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This Week In Portland Food News: Soup Dumplings, Pot Roast, and Cashew Cheese Ravioli

April 5, 2024 Edition
April 5, 2024
Inhale some succulent xiao long bao at the new Dough Zone location in Happy Valley. (Dough Zone)
It's all about comfort food this week, as the lauded dumpling destination Dough Zone expands to Happy Valley, Moonshot Tavern brings Pacific Northwest-inspired Southern fare to Kerns, and the Fermenter crew announces their upcoming plant-based Italian restaurant Il Paffuto. Plus, Kann has been the 10th best restaurant in America, and the James Beard Awards finalists have been announced. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Dough Zone List
Let them eat soup dumplings: Washington's rapidly expanding chain Dough Zone, which opened its first Portland location on the South Waterfront last April, debuted an outpost in Happy Valley on April 1.
Happy Valley

Our Spot List
This new "low impact coffee" shop serving vegan pastries and Ace Run Roasting coffee opened on April 1. To cut down on waste, the spot encourages customers to bring their own reusable cups or borrow one of the cafe's jars for a $1 deposit.
South Waterfront

Moonshot Tavern List
Chef Kevin Jones opened this new Southern-Pacific Northwest tavern today in the former Goose space, serving classics like hush puppies and Jones' mother's pot roast recipe.


Chop Chop Food Carts List
Bridgetown Bites reports that this first-generation immigrant-owned food pod is set to open in Southeast Portland this spring.
Pleasant Valley

Fallow's Restaurant List
The team behind Bastion List plans to open this restaurant focused on regenerative farming in early summer, with a gluten-free, soy-free, seed-oil-free, and refined sugar-free food menu and local, sustainably sourced ingredients.

Il Paffuto List
We reported in late February List that the "friendly neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium" Fermenter List was closing at the end of March and that chef Aaron Adams was planning a new concept for the space that he promised would make devotees "cry tears of joy" once it was revealed. Well, that time has arrived—Adams has announced an upcoming plant-based, non-traditional Italian restaurant called Il Paffuto, which will employ seasonal and local ingredients and fermentation techniques to produce dishes like koji focaccia, sprouted grain pappardelle, and cultured cashew cheese ravioli. The restaurant's grand opening will take place on April 16.


Grape Ape List
Industry alum Morgan Schick's laidback natural wine bar and bottle shop in the Central Eastside neighborhood will have its last day of service on April 20 (an appropriate sendoff for a business named for a strain of weed). 
Central Eastside


Food & Wine names Kann one of the best restaurants in America
Food & Wine ranked the James Beard Award-winning Portland restaurant Kann List the 10th best restaurant in America on Tuesday, writing, "Gregory Gourdet celebrates Haitian cuisine in bold, creative ways, marrying it with Pacific Northwest ingredients and live-fire cooking. Dishes like grilled salmon marinated in epis (a blend of garlic, peppers and herbs), crispy akra (a taro root fritter), and Gourdet’s take on Haitian spaghetti showcase the immense range of Haiti's culinary traditions."

James Beard Award finalists announced
The James Beard Foundation revealed the finalists for its 2024 awards on Wednesday, and many familiar Oregon names made the cut. The nominations include Sarah Minnick of Lovely's Fifty Fiftyfor Outstanding ChefLangbaan for Outstanding RestaurantJinju Patisserie for Outstanding Bakery; Gregory Gourdet of KannJosh Dorcak of MÄS for Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific; and newcomer Haywardfor Best New Restaurant.


APRIL 5-30

Filipino Food Month Past Event List
Your April just got way more delicious: Members of ALIST Consulting, Baon Kainan, Magna Kusina, and Magna Kubo have come together to present the Portland area's inaugural Filipino Food Month, featuring a collaboration between over 26 small local businesses. Each week, 15 different locations between Beaverton and Troutdale will offer fresh food and drink specials highlighting a different classic Filipino ingredient, complemented by "historical and personal storytelling" online to lend additional cultural context. With participants like GrindWitTryz, Makulit, Shop Halo Halo, Sun Rice, Sugarpine Drive-In, and more, this culinary crawl promises to be as mouthwatering as it is educational.
Various locations

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