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This Week In Portland Food News: Spiedies Arrive in Portland, Aviv Closes, and Mikiko Mochi Donuts Plans a Shop

September 24, 2021 Edition
September 23, 2021
The new cart Boy Howdy specializes in spiedies, a type of sandwich made with marinated cubes of meat. (Boy Howdy)

This week, Boy Howdy brings spiedies to Portland, Mikiko Mochi Donuts plans to open a shop, and Aviv says farewell. Read on for all of that, plus events happening this weekend, like Kate's Ice Cream Block Party, Beaverton Restaurant Week, and the Deadstock + Friends 1V1 B-Boy Battle. For more culinary inspiration, check out our list of pumpkin specials to try in Portland and our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Boy Howdy
If you've never had a spiedie before, it's a sandwich originating from Binghamton, New York, featuring marinated, grilled cubes of meat on a sub roll. Co-owners Julian Gomez and Ben Healy-Levy opened the cart Boy Howdy, which specializes in the regional favorite, in Southeast Portland earlier this month. Their take involves marinated chicken in a variety of flavors (such as chili-ginger, yogurt, and lemon pepper) on a Bella's Italian Bakery roll. They also offer vegan variations made with grilled portobello mushrooms.
Sunnyside
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Classic Foods
Looking to refresh your home cooking routine? The well-known specialty restaurant distributor Classic Foods recently opened a retail outlet in Northeast Portland open to the public. The selection includes various pantry ingredients and specialty goods, including spices, dried herbs, artisan cheese, oils, vinegar, and—best of all—the business's signature fresh pasta, which is used by many restaurants across Portland. Those who show proof of being fully vaccinated can snag a 10% discount.
Woodlawn
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Yuubi Sushi
Chef Ricky Tam, who formerly ran a restaurant of the same name in San Francisco, recently opened this sushi spot in central Beaverton. Though the sample size is still small, the few Yelp reviews so far praise the restaurant's hospitality, high quality, and reasonable prices. The menu includes sushi rolls, hand rolls, sashimi, nigiri, side dishes like albacore tataki and hamachi carpaccio, entrees like chicken katsu and teriyaki, plus sake, beer, and wine.
Beaverton
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FUTURE OPENINGS

Caspian Kabob
This Persian food cart, which closed in 2019 with the intention of opening a brick-and-mortar eventually, plans to open a full-fledged restaurant at last in Beaverton's new West End District development sometime this winter.
Beaverton

Mikiko Mochi Donuts
The hit mochi donut pop-up hopes to open its own shop in Northeast Portland by the end of the year. The menu will feature eight flavors of filled and unfilled doughnuts, plus sous-vide egg breakfast sandwiches using unadorned doughnuts as "buns."
Kerns

Canby Beer Library
Oregon City Brewing, which recently came in seventh place in the U.S. Open Beer Championship's top 10 breweries in the country and took home five medals, plans to launch a second location called the Canby Beer Library in the former Canby Public Library space, with an opening tentatively set for summer 2022. The space will house a taproom with over 40 beers, a cidery, a barrel-aging program, four micro-kitchens, a rooftop patio, and other tenants, including a salon and two boutiques. The brewery is also opening a new beer garden and food cart pod in late November, with a covered outdoor dining area and carts from E-San Thai, Alani Mediterranean, The Meddling Lime, Jackpot Foods, Ko Sisters Seoul Food, Pete’s Meats Barbecue, Nacho Time, and Olympia Provisions.
Canby

CLOSURES

Aviv
The vegan Middle Eastern restaurant announced on Instagram this week that it is closing both of its locations permanently this month. The post read, "The pandemic hit us hard, and like every single restaurant across the world, we have come up against our share of struggles and setbacks. It's been a challenging year and a half to say the least...Thank you for the past four years, Portland. Thank you to everyone who dined with us over the years, who ordered take out before and during the pandemic, who told your friends and family about our hummus and shawarma fries, who caught our appearance on Triple D, who patronized us in our early days as Gonzo Falafel & Hummus food truck, and to everyone that'll miss us." The post also encouraged fans to come visit them in the Pearl District one last time before the end of September.
Pearl District, Vernon

Brunch Box
Last week, the brunch restaurant broke the news on Instagram that its last day of service was on Sunday, September 12. The announcement read, "Well folks...this isn’t easy to say, but we’ve reached the end of the road. We’ve been holding on for dear life since the world turned upside down, but unfortunately, we just can’t hold on any longer...We’re unbelievably saddened by this news, but we can’t thank all of you enough. It’s been a joy and an honor to serve this city for the last 12 years. Thank you to everyone that ever bought a sandwich, we wouldn’t have gotten this far without you. We’ll never forget you."
Buckman

Sisters Gourmet Deli
Sisters Gourmet Deli owner Michaela McVetty announced on Instagram that she and her husband Nick Roberge are moving back to Maine for "dozens of reasons" (which she says she will share in the coming weeks) and that they will be finding someone to take over the deli's space before their three-year lease expires, adding, "I hope it’s someone amazing and that we can have a very therapeutic, loving transition." She also wrote that it will "likely take a while" and that she is unsure of the timeline, but that the restaurant will stay open until then. 
Boise

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Nabisco workers strike ends
Last Thursday and Friday, members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union (BCTGM) voted to approve a new contract proposal from Nabisco's parent company Mondelez International, despite workers in Portland urging other union members not to accept the deal. The decision ended a strike that began in Portland more than five weeks ago and spread across the country. The Portland Mercury has more details.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Deadstock + Friends 1V1 B-Boy Battle
Bust out your breakdancing moves (or just come watch the action) at this competition at Deadstock Coffee, which will award a $100 prize to the most impressive entrant. Plus, Matta will sling pandan sandos, and vintage vendors will hawk their wares.
Deadstock Coffee, Saturday, 12-4 pm

