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News today that Basta Trattoria on NW 21st in Portland is closing at the end of the year. Basta is one of those restaurants that have flown under the radar of the Portland food scene, but still has enough loyal customers to keep it going. When I first visited Portland back in 1994, it was one of

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Tabla Pasta e Vino will close on December 3rd. The Italian restaurant, which opened as Tabla in 2002, was once one of the brighter lights of our culinary scene, mostly around 2006 when Anthony Cafiero was in charge of the kitchen. It was noted for a $39, three-course dinner, which was an absolute bargain for

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[updated for 2016] Every year I receive emails asking where I eat Thanksgiving dinner. Years ago, someone important to me died during Thanksgiving week, and it is still a difficult time for me. Because of this, ten of the last 12 years, I’ve gone to a restaurant. Unfortunately, a turkey dinner is not easy for a

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It’s that time of year! The 2016 Thanksgiving dinner events list is now posted. It’s the biggest you’ll find – too big for the regular feeds, you can see the list in its entirety here. I’ve included full menus on a good many of them, and as many details as I can find. If your

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Though in 2015 some press breathlessly (cough, Portland Monthly) reported the news of a James Beard Public Market location in the new Morrison Bridge site, I’ve said putting it there was a silly idea idiocy. Original plans called for the market at the west end of the Morrison Bridge, across Naito Parkway from Tom

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Branch (previously Branch Whiskey Bar) on  Alberta is closing on November 5th after eight years in business. Owner Bruce Kaad is a retired school teacher, and wants to be completely retired, saying “I am more than ready to retire and enjoy being a grandpa”. Chef Scott Shampine and sommelier Jim Constantine

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Really nice note from Matthew at Firehouse Restaurant tonight. To our Firehouse friends and supporters, When Firehouse Restaurant opened 8 years ago, it fulfilled a longtime dream of mine. But over the last year or two I have realized that while I have been so unbelievably fortunate to have the support of so many Portla

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When I first moved to Portland back in 1990’s, Alexis Restaurant was just about the only choice if you wanted Greek food. Having come from living in Greece, I went there frequently, as it reminded me of my recent adventure, and I enjoyed practicing the language with the owner. In those days Portland didn’t ha

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This isn’t Portland news, but if you are a fan of the delicatessen, you’ve heard of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York City. It is on many tourist’s must try lists when they visit New York. Today, the Deli which first opened in 1937, announced they will close for good at the end of 2016. According

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The post Feast 2016 Brunch Village – Eat with Your Eyes appeared first on Portland Food and Drink.

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Feast 2016 was a rousing success. Every event sold out, and overall the festival seemed to run more smoothly than ever before. Lessons have obviously been learned, and every year is better than the previous. This year I don’t have a single complaint about Night Market. If anything, the percentage of really good dis

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A quick note. This story has nothing to do with food, but as always I memorialize the important things in my life on these pages. You will enjoy this story most if you have ever loved and lost an animal. When Russ was found in a forest in Utah, he had mange and was covered with

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There are shops that sell chocolate and then there are the Cacao chocolate shops in Portland. The latter can inspire even the most hardened and cynical among us. When we first heard about the Cacao chocolate shops, it clearly sounded like it was worth our attention. Serious enough to warrant not one, but two reporters

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This is absolutely just a rumor, but a reader sent me a real estate listing today which sounds suspiciously like Lincoln Restaurant: North Portland neighborhood dinner house. Inner North Portland corner location on one of the main streets, a great restaurant row, neighborhood favorite – the facility offered with

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My Top 10 Portland Restaurants along with my next 15 for September 2016 This is the first update to my Top 10 Portland restaurants list since it was originally published in March. It’s the only local list that’s immune from p.r. and advertising pressures and is actually written by someone who’s lived in Portlan

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The Parish Restaurant in the Pearl District has closed for good. Here is the press release – The Parish restaurant opened in May of 2012 offering Farm Direct Oysters and true Southern cuisine informed by the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. The Parish is now closed. This sale will allow us to return to EaT:

