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This Week In Portland Food News: S'mores Espresso Martinis, Pickle Paletas, and a New Gay Bar

July 7, 2023 Edition
July 6, 2023
Indulge in a grown-up version of s'mores at the new cocktail bar The End. (The End)
There's plenty for you to explore in the Portland food scene this weekend, from the new gay bar Back2Earth to the offbeat watering hole The End. Read on to get the scoop on those and other tasty things you should know about, from Ice Queen's pickle paleta to Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies 2023. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Back2Earth List
Queer spaces are a sadly rare commodity these days. There are only 23 lesbian bars currently open in the United States, and Portland itself has lost many treasured LGBTQ spaces in the last several years, including Embers, Rebel Rebel, and the Roxy. All this means that it's particularly exciting that the queer nightlife hub Local Lounge reopened as a new gay bar called Back2Earth last weekend. The new project, owned by Eagle Portland List owner Dan Henderson, features bar grub like burgers, cheese dip with ciabatta, and fried gyoza, not to mention drinks like espresso martinis and watermelon mojitos. 

Jeju List
The highly anticipated project from Peter Cho and Sun Young Park, the married couple behind the famed spots Han Oak List  and Toki List , opened its doors in the former Renata List space on June 25. The buzzy spot features multiple tasting menu formats with an emphasis on "wood-fired, whole-animal techniques," plus a wide selection of Korean spirits and liqueurs. There's even karaoke, so get ready to belt out your best Mariah Carey high notes.

The End List
Hey Love List co-owners Emily Mistell and Nicholas Musso teamed up with Cat's Paw owner Mickey Reyes, Sweet Hereafter List bartender Dylan Long, and chef Sam Smith to open this quirky bar next door to the Oregon Theatre (Portland's longest-running adult film theater, which closed its doors in 2020) at the end of June. Expect fun, craveable snacks like buttered popcorn and budae jjigae Cup Noodles alongside "nostalgia-based cocktails" like s'mores espresso martinis, melon ball Negronis, and Buffalo sauce micheladas.

Grand Central Bakery List
The local bakery chain will host the ribbon cutting for its eighth Portland area location inside Hillsboro's Main Street Commons food hall tomorrow. The new outpost features farm landscape murals painted by artist Paola de la Cruz as well as a selection of bread, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and rotating seasonal specials.
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Libre List
Pastry chef Gabriella Martinez, who runs the pop-up Sweet Creature, and Ketsuda “Nan” Chaison, the co-founder of Mestizo List , Kati List , and Norah List , plan to open this new bar and dessert destination in the former Lokanta List space in September. You can look forward to plated desserts and mezcal-centric cocktails. Even more good news: After chef Luna Contreras' acclaimed pop-up Chelo List ends its residency at the seasonal restaurant Dame List in mid-August, it will move into Libre during the day. The new incarnation of Chelo will serve fresh baked goods like conchas, bollos, tres leches cakes, breads, and quiches, plus "snackified" versions of some of the pop-up's most popular items, such as the fan-favorite tlayuda.


Killer Burger List
The Willamette Week reports that the fast-food franchise recently closed its 1620 NW 23rd Ave location, which opened in September 2021.

Yui List
Chef Chalunthorn “Yui” Schaeffer announced on Instagram earlier this week that she will close her namesake Thai restaurant on July 29, writing, "I'm just gonna take a little break to focus on my real love which is caring for dogs and puppies but YUI will be around. I'm planning on doing a few pop-ups here in Portland so y'all don't miss my food too much. This has been a super huge opportunity and I appreciate everyone that came in and tried our food! Thank all y'all and thank you Concordia, Alberta, and NE Portland for allowing me to serve you my favorite dishes!"


