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This Week In Portland Food News: Mezcal, Chilorio, and Sicilian Pizza

April 12, 2024 Edition
April 12, 2024
Birria over grits from Tamale Boy's new sibling Colibri? Don't mind if we do. (Colibri by Tamale Boy)
This week, we're celebrating the arrival of the new Tamale Boy sibling Colibri and XO Bar's new mezcal and tequila bar The High Ground. Plus, read about the impending return of Bark City and Pizza Thief's upcoming takeover of the Great Notion Brewing kitchen. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Colibri by Tamale Boy List
Tamale Boy owner Jaime Soltero soft opened this Sinoloan-inspired spinoff (named for the Spanish word for "hummingbird") in the Pearl District at the end of March. The menu features dishes like birria and grits, tacos gobernador, and the famed specialty chilorio (slow-cooked pork fried in chili sauce)—as well as Soltero's signature tamales.
Pearl District

This upscale Korean restaurant opened at the end of March, serving dishes like bibimbap and galbitang.

The High Ground List
The team behind XO Bar List debuted this mezcal and tequila cocktail bar in Hillsboro last month, with a menu of tacos and a rooftop deck perfect for all your spring weather needs. Drinks range from the Haitian daiquri (Rhum Barbancourt, lime, pineapple, demerara, and Peychaud's bitters) to classic margaritas.


Äniks List
London-raised chef Ryley Eckersley (formerly of Quaintrelle List ) plans to open this eclectic tasting menu destination in the former Opal 28 List space on April 17.

Bark City List
Good news for anyone who mourned the loss of pitmaster Michael Keskin's acclaimed barbecue cart Bark City after Keskin moved to Arizona in 2022: Keskin is back in town and is set to reopen Bark City on Northeast Alberta in late May or early June.

Oran Mor Artisan Mead List
Bridgetown Bites reports that this Roseburg-based meadery plans to expand to Sellwood soon.

Pizza Thief List
The buzzy New York-style pizzeria plans to open a location specializing in Sicilian-inspired pies inside Great Notion Brewing List 's Northwest location on May 1.
Northwest Industrial


Buffalo Wild Wings List
The wing behemoth recently closed its downtown Portland location, citing "crime and drug use" in the location's parking garage.



World Foods 10 Year Anniversary Past Event List
The Pearl District's family-owned specialty grocer World Foods is throwing a bash to mark a decade of business. They'll go all out with appearances from brewers, vendors, and winemakers, plus sidewalk grilling, cocktail specials, and other festivities.
World Foods, Northwest Portland, 12-4 pm

APRIL 12-30

Filipino Food Month Past Event List
Your April just got way more delicious: Members of ALIST Consulting, Baon Kainan, Magna Kusina, and Magna Kubo have come together to present the Portland area's inaugural Filipino Food Month, featuring a collaboration between over 26 small local businesses. Each week, 15 different locations between Beaverton and Troutdale will offer fresh food and drink specials highlighting a different classic Filipino ingredient, complemented by "historical and personal storytelling" online to lend additional cultural context. With participants like GrindWitTryz, Makulit, Shop Halo Halo, Sun Rice, Sugarpine Drive-In, and more, this culinary crawl promises to be as mouthwatering as it is educational.
Various locations

APRIL 15-21

The Portland Mercury's Pizza Week 2024! Past Event List
The Portland Mercury's Pizza Week is back, giving pizza lovers the chance to get special slices from some of Portland's finest purveyors of pizza pies... for a mere three dollars each! That's right: Each slice is just THREE MEASLY DOLLARS or, at participating venues, a WHOLE PIE for $24. (You heard correctly: Once again this year certain Pizza Week participants may also be offering $24 whole pies along with slices—or whole pies alone!)
Various locations

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