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This Week In Portland Food News: Two New Thai Restaurants, Two New Happy Valley Spots, and Creative Italian Food

October 21, 2022 Edition
October 21, 2022
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The recently opened Italian restaurant Scholar updates the classic strawberry shortcake with sweet parmesan cream and a touch of lime sugar. (Scholar)
This week's edition of food news brings a wave of restaurants to sate a multitude of cravings, from teppanyaki to Thai to buffalo chicken livers (you read that right). Read on for the scoop on all of those and more, plus events happening this weekend, like Old Fashioned Week and Apple Fest. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS

503 Hibachi Add to a List
This family-owned teppanyaki food cart, which opened on SE Tualatin Valley Highway last month, offers dinner and a show with a peek at the grilling action. Options include lumpia, chicken, shrimp, New York steak, yakisoba, fried rice, and more.
Hillsboro
Pickup, dine-in

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Add to a List
The national sandwich shop chain launched an outpost in Happy Valley last month.
Happy Valley
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Chomp Add to a List
The Brooklyn neighborhood welcomed this new Thai comfort food destination serving noodles, fried rice, soup, salad, curries, and more two weeks ago.
Brooklyn
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Kung Fu Tea Add to a List
This popular New York-based boba chain known for its milk tea, punch drinks, and "milk cap tea" (tea with a foamy, slightly salty layer of milk on top) opened a shop inside Happy Valley Food Hall last week. Besides beverages, the business also serves macarons, Pocky sticks, and other snacks.
Happy Valley
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Scholar Add to a List
In addition to traditional Italian fare and craft cocktails, this new spot on NE Broadway, which opened in early September serves some dishes that are decidedly not your nonna's cooking, such as buffalo chicken livers and fried Brussels sprouts with popcorn.
Sullivan's Gulch
Pickup, dine-in

WheelHouse Taproom Add to a List
Earlier this month, this taproom focusing on small-batch craft beer, wine, cider, and liquor opened in Vancouver. The food menu includes typical pub grub such as wings, burgers, pretzel sticks, corn dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and onion rings.
Vancouver
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Zabpinto Thai Kitchen Add to a List
You'll find specialties like duck larb, squid salad, khao man gai, and fried wings with garlic sweet and sour sauce at this recently opened Thai restaurant in the Pearl District's Gregory Lofts.
Pearl District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

NEW OPENINGS

Norah Add to a List
The team behind Mestizo Add to a List plans to open this spot serving Asian-inspired, plant-based food with Pacific Northwest ingredients sometime in early winter.
TBA

CLOSURES

Imjai Thai Add to a List
According to an announcement on its website, this Thai restaurant closed its doors permanently on Monday after eight years of business.
Belmont

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21

Beer & Candy Pairing Party with Laurelwood Brewing Add to a List
Why let kids have all the Halloween candy fun? Savor four sweet favorites (candy corn, Nerds, Whoppers, and Reese's peanut butter cups), each paired with a crisp beer from Laurelwood Brewing. Plus, carve pumpkins and watch spooky flicks on the "Scream Screen."
Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom, 5-11 pm

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Old Fashioned Week Add to a List
Try renditions of Don Draper's drink of choice, the classic old fashioned, at various participating locations like G-Love, Pacific Standard, and Pink Rabbit. The event, hosted by the bourbon brand Elijah Craig, will raise funds for the Southern Smoke Foundation, which aids food and beverage workers going through mental health struggles and other hardships.
Various locations

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Apple Fest Add to a List
The specialty marketplace Providore Fine Foods will feature tastings of 18 different apple varieties, plus apple pastries from Little T Baker, apple sausage from Revel Meat Co., apple cider tastings, seasonal arrangements from Hilary Horvath Flowers, apple and cheese pairings, and TwoXSea oysters with apple mignonette.
Providore Fine Foods, 11 am-3 pm

OCTOBER 21-31

Dine the Couve Add to a List
All October long, you'll have the opportunity to explore Vancouver's culinary scene with special menus that offer three items for $25 or $35. If you check in at five participating locations and order their menu, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the participating restaurant of your choice.
Various locations across Vancouver

OCTOBER 17-31

Black Lagoon Pop-Up Bar Add to a List
Break out your best goth finery: The Jupiter NEXT Hotel's stylish '70s-inspired bar Hey Love is hosting Black Lagoon, a spooky Halloween-themed pop-up bar. The experience, dreamed up by bartenders Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage in New Orleans in 2019, features dungeon-esque decor and deliciously ghoulish libations like the "Closed Casket" (Bruichladdich Classic, St. Remy, Giffard L’Abricot, passionfruit syrup, and miso falernum) and the "Hellraiser" (Hornitos, Chairman’s Spiced Rum, Cointreau, and spiced oat orgeat).
Hey Love

SPECIALS

Lauretta Jean's Add to a List
The charming bakery is invoking the spirit of spooky season with the return of its seasonal pumpkin chocolate cake, made with two layers of pumpkin cake, a layer of chocolate cake, and chocolate buttercream, and topped with a stunning cobweb design.
Richmond
Pickup

Sugarpine Drive-In Add to a List
Stop by this retro drive-thru for its tri-tip French dip sandwich, which features beef tri-tip rubbed with Sugarpine's proprietary "Wonder Rub" barbecue spice, smoked and reverse-seared to medium, and served with bread-and-butter squash pickles and beef jus on a toasted hoagie. The hearty special is available all season long.
Troutdale
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

Sunshine Noodles Add to a List
Diane Lam's Cambodian noodle bar debuted its new fall menu yesterday. The lineup includes beef noodle stew, pumpkin congee, satay beef spring rolls, chili jumbo prawns with Chinese doughnuts, and a chilled bok choy salad tossed with cashew vinaigrette.
Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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