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This Week In Portland Food News: Mochi Doughnuts, Steamed Sandwiches, and Ramen

August 26, 2022 Edition
August 26, 2022
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The chain Mochinut is now slinging chewy rice flour doughnuts in Beaverton.  (Mochinut)
This week, a new mochi doughnut shop lands in Beaverton, St. Helens gets a throwback spot serving Midwestern-style steamed sandwiches, and a Salem ramen cart opens a brick-and-mortar. Plus, Pix Pâtisserie has bid adieu, and Lovely's Fifty Fifty pizzaiola Sarah Minnick is set to make her Netflix debut. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Grassa Add to a List
Chef Rick Gencarelli’s local pasta chain debuted a new location in Vancouver—its first outpost in Washington state—on August 10.
Vancouver
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Menya Hokusei Add to a List
The Salem food cart Oni Yatai Ramen soft opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant inside the Waterman Building last weekend and officially opens with its full menu today.
Central Eastside
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Mister Goose Add to a List
According to a press release, William Steuernagel, the founder and co-owner of the dairy palace Cheese and Crack Add to a List , recently launched this old-school shop specializing in steamed sandwiches in tribute to a bar his grandparents ran in Kansas City in the '70s. A Midwestern delicacy, steamed sandwiches are a style of meat and cheese sandwich, steamed and served piping hot. All sandwiches at Mister Goose come with a Franz hoagie roll, creamy havarti cheese, house-made herb spread, and the filling of your choice (ham, turkey, roast beef, pepperoni, or mushrooms). Besides that, the pared-down menu features mac salad, cucumber salad, tomato soup, Miller High Life, and cocktails.
St. Helens
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Mochinut Add to a List
This mochi doughnut chain, known for its chewy-crisp rice flour doughnuts in unique flavors like yuzu, ube, and Fruity Pebbles, soft opened its first Oregon location in Beaverton last weekend. In addition to donuts, the spot also serves boba beverages and Korean corn dogs made with rice flour.
Beaverton
Pickup, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

High Noon Add to a List
After closing five years ago, the erstwhile Southwestern restaurant High Noon is preparing to reopen in a swanky new location in the Sawbuck apartment complex in Goose Hollow this winter.
Goose Hollow

Shop Halo Halo Add to a List
The Filipino pop-up Shop Halo Halo plans to open a community-centered cafe and bakery serving treats like ube cheese pandesal and blueberry calamansi cheesecake on SE Woodstock by this winter. The business is currently raising funds to help cover costs for the space.
Woodstock

CLOSURES

Pix Pâtisserie Add to a List
Sad news for anyone in Portland with a sweet tooth: The longtime "dessert oasis" Pix Pâtisserie closed permanently on August 22 due to owner Cheryl Wakerhauser's retirement. Wakerhauser previously revealed in an Instagram post that she planned the retirement from the "nonstop, unpredictable and yet also rewarding restaurant industry" 10 years ago to the date, when she opened the bakery's East Burnside location. Happily, there's a silver lining: The bakery's now-iconic 24-hour "Pix-O-Matic" vending machines will remain in place and fully stocked with goodies from Wakerhauser's baking crew, and Wakerhauser herself will host cooking classes starting next year.
Kerns

Erica's Soul Food Add to a List
Don't panic: The Southern favorite's closure is just temporary, as owner Erica Montgomery looks for a new space and plans her upcoming project Juke Joint.
Eliot

Everybody Eats PDX Add to a List
The soul food fixture appears to have closed permanently without warning: According to Eater Portland, the restaurant has left its Pearl District space, and a for-lease sign is displayed in the window.
Pearl District

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Sarah Minnick set to appear in Chef's Table: Pizza
Esteemed Lovely's Fifty Fifty Add to a List chef Sarah Minnick is slated to appear in an episode of Netflix's upcoming Chef's Table spinoff highlighting pizza chefs from around the world, premiering on September 7. Minnick will be the first Oregon-based chef to be featured in the series. 

