It's a sad week for the Portland food scene: After 26 years of business, the trailblazing farm-to-table restaurant Paley's Place has announced that it will serve its last meals over Thanksgiving weekend. In other news, the Spanish and Basque tapas destination Urdaneta reopens for indoor dining, Fills plans a Portland pop-up, and Powell's Books creates a limited-edition beer in collaboration with Ex Novo. Read on for the scoop on all of that, plus events happening this weekend, like Portland Mercury's Wing Week. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
This family-owned birria cart, which opened on SE Division last fall, opened a new location downtown a few weeks ago. Offerings include consommé (broth), quesabirria tacos, tortas, mulitas, and even birria ramen.
Married couple Justin Miller and Mike Mendiola opened this vegan cheese shop and cafe in the former Food Fight Grocery location in the vegan mini-mall on SE Stark on September 11. Besides their signature small-batch cultured cashew cheeses in cheekily named flavors like "pepper jill" (a play on "pepper jack"), "smoky good-ah," and "dill have-a-hearti," they also serve grilled sandwiches and cheesecakes.
Taqueria La Marquesa
This taqueria opened in Lake Oswego in late September, serving breakfast burritos, burritos, tacos, nachos, taco salads, burgers, and other dishes.
After being limited to outdoor dining since mid-August, chef Javier Canteras' Spanish and Basque tapas restaurant reopens for indoor dining today. Diners must show proof of vaccination. The restaurant will also continue to offer heated outdoor patio reservations while the weather allows.
Alberta Arts District
The cart Wild North, which sourced all of its ingredients from a 100-mile radius and was forced to close early last year due to the pandemic, officially opened a brick-and-mortar in a converted house on NE Broadway on September 24. The fall menu features freshly baked bread, "fancy toasts" with butternut squash and smoked duck foie gras, smoked trout chowder, roasted autumn squash soup, smoky duck soup with beans and barley, roasted Brussels sprouts, and pan-seared trout. Pro tip: You can even get your bread cut into a bread bowl for your soup, à la Panera (but way better).
Sizzle Pie owner Matt Jacobson has purchased Checkerboard Pizza, the hidden-gem slice shop owned by Ken Forkish of Ken's Artisan Pizza. Jacobson hopes to bring the lesser-known pizza brand to a wider audience by opening two new locations: one opening at Moda Center’s club level on October 20 and another opening in Sellwood next year. The spot's Pine Street Market location, which closed in March 2020, will not reopen.
Lloyd District, Sellwood
Ever since pastry chef Katherine Benvenuti's buzzy Berliner-style doughnut shop expanded to Lake Oswego's Mercato Grove development in July, the original downtown location has remained on hiatus. Soon, however, you'll be able to satisfy your filled doughnut fix without leaving town: Fills is opening a pop-up shop in the former Bakery at Bar King space to tide Portland residents over until the downtown location reopens. The pop-up will take place from 10 am-1 pm each Sunday starting October 17 and will offer $20 boxes of doughnuts. The flavors for the first week include Boston cream pie, s'mores, maple bacon butterscotch, blueberry buttermilk, glazed brioche rings, and crullers.
BIBA! CHamoru Kitchen
This Guamanian restaurant announced via Instagram this week that October 2 was its last day of service. The post read, "Thank you to our customers who have been cheering us on since the beginning - from our food cart PDX671, at N Greeley & Killingsworth, to D-Street Noshery on SE Division, Rose City Food Park on NE Sandy Blvd., and all the way here on NE 42nd Ave. We just really need to take this time to rest, recuperate, and remind ourselves of what matters most in life – family, our friends, our staff, our customers… all of which made persevering through our struggles so much more meaningful."
The family-owned Iraqi Middle Eastern restaurant chain announced on Instagram this week that it has opted to close its Pearl District and Hawthorne locations, writing, "This decision did not come lightly. The family has really struggled with coming to an agreement but after looking at the numbers we just can’t keep it going. We are NOT giving up! We are just going back to our roots and focusing on our two original locations: Downtown & NE Alberta."
Pearl District, Hawthorne
After 26 years, the time of one of Portland's most iconic and influential restaurants is coming to a close. Vitaly and Kimberly Paley told the Oregonian that they are closing their pioneering farm-to-table restaurant Paley's Place after Thanksgiving weekend. In a letter, they wrote, "It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve you at Paley’s Place for 26 years, and on that sky-high note, we have made the decision to close the restaurant at the end of this year...This next chapter in our lives will be about the two of us, charting out a new life together, whatever that may be. We have been so privileged to work alongside such incredible culinary talent, and to currently be a home to the dreamiest dream team of both front and back-of-house staff. We feel deep gratitude to you, our community, for your everlasting support and for sharing in the meals that bring us joy. You’ve given so much to us, and we are thankful to you all."
