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This Week In Portland Food News: Seafood Boils, Coffee, and the Departure of Bark City BBQ

August 18, 2022 Edition
August 18, 2022
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Roll up your sleeves and dig into a seafood feast at the newly opened Bag O' Crab. (Bag O' Crab)
This week, the seafood boil chain Bag O' Crab makes its Portland debut, Bamboo Sushi comes to Beaverton, and the local coffee shop chain Good Coffee lands in the Portland International Airport. Plus, the barbecue joint Bark City BBQ, Maya Lovelace's recently opened Southern spot Hissyfit, and the Southwest cart MF Tasty all say goodbye. Read on for details on all of those developments and more. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Bag O' Crab Add to a List
Get your seafood boil fix at this California-based Asian-Cajun chain, which soft opened its first Portland location on Wednesday. Guests can choose from options like crawfish, Dungeness crab, king crab legs, shrimp, crab, mussels, and lobster tails, with sauce flavors ranging from Cajun seasoning to lemon pepper to spicy mala. Other offerings include wings, po' boys, lobster rolls, and short ribs.
Madison South
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Bamboo Sushi Add to a List
The sustainable sushi chain launched its first Beaverton location on Thursday. The location serves established favorites like the signature "Green Machine" roll (tempura-fried green beans, green onions, avocado, and cilantro sweet chili aioli) in addition to new menu items like the "Unicorn" roll (spicy crab, shrimp tempura, seasoned crab, cucumber, avocado, and tempura crunchies).
Beaverton
Pickup, dine-in

Good Coffee Add to a List
The local coffee roastery Good Coffee debuted its sixth location on Wednesday in the freshly renovated and expanded Alaska Airlines terminal at the Portland International Airport, according to a press release. The shop, designed in collaboration with Fieldwork Design & Architecture, serves fresh pastries provided by Dos Hermanos Bakery Add to a List and offers customers a view of planes taking off and landing.
Portland International Airport
Pickup, dine-in

CLOSURES

Bark City BBQ Add to a List
Following last October's closure of Holy Trinity BBQ, Portland has lost another great barbecue joint. Bark City BBQ owner Michael Keskin announced on Instagram this week that he will close up shop on Sunday, September 4, as he is moving to Arizona to be closer to family. 
Creston-Kenilworth

Hissyfit Add to a List
Less than a month after reopening her Southern restaurant Yonder as the new concept Hissyfit, chef Maya Lovelace has decided to close the spot as well as leave the restaurant industry. In an Instagram announcement, Lovelace wrote, "We make this decision with full hearts and exhausted spirits. The last few years have been very hard. Hissyfit was our hail Mary, a chance to intentionally do everything our ideal way and see if it worked. We are grateful to the crew that helped us turn the last page of this chapter - Claire, Noah, Jacob, Emily, Athena, Gabriel - you're incredible. We love you. Thanks, Portland. It's been real, it's been fun, but it hasn't been real fun."
Cully

MF Tasty Add to a List
This Southwest-inspired cart shuttered on August 5 after seven years of business, but all is not lost: The business is transitioning into a catering trailer and will continue to serve its food at pop-ups and events. Owners Eric and Nicole Gitenstein have sold the cart to the pop-up The Marble Queen.
Boise

South x Northwest Add to a List
The vegan spot closed its doors Add to a List on August 7. An Instagram announcement read, "You may be surprised to hear it, but it was just the right time for us and what’s next in our lives. At the end of the journey, we know we created something special here and enjoyed serving you all."
Boise

OTHER FOOD NEWS

New Seasons Slabtown employees intend to unionize
The employees of New Seasons Market's Slabtown location are working towards forming a union, citing issues of understaffing and unreasonable expectations. While New Seasons claims that they are supportive of efforts to form a union, the New Seasons Labor Union has shared anti-union messaging that the company sent out to staff, and New Seasons management has previously removed union flyers from the Seven Corners location's employee break room.

