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This Week In Portland Food News: Two Pop-Ups Launch Restaurants, A New Bakery Arrives, and Elephants Delicatessen Opens in Lake Oswego

October 28, 2022 Edition
October 27, 2022
Sommelier Joel Gunderson and St. Jack chef Aaron Barnett opened the new wine bar Heavenly Creatures this week. (Ilana Freddye)
This week, two of Portland's most exciting pop-ups, Marble Queen and Street Disco, have launched their own permanent brick-and-mortars. Plus, local wine veteran Joel Gunderson and St. Jack chef Aaron Barnett launch their own wine bar, Elephant Delicatessen opens a new Lake Oswego location with gelato and baguette sandwiches, and the bakery Banquette is serving up London Fog cream puffs and oat milk lavender latte macarons. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


19 Acres Cider Co. Add to a List
Looking for a fun fall destination? The owners of Oregon Heritage Farms launched this hard cider tasting room inside a converted barn last Friday, serving cider flights, pours, and charcuterie boards.
Pickup, dine-in

Banquette Add to a List
This bakery and cake shop opened last Friday with a selection of cakes and pastries in eclectic flavors, including London Fog cream puffs, s'mores tarts, and oat milk lavender latte macarons.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Elephant Delicatessen Add to a List
The beloved deli and catering business expanded with a new location in Lake Oswego this Wednesday. Unlike the chain's other locations, this outpost features gelato and a new line of hot baguette sandwiches. 
Lake Oswego
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Heavenly Creatures Add to a List
Seasoned Portland wine pro Joel Gunderson and St. Jack Add to a List chef Aaron Barnett opened this new wine bar and shop in the Coopers Hall Add to a List pace on Wednesday. The new spot serves high-low snacks like Camembert "Cheez Whiz" and young yellowtail tuna on toast alongside hard-to-find wines from locales like Provence and Burgundy—sounds like a winning combo to us.

Marble Queen Add to a List
Chef Johnny Sullivan's pop-up Marble Queen (named after one of Sullivan's house plants, a type of pothos) debuted a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the former MF Tasty Add to a List space last Friday, serving a funky menu of items like shrimp toast, oat milk egg creams, fried chicken sandwiches, and loaded home fries with chili crisp. 
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Street Disco Add to a List
Dame Add to a List alums Kyle Christy and Jessie Manning's pop-up opened its brick-and-mortar location in the former CHAR Pizza Add to a List space last Friday, with locally sourced small plates inspired by France, Spain, and Italy.
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Manzana Rotisserie Grill Add to a List
This Lake Oswego waterfront spot specializing in food with Southwestern and Pacific Northwest influences closed on October 19. The reason for the closure is unknown.
Lake Oswego

Open Tandoor Add to a List
The North Indian favorite known for its open kitchen and tandoor-cooked dishes recently closed its North Williams location but appears to be planning to reopen elsewhere in North Portland.
North Williams

Renata Add to a List
This acclaimed Italian restaurant in Buckman announced on Instagram this week that it has closed permanently, citing the continued impact of the pandemic as the main factor contributing to the closure. The owners plan to shift their focus to their line of frozen pizzas, which began in 2020 and is available in stores across Oregon and Washington.



Grand Central Bowl's Big Lebowski Halloween Bash Add to a List
Channel The Dude in an oversized wool Cowichan cardigan and head to this Big Lebowski-themed bash, which will offer food, drinks, bowling, games, and costume prizes, not to mention $5 White Russians. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Union Gospel Mission, which provides over 200,000 meals a year to those in need.
Grand Central Bowl & Arcade, 7-11 pm


Bauman's Cider Festival Add to a List
Avail yourself of apple-based libations from some of the Northwest's top local cideries at Bauman's sixth annual cider festival.
Bauman's Farm and Garden, 11 am-5 pm

The 5th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl Add to a List
Don your most ghoulish costume and shamble like a zombie from watering hole to watering hole at this creepy-crawly bar crawl. A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded for the best costume, and you'll get to take advantage of beverages and shots, exclusive food and drink specials, professional photographers, after-parties, a custom Halloween badge, and more.
Dante's, 4 pm-12 am

Killer Pumpkin Fest Add to a List
Get into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin beers, storytelling, costume contests, axe throwing, and even pumpkin smashing at this free and all-ages event. Sales benefit UKANDU, a volunteer-driven nonprofit whose mission is to "bring joy, hope, and connection to communities impacted by childhood and adolescent cancer."
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery, 12-11 pm


All Hallows' Eve Party and Contest Add to a List
The '70s-themed watering hole Advice Booth will host a party featuring "hot, humpy, and spooky disco beats" from DJ Jens Irish, plus a "frightfully delightful" drink menu, raffles, a Halloween costume contest, and special guest MC Beau from Untapped Trivia. A percentage of sales for the evening and raffle sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.
Advice Booth, 8-10 pm


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

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


Decibel Sound & Drink Add to a List
The '70s-inspired Milwaukie craft cocktail bar is paying homage to Kacey Musgraves' song "Velvet Elvis" with a vibrant red drink of the same name, made with mezcal, rye, banana liqueur, Angostura bitters, cinnamon, orgeat, and acid-adjusted pineapple juice.
Pickup, dine-in

Doe Donuts Add to a List
The vegan donut mainstay plans to launch its series of limited-time November flavors on November 1. The business's Instagram has teased flavors such as cranberry coffee cake fritters, pomegranate chocolate truffle, passionfruit and sour lime, apple pie twists, and hot chocolate stuffed doughnuts.
Hollywood District
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Ken's Artisan Pizza Add to a List
Not ready for summer to be over yet? The famed pizzeria just introduced a new pie with roasted corn, sweet peppers, fontina, fresh mozzarella, and fiore sardo cheese.
Pickup, dine-in

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