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City Social Media Stumbles Under Comment Crush When The Oregonian released their Restaurant of the Year issue this week, the winner left many people scratching their heads.  Their choice for ROY, which is apparently not the same as “best restaurant in Portland” (I’ll get to that), is Renata. If yo

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Yet another press release has been released over the Besaw’s name battle. I’ll post it in full below. It appears that the landlord, C.E. John is attempting to mitigate all the bad publicity over the dispute with Besaw’s owner Cana Flug by saying, “All funds paid in the settlement will be donated

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[updated Sunday] The owners of Lovejoy Bakers have announced they will be opening a new Italian-inspired restaurant, Sorellina. Apparently, this restaurant will be replacing Sal’s Famous Italian Kitchen, which has faltered over the years. As Lovejoy Bakers are the owners of Sal’s (and the Pizzicato chain), it

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Tavern on Kruse in Lake Oswego has officially opened. The new restaurant on the corner of Kruse Way and Carman Drive is owned by Kent and Joelle Lewis, the same people behind the popular Uptown Billiards Club in Northwest Portland. The restaurant’s executive chef Nathan Bates will oversee both restaurants, and Bran

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In 2012 and 2013, Chef Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck was a finalist for the Best Chef Northwest James Beard Award. For many, his Depoe Bay restaurant has become a destination. This week, Justin and his wife Stormee expanded, opening Sorella in Newport. Unlike Beck which focused on local foraged and sourced ingredi

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Donald Kotler, the driving force behind Toast and Yolk has announced that he is opening “Bird + Bear” restaurant on SE Holgate June 11th. The menu offers a large selection of sandwiches such as meatball subs, duck, and albacore along with a hamburger and larger plates such as eggplant Parmesan and chicken ra

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Screen Door is one of Portland’s most popular brunch places, always taking the number two spot on our Best of Portland surveys. In a move that is bound to drive up local sales of cholesterol drugs, the restaurant is adding daily brunch – daily as in 7 days a week.  According to Portland Monthly, the resta

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The Oregonian reports that Martinotti’s, a downtown fixture since 1978, is closing. Martinotti’s is kind of like a family run Italian/European “general store”, stocking lots of cooking ingredients, supplies and hard to find wines. The store is a victim of Portland’s ever-increasing rents. T

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PDT, or Please Don’t Tell in New York City has been called everything from a “secret bar” to a “speakeasy”. To get into PDT, you walk down St. Marks Place, follow a flight of stairs into the Crif Dogs restaurant, enter a phone booth, pick up the phone and press the buzzer once. Once you ar

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Daniel Mondok, most recently of Genoa (closed), Paulee (closed), Sel Gris (closed), June (closed), Olea (closed), and Carlyle (closed), has taken a job at Swank & Swine. (Note that I may have missed some restaurants on that list, but does anyone notice anything in common?) Portland Monthly has sort of a review of S

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It is hard to watch this video without smiling. Cocoa bean farmers from M’batto on the Ivory Coast, the world’s leading producer of cocoa,  have never tasted the fruits of their labor. They harvest and process the cocoa beans without any idea what they are used for; most have never seen or tasted chocolate.

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Esquire Network’s Knife Fight is making sure that Portland is well represented. On the August 5th episode, Greg Denton of Portland’s OX Restaurant will be going up against Jason Wilson of Seattle’s Crush. They will have to create at least two dishes in one hour that incorporate chicken gizzards, juniper

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Duane Sorenson has closed the doors of Woodsman Market. Sorenson told Willamette week that they plan to re-open the market under the same name later this year, but with a new concept. From WW, “The direction didn’t seem to click, or we couldn’t figure out how to make the concept work. We’ve decide

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Noisette Restaurant is closing – eventually. As of now they have not announced the exact closing date. Chef/owner Tony Demes has worked under famed chefs Thomas Keller, Michael Romao, Roland Cheneau and David Bouley. In 1995 he opened the lauded Couvron in Portland, which was known for its hours long tasting menus.

