Portland's list of pizzeria options continues to grow, as newcomers Electric Pizza Company and Pizzeria Stellina join the city's thriving pizza scene. Plus, read about customizable plant-based grain bowls at Wild Thing, Loyal Legion's new Beaverton location, a new smash burger spot, and more of the latest food scene updates. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
A Fish Named Taco
This new fish taco joint opened in Vancouver around mid-October, serving a Baja-inspired menu of tacos stuffed with beer-battered halibut, grilled chipotle shrimp, grilled salmon, skirt steak, birria, adobo pork, and more. Other offerings include quesadillas, queso fundido, various margaritas, aguas frescas, rice and beans, flan, and coconut arroz con leche.
The sustainable sushi chain will reopen its NE Alberta location with limited days of service (Saturday through Monday, 4-9 pm) this Saturday, November 13.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
Electric Pizza Company
With recent openings like Meta Pizza, Pizza Kat, and Pacific Crust Pizza, Portland seems to be experiencing an explosion of new pizzerias these days. The latest newcomer is Electric Pizza Company, which is tentatively set to open in Creston-Kenilworth today, according to its Instagram bio. A menu is not yet available, but the spot's Instagram account displays charred, bubbly pies with toppings like sausage with fiolaro (an Italian broccoli variety), pepperoni, and anchovy with marinara.
And another pizzeria: Chef and owner Gina Rollo opened Pizzeria Stellina, a shop slinging slow-fermented, Neapolitan-esque pies, in the former PieVino space, earlier this month.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
Loyal Legion Beaverton
Southeast Portland's popular beer hall Loyal Legion is hosting the grand opening of its new outpost in the historic Beaverton Bank building on Beaverton's "Restaurant Row" this Saturday.
This smash burger spot opened inside Pine Street Market at the end of October. In addition to burgers, Parmesan waffle fries with aioli are also available.
This bright pink, LGBTQ+-friendly coffee cart recently landed on SE Martin Luther King Blvd, staffed by a crew of nonbinary, cis male, and trans male "himbos, thembos, and flirts." The menu ranges from the Lil Nas X-referencing "Montero bowl" (Nutella, strawberries, blueberries, honey, cocoa nibs, and sesame seeds) to the cheekily named "Glory Bowl" (toast with peanut butter, banana slices, almond granola, coconut shavings, cocoa nibs, and honey).
Arden owner Kelsey Glasser and Sweedeedee chef Sam Smith opened this plant-based grain bowl shop on NE Alberta Street last Friday, November 5. You can customize your bowl with your choice of a base (Koda Farms brown rice, tri-color quinoa, greens, or a mix), three to five toppings (such as roasted delicata squash, lemony Brussels sprouts, cumin carrots, urfa biber sweet potato, turmeric pickled vegetables, or smoked paprika cauliflower), a sauce (hazelnut red pepper romesco, green tahini miso, or coconut garlic yogurt), and a "crunch" (a furikake-za'atar spice blend, crispy garlic, or puffed rice), with optional add-ons like tempeh "chicken" salad, Ota Tofu, and avocado. The shop also offers its own line of canned wines, including Dry White Wine (a dry white Riesling) and the Pinot-Lite (a light, juicy red blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris), in addition to a hazelnut-butter cold brew made in collaboration with Never Coffee.
Alberta Arts District
Pickup, delivery, limited dine-in
Famed Portland sommelier Andy Fortgang, the co-owner and wine director of Le Pigeon and Canard, will open his own wine shop on Tuesday, November 23, along with his business partner Gabriel Rucker and former Little Bird wine director Sergio Licea. The shop will also open for online sales five days prior, just in time for all of your Thanksgiving turkey dinner pairing needs.
Here's an update on Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet's highly anticipated restaurant Kann: The project is now slated to open in May or June 2022.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Oma's Hideaway named one of Eater's best new restaurants of 2021
This week, Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly's Indonesian-Chinese restaurant Oma's Hideaway was named one of Eater's 11 best new restaurants in America for 2021. Eater Portland editor Brooke Jackson-Glidden wrote, "Portland’s best party is just past the mirrored bar, at a table surrounded by anemone-adorned walls. Soon, guava-pineapple Jell-O shots arrive, and then tender, flaky roti canai to dunk into luscious sweet corn curry. Another round — maybe mai tai slushies this time — and then, the piece de resistance, a juicy game hen straight from the charcoal oven, with crackly, caramel-colored skin best torn off and dunked in jammy coconut sambal. This is Oma’s Hideaway, and it’s the offbeat hangout Portland needs."
Two Portlanders launch an eco-friendly plastic cup company
Business partners Lucas Plant and Erik Martin (co-owner of Aria Gin) have launched a new venture—Sip By Greenway Dynamics, a company selling reusable, BPA-free cups with straws and lids.
