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This Week In Portland Food News: Wonton Tacos, Wood-Fired Pizza, and Smash Burgers Galore

August 18, 2023 Edition
August 17, 2023
Check out the new and improved Midtown Beer Garden at its grand opening on Sunday. (Midtown Beer Garden)
Burger fiends, rejoice: This week, Farmer and the Beast opens a new cart in Beaverton, the new and improved Midtown Beer Garden hosts its grand opening with over 20 carts (including Iron Strike Smash Burgers), Sandy-O's serves up sandwiches and smash burgers in Parkrose, and Portland Mercury's Burger Week 2023 kicks off next Monday. Plus, read about a new wood-fired pizza cart and an upcoming Latin American cafe. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Farmer and the Beast List
The critically acclaimed cart known for its smash burgers and seasonal vegetable bowls debuted a second cart at Breakside Brewery List 's Beaverton pod last Saturday, August 12. 
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Flame Pizza List
Queer couple Dais Fernandez and Julie Isaacson opened this new wood-fired pizza cart at the Lil' America List pod on Wednesday. Choose from pie options like margherita, soppressata, fig and fennel, and "vegan dream" (cashew ricotta, San Marzano tomato sauce, mushrooms, and shallots).

Midtown Beer Garden List
Get excited—Portland's oldest food cart pod is hosting its grand (re)opening Past Event List on Sunday, with over 20 new and returning carts to choose from, including Iron Strike Smash Burgers, Stretch the Noodle, Tito’s Burritos #1, Mr. Taco, Gyro Place, Monster Mac and Wings, Shawarma Station, and way more. The opening will also feature beer specials from Fracture Brewing's new bar cart and musical performances from the Shivas, Boka Marimba, and The Last Artful, Dodgr.  
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Sandy-O's List
According to Bridgetown Bites, this retro joint slinging sandwiches, subs, and smash burgers is now open in Parkrose.
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Taiji Tea Shop & Cafe List
Owner Eric Arthur opens this tea shop in the former Red Robe Tea House space in Old Town-Chinatown today, serving dishes like Korean fried chicken, wonton tacos, and cold ginger chicken alongside a selection of teas curated by Kevin Von Buren of Fly Awake Tea House.
Old Town-Chinatown
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Grana Pizza Napoletana List
Married couple Maya Setton and Chris Flanagan first learned about portafoglios, a type of portable folded pizza sold as a street food in Naples, while watching Rick Steves' Europe on TV early on in the pandemic. The concept inspired them to launch their own pop-up selling the specialty at the Vancouver Farmers Market and at Portland State University's Saturday market. Now, they plan to open a brick-and-mortar selling portafoglios and Neapolitan pies in the former Pizzicato List space on East Burnside Street in October.

La Floridita List
The Latin baking business and Beaverton farmers market staple La Floridita, known for its pastelitos and croquetas, plans to open a brick-and-mortar cafe later this month.


The Sandy Jug List
This strip club, which was once a gas station and luncheonette and is known for its unusual jug-shaped appearance, has closed.

Teote House Cafe List
This Latin American street food spot has permanently closed and appears to owe $21,000 in unpaid rent, according to a letter posted by the building's landlord.


Papi Sal's is moving
The business Papi Sal's, which got its start as a cart and serves a unique combination of Puerto Rican barbecue and Philadelphia comfort food, plans to exit its residency at White Owl Social Club List and move to a new TBA location.



Portland BBQ & Brews Past Event List
Savor mouthwatering smoked meats alongside Pacific Northwest craft beers, ciders, spirits, and wine at this all-ages festival. Plus, try your hand at lawn games and a Fire on the Mountain wing eating contest and enjoy live music from Redwood Revue, the Resolectrics, Marcus Angeloni, Left on 10th, Mike Tindall and the Motherlode, Wyrmwood, and Scott Pemberton O Theory.Washington Monroe Park


Kölsch Party Past Event List
Created in Cologne, Germany in the 17th century, Kölsch is a traditional German-style beer known for its golden color and crisp, delicate taste, perfect for hot summer days. At this event hosted by Gigantic Brewing Company, you'll get a chance to try nine different varieties from breweries like 54-40, Chuckanut, Double Mountain, Living Haus, Occidental, Rosenstadt, Upright, and Zoiglhaus in a traditional stange glass. Plus, feast on Kölsch beer sausages from Otto's Sausage Kitchen, enjoy German tunes from Festival Brass, and get a Gigantic-themed flash tattoo from Inkbus (if you dare).
Gigantic Brewing Company, 12-9 pm

Jade International Night Market Past Event List
The Jade Night Market finally returns after a three-year absence, and we're beyond excited to come together again in community. Browse wares from local vendors, nom on delicious multicultural eats, and check out live entertainment ranging from Cambodian traditional dance to Wushu martial arts. There will be a splash pad for kids to cool off in, face painting and balloon art, and free  plants and planter decorating (while supplies last). SHANNON LUBETICH
Portland Community College, 1-9 pm


Mama Dut x Waz Wu Vegan Charcuterie Past Event List
Herbivores need not be left out of the girl dinner List trend: Mama Đút Foods and Waz Wu will team up to provide an exclusive vegan charcuterie board collab, complete with meatless pork belly, cashew cheese, and other delicious house-made treats. Choose from small, medium, and "luxe" boxes (the luxe box even comes with your very own decorative opal board from local artist IRIE House Creations). Note that pre-orders are required for pickup.
Mama Đút, 11 am-1 pm


Mangoes & Marigolds Past Event List
Celebrating ripe, juicy mangoes and cheerful marigolds in equal measure, this pan-Asian summer night market will feature mango-flavored desserts, henna, tea readings, art, pottery, and plenty of other wares from local AAPI and BIPOC vendors.
Shop Halo Halo, 4-9 pm

AUGUST 21-27

Portland Mercury's Burger Week 2023 Past Event List
Hamburglars, it's your time to shine. You have one week to see how many juicy burgers you can put away at an absolute steal ($8 each!) You won't get a trophy or anything, but you will have bragging rights among your fellow burger lovers and one very satisfied stomach. Brought to you in partnership with Jim Beam, Laurelwood Brewing, and Electric Lettuce, The Merc's most popular food week event by a landslide features vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, so no growling belly is left behind. Plot your own personalized burger adventure and try as many as you like. For maximum success, we recommend wearing something with an elastic waistband. Plus, don't forget to tip the kitchen staff and servers, and make sure to tag @portlandmercury and use #mercuryburgerweek on Instagram.
Various locations


Boxcar Pizza List
The vegan Detroit-style pizzeria's newest special is the craveable "Action & Action," a pie with Good Planet Foods plant-based mozzarella and cheddar, Dirty Lettuce's fried "chicken," roasted corn, and chimichurri.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Ice Queen List
If you're in need of a cold caffeinated drink to stave off the summer heat, this plant-based frozen treat emporium just added three new iced coffee drinks to its menu—the "Queen's Brew" (iced cold brew, with or without oat milk), an "oatchata" cold brew (cold brew mixed with oat milk horchata), and a "snowflake mocha" (iced cold brew coffee with a white chocolate drizzle). As if that's not enough, they're also offering frosty pineapple Dole whip through Monday.
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Wolf's Head
Pro tip: The local burger joint, which opened its first Portland proper location List last month, is offering a cinnamon toast crunch malt on its secret menu.
Beaverton, Central Eastside
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