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This Week In Portland Food News: Shake Shack Arrives, Wild Child Pizza Expands, and Skidbladnir Is Back

April 21, 2023 Edition
April 20, 2023
Get ready for Shackburgers and crinkle-cut fries: Shake Shack hits Portland this Monday. (Shake Shack)
It won't be long until Portland has a Shake Shack to call its own. In other tasty news, Wild Child Pizza and John's Marketplace have expanded, Sizzle Pie has launched its own arcade bar in Beaverton, and the Scandinavian comfort food cart Skidbladnir is back. Read about that and more below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


John's Marketplace List
This booze utopia purporting to offer the largest selection of beer, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages in Portland opened a new location with a taproom and deli in Beaverton on Tuesday. The new outpost also boasts a covered and heated patio with a beer service window.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Shake Shack List
At long last, Portlanders will finally have access to Shake Shack's signature Shackburgers, crinkle-cut fries smothered in cheese, and frozen custards. According to a press release, the wildly popular burger chain plans to open its first location in Portland proper at 10:30 am on Monday, April 24, with a green ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Ted Wheeler and free hats made in collaboration with Portland Gear for the first 100 guests. The new location, which will serve as Portland's "Flagship Shack," features an exterior patio area with uncovered and covered seating, bike parking, and a ping pong table. In addition to Shake Shack's signature drink offerings, the Shack will also serve local beverages from Straightaway Cocktails, Breakside Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Occidental Brewing Co., and Caldera Brewing Company.
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Skidbladnir List
Patrick Carney's defunct Rose City Food Park food cart Skidbladnir, known for its Scandinavian and Celtic comfort food, made a triumphant return at Star Bar List on April 13. Unfortunately, the fan-favorite Norwegian meatballs are no longer on the menu due to their labor-intensive nature, but the Skidbladnir menu is available seven days a week, with burgers, seaweed-braised lamb sandwich sliders, and Irish spice bags (a unique Irish fast food dish inspired by Asian cuisine, with fried chicken, curry, and fries).
Pickup, dine-in

Super Champ List
You'll want to stock up on quarters before you hit up this new arcade bar in Beaverton from the team who brought you Sizzle Pie. The spot, which opened on April 12, offers plenty of pinball machines and arcade games in addition to vegan pizza, Wayfinder beer, and themed cocktails, such as the “Mario-garita" and the "Game Over."
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Wild Child Pizza List
This quirky Detroit-style pizzeria, which opened List in the Alberta Arts District last November, debuted a new location on NW 23rd and Kearney on April 9.
Northwest District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Din Tai Fung List
We finally have an update on when the popular soup dumpling destination Din Tai Fung is set to open its upcoming outpost inside Pioneer Place. The Taiwanese chain, which opened its first Oregon restaurant inside Washington Square Mall in 2018, plans to debut the new location in mid-July.



Portland Pizza Week 2023 Past Event List
The Portland Mercury's Pizza Week is making its long-awaited return, giving pizza lovers the chance to get special slices from some of Portland's finest purveyors of pizza pies... for a mere three dollars each! That's right: Each slice is just THREE MEASLY DOLLARS or, at participating venues, a WHOLE PIE for $20. (You heard correctly: Once again this year certain Pizza Week participants may also be offering $20 whole pies along with slices—or whole pies alone!) Pizza Week is presented by Jim BeamTetra Cannabis, and EverOut Portland (that's us!), along with Feed the Mass—a simply terrific nonprofit that works to eliminate food waste while helping feed our city's most vulnerable neighbors. (They offer education programs too, so check 'em out here!) Thanks to these stellar partners, the Mercury is proud to present what might be our greatest Pizza Week lineup ever—one that features wildly creative slices from a whopping 36 (!!) Portland locations, available across the city and lovingly crafted by your favorite pizza masterminds. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Various locations


Seventh Annual Baker's Dozen: Coffee Beer & Doughnut Fest
Past Event List This annual festival, returning for the first time after a two-year hiatus due to COVID, pays tribute to Portland's sacred trifecta of coffee, beer, and doughnuts with a lineup of coffee beers brewed with beans from local roasters, unlimited coffee samples, and morsels of fried dough. This year's lineup includes names like Breakside Brewery, Steeplejack, HeyDay, Coco Donuts, Blue Star, Delicious Donuts, Matt & Memere's, and more.
John's Marketplace, 10 am-1 pm

Wine Sessions: Italian Sangiovese Past Event List
Brush up on the finer points of this iconic Italian grape variety by tasting a handful of examples from Tuscany at this sommelier-led session.
Vino Veritas Wine Bar & Bottle Shop, 1-3 pm

Scrap Supper X Ojaswe - Spring Dinner Edition Past Event List
Enjoy a five-course plant-based, low-waste tasting menu inspired by Jewish and South Indian cuisine, presented in collaboration with the regenerative food company Ojaswe.
Cookshop, 6-8 pm


Bluto's List
The wood-fired Greek restaurant believes that "any weather is ice cream weather," and we're inclined to agree. They've brought back their popular chocolate tahini magic shell for their chocolate and vanilla soft serve, in addition to seasonal toppings like rhubarb jam and sesame brittle.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

La Moule List
Need a moment? Chew it over with this cozy brasserie's elegant Twix-inspired mousse, featuring classic chocolate mousse, brown butter shortbread, and toasted caramel diplomat cream.

St. Beatrix List
If you love floral flavors, don't miss this charming bakery's salted cherry blossom croissants.
Pickup, delivery

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