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This Week In Portland Food News: Mumbo Gumbo Launches a Brunch Spot, Sunshine Noodles Opens, and Local Lounge Closes

December 17, 2021 Edition
December 17, 2021
Chef Diane Lam's "cuteness overload" Cambodian noodle bar Sunshine Noodles is here. (Sunshine Noodles)
This week, the Cajun/Creole cart Mumbo Gumbo unveils its new brunch spot Grits N' Gravy, chef Diane Lam opens her brick-and-mortar Sunshine Noodles bar, and former Autentica and Uno Mas chef Oswaldo Bibiano plots a new burrito joint inside a former car wash (!). Plus, it's a bittersweet week for the LGBTQ bar scene, as Local Lounge says goodbye and the upcoming Sissy Bar is on the way. Read on for all of that and more of this week's food updates. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.


Chuckanut's P Nut Beer Hall Add to a List
The Burlington, Washington-based Chuckanut Brewery Add to a List opened this taproom in inner Southeast Portland on December 9, with nine beers on tap, including pilsners, Vienna lagers, and seasonal and limited offerings. The spot is all-ages until 8 pm and also carries kegs, cans, bottles, merch, and light snacks.
Pickup, dine-in

Grits N' Gravy Add to a List  
The popular Cajun/Creole cart Mumbo Gumbo Add to a List , which recently reopened at the Carts on Foster pod, opened its new brunch spot Grits N' Gravy in the former Little Bird Bistro Add to a List space last week. The menu includes chicken-fried dishes (steak, pork chops, and chicken breast), pancakes, waffles, French toast, eggs, bacon, grits, sausage gravy, and other Southern-influenced breakfast dishes.
Pickup, dine-in

Sunshine Noodles Add to a List
Chef Diane Lam opened a brick-and-mortar version of her hit pop-up Sunshine Noodles in the former Slabtown XLB Add to a List space on Monday. The Cambodian noodle bar recreates the ambiance of a city alleyway with neon accents and features menu items like Phnom Penh noodles, lort cha (a Cambodian rice noodle dish), lime pepper wings, catfish spring rolls, and sundaes, such as the "Ground Chocula" (black sesame ice cream, chocolate ganache, mochi, shaved halva, and whipped cream).
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Rangoon Bistro Add to a List
The farmers market fixture Rangoon Bistro, known for its locally sourced Burmese dishes, plans to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant inside the Breathe Building Add to a List in Southeast Portland next year.

Sissy Bar Add to a List
Derek Palmer of Raven & Rose Add to a List and Truman Cox of The Benson Add to a List hope to open this LGBTQ+ "video bar" in February 2022. The bar will serve classic cocktails alongside a Colombian food menu and will feature TVs playing video vignettes from famous films around the space.

Smart Donkey Add to a List
Soon, you'll be able to drink a pint and eat burritos inside a converted car wash stall. Former Autentica Add to a List and Uno Mas Add to a List chef Oswaldo Bibiano will open this new Mexican beer garden inside the former Auto Oasis space later this month.


Chop St. Johns Add to a List
This specialty sandwich shop announced via Instagram this week that after almost three years of business, its last day of service will be on Christmas Eve. The post read, "So many reasons but it’s just time. We have loved being a part of the St. Johns community and would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for supporting us throughout these three crazy years. It’s been a pleasure being a part of your lives and filling your bellies...Please stop in, grab your favorite sando, shop the marketplace, grab some holiday pate and other goodies, and don’t miss out on stocking up on jars of Paula’s Postman’s Pickles!"
St. Johns

Local Lounge Add to a List
The iconic community LGBTQ bar has announced via Instagram that it has closed. The post attributes the closure to the impact of COVID-19 and accuses the owner of wage theft: "The colorful queer people that made Local Lounge what it was for the past 11 months through the ups and downs of Covid-19/closures were taken advantage of by the current (soon to be previous) owner of Local Lounge. These individuals received a variety of false promises regarding their income. The owner has since moved out of state without paying what he owes to the workers." The bar's bartenders, DJs, staff, techs, assistants, and producers have created a GoFundMe to try to recoup the funds (which they say is over $24,000) and are pursuing legal action against the owner.

