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This Week In Portland Food News: Rangoon Bistro Opens, A New Wine Shop and Deli Arrives, and Café Ponté Says Goodbye

March 11, 2022 Edition
March 11, 2022
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The farmers market favorite Rangoon Bistro now has its very own restaurant inside the Breathe Building. (Rangoon Bistro)
We've almost made it through winter, and there's plenty to be excited about in the Portland food world, from a new wine shop and deli from the Bar Diane team to Rangoon Bistro's new brick-and-mortar restaurant. Read on for all of that and more updates, plus fun events happening this weekend, like Erica's Soul Food Community Cookout Jamboree. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Add to a List
This California-based chain opened its first Oregon location in Lake Oswego on Tuesday and is set to host its grand opening from March 17-20, with plenty of discounts. The company is known for its Frappuccino-like "original ice blended" drink and offers a variety of Arabica coffee, whole-leaf tea, and baked goods.
Lake Oswego
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Killer Burger Add to a List
The local burger chain recently opened a new outpost in Vancouver. Like the other locations, the new spot offers burgers made with natural beef patties with fries and bacon included, along with local craft beer and cider on tap.
Vancouver
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Negociant Add to a List  
Sami Gaston, Chris Turner, and Kevin Gouy, the team behind the natural wine bar Bar Diane Add to a List , launched this nearby bottle shop, market, and deli on March 4. The spot offers a selection of natural wine and a deli counter with charcuterie, cheese, meat, seafood, and more, along with treats like strawberry milkshake macarons and high-quality chocolate bars.
Nob Hill
Pickup, dine-in


Rangoon Bistro Add to a List
The farmers market fixture Rangoon Bistro, known for its locally sourced Burmese dishes, opened its new brick-and-mortar restaurant inside the Breathe Building Add to a List in Southeast Portland this week. The menu features comforting dishes like si chet khao swe (Umi Organic wheat noodles, black pepper, soy sauce, crispy garlic, and yu choy, with roasted pork shoulder or soy-roasted mushrooms) khao pyan sane (large flat rice noodle dumplings with sweet chili sauce and scallions), and chicken danbauk (chicken with aromatic rice, cashews, raisins, and peas), plus a selection of thokes (salads). To drink, there's Burmese tea and sweet coconut milk with toasted salt.
Richmond
Pickup, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

Grochau Cellars Add to a List
The Amity-based winery Grochau Cellars, run by former sommelier John Grochau and his wife Kelli, plans to open a North Portland tasting room in the Canyons Alley, an open-air corridor of shops, in late April.
Boise

Meliora Pasta Add to a List
Pasta lovers have lots to look forward to this spring: Following last week's news Add to a List that The Sudra chef-owner Sanjay Chandrasekaran plans to open a new vegan Italian restaurant called Lilla Add to a List in April, Breckin VanRaalte and Jim Millar hope to open a pasta cart in the Killingsworth Station pod on March 31, with handmade pasta, salads, and angel food cake specials. To up the novelty factor, the cart will accept cryptocurrency as payment and switch on a bubble machine to announce when it's sold out of pasta.
Overlook

CLOSURES

Amuse Add to a List
Ashland's romantic French bistro revealed via its newsletter this week that it will close permanently on April 16 after 22 years of business. The spot is located near the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has been praised for its elegant, simply prepared fare and warm atmosphere.
Ashland

Café Ponté Add to a List
This cafe announced on Instagram this week that its last day will be on March 31, writing, "There are a myriad of reasons that led us to this decision. As the world has shifted and changed, so have we - both in business and personally. Cafe Ponté has been a home to so many and the friendships and relationships created in this space have been life-giving. We are thankful for the community that has been along with us for this nearly 7-year ride."
Downtown

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Queer English-style pub raises funds
The Queen's Head Add to a List , a recently opened English-style pub and lounge hosting drag and burlesque performances, has launched a crowd-investing campaign on Mainvest to cover the costs of its growing business, including building its front patio, replacing kitchen equipment, hiring staff, interior remodeling, lighting and sound upgrades, and expanding its menu with tea service and brunch. 

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Fills Loyal Legion Pop-Up Add to a List
Scoop up Berliner-style filled donuts from Fills, with flavors like pimento cheese, bourbon bramble, chocolate mousse, and passionfruit cheesecake. Loyal Legion will curate beer and whiskey pairings and will serve a buffalo chicken sandwich on Fills brioche buns.
Loyal Legion, Friday, 11 am-6 pm

Snack Fest Add to a List
The people who brought you the Portland Night Market have turned their eyes towards the very serious business of snacking, and Snack Fest is the result: a weekend's worth of local vendors dedicating their time and energy to sharing bite-sized deliciousness in a wide variety of forms and flavors.
100 SE Alder, Friday-Saturday

Veganizer PDX: Wild Thing Spring Dinner Add to a List
Get ready for spring with a seasonal and plant-based three-course dinner featuring wild mushroom croquettes, a Veganizer grain bowl, and a take on panna cotta, with your choice of Wild Thing dry white wine or Lionheart Kombucha.
Wild Thing, Friday-Saturday, 5-7 pm

2022 McMinnville Wine + Food Classic Add to a List
Delight in the bounty of offerings from over 70 wineries, plus chefs, bakers, breweries, distilleries, artists, artisans, and musicians in Oregon wine country. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. James Catholic School.
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Friday-Sunday

Live Cooking Demo & Book Signing with Kristina Cho Add to a List
Food writer Kristina Cho, author of Mooncakes and Milk Bread—the first cookbook to exclusively focus on Chinese bakeries and cafes—will demo her recipes for gingery bok choy and gai lan steamed buns at the PSU Farmers Market. Afterward, she'll sign copies of her cookbook, which will be available for sale at the market.
Portland Farmers Market, Saturday, 10 am-12 pm

Erica's Soul Food Community Cookout Jamboree Add to a List
The cart Erica's Soul Food will host a feel-good community party with plenty of food, drinks, DJs, artists, and live performances and will sling T-shirts to raise funds for the organizations Haymarket Pole Collective, Don't Shoot Portland, and International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.
Erica's Soul Food, Saturday, 12-4 pm

Portland Mercury's Highball Week Add to a List
Participating bars and restaurants all over town will shake and stir up exclusive six-dollar specialty cocktails all week long for this event presented by Jim Beam and The Portland Mercury.
Various locations, March 14-20

Fieldwork Brewing PDX Residency Add to a List

The Berkeley-based brewery Fieldwork will take up residence in Function all month long with a rotating list of fresh beers and cans to go.
Function, through March 27

SPECIALS

Ecliptic Brewing Add to a List
Though Portland Dining Month has been canceled this year due to COVID, Ecliptic Brewing is nevertheless serving up its own three-course prix-fixe menu for $35 throughout March, featuring a choice of house soup or Bibb lettuce salad, grilled flank steak or Yukon gold potato gnocchi, and cheesecake with brownie crumble, passionfruit coulis, and pistachio praline. The menu also includes a beer, well drink, or glass of wine and a $10 voucher for future use.
Boise
Dine-in

Zuckercreme Add to a List
The adorable cafe is now offering matcha lattes, as well as some spring-ready pastries, including coconut rose bundt cake, cherry cheesecake brownies, orange cardamom muffins with chrysanthemum icing, Fruity Pebble cookie sandwiches with lime leaf icing, and orange bergamot olive oil cake with chocolate flakes. They're also stocking some dreamy new house-made ice cream flavors, including Lucky Charms, vegan Samoa, Thin Mint, and Meyer lemon curd with toasted marshmallow.
Montavilla
Pickup, dine-in

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