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Powell's launches its own limited-edition beer
For a very brief time, you'll be able to drink a beer inspired by your favorite bookstore. Powell's Books is teaming up with the brewery Ex Novo to release an exclusive, limited-edition beer called City of Books IPA, with a can featuring art of the Powell's storefront. On October 16 from 10 am-4 pm, you'll be able to get your hands on a four-pack at the Powell's flagship store on West Burnside, but the beer is expected to sell out quickly, so show up early. Limited quantities will also be available at Ex Novo's North Portland and Beaverton locations while supplies last. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), a nonprofit that helps bookstore workers and comic retailers with unforeseen emergency financial needs.
Voodoo Doughnut set to open another Houston area location
Voodoo Doughnut plans to expand with a location in Cypress, Texas, which CEO Chris Schultz says will be the "first of many" new locations in the Houston suburbs. The group Voodoo Workers United, which organized a strike to protest dangerous working conditions during this summer's heatwave, is continuing its efforts to unionize the company and recently received news from the National Labor Relations Board that seven of the nine striking workers will have their jobs reinstated with back pay, a major victory for the group.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Moles & Stews Festival
In continuation of Portland Mercado's Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the collective will offer complex and traditional moles from Oaxaca and stews from all over Latin America and beyond to warm your heart and soul. We can't think of a better way to start off soup season.
Portland Mercado, Saturday, 11 am-5 pm
Witness a ceremonial tapping of a wooden Oktoberfest keg straight from Munich, enjoy live music from Pacific Vibe, and partake in a menu of German foods like pork schnitzel, spaetzle, and bratwurst from Mumbo Gumbo. The first 20 customers will be able to purchase a 500ml glass stein filled with bier for $15, and beers, ciders, and seltzers will be available at happy hour prices from 2-6 pm.
Cartside Food Carts, Saturday, 2-6 pm
Portland Mercury's Wing Week
Have a pile of napkins at the ready while you dig into a plate of $6 specially-sauced drums and flats at 24 of Portland's best bars and restaurants. Maybe have some carrot and celery sticks for good measure... or don't.
Various locations, through Sunday
Olympia Oyster Bar at Function
Chef Maylin Chavez of Olympia Oyster Bar will sling a seasonal, oyster-centric seafood menu at Function in collaboration with winemaker Cristina Gonzales of Gonzales Wine Company, pastry chef Palmira Obeso of Here for the Cakes, and the farmhouse brewery Wolves & People.
Function, Friday-Sunday through October 17
Zuckercreme Presents: Pumpkin Spice And Everything Nice
Inspired by fall's most ubiquitous flavor, this autumnal pop-up from Zuckercreme will feature a bakery, cafe, community markets, workshops, cozy home goods, clothes, accessories, vintage wares, and art.
Zuckercreme, Wednesday-Sunday through October 24
Dine the Couve 2021
All month long, you can take advantage of super-cheap "3 for $20" specials and "3 for $30" from over 30 participating Clark County restaurants, including Locust Cider & Brewing, Slow Fox Chili, Rally Pizza, and Mt. Tabor Brewing. If you redeem five different offers during the promotion, you'll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the participating restaurant of your choice.
Various locations across Vancouver, through October 31
The native- and Chicana-owned plant-based dessert shop is currently offering a special rose pistachio paleta made in collaboration with Jerusalem Rose Market.
The vegan Vietnamese deli introduced a few enticing new specials this week: a "pork-less" jackfruit kimchi roll (a "mylk" bread roll with slow-cooked savory jackfruit, kale kimchi, and fried shallots, glazed with a sweet and spicy sauce and topped with fresh jalapeño), a "hot dogg mylk bun" (a Vegan Field Roast hot dog wrapped in a vegan "mylk" bun and topped with a sweet and spicy glaze and sesame seeds), and some fall-ready chai whoopie pies with vanilla frosting and candied walnuts.
Soro Soro Coffee & Dessert
The Korean coffee shop has some adorably spooky treats for Halloween, including a chocolate pot de creme and a cookies and cream cake decorated with ghosts.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in