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New Seasons Market is opening a new branch in St. Johns. From the press release: Locally owned  and  operated  New  Seasons  Market  announced  today  that  it  plans  to open  a  25,000-­‐square-­‐foot  grocery  store  at  the  southeast  corner  of  N.  Lombard  Street  and  N.  Westanna

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In their August 2014 issue, Consumer Reports magazine rates the most common restaurant gripes. Their “Gripe-O-Meter” is the result of a national survey of 1,003 adults. The top annoyances are: 76% – Dirty Utensils 73% – Dirty or ill-equipped restrooms 72% – Impolite or condescending servers

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Gin & Tonic is what my father would have called “an honest drink.” Nothing fancy; direct and to the point. However, making the perfect gin and tonic requires a few simple steps. In the 50’s I’d come home from school and mom would turn on the Children’s Hour on NPR.  I would sit sideways in the […]

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FoodieTV, the folks behind the iPhone app, have posted a beautifully shot video of a commercial baklava bakery. The origin of baklava is hotly contested, but this restaurant in Gaziantep, Turkey has been making it since 1887. Join Daniel and Mirra from The Perennial Plate as they tour famed baklava producer Çağdaş. Fo

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Reposted from 2006 by Lizzy Caston Some things are worth repeating! Here’s a bit of Dude trivia: he’s not only a good cook – his Sunday dinners for friends are well-known, but he’s also an awesome bartender. As a matter of fact, his first foray into the food industry was as a bartender at The Magic […]

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Portland’s Harvester Brewing is being forced to change its name by a California wine company named Hope Family Wines. According to Harvester, the maker of Liberty School, Treana, Candor, Austin Hope and Troublemaker wines “has decided that our use of Harvester will create brand confusion and has demanded that

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David Machado, owner of Nel Centro at the Hotel Modera will be running two more restaurants, both inside the Hotel Eastlund. Never heard of it? According to the Oregonian, the Red Lion Hotel near the convention center will be closing September 2nd, will reopen in 2014 after a complete gutting. When it reopens in May, [&#

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Everyone, meet Harold. I wasn’t really looking for a tomato, but bought him at the grocery store in a weak moment when I thought a bit of color would be nice in a salad. Fortunately for Harold, he was sitting on the kitchen counter while I was cooking, and we ended up having a nice […] This post appear

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Oswaldo Bibiano has confirmed that his Mextiza restaurant, is closing in late July. Rumor has it, that a deli type business will be going into the space. Oswaldo plans to keep Autentica restaurant on NE Killingsworth, and the two Uno Mas taquerias, one of which opened in the Civic Condominiums in SW Portland just a few

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Have you noticed the proliferation of  national “Best” lists lately? Best Burgers in the Nation, Best Tacos, Best Burrito, Best Grilled Cheese, Best Tequila Cocktail…  The PR section of this site receives them almost every day, and frankly, they are little more than “click bait”; stories

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Streetcar Bistro and Taproom at 1101 NW Northrop closed this afternoon. No word on whether it will reopen under a new owner. The restaurant was well known in the Pearl for having 30 beers on a rotating tap list, and a nice selection of whiskeys. Always sorry to hear of a closing; I wish them […] This post ap

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Restaurants stalking, Priceline buying OpenTable, another cart pod closing, Case Study Coffee expanding, Corvin exploding, Batali producing and one more that I can’t end in “ing.” You may read reviews before going to a restaurant, but did you know that some restaurants Google you? It’s true, espec

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Sponsored Post: On July 14 & 15, Brian Polcyn presents Cured Cuisine. Chef Polcyn will share the craft and art of charcuterie to interested foodies. Chef Polcyn, a nationally recognized authority on the technique of charcuterie is co-author of the book Charcuterie & Salumi with Michael Ruhlman, one of today’s h

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Sundance TV has been doing an odd series of  educational films called Green Porno, with Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Actually, “odd” isn’t a very good description. Truly bizarre and beautifully done, they have to be seen to be believed. Each runs

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Restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s announced today that it has been the subject of a large data breach involving credit and debit cards. Though the Pearl District restaurant closed, their are still branches in Tanasbourne and Bridgeport Village. From Krebs on Security.com, On June 9, thousands of newly-stolen credit and

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Many of you seem to like these old menus, so I thought I’d post more. This is the entire menu from The Quay on the Columbia, ca. 1951. It is now the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver, at the Quay – pronounced “key”. I love the drink specials – Irish Coffee, “Pink Squirrel” (sounds awful),

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