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This Week In Portland Food News: Stacked Sandwich Shop and Feel Good Are Back, Shake Shack Is Coming, and Ben & Esther's Says Goodbye

April 14, 2023 Edition
April 13, 2023
Sink your teeth into a green curry fried chicken sandwich from Stacked Sandwich Shop. (Stacked Sandwich Shop)
This week, Top Chef alum Gabriel Pascuzzi's Stacked Sandwich Shop and Feel Good reopen in a new Slabtown space, Shake Shack finally announces its Portland grand opening date, and Ben & Esther's announces that its original location will close. Get the lowdown on that and more of the latest Portland food news, from Doe Donuts' seasonal flavors to the return of Portland Pizza Week 2023, below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Ascendant Beer Company List
This Old Town brewpub, which has been on hiatus since 2020, reopened its doors on Wednesday and is hosting its grand reopening today, with seating for those 21 and up inside and seating for all ages outdoors. If the promise of a crisp beer isn't enough to lure you, know that you'll also receive a free slice from nearby Humdinger Pizza List with the purchase of your first pint.
Old Town-Chinatown
Pickup, dine-in

Stacked Sandwich Shop List and Feel Good List
Here's a tasty twofer for your weekend: Former Top Chef: Portland contestant Gabriel Pascuzzi's sandwich shop Stacked reopened in its new Slabtown location on Tuesday, sharing the space with a second location of Pascuzzi's customizable grain bowl spot Feel Good. The former slings a selection of mouthwatering sandos ranging from oxtail French dip to green curry fried chicken, while the latter's signature offerings include the "Brunch Bowl" (air-fried sweet potatoes, kale, charred onions, and mushrooms with Tillamook cheddar, arugula, charred lemon vinaigrette, bacon marmalade, and soft-boiled egg) and the "Painted Hills" (jalapeño cilantro vinaigrette, charred broccoli, sweet potato, charred pineapple, grapefruit, jicama, avocado, pickled red onions, radishes, bee pollen, and cilantro).
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Shake Shack List
Let them eat Shackburgers! The wildly popular burger chain plans to open its first location in Portland proper on Monday, April 24.


Ben & Esther's
The plant-based Jewish deli revealed this week that it will close its NE Sandy Blvd. location and that its last day of service will be April 29. The NE Alberta Street location will remain open and has a new menu coming soon. The business, which recently opened locations in Seattle and California, also notes that it's looking to expand to Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey.

Coava Coffee Roasters List
This downtown coffee shop announced on Instagram earlier this week that it would permanently close on Thursday, writing, "The team members at this cafe have been on the front line enduring extreme violence and criminal activity on an almost daily basis for the last few years– crime and violence that is only increasing in frequency and severity. From theft, to physical displays of violence, threats of harm, break-ins, window smashing, and repeated traumatic in-cafe incidents where both staff and patrons feel unsafe."

The Sudra List
The vegan Indian restaurant closed its Beaverton location on April 2, but an Instagram post hints that an "exciting collaboration" with some "old friends" is set to take over the space.


Fish & Rice is moving
The charming sushi joint Fish & Rice List exited its Northwest Portland location on April 8 and plans to reopen in the former Khora Coffeehouse space in Kerns by the end of May.



Cask Fest at Away Days Brewing Past Event List
Cask-conditioned beer, a time-honored tradition in English brewing, is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer racked into casks to fully mature, resulting in a mellow brew with less carbonation than your usual draft beer. If you'd like to try it for yourself, this festival will offer versions from Foreland Beer, Machine House Brewing, Upright Brewing, Nebeleus Beer, Level Beer, Steeplejack Brewing, Obelisk Beer Co., and Gigantic Brewing.
Away Days Brewing Co., 11:30 am-8 pm

Monument Wine Release Party Featuring Tiny Fish Co.
Past Event List The family-owned specialty grocery World Foods is greeting spring by unveiling a new series of wines from Monument Wine. In addition to flights, you'll be able to try Pollen, a "light red lip-smacker built for picnics and past-eight sunsets," and Jenny, the "rosé-orange hybrid we guarantee you'll have on repeat all summer." Not only that, you'll be able to channel your inner tinned-fish-eating hot girl by snacking on bites from Top Chef star Sara Hauman's business Tiny Fish Co.
World Foods, 4-7 pm

Phagwah/Holi: Festival of Colors
Past Event List Portland's only BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ owned-and-operated food cart collective Lil' America will host a vibrant Holi/Phagwah celebration featuring danceable music and delicious food to snack on. You'll be in good hands with Bollywood specialist DJ Prashant and Guyanese fare from Bake on the Run. Don't forget to wear white — no festival of colors is complete without a proper colored powder toss!
Lil' America, 5-9 pm

APRIL 17-23

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, and 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


Doe Donuts List
The popular plant-based doughnut shop's whimsical flavor lineup for April and May includes banana fluffernutter fritter, cosmic brownie, lemon chamomile old fashioned, key lime pie snowball, breakfast burrito, bourbon pecan pie, root beer float, mango berry Tajín, and lavender cookie dough.
Hollywood District
Pickup, delivery

Farmer and the Beast List
The food truck specializing in smash burgers and seasonal veggie bowls has a new seasonal special up its sleeve: a spring grilled cheese with prosciutto, grilled asparagus, brie, and truffle cheese on Portland French Bakery's rustic bianco bread. Wash it down with a fresh rhubarb lemonade.
Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Zuckercreme List
Zuckercreme is bringing the spring vibes with its cheerful Meyer lemon poppyseed sweet rolls, topped with pink lemonade cream cheese icing.
Pickup, dine-in

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