Skidbladnir Add to a List
This unique Celtic and Scandinavian cart in the Rose City Food Park Add to a List revealed via Instagram that it has closed, writing, "Skidbladnir in its food cart business form is closed. I'm not renewing my license for the next year. The cost of goods to run a business has gotten a bit out of control. I feel like I've just been making other bigger corporations richer. Time for us to get back into activities that feed our souls. Thanks to everyone who's been there for us."
Rose City Park


McMenamins suffers ransomware attack
A ransomware group called Conti attacked McMenamins last weekend, potentially jeopardizing employees' personal information, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and bank account numbers. According to employees, the chain's point of sales computers received a message reading, "All of your files are currently encrypted by CONTI strain. As you know...all of the data that has been encrypted by our software cannot be recovered by any means without contacting our team directly. If you try to use any additional recovery software—the files might be damaged, so if you are willing to try it—try it on the data of the lowest value.”


Wine, Spice & Everything Nice! Add to a List
Savor Dobbes Family Estates' new December wine club releases in addition to seasonal fare by Renegade Catering, warm mulled wine, and live holiday music.
Dobbes Family Estate, Friday, 3:30 pm

10th Annual Procrastinators Holiday Market Add to a List
Hightail it to Happy Valley to finish up your holiday shopping at this indoor/outdoor market featuring over 350 local vendors, artisan items, fresh produce, live music, appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more.
Clackamas High School, Saturday, 9 am-3 pm

Gigantic Holiday Market Add to a List
Neighborhood craft brewery Gigantic will host 12 local makers in their barrel room for a last-minute, 21+ shopping experience for all of you procrastinators and boozehounds. Expect wares such as art books, ceramics, stained glass, handmade soaps, paper goods, resin art, textiles, and more.
Gigantic Brewing Company, Saturday, 12-6 pm

Champagne and Oyster Social Add to a List
Indulge in the winning combination of slippery, briny bivalves and fizzy wine. Beer, cider, and wine are also available.
The Civic Taproom & Bottleshop, Saturday, 2-6 pm

Stumptown SantaCon Add to a List
Delivering presents to every child in the world is no mean feat, and Santa deserves to take a load off. Don your best fur-trimmed red duds and join a stampede of fellow Santas as they take over downtown Portland in a boozy crawl between fine drinking establishments.
Ankeny Alley, Saturday, 4-10 pm

Holiday Pop-Up Shop and Book Drive Add to a List
Browse delightful wares like macarons from Maya Okada Erickson of Langbaan, hot sauces from Chelo chef Luna Contreras, botanical self-care treats from Sabrina Powell, handmade jewelry from Jenna Fletcher, and wine books and holiday bottles from Bar Norman. Don't forget to bring some books for a drive for the Children's Book Bank, which aims to get beautiful and engaging books in the hands of children—anyone who brings two or more books will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Bar Norman gift card.
Bar Norman, Sunday, 11 am-2 pm

Miracle at Deadshot Add to a List  
In 2014, New York bar owner Greg Boehm temporarily transformed his space into a kitschy Christmas wonderland replete with gewgaws and tchotchkes galore. The pop-up phenomenon has expanded to more than 100 locations all over the world, including Portland's stylish cocktail bar Deadshot. The specialty cocktails are no ordinary cups of cheer: Beverages are housed in tacky-tastic vessels and christened with names like the “Bad Santa,” the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F*****r,” and the “Jolly Koala.” 
Deadshot, Monday-Saturday through December 31, 4 pm-12 am

Celebrate "Festivus" at Hey Love Add to a List
Celebrate the Seinfeldian holiday "for the rest of us" with Hey Love, which will include all the requisite traditions, including the airing of grievances, feats of strength, and a Festivus pole. The restaurant will serve cheeky themed specials such as "I was in the pool! There was shrinkage!" (a Nathan's famous all-beef kosher wiener, wrapped in an egg roll and fried, with sauerkraut and hot mustard accompaniments) and the "Not That There's Anything Wrong With That" (pastrami fried rice with peas and carrots, served with soy-glazed baby bok choy and a sunny-side-up egg), plus cocktails like the "The Human Fund" (a Peppermint Patty shot).
Hey Love, Thursday, 4 pm


Doe Donuts Add to a List
The vegan donut shop's seasonal specials include a crave-worthy white chocolate pretzel fritter.
Pickup, delivery

Ice Queen Add to a List
The native- and Chicana-owned plant-based frozen dessert shop is whipping up hot cocoa bombs again this year, with regular, peppermint, and champurrado varieties available.

Kimura Toast Bar Add to a List
The Japanese shokupan toast destination is taking holiday pre-orders for its beautifully burnished Basque cheesecakes in both classic and pecan caramel variations. Pickup is available from December 21-23.

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