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This Week In Portland Food News: Two New Pizza Places, A Pan-Asian Spot, and a Mexican-Japanese Cafe

December 2, 2022 Edition
December 2, 2022
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Chef Rodrigo Ochoa's new restaurant Janken specializes in upscale Japanese-Korean cuisine. (Janken)
As we enter the social whirlwind of December and the holiday season, the Portland food scene is abuzz with activity. This week's batch of food news includes a new artisan bakery, a cafe serving Mexican coffee and Japanese tea, a pan-Asian spot serving Peking duck and matcha mille-feuille, and two new pizzerias. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide

NEW OPENINGS

Artisserie Fine Bakery Add to a List
This bakery opened on November 10, serving French pastries, macarons, wedding cakes, fresh bread, and espresso drinks.
Nob Hill
Pickup

Electrica Coffee Add to a List
The team behind the nationally acclaimed Mexican restaurant República Add to a List opened this new cafe in collaboration with writer and barista Seiji Nanbu inside the lighting and home decor store Schoolhouse Electric on November 22. The shop specializes in Mexican coffee and Japanese tea.
Slabtown
Pickup, dine-in

Janken Add to a List
Chef Rodrigo Ochoa has assembled a dream team of chefs, including Gabby Martinez of the pop-up Sweet Creature and Luna Contreras of the pop-up Chelo Add to a List , at this elegant new Japanese-Korean restaurant, which debuted on November 19. The menu features dishes like Peking duck, miso black cod, mushroom tempura, Korean short ribs, strawberry cheesecake bingsu, and matcha mille-feuille, as well as a selection of craft cocktails.
Pearl District
Dine-in

No Saint Add to a List and Mattino's Add to a List
Husband-and-wife team Anthony Siccardi and Gabriella Casabianca's pizza pop-up No Saint recently took over the former Handsome Pizza Add to a List /Seastar Bakery Add to a List space and is now slinging salads, antipasti, pizza, and pasta (currently available for takeout only until January). Not only that, but the couple has also launched a natural wine bottle shop and luncheonette called Mattino's in Southeast Portland.
Vernon, Southeast
Pickup

Viking Soul Food Add to a List
The popular Nordic-inspired food cart, known for its potato lefse and other Scandinavian delicacies, opened a second location in the former El Gallo Taqueria Add to a List space on November 26.
Woodstock
Pickup, dine-in

Vincenzo’s Pizza Add to a List
The owners of the erstwhile Vinnie's Pizza in Vancouver have opened a pizzeria in the former Hogan's Goat Pizza Add to a List location, with appetizers, salads, pastas, and both Sicilian pies and round New York-style pies.
Rose City Park
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

Bless Your Heart Burgers Add to a List
The chain Bless Your Heart Burgers plans to open a new location in The Mill shopping center in Vancouver on Saturday, December 17.
Vancouver

Good Times Add to a List
Well, we certainly didn't have this on our 2022 bingo card: The model Ireland Baldwin and her partner André Allen Anjos (who makes music under the stage name RAC) plan to open a new cafe and bar with an adjacent boutique in the sleepy coastal town Gearheart next year.
Gearheart

Scottie's Pizza Parlor Add to a List
Brooklyn transplant Scottie Rivera's sought-after pizza destination will debut a new slice shop in Northwest Portland on December 15.
Nob Hill

CLOSURES

23Hoyt Add to a List
After 15 years of business, this Spanish-Mediterranean gastropub has closed permanently. An announcement on the restaurant's website reads, "There are many commonly cited factors that weighed in to our decision, not least of all our ongoing difficulty staffing, and the rising costs of doing business. We are happy to maintain full employment for all 23Hoyt staff at our sister restaurant, Clarklewis Add to a List ."
Nob Hill

Derby Kenton Add to a List
Owner Judith Stokes announced via Instagram this week that she is closing her Kenton bar, patio, and market on December 12. In the post, she wrote, "I feel like I have been hanging on to the smallest, slippery rope with one hand, dangling off a cliff, and I just need to let go and know that where I’ll land will be just fine. There are so many added uncontrollable, arduous factors, let alone fundamental daily tasks, for one person to bear in this industry. From absurd food & supply costs, labor, taxes, putting out fires, violence/lack of safety, robberies to never being able to bounce back from losing the outdoor tent, my Hail Mary I desperately need during the long, rainy months… It's been quite the three years." Stokes will be leaving to focus on caring for her mother, who has had Stage IV cancer, but hinted that she will be back someday, writing, "I will be bringing you more. You knew that though…xoxo."
Kenton

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Salt & Straw threatens to leave Portland
Kim Malek, co-owner of the Portland-based ice cream chain Salt & Straw, said on Wednesday that the business may move its headquarters out of state due to perceived safety concerns from crime, drugs, and street camping. Portland Mercury editor Wm. Steven Humphrey writes, "OH, of course they would rather NOT leave and will supposedly do everything in their power to help support local leaders 'find solutions'—but sure, let's try threats first. Lucky for us, there are plenty of fantastic ice cream makers in town who remain loyal to the city that gave them success... and even better? No long lines! For all those businesses threatening to leave, I hope you enjoy 'out of state.' (I hear Arizona is nice!)" 

