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This Week In Portland Food News: Vietnamese Coffee, Chilaquiles, and Panini

March 22, 2024
March 21, 2024
Grab a refreshing drink at the newly opened Gach Viet Tea House this weekend. (Gach Viet Tea House)
We've made it through the treacherous Big Dark, and it's time to leave our carefully assembled indoor nests to soak up some vitamin D. While you're out and about this weekend, why not some try some newly opened establishments, like Gach Viet Tea House and Taqueria La Bamba? Plus, Nick's Italian Cafe is making a comeback in McMinnville, and Coquine is offering panini. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Gach Viet Tea House List
This Vietnamese cafe, which hosted its grand opening last week, slings beverages like honey lemon tea, milk tea, and cà phê in addition to light bites like spring rolls, sticky rice, and air-fried tofu.

Taqueria La Bamba List
Bridgetown Bites reports that this new Mexican restaurant is now open in the former Three Fifty Cafe List location in Cully, serving specialties like empanadas, chilaquiles verdes, and chile relleno.

Silk Road List
The team behind LULU List and Jarana List debuted this new bar in the Pearl District last week. 
Pearl District


Nick's Italian Cafe List
We love a comeback: The James Beard Award-winning restaurant beloved for its handmade pasta will reopen under new ownership (the team behind the Carlton-based restaurant Earth & Sea) in early May or later this year.

Pfriem List
The popular Hood River brewery plans to expand with a taproom in Milwaukie's city hall building in April 2025.
Hood River


Petisco List
The European restaurant in the basement of a Victorian house closed in mid-February after 15 years of business.



Women Who Sparkle Past Event List
In a dual celebration of International Women's Day and Women in Wine Day, Cafe Olli will honor the shimmer of four leading female winemakers with a seasonal brunch accompanied by sparkling wines. Jeanne Feldkamp of Corollary Wines, Jessica West of Harper Voit & Approachment, Kate Payne Brown of Dolores & Vinovate and Shelby Perkins of Perkins-Harter will be present to pour their effervescent offerings.
Cafe Olli, 9 am-2 pm


Portland Tartare Tour Past Event List
Love it or hate it, tartare holds a special place in the culinary pantheon, beloved for its rich umami flavor. Westward Whiskey will spotlight the meaty, savory delicacy with bespoke tartare specials and whiskey-based cocktail pairings at five of Portland's favorite dining destinations, including Olympia Provisions, Fools & Horses, Scotch Lodge, Bellwether Bar, and Lechon. A portion of proceeds from the sale of each cocktail will support a charity of each restaurant’s choice.
Various locations


Berlu Bakery List
It's rhubarb season! The award-winning Berlu Bakery is embracing spring with its bánh khoai mì nướng, featuring caramelized Winter Farms rhubarb and cassava.

In a lunch rut? Chef Katy Millard’s charming restaurant is now offering three varieties of picnic-ready panini: mortadella with black pepper ricotta and parsley-walnut pesto, ham and provolone with spicy olive relish, and spring raabs with fromage blanc, lemon, and pickled peppers.
Mt. Tabor

Sugarpine Drive-In List
In a nod to the iconic feat of food engineering that is the Toaster Strudel, the retro Troutdale drive-in is now serving up a plant-based spring sundae, featuring a strawberry sorbet and vanilla-oat swirl with roasted strawberry sauce, mini puff pastry strudel bites, strawberry-cashew “cheesecake,” and vanilla icing drizzle.

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