We've got the scoop on this week's food news, from the reopening of Quaintrelle to a possible future In-N-Out location in Hillsboro. Plus, get ideas for your Labor Day weekend, like tacos from the queer Chicanx-owned pop-up Mis Tacones (which announced an upcoming residency at Café Reina this week) and #FreeBritney cocktails at Aimsir Distilling Company. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
This seasonal restaurant with locally sourced ingredients reopened on August 19 with a new Spanish-Mediterranean menu, featuring tapas dishes like patatas bravas, pan con tomate, boquerones, and albondigas.
The playful, upscale spot Quaintrelle reopened in its new location in the former Burrasca space on SE Clinton on Sunday. EverOut associate editor and Portland Mercury columnist Janey Wong has more details.
This new Vietnamese spot opened in Vancouver at the end of August, serving egg rolls, fish sauce wings, short ribs, bún bò Huế, pho, vermicelli noodles, and more.
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Here's some welcome good news: The queer Chicanx-owned vegan taqueria pop-up Mis Tacones, known for its tacos, tortas, papas nachos, and Cali burritos, announced on Instagram this week that they'll be beginning a three-month residency at Café Reina soon. More details are forthcoming, but if you can't wait until then, they'll also be popping up at Local Lounge on Saturday and Derby Kenton on Sunday.
Alter Ego Cider
This cidery is closing its onsite tasting room on Sunday, September 12. But all is not lost: The business will focus on production and distribution, and its ciders will continue to be available in local stores and restaurants. Helioterra Wines, which is owned by Alter Ego co-owner Anne Hubatch and shares the production space, will take over the taphouse.
Just after the closure of Wolf & Bear's last month, Portland has lost another falafel cart favorite, at least for now. Falafel House closed on Saturday, August 28 after six years of business. An Instagram post announcing the closure read, "Details about the next chapter aren't yet clear enough to share, but this isn't the end!"
Rose + Lincoln
This popular juice bar closed last Saturday, August 28. Owner Kimiko Matsudo wrote on Instagram, "Please don’t be upset, we’re not. I started this journey as a beta test to see if I could create a brand that connects with the community, makes delicious products that make people smile and have a shop where people feel welcome to share their story. It’s been an amazing 2 years and we have delivered on all 3 goals...Keep following this feed as I decide what’s next. The discovery should be a hoot!"
OTHER FOOD NEWS
In-N-Out eyes Hillsboro for possible location
The Oregonian reports that the California fast-food favorite In-N-Out is considering a possible location in Hillsboro, much to the chagrin of locals complaining about potential traffic. The chain has filed a proposed land use application for "a new quick-service restaurant with a drive-through" in the area, but details about the timeline of the possible opening are still unknown. Update: In-N-Out has also purchased the property next to Bridgeport Village that formerly housed the Tualatin Village Inn for a cool $3.3 million.
Vivienne is becoming a culinary bookstore, cafe, and wine bar
Sometime in mid-October or early November, the popular Hollywood District brunch spot Vivienne will undergo a big transformation. Owner Robin Wheelright is transitioning the space into an afternoon and evening cafe, wine bar, culinary bookstore, and vintage kitchenware shop and has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the new project. The new Vivienne will also host community events, like virtual and in-person cooking classes and book signings.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Vine to Glass – An Educational, Interactive and “Live”ly Tour About Oregon Wine
Brush up on your Oregon wine knowledge on this illuminating six-hour adventure with Sunday School Wine (founded and run by wine experts Mallory Smith and Martin Skegg) and NW Wine Shuttle. You'll get to visit two wineries, try a tasting flight, take a 40-minute class, enjoy a picnic lunch, and tour the vineyard.
Sunset Transit Center, Sunday, 10 am-4:30 pm
Battle of the Buns: MidCity SmashBurger vs. Cobra Dogs
Cap off summer with this festive Labor Day weekend bash, which will feature smashburgers from MidCity SmashBurger, hot dogs from Cobra Dogs, skate contests, vendors, and live music.
MidCity SmashBurger, Friday-Sunday, 12-6 pm
Aimsir Distilling Company
Aimsir Distilling's bar The Emerald Room has unveiled a special menu in honor of the #FreeBritney movement, available through September. The offerings include an heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad, steak bites, and a #FreeBritney cocktail and mocktail. For each menu item sold, Aimsir will donate $1 to the domestic violence center Bradley Angle House.
The vegan pop shop is already getting ready for spooky season with Halloween-themed flavors like "boo-berries and cream," which is dipped in white chocolate and features candy eyeballs.
The acclaimed bistro has debuted a new seasonal menu, available through September 11, with dishes like spiced and grilled Oregon albacore tuna, heirloom tomato salad, and mixed stone fruit pie (summer peaches, nectarines and plums) with honey vanilla or blueberry swirl ice cream.
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