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY

Oyster Pop-Up Bar with Boneyard Beer Add to a List
Gulp briny bivalves from Hama Hama Oysters served with lemon, hot sauce, and white wine mignonette, paired with crisp IPAs from Boneyard Beer.
Chill N Fill, 5-9 pm

Krampusnacht Add to a List
In Central European folklore, Krampus is Santa's demonic, goat-like counterpart, who punishes naughty children for misdeeds committed over the previous year. You'll get a chance to participate in a raffle and hobnob with the spooky figure himself at this event, which will offer a photo booth and Polaroids, with proceeds going to Feed the Mass. And if you want to earn extra raffle tickets (not to mention spare yourself from Krampus's wrath), you can bring along cold weather items for a donation box supporting Portland Mutual Aid.
Dots Cafe, 10 pm-late

FRIDAY-MONDAY

The Portland Mercury's Holiday Drink Week Add to a List
Ready to get your nog on? 'Tis the season for wintry libations, and Jim Beam presents the Portland Mercury's Holiday Drink Week has you covered with $7 holiday-themed drink specials at participating bars and restaurants. One thing's for sure: these won't be your ordinary cups of cheer.
Various locations

SATURDAY

FriendsPDX + Freeland Spirits Benefit Day Add to a List
Get into the holiday spirit—literally—with this boozy fundraiser, which will offer a variety of bottles, mixers, drink kits, glassware, and more for all your gift-giving needs, plus a happy hour. Freeland Spirits' Slabtown and Lake Oswego locations will both donate 5% of their proceeds for the day to Friends of the Children, a mentoring program that aims to help youth overcome generational cycles of poverty.
Freeland Spirits, 12-6 pm

Wellspent Market Holiday Bazaar Add to a List
Give Jeff Bezos the boot this holiday season and stock up on gifts from local makers at this market, while also enjoying some satisfying snacks and beverages. Choose from wares like vintage clothing, linens, ceramics, handcrafted wooden cutting boards, and other delights.
Wellspent Market, 11 am-7 pm

WED-SAT THROUGH DEC 25

Miracle at Deadshot Add to a List
In 2014, New York bar owner Greg Boehm temporarily transformed his space into a kitschy Christmas wonderland replete with gewgaws and tchotchkes galore. The pop-up phenomenon has expanded to more than 100 locations all over the world, including Portland's stylish cocktail bar Deadshot. Specialty cocktails are are housed in tacky-tastic vessels and christened with names like the “Bad Santa,” the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F**r,” and the “Jolly Koala.” At Deadshot, the Filipino pop-up Sunrice will provide a food menu to boot.
Deadshot, 4 pm-12 am

THROUGH JAN 1

Sleigh Love 2022: A Holiday Takeover Add to a List
Sleigh the day with a menu of holiday-inspired drinks and other treats at the cocktail bar and restaurant Hey Love. Offerings range from "Noggy by Nature" (an eggnog slushie) to "Toboggan Time" (Hey Love's signature frozen spin on Irish coffee, made with a Rumplemintz float, whipped cream, and candy cane sprinkles). 
Hey Love

DECEMBER 9-11

Portland's Winter Ale Fest Add to a List
Settle in with a range of cozy winter ales on tap at the Pine Street Taproom. You'll get to try a dozen samples and get your own festive keepsake glass.
Pine Street Taproom

SPECIALS

Doe Donuts Add to a List
The plant-based donut shop dropped its seasonal December flavors on Thursday. The stacked lineup includes pear masala fritter, salted pine, pumpkin black and white, sticky caramel ginger twist, pot pie, candy cane puppy chow, salted maple, lingonberry sufganiyah, and blackberry pistachio.
Hollywood
Pickup, delivery

Tanaka Add to a List
The Japanese bakery from the team behind the ramen shop Afuri recently introduced a series of new desserts, including yuzu roll cake, pumpkin cheesecake, banana chocolate cashew tart, and chocolate passionfruit pots de crème.
Downtown
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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