Rasheed Phillips, chef and television personality Michael Symon, and Food Network star Jet Tila. The lineup includes events like brunch, a pitmaster party, and a barbecue competition. Prepare to get the meat sweats.
ilani Casino Resort, Ridgefield, 10 am


HeyDay List
Lisa Nguyen's recently opened List rice flour doughnut counter inside the Collective Oregon Eateries (CORE) building List is celebrating National Doughnut Day today with a rare gluten-packed special—blueberry cake doughnuts in a fetching feline shape. Quantities are limited, so don't dawdle.

Palomar List
The Cuban-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant says that its dreamy pastel-pink "Bird of Paradise" cocktail (made with gin, lemon, raspberry, cream, and frothy egg whites) tastes like "floating on a pink cloud."
Pickup, dine-in

Salt & Straw
The artisan ice cream chain aims to cut down on food waste with its new "Upcycled Foods" flavor series, which incorporates repurposed ingredients. The lineup includes Lemon Curd & Whey, Cacao Pulp & Stracciatella Gelato, Malted Chocolate Barley Milk, Salted Caramel and Okara Cupcakes, and Day-Old Bread Pudding & Chocolate Ganache.
Nob Hill, Vernon, Lake Oswego, Richmond
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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