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This Week In Portland Food News: Steak Frites, Coconut Sorbet, and Nachos

July 5, 2024 Edition
July 5, 2024
The newly opened Bruno's purveys both steak frites and meaty sandwiches. (Bruno's)
Blast the AC and catch up on the latest Portland food happenings, from the new neighborhood bar Bruno's to upcoming events like Portland Nacho Week 2024. Plus, find ways to cool off this weekend, like pickle-flavored paletas, airy coconut sorbet, and boozy slushies. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Bruno's List
The team behind the vegan bar and restaurant Thunderbird List launched this new cocktail bar on June 21, serving cocktails like daiquiris and margaritas alongside hearty dishes like burgers, steak frites, wedge salads, sandwiches, and chicken wings.

Hellfired Pizza List
The Hillsboro location of the wood-fired pizza chain The Rock recently reopened under the name Hellfired Pizza, with a mostly unchanged menu.

Thang Long Cuisine List
This Hanoi-inspired spot opened this spring and offers specialties such as dumplings, salmon salad, wonton noodle soup, congee, bún chả, and crab spring rolls.
Jade District



Portland Craft Beer Festival Past Event List
Unlike similar craft beer events, this annual festival focuses primarily on beers brewed within the city limits of Portland, making it an excellent opportunity to avail yourself of plenty of local suds in one place. If beer isn't your thing, there's also a selection of cider, wine, and mead. This year's gathering will be held at the picturesque Elizabeth Caruthers Park, with food, live music, vendors, games, and other entertainment. Best of all, you can rest easy knowing your ticket supports a good cause: Together with its partner CaskAide, Inc., the festival has raised nearly $40,000 for local nonprofits.
Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 12-10 pm


Bob's Red Mill Fourth of July Celebration Past Event List
Bob's Red Mill, that stalwart champion of whole grain foods, has you covered for a fun and frugal post-Fourth of July celebration at their free family-friendly barbecue on Saturday. Enjoy $7 burgers, $1 shaved ice, and popcorn while grooving to live tunes from the top 40 cover band Hans & the Wanted, and look forward to wholesome games galore, including a watermelon eating contest. Portland Party Goats will be present with four adorable baby goats from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. While you're at it, stock up on all things Bob's at the Whole Grain Store, which is also home to a restaurant and bakery. (Bob's Red Mill Whole Grains Store & Vistors Center, Milwaukie Business - Industrial)

JULY 8-14

Portland Nacho Week 2024 Past Event List
QUERY: Do you like or LOVE nachos? ANSWER: You flippin' LOVE 'EM! So get ready to get very excited, because from Monday, July 8 through Sunday, July 14, the Portland Mercury celebrates the return of NACHO WEEK! That's right! For one week only, Portland's fave restaurants will be serving up specially crafted, full-sized plates of inventive, delicious nachos! And while it's not a competition, you can bet your butt that these fun-loving chefs will be coming up with the most CREATIVE nacho combinations imaginable! And best of all? Every delectable plate is only a measly $8 each! TUMMIES, START YOUR ENGINES!
Various locations

JULY 5-31

Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies 2024 Remind 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 let yourself be transported to paradise. 
Various locations


Berlu Bakery List
To mitigate the heat this weekend, chef Vince Nguyen's acclaimed Vietnamese bakery will be offering a fluffy coconut sorbet, made with coconut water and lime leaf and served with roasted coconut chunks and mango purée. The dessert will only be available this weekend.

Birrieria La Plaza List
The cheerful red birria cart added breakfast burritos to its lineup on Thursday—they can be ordered with bacon, sausage, cocktail weenies, "à la Mexicana" (a blend tomatoes, jalapeños, and onions), chorizo and potatoes, or birria, and feature some seriously enviable cheese pulls.

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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