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This Week In Portland Food News: New Mexican Spots, Vietnamese Coffee, and a Music Venue with Southern Food

November 4, 2022 Edition
November 4, 2022
Portland Cà Phê is now slinging its single-origin Vietnamese coffee and bánh mi in Eliot. (Portland Cà Phê)
Mexican food abounds in Portland this week, as the team behind República opens a fleet of new restaurants and the beloved Tortilleria y Tienda De Leon moves to the Reed neighborhood. Plus, read about a new Portland Cà Phê location and a new music venue with Southern food brought to you by the owners of Tulip Shop Tavern and the founders of Lose Yr Mind Fest. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Comala Add to a List , De Noche Add to a List , Matutina Add to a List , Electrica Add to a List
Exciting news: The team behind the nationally acclaimed Mexican restaurant República Add to a List , who recently opened Add to a List the sibling restaurant Lilia Comedor Add to a List in early October, is set to open four more restaurants by the end of the year, plus a brewery called Entre Compas Add to a List in January 2023. First, Comala, a bar named for a small Mexican town, opened on Wednesday, aiming to approximate the experience of a bar in Comala in 1823 with snack platters and Mexican-inspired takes on classic drinks. Next door, De Noche, a small plates-focused spot run by chef Alfonso “Poncho” Torres, will take over La Fondita Add to a List in the evenings beginning today and will serve a multi-course prix-fixe menu for two. Next up: the cafe Electrica is set to open on November 8, followed by Matutina, a bakery.
Pearl District, Slabtown

Lollipop Shoppe Add to a List
Tulip Shop Tavern Add to a List owners Tyler and Devon Treadwell partnered with Lose Yr Mind festival co-owners Elizabeth Elder and Bryan Wollen to open this new music venue in the former Dig a Pony Add to a List space on October 28. The "Gulf Coast-inspired" menu includes dishes like po'boys, gumbo, coleslaw, and red beans and rice. 

Portland Cà Phê Add to a List
Kimberly Dam's popular Vietnamese coffee shop, which serves single-origin coffee grown in the Central Highlands of Vietnam alongside bánh mi, opened a second location in Eliot on October 29.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Tortilleria y Tienda De Leon Add to a List
The beloved family-owned Mexican mainstay Tortilleria y Tienda De Leon closed the doors of its original location on Halloween and reopened in the Reed neighborhood on Tuesday.


Upcoming cart pod Lil' America reveals details about lineup
We finally know more details about the upcoming food cart pod Lil' America Add to a List , which will exclusively host carts from BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ owners: Eater Portland reports that the opening lineup will include Makulit (Filipinx cuisine mixed with American fast food), Bake on the Run (a spot specializing in Guyanese bakes, a type of fried pastry), Hawker Station (a cart serving Hainanese chicken rice and other chicken dishes), Speed-O-Cappuccino (a queer- and Latinx-owned vegan coffee cart), and Fry Baby (a cart serving Korean fried chicken).



Friday Night Lecture: Terroir of Oregon Wine and Nordic Wineries with Dr. Scott Burns Add to a List
Dr. Scott Burns, who has spent over 30 years studying the terroir of wine in Oregon, will school attendees on the influence of geology, climate, grapes, soils, and soil biota on the flavors of wines.
Nordic Northwest, 7:30-8:30 pm


Día de los Muertos Fall Fair Add to a List
Head to this recently opened, no-fuss taproom in South Tabor to celebrate Día de los Muertos with "witchy goods," tarot, handmade gifts, and a festive fall cider or two.
Hindsight Taproom, 10 am-9 pm

Yoga + Beer Portland Add to a List
Bend and stretch with a feel-good yoga practice led by instructor Christina McAlvey, then enjoy a pint of beer while reveling in the endorphin-induced high.
Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co., 10:30-11:30 am


7th Annual Apple Juice Market at Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Add to a List
Reverend Nat's Apple Market returns, inviting you to come through and stock up on the finest apple juice in the region, perfect for fermentation, fresh drinking, or preservation. Choose between the "Rev Nat's Blend" (a customized mixture of five different varieties used in many of Reverend Nat's most popular ciders), a single-variety Newtown Pippin (an heirloom apple used in Nat's New Moon Mandarin and popular among home cidermakers) and a bracingly tart 100% Granny Smith juice. F.H. Steinbart Co. will be on hand selling home cidermaking supplies, so bring your own carboys, buckets, growlers, and other vessels, and you'll be all set to get into the cider-making game from the comfort of your own home when winter rolls around.
Reverend Nat's Cidery & Taproom, 12-4 pm


Boozy Book Fair Add to a List
Experience all of the excitement of the Scholastic Book Fairs of your youth with a decidedly grown-up twist: This fair will feature libations, literature, and gifts for sale.
Migration Brewing, 5-7 pm


Ice Queen Add to a List
The plant-based paletería is now serving up "maple bar" pops topped with a generous amount of house-made vegan bacon bits and colorful sprinkles.
Pickup, dine-in

Ruthie's Add to a List
Warm up with the seasonal wood-fired cart's "funeral potatoes" (a traditional Midwestern cheesy potato casserole dish topped with cornflakes), available all November long.
Pickup, dine-in

Sunshine Noodles Add to a List
Chef Diane Lam's Cambodian pop-up-turned-restaurant introduced its lineup of fall and winter cocktails this week, with cheeky drinks like the "Bahd Bunny" (fresh carrot and mango juice, pisco, and black pepper), the "Thottie Tottie" (jasmine tea honey, brandy, and bourbon), and "Snowy Bouquets" (a lychee and rose martini).
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More Add to a List
The Jewish cart has brought back its seasonal sweet potato knishes, made with sweet potatoes, knish crust, soft Jacob's Creamery cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries, and scallions, for the month of November.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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