Reo's Ribs damaged by fire
The barbecue restaurant Reo's Ribs Add to a List , founded by the late Reo Varnado (known to many as the uncle of rapper Snoop Dogg), caught fire on Saturday for the third time since 2017. The establishment is now temporarily closed due to damage and plans to reopen sometime in the next two to six months.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

Bake Sale for Reparations Add to a List
Purchase enticing confections (with vegan and gluten-free options available) to help raise funds for the Black Power Blueprint, which aims to "overturn the deep poverty and oppression faced by the African community of St. Louis’ northside through political and economic power in the hands of African working people." Customers will receive free Oatly ice cream treats with any purchase.
Zuckercreme, 4-8 pm

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Portland Mercury’s Burger Week 2022 Add to a List
Don your finest stretchy pants and get ready for the meat sweats because the Portland Mercury’s Burger Week is back! Presented by The Merc and New Seasons Market, you’ll find one-of-a-kind burgers at loads of Portland’s finest establishments for a mere $8 each. Burger Week is also brought to you by Jim Beam, Laurelwood Brewing, Electric Lettuce, DinnerStar, and EverOut.
Various locations

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

Farm to Table Dinner with Artemis Foods Add to a List
Savor a farm-fresh, multi-course dinner on Deux Vert Vineyards near Yamhill with a selection of Pinot Noir from Deux Vert Vineyards' library.
Deux Vert Vineyard, 5:30-9 pm

PickleFest + Playoff Doubleheader Add to a List
Portland's favorite briny boys and Deschutes Brewing present the annual PickleFest, featuring the Wild Wild West League semifinals and championship plus a lineup of local bands. Local breweries including Culmination, Away Days, Ex Novo, and Leikam will be on hand with fresh pours to accompany hot dogs and other stadium fare.
Walker Stadium, 2 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

Viking Beer Fest Add to a List
If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live as a Scandinavian seafaring warrior, here's your chance. You'll get to see demonstrations and historical reenactments from the living history group the Timberhaven Vikings, check out the historic log house Fogelbo, try tastings of local beer provided by beer hall Loyal Legion, and enjoy Nordic food, mead, and aquavit from restaurant Broder Söder. You can also browse goods from vendors, play Viking chess, check out live music performances, and see a replica of a Viking ship.
Nordic Northwest, 3-10 pm

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

Bialy Bird x Veganizer Add to a List
Enjoy plant-based bialys, sandwiches, schmears, salads, and even a bialy picnic spread at this pop-up collaboration between Bialy Bird and Veganizer.
Bernstein's Bagels, 3-5 pm

MONDAY, AUGUST 22

Hotel Vintage x Freeland Spirits: Speakeasy Pop-Up Bar Add to a List
Don your flashiest fringe and pearls for this free Prohibition-themed speakeasy pop-up, which will feature Prohibition-era cocktails and live jazz music along with free tastings from Freeland Spirits.
Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland, 5 pm

AUGUST 25-28

Loyal Legion Japanese Whiskey + Beer Fest Fest Add to a List
Refine your palate with Japanese whiskey flights and special collaboration beers created by breweries from Oregon and Japan.
Loyal Legion

SPECIALS

Ken's Artisan Pizza Add to a List
The acclaimed pizzeria is currently serving up a fresh seasonal special of charred and marinated beets with whipped house-made ricotta, upland cress, and lemon agrumato.
Kerns
Pickup, dine-in

Papa Haydn
Get the pinnacle of summer in one dessert with the iconic restaurant's peaches and corn tart, which features peaches macerated in vanilla and bourbon with a cornmeal crust, a roasted corn ganache, and flower decorations made from single-origin Ecuadorian white chocolate and roasted corn.
Nob Hill, Sellwood
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Sports Bra Add to a List
In support of the women's basketball star Brittney Griner, who is currently imprisoned in Russia and has been sentenced to nine years in jail, the women-focused sports bar is serving a special called the "Brittney Grinder," a twist on a classic Italian hoagie sandwich with sliced turkey, Olympia Provisions salami, garlic aioli, local tomatoes, shredded romaine, banana peppers, and house-made creamy Italian dressing. They also encourage guests to support the campaign to bring Griner home by signing this online petition.
Sullivan's Gulch
Pickup, dine-in

Sugarpine Drive-In Add to a List
The nostalgic drive-in's new "Jump-Start" sundae special will satisfy both your caffeine addiction and your sweet tooth with vanilla soft serve, Dalgona coffee whip, coffee cake, candied espresso beans, and honey hot fudge.
Troutdale
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

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