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This Week In Portland Food News: Vietnamese Brunch, Masala Fries, and a New Food Cart Pod

September 15, 2023 Edition
September 15, 2023
Banh Mi Up's new sibling An An deals in Vietnamese comfort food like sizzling steak and eggs and ube waffles. (An An)
We've got the scoop on all of the food news you need to know about this weekend, from Vietnamese comfort food at Banh Mi Up's new restaurant An An to a new food cart pod opening at Chill N Fill tomorrow. Plus, the soup dumpling specialist Din Tai Fung is coming soon. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


An An List
Banh Mi Up List debuted this new sibling restaurant on September 8, serving up craveable dishes like pork belly bites, ube waffles with chicken katsu, and Vietnamese-style sizzling beef with eggs.
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Chill N Fill List
This North Portland taproom will host the grand opening of its new food cart pod starting at noon tomorrow. Look forward to a lineup of eight carts, including King Philly Cheesesteak, Los Borrachos, Piccone's Quality Deli, Abbas, Eny's Table, and Bodacious Beans. Better yet, the opening coincides with Chill N Fill's fresh hop festival, so you'll have plenty of options to pair with your food. Local acts the Lemony Anemones, Barbara Ann Gaidosh, and the Unlikely Renegades will provide music.
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Coq Au Vin List
Calling all carnivores: Sea Breeze Farm's "Magic Meat Truck" (a roving artisan butcher) has found a permanent home in a former bagel shop, and owners Rose Allred and George Page have added a new French country-inspired restaurant called Coq Au Vin in the space, with meaty luxuries like baguette sandwiches, charcuterie, cassoulet, pasta bolognese, and of course, the titular coq au vin.
Nob Hill
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June List
This cozy cocktail lounge with splashes of Art Deco-inspired decor opened in the former space of The Sudra List in downtown Beaverton on September 2. Sip draft libations and snack on vegan bites like masala fries and kale pakoras.
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Din Tai Fung List
The wildly popular dumpling chain revealed this week that it will open its first Portland location in the Pioneer Place mall on September 28.

Icarus List
The Sesame Collective restaurant group (the team that brought you places like Mediterranean Exploration Company List and Shalom Y’all List ) aims to push the envelope of cocktail-making with this upcoming bar, which is set to open downtown on October 19. Expect a "Rise" menu of mild-mannered classic drinks alongside a "Fall" menu of bold beverages like pizza-spiced micheladas and piña coladas with grilled pineapple popping boba.

Reo's Ribs List
Bridgetown Bites reports that the beloved barbecue joint Reo's Ribs, which was previously beset by multiple fires, plans to reopen its Hollywood District location sometime this month. Owner Reo Varnado (also known as the rap legend Snoop Dogg's uncle) died in January 2022.
Hollywood District


Miss Zumstein List
This Concordia cafe and bakeshop closed its doors on September 9 after a decade of business.

Pied Cow Coffeehouse List
This quirky coffee shop housed in a Victorian home, which was rumored to be haunted by a ghost named Aunt Lydia, announced this week that it will be closing soon. The historic building is up for sale for $1.5 million dollars.

Shine Distillery & Grill List
Shine Distillery, known for its innovative drive-thru drag show during lockdown, closed down its restaurant last month. The business will continue to produce spirits for distribution at liquor stores and local bars.

Tea Bar Division List
The local tea shop chain will shutter its Division location after this Sunday, September 17.



Snack Fest Past Event List
The people who brought you the Portland Night Market have turned their eyes towards the very serious business of snacking, and Snack Fest is the result: a weekend's worth of local vendors dedicating their time and energy to sharing bite-sized deliciousness in a wide variety of forms and flavors. This year, you can look forward to an "urban asado" party with Tournant, a fried chicken throwdown curated by Gary the Foodie, a kaiseki tasting menu from acclaimed Los Angeles chef Nan Yimcharoen, and other festivities.
100 SE Alder


Free Coffee Cuppings! Past Event List
If you're looking to expand your java knowledge, look no further than this complimentary coffee cupping. Sip a few different brews, savor their tastes and aromas, and participate in a discussion.
Nossa Familia Coffee

Fresh Hop & Friends Past Event List
Little Beast Brewing, which takes its name from the tiny little creatures that magically alchemize water, barley, and hops into beer, will maximize fresh hop season with a selection of freshies, with their own brews alongside offerings from Wayfinder, Ruse, Stombreaker, Block 15, Living Haüs, and Via. Kick back in the beer garden while enjoying live jazz from the David Barber Trio and inhaling succulent smoked meats from Lawless BBQ.
Little Beast Beer Garden, 12-7 pm


Portland Polish Festival Past Event List
Expect polka and pierogies this weekend at the longest-running Polish festival in the US, right here in Overlook! Learn about Polish history, grab plates of traditional cuisine, and wash it all down with Polish beers. After watching this too-cute video of volunteers preparing bigos (hunter's stew), we can't wait to dig in while enjoying performances from traditional folk dancers and musicians. SHANNON LUBETICH
Polish Hall


Kitten Cuddles: Oktoberfest Edition Past Event List
Two of our favorite things unite this Sunday: kittens and beer! A $5 donation to Northwest Animal Companions gets you five minutes of kitten cuddle time, and Loyal Legion will also be donating $1 from each Oktoberfest beer sold to NWAC. The kitties may not be dressed in lederhosen, but they'll do wonders to ward off your Sunday scaries. SHANNON LUBETICH
Loyal Legion, 4-7 pm

Grand Opening Party Past Event List
The drinking destination of the summer is here: Mariah and Thomas Pisha-Duffly, the dynamic duo who brought you Gado Gado and Oma's Hideaway, opened the Houston Blacklight, a cheeky vintage-inspired bar with "a mashup of Atomic Era fantasy and rough-edged elegance," in the former Night Light Lounge space on at the end of July, serving inspired menu items like French onion instant ramen, shrimp cocktail with sambal terasi, and Jell-O shot bundt cakes (!). Help them celebrate their official grand opening with DJ tunes, dancing, drink specials, fabulous drag performances, and even an ice luge.
The Houston Blacklight, 4-10 pm


Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest Past Event List
Just can't get enough fresh hops? This 17-day-long pop-up hop extravaganza will showcase the hyper-seasonal specialty in all its glory with special tappings every day from "some of the best and brightest breweries and regions." The programming includes a kickoff party on September 15, brews from industry innovators Indie Hops on September 16, freshies from Breakside on September 18, "Freshtoberfest" from September 22-24, and a spotlight on hops from Yakima (the hop capital of the world!) on September 28, among lots of other events. Scoop up some nosh from the Prost! Marketplace's 10 resident food trucks while you're at it.
Prost! Marketplace


Jen's Bagels and Pastries List
If back-to-school season has you craving a PB&J, this local bakery is whipping up vegan peanut butter cookies filled with a healthy dollop of house-made raspberry preserves.

Jojo Food Truck List
The cult-favorite spot's newest employee special, available exclusively at the truck location, is a stoner-friendly all-beef hot dog, served on a Binh Minh Sandwiches baguette with jalapeño cream cheese, white onion, tomato, bacon, and crushed Ruffles chips, plus optional pepper relish. A portion of proceeds go to the employee who created the special.
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Pizza Kat List
This pizzeria is making the most of the late summer bounty with their new pie "The Dad Jokes," featuring hand-grated sweet corn sauce, cherry tomatoes, Calabrian chilis, fresh basil, and aged mozzarella, available while supplies last.
Nob Hill
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