Pickathon announces chef & artist events
The three-day music festival Pickathon Past Event List has revealed details for its "Curation Chef & Artist Past Event List " series, which pairs menus by local chefs with musical performances. The evening begins with appetizers, beverages from a featured bartender, and records selected by a resident Pickathon DJ, followed by a live musical performance and a multi-course meal. On the lineup: Magna Kusina List chef Carlo Lamagna with the "indie experimental harmony virtuosos" Say She She, chef Maylin Chávez of the "oyster and wine-centric" pop-up Nácar with "gentle Canadian folk singers" Ocie Elliott, chef Cindy Tran of Yoonique Phở & Grill List with "Zambian psych rock pioneers" W.I.T.C.H., Grand Fir Brewing List chef Doug Adams with "Americana songwriting genius" Andrew Marlin of Watchhouse, and chefs Kei & HJ of Pasture PDX List with the jazz quintet Butcher Brown ("a 'meating' of the butchers!"). 



The Pixie Project Annual Pup Crawl Past Event List
If any of the Earth's creatures are worthy of a boozy toast, it's dogs. Nonprofit rescue The Pixie Project's annual Pup Crawl is the perfect opportunity to pay our canine overlords your respects—they'll pour "doggie-themed beers" from Maletis Distributing at beer hall Loyal Legion (Buckman location on Friday, Beaverton location on Saturday). Pup lovers can enter a raffle for a "seriously rad" goody basket and meet The Pixie Project's do-gooders. A dollar of every participating beer sold all weekend will be donated to the Portland Animal Welfare Team, so get buzzed for a bark-worthy cause. LINDSAY COSTELLO
Loyal Legion

Portland Night Market Remind List
Stroll beneath twinkling lights while browsing over 175 vendor booths selling food, drink, clothing, accessories, flowers, home goods, beauty products, arts and crafts, and more. Hit up the bar and outdoor food carts for sustenance while you shop.
100 SE Alder, 4-11 pm


Pride Takeover at 10 Barrel Brewing hosted by Atlas! Past Event List
Sometimes, you just want to kiki with your friends over mimosas and take in dazzling drag performances. Your charismatic host, the local queen and trans activist Atlas, will lead a stacked lineup with Kharisma, Obsidian, Cody Jamez, and Silhouette. Meanwhile, 10 Barrel Brewing will provide a steady flow of cocktails, prizes, games, and a "chef-inspired" brunch menu.
10 Barrel Brewing, 11 am-4 pm

JULY 9-16

PDX Craft Beer Pride Week Past Event List
Hey, queers who love beers—Migration Brewing has teamed up with a number of local breweries and beer bars to throw the first-ever PDX Craft Beer Pride Week. Each night, a different participating venue will host an evening of music, beer, and food specials. Festivities will include drag bingo, Migration's Colors of Love West Coast Pilsner release, and more.
Various locations


Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies 2023 Past Event List
You’ve probably known since you were a kid making layered “graveyard” Slurpee creations at 7-11 that there’s nothing better than a frosty, icy treat on a sweltering day, and the forward-thinking innovators who have added booze to the equation have only improved on that already glorious experience. The Portland Mercury will once again team up with bars throughout the Portland area to offer you exclusive alcoholic slushies for just $8 a pop. Let a bartender hand you something fruity and delightful with a little paper umbrella and a straw, close your eyes, and allow yourself to be transported to paradise. 
Various locations


Ice Queen List
Pickle lovers, this one's for you—the vegan frozen treat shop has reprised its popular "Tickle My Pickle" paleta, which contains a full dill spear. If you need convincing, the Portland Mercury's Suzette Smith has written about the flavor, "I had my reservations, but the tastes really worked. The salty brine never wavered in its vinegar deliciousness, and that dill wedge surprise had me engaged right down to the personalized Ice Queen popsicle stick." 
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Twisted Croissant List
In celebration of next week's Pride parade Past Event List , the laminated dough specialist is baking up glossy rainbow-striped pan suisses next Wednesday through Friday, July 12-14. Be warned that there's a limited supply and they're available on a first-come, first-served basis, so show up early.
Irvington, Sellwood
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Zuckercreme List
Nostalgic for the pink-and-white, rainbow-sprinkle-encrusted animal cookies of your youth? Hound Dog Ice Cream is whipping up an ice cream flavor inspired by the classic sweet for Zuckercreme, complete with a strawberry cake batter base, sprinkles, and frosted animal cookies.
Pickup, dine-in

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