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

Imperial's 9th Anniversary & CPP Release Party! Add to a List
Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom will commemorate nine years of business with the release of a special Cold Pale Pils brewed in collaboration with Von Ebert Brewing, plus live music by the Timbo Brothers, mini-golf (with a prize for those able to beat the owner), a Detroit-style heirloom tomato pizza from StillPoint Bakery, and other festivities.
Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom, 3-11 pm

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

2nd Annual Mayfly Kölsch Fest Add to a List
Mayfly Taproom and Bottleshop are reprising their popular Kölsch Fest event, which debuted during the 2021 Portland Beer Week. Try a dozen Kölsch-style beers from various local breweries in a blind tasting and enjoy live music, cornhole, and more. You'll get a chance to cast a vote for the best Kölsch and receive a full pour of your favorite in a custom keepsake glass.
Mayfly Taproom and Bottle Shop, 12-10 pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

A Culinary Tribute: Forever Brophy Add to a List
The late chef Dan Brophy's students from the Oregon Culinary Institute will honor him with a five-course family-style dinner inspired by his teachings, with wine pairings from Alumbra Cellars. All proceeds will go to Beaverton's Domestic Violence Resource Center.
Alumbra Cellars, 5-8 pm

11th Annual Brews for New Avenues Add to a List
This event in its eleventh year will serve craft beer from over 50 breweries, with local, national, and international spots in the mix. Plus, scoop up food truck fare from Pidgin Hole and Alchemy Sandwich Co., participate in a live auction and a silent auction, and take in a rousing live music performance by the live karaoke/top 40 cover band Hans & the Wanted. Proceeds go to New Avenues for Youth, a Portland nonprofit serving youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
The Redd on Salmon, 1-8 pm

Alibi 75th Anniversary Luau Add to a List
The iconic, kitschy Alibi Tiki Lounge is one of the longest-running tiki bars in the country. Help them celebrate their 75th birthday with plenty of colorful orgeat-based beverages, off-key karaoke, and "tons of fun events throughout the day."
Alibi Restaurant and Lounge, 12-8 pm

Kalama Harbor Lodge Second Annual Brewfest Add to a List
Feast your eyes on the scenic Columbia River while tasting 32 different beers and ciders from McMenamins and other local producers.
McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge, 1-8 pm

SlushFest Saturday Tap Takeovers Add to a List
Cool off this summer with this slushie-centric street party from Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom. They'll feature a four-tap kegerator and slushie machine, with four beers on tap from a different local brewery each week, a different housemade slushie, and "ice bergs" (beer pours with slushie floats).
Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom, 3-9 pm

REX HILL Southern Supper Pig Roast Add to a List
For this porcine feast inspired by the pig roasts of North Carolina, REX HILL chef Lilly-Gray Warren will roast a heritage breed Red Wattle pig from her own Red Dirt Farm. The communal dinner will be complemented by REX HILL's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
REX HILL Vineyards, 5:30-8:30 pm

Vegan Night Market Portland Add to a List
Herbivores and omnivores alike are welcomed to this plant-based night market featuring a variety of vegan vendors, pop-ups, businesses, nonprofits, and grassroots organizations. The event benefits Wildwood Farm Sanctuary & Preserve, a Newberg-based sanctuary providing a safe haven for abused and abandoned farmed animals.
Clever Cycles, 4-9 pm

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28

The Book of Greens Book Signing and Q&A with Jenn Louis Add to a List
Head to leafy Cornell Farm this Sunday for a cookbook signing by Portland chef and author Jenn Louis (her simple, yet refined culinary style has earned her two James Beard Award nominations). Louis will be signing copies of The Book of Greens, winner of the coveted International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award—if you've ever wanted to know how to stop your greens from wilting so quickly, this is the book for you. While you're in the area, make a day of it and pop by Portland Audubon or Hoyt Arboretum.
Cornell Farm, 4-6 pm

SPECIALS

NOLA Doughnuts
Diehard chocolate fiends won't want to miss the New Orleans-inspired bakery's cacao nib la'ssant bun, a croissant-doughnut hybrid stuffed with chocolate ganache and rolled in a cinnamon sugar mix with cacao nibs.
Pearl District, Beaverton, Lake Oswego
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Phuket Cafe Add to a List
The playful Thai spot is now serving a glorious coffee kakigori dessert with an explosion of textural delights: toasted brioche, grass jelly, brown sugar meringue, and egg yolk jam.
Nob Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai Add to a List
The beloved cafe's latest seasonal flavor is marionberry lavender, made with local marionberries.
Cully
Pickup, dine-in

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