Bella Donna's Oktoberfest 2021
Enjoy Bavarian food, drinks, carnival games, vendors, magicians, balloon animals, and two stages with live entertainment at this family-friendly festival.
Bella Donna's Bistro & Patisserie, Saturday, 12-7 pm

Stickmen Brewing's Oktoberfest 2021
This mini beer fest from the craft brewery Stickmen Brewing Company features local German-style beers, German food, live music, and axe-throwing from Celtic Axe Throwers. Don your lederhosen to receive two extra drink tickets for free.
Stickmen Brewing, Saturday, 12-9 pm

17th Annual Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest
For a free, all-ages Oktoberfest option, check out this party from Widmer Brothers Brewing, which will offer special beers, food, live music, face painting, and even appearances from llamas.
Widmer Brothers Brewing, Saturday, 2-10 pm

OrenKoFest
This annual family-friendly event offers live music, kids' activities, corn hole, local food carts, an open-air market, a Masskrugstemmen Beer Stein Holding Contest, and more.
Jerry Willey Plaza, Saturday, 12-7 pm

Kate's Ice Cream Block Party
The vegan favorite Kate's Ice Cream will throw a party to raise funds for Hurricane Ida relief and will raffle off prizes from local businesses like Guëro and Deadstock Coffee. Men on Vacation will provide tunes, Mitate will sling vegan sushi, and Straightaway Cocktails will serve drinks. Plus, kids can enjoy face painting and a bubble machine.
Kate's Ice Cream, Sunday, 2-5 pm

Top Chef End of Summer Dinner
Hobnob with the stars of season 18 of the hit Bravo cooking competition series Top Chef, including Jamie Tran, Nelson German, Sara Hauman, and Gabriel Pascuzzi, at Gabriel's restaurant Mama Bird. The evening will include five courses (one from each chef, plus a collaboration between Sara and Gabriel for dessert), with optional beverage pairings available. Proceeds will benefit the Oregon Food Bank.
Mama Bird, Sunday, 5 pm

Edgefield Oktoberfest
McMenamins promises a "wundervoll" time at this all-day, all-ages party, which will offer craft beer and live music from Josiah Payne, Ragtag Saddlebag, and the Payne Killers.
McMenamins Edgefield, Sunday

PDX Fresh Hop Festival
The Portland Mercury's Ned Lannaman wrote in 2019, "It’s hop-harvesting season, and that means literal tons of fresh hops are making their way to your beer. The annual Fresh Hops Beer Festival will feature more than 50 fresh hop beers made by Oregon brewers, and they’re only available during this magical season (at other times of year, beer’s made with preserved or dried hops). You live in one of the only parts of the world that can get fresh-hop beer (they can’t travel very far), so don’t miss out!" This year's festivities, which will be hosted outdoors and be split into multiple sessions with a limited amount of attendees for COVID safety, will also include food offerings from Von Ebert Brewing.
Glendoveer Golf Course, October 1-2

Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest
This annual fresh hop extravaganza returns for its sixth year with 10 food trucks, 10 rotating taps, and special tappings almost every day highlighting local breweries and regions. Each day will feature different rare and seasonal beers.
Prost! Marketplace, through October 3, 8 am-10 pm

Beaverton Restaurant Week
Try menu items created exclusively for Beaverton Restaurant Week at an array of restaurants across Beaverton. A select number of restaurants will also offer a 10% discount for frontline workers (including first responders, teachers, grocery and service workers, and medical workers).
Various locations, through October 3

Corks & Pork
Enjoy heritage pork and vino in equal measure at this wine tasting event series, which will feature meaty bites prepared by Tabula Rasa Farms chef Brett Uniss alongside Willamette Valley wines.
Tabula Rasa Farms, through September 25

SPECIALS

Lottie & Zula's
The Pacific Northwest meets the East Coast in Lottie & Zula's "lobster mushroom roll," a new seasonal special released on Wednesday. The luxe sandwich features butter-poached lobster mushrooms, Duke’s mayonnaise, lemon zest, and chives on a steamed split-top roll.
Eliot
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The Pie Spot
Fall is in the air, and the cozy cafe the Pie Spot is greeting the season with a brandy apple crumb pie.
King
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Pip's Original Doughnut and Chai
The beloved cafe's current seasonal doughnut is vanilla pear cream, an ideal flavor for a crisp autumn day.
Cully
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Salt & Straw
It's not officially spooky season until Salt & Straw releases its annual hair-raising fall menu, which comes out today and will be available until Halloween. The "Ice SCREAM!" series includes such spine-chilling flavors as "Double Bubble Toil & Trouble" (a vegan bubblegum flavor), "The Great Candycopia" (pieces of house-made Kit Kats, Reese's, Snickers, and Heath bars in a salted butterscotch ice cream), "Don Bugito's Creepy Crawly Critters" (matcha ice cream with toffee-brittle mealworms and chocolate crickets), "Jack-o'-Lantern Pumpkin Bread" (a pumpkin flavor with warm spices, chunks of pumpkin bread, and swirls of cream cheese frosting), and "Black Cat Licorice & Lavender" (salted lavender ice cream with an anise and fennel caramel).
Nob Hill, Vernon, Lake Oswego, Division/Clinton
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St. Beatrix
The charming bakeshop is slinging savory, buttery prosciutto twists.
King
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