Fulamingo adds shelf inside Cargo
Good news for fans of the online Japanese grocery store Fulamingo: They've added a new shelf inside the popular industrial goods store Cargo, full of colorful candy and snacks.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Alden's Organic World Kindness Day Art Pop Up
Since there are few things more delightful than ice cream, local artist Mike Bennett will channel his skills toward custom ice cream artworks "to inspire Portlanders to spread kindness and find joy in unexpected places" on World Kindness Day. Stop by to check them out, plus enter giveaways.
New Seasons Market Slabtown, Saturday, 7 am-10 pm
Foodways: Kate Lebo & Cecily Wong
Sit in on a discussion about the way food shapes our identities and the way we experience the world, with The Book of Difficult Fruit author Kate Lebo and Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide co-author Cecily Wong, moderated by Dumplings Equal Love author Liz Crain.
Winningstad Theatre, Saturday, 10-11 am
Just in time for Thanksgiving (and the subsequent holidays), Urban Craft Uprising will host this specialty food show for the fifth year in a row, promising over 75 local vendors slinging everything from craft spirits to CBD gummies to nut butters.
Alder Block, Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
Sake Tasting with Fulamingo
In celebration of the launch of Wellspent Market's new sake program, brush up on the finer points of the fermented rice beverage with Erik Hanson of the online Japanese grocery store Fulamingo, who will pour tasters and discuss its history, different styles, and production methods.
Wellspent Market, Saturday, 2-4 pm
Sherry Week 2021
Sherry Week is an international event dedicated to the famous fortified wine. There's a number of ways to celebrate in Portland this year: The recently opened live-fire Spanish restaurant Brasa Haya will feature five specialty sherry wines and paired tasting options, while Bar Vivant will offer a "sherry week house party" takeout menu with Spanish snacks, sherry flights, cocktail kits, sherry almond macarons, and more. Owner Cheryl Wakerhauser will also host an eight-minute "sherry speed learning" session at Gastro Obscura's vending machine event this weekend.
Various locations, through Sunday
Shot and Beer Week 2021
If you've had a challenging year (and… hello! Who hasn't?), we've got just the thing to make life a little more fun: It's the Portland Mercury's Shot & Beer Week! That's correct: For one glorious week, your favorite local bars and restaurants will be serving up a one-of-a-kind, creative "shot & a beer" pairing—and all for the low price of $8!
Various locations, through Sunday
Gastro Obscura Presents: The World's Most Unusual Vending Machine
Visit Gastro Obscura's "World's Most Unusual Vending Machine," stocked with oddities and wonders ranging from miracle berries to color-changing flower powder, at the Portland Art Museum's sculpture garden. The machine is part of a promotional tour for Gastro Obscura's new book Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide, which details everything from a beer made from fog in Chile to the 2000-year-old egg ovens of Egypt, by Portland-based co-author Cecily Wong, who will be onsite for a meet-and-greet from 2-5 pm, followed by an intriguing-sounding "fruit and vegetable synth performance."
Portland Art Museum, Saturday-Sunday
An Ode to Diner Pie
It's where pies go when they die: This month, the seasonally themed marketplace Zuckercreme will pay tribute to the best diner dessert with a "pie cafe" and markets.
Zuckercreme, through November 24
5 & Dime
This neighborhood cocktail bar has switched up their menu with a new series of cocktails inspired by the pop music of the late '90s and early 2000s, with specials like the "Toxic" (Tres Generaciones, aloe liqueur, celery syrup, and lemon), the "I'm Like a Bird" (Roku gin, dry vermouth, blanc vermouth, and lemon oil), and the "Genie in a Bottle" (Dreggs vodka, lemon, grapefruit oleo, dry curacao, and creme de violette).
Adding to the season's parade of pumpkin baked goods, local "neighborhood beneficial bacteria emporium" Fermenter is serving spiced pumpkin cake with hazelnut cream cheese icing and toasted pepitas.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
The stylish European-inspired hostel added a new lunch menu on Tuesday, with items like flatbread with tahina, apple, and sage vegan sausage, roasted root vegetables, caramelized onion, and guajillo jam; a winter salad with pomegranate and cured orange vinaigrette, radicchio, red leaf lettuce, candied pecans, and roasted beets; roasted pepper and squash bisque; lasagna with beef marinara, roasted mushroom, cheesy creamed spinach, and herbs; and hand-cut fries with sea salt, fresh garlic and herbs, and black garlic aioli.
In the market for an advent calendar for next month? Pix Patisserie's is now available for pre-order and features 24 different chocolate surprises.