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[Sponsored post] The Oregon Coffee Board (OCB) is hosting our first Home Coffee Brewing & Roasting Show, which will be open to the public at the Castaway Event Center on Tuesday September 13th, just prior to the Golden Bean North America Awards. OCB members and non-member coffee roasters, equipment reps, roasting and

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Water Avenue Coffee is opening a second location just off of Pioneer Square on the bottom floor of the Sixth @ Yamhill Building. Water Avenue Coffee, is riding a wave, first being featured in Cafe Culture International Magazine, and now adding a second store downtown. At 630 square feet, it will be a smaller space than

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Indian food cart Portland Masala has changed their name and are opening a brick-and-mortar location Open Tandoor, will celebrate its Grand Opening Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ten percent of weekend sales will benefit The Portland Kitchen, a local nonprofit that uses foo

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A cookbook by Naomi Pomeroy of BEAST and Expatriate fame will be released on September 23rd.   This press release from Powell’s Books caught my eye – Naomi Pomeroy “Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking” Friday, September 23, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnsid

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We’ve all seen expensive tonic waters in the grocery store, but are they worth the price ? [8-2016 – because I’ve noticed some of the ingredients had been tweaked a bit, I’ve gotten tasters together and repeated the comparison from a few years ago. This review reflects quite a few changes and som

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Surprising news today that Coppia Bistro on North Mississippi, and Coppia in the Pearl have closed. The first restaurant occupying the space in the Gregory condominium building, started life in 2003 as Vigne Wine Bar. It was a favorite stop for me, and after too many glasses of wine,  I went as far as to write bad

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Why subscribe? Get your food magazines for free.   Have you tried Zinio? I’ve been meaning to write about it for months, but keep forgetting. It is a service through Multnomah Country Library which allows you to read many top magazines for free, including Bon Appétit, Cook’s Illustrated, Saveur, Wine S

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WWeek reports that Pause Kitchen and Bar on North Interstate Avenue has closed. This seems to have flown under the radar, but they’ve been having closing celebrations since July 11th. From Facebook, “Yes the rumors are true. And now it is official. Pause has been sold and our last day of business will be Sund

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Lardo’s North Williams restaurant has closed. The restaurant which opened in early 2014 closed. The ChefStable restaurant group location had never taken off as much as the Hawthorne and SW Washington street locations. The Lardo partnership is currently embroiled in a $1.6 million lawsuit between investors.   N

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It’s the culinary program where you can no longer use ‘there’s never any time’ as an excuse. [sponsored post] Nestled in the heart of Portland’s downtown Goose Hollow neighborhood, sits the Oregon Culinary Institute (OCI), where students are active in the kitchen and classrooms 7 days a week. Their weekend prog

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Muselet Restaurant & Wine Bar in Portland’s South Waterfront is closing July 16th. An ambitious project for  demographic in the South Waterfront that may not have been ready for it, Muselet is closing. Owner Ron Acierto made the announcement yesterday on the restaurant Facebook page. I am sad to tell you that

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Scott Dolich has announced that the Bent Brick, his casual neighborhood restaurant is closed for good. Friends of The Bent Brick, It is with a heavy heart  that I am announcing The Bent Brick’s closure on Saturday, July 2nd.  Since its opening in 2011, my goal for The Bent Brick has been to create a warm

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From the PR – Popular Indian Food Cart Portland Masala Changes Name, Opens First Brick-and- Mortar Location in PORTLAND, Oregon (June 23, 2016) – Portland’s newest Indian restaurant, Open Tandoor, will debut in The Wilmore Apartments on North Williams Avenue in mid-August 2016. Located at 4311 N. Williams on

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Last night I dreamed about restaurant patios For a city that has long dreary winters, Portland has an amazing number of outdoor dining areas. Our original list stretched to over 300 entries, but the information was pretty basic – “tables along the sidewalk”, “patio”. The list was so long, ad

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