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Big press release from the James Beard Foundation today – the 2018 James Beard Awards nominations NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2018) – The James Beard Foundation announced today its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the 28th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Selected from a list of more th

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As you may know, restaurateur John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Tasty n… MEC and more went in for surgery to remove a tumor from his brain. I asked wife Renee for an update. John is doing great, sleeping about 18 hours a day but healing well.  He’s got a pretty sexy scar but otherwise the

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According to Willamette Week, food & dining writer Samantha Bakall is part of a purge of 11 reporters by The Oregonian. In a tweet this afternoon Bakall said, “Some personal news, though it already looks like it’s gotten out: I was laid off from The Oregonian today. It’s been an adventure and I

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Shalom Y’all Expands to second location Kasey Mills and John Gorham are doing a soft opening of their popular Shalom Y’all restaurant at 117 SE Taylor St. in Portland. The grand opening will be Monday, February 12th. From the PR – Kasey Mills and John Gorham’s new full-size Shalom Y’all Rest

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Bunk Sandwiches Closes Original Morrison Location, Pizza Jerk to Move In Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood have closed the original Bunk Sandwiches location on SE Morrison Street. Back when it opened, Bunk was like a siren, calling me from NW Portland to hassle with lousy parking and lines out the door to get what was

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First call for Valentine’s Day event list 2018 As notices are flowing in, we are starting to build the Valentine’s Day restaurant events list for the greater Portland area. If you would like to add your restaurant, just fill out this quick form. If you want to check out the list so far, you can

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So far this is a pretty normal year for Portland restaurant closures for 2018. I’m surprised there haven’t been more. If restaurants are having financial problems, they usually do their best to make it through the holidays, which tend to be more profitable. House of Louie We reported on this closure last week

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BYH Burgers to replace planned Third n Tasty in the Atticus Hotel News from Toro Bravo Inc today. Third n Tasty was supposed to open in McMinnville as the second child in the Tasty n Sons restaurants. But due to changes in John Gorham’s health – he’s currently being treated for a brain tumor, and

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Back from a bad fall with a broken leg, bruised ribs, and a dislocated shoulder. The worst is a broken finger, which makes it very difficult to type. Lots of news to catch up on over the next few days. Exciting news for fans of Filipino food or ex Clyde Commons chef, Carlo Lamagna Carlo

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Portland Chinatown restaurant House of Louie has closed. From OregonLive.com, the last dim sum restaurant in the old Chinatown district has closed. When House of Louie opened 30 years ago, the 200 seat restaurant catered to what most American’s thought a Chinese restaurant should look like. When I started this webs

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Foster & Dobbs, the NE Portland gourmet food/wine/deli has closed for good Not sure how I missed this closing until now. When Foster & Dobbs first opened in 2005, it made an impact just because it was the first “gourmet” food store anywhere in northeast Portland. Over the years they worked hard on making it

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Review: Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman I spent a good part of my weekend binge-watching a new Netflix produced show called Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman. Was it worth my time? Oh hell yes. I’ve struggled to come up with a description. IMDB describes it thusly, “A stoic book salesman leads a double li

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I’ve long suspected that some people will like a bad restaurant just because it has a lot of hype. Such is the case for The Shed at Dulwich. From NPR’s The Salt, The Shed at Dulwich was one of the most exclusive eateries in south London for about six months — available only by reservation,

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The Best Vietnamese food in Portland? Everyone seems to have an opinion It wasn’t until writing up these results that I realized my consumption of Vietnamese food this year is zero. I’m not sure why, as I like the cuisine, especially a bowl of pho on cold afternoons. Without a conscious decision, I’ve

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Looking for a restaurant for Christmas Eve/Day or New Year’s Eve/Day? We’ve got you covered. There are so many events coming in, I’ve decided to go ahead and post them, with a caveat: the list will be updated every day, and details on some of them are still a bit sparse. You’ll find listings for

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Your Choice for the most romantic restaurant in Portland Romance. Candlelight, quiet conversation, memorable communal experience, flirting. That is my definition, but, judging from the list, many people have other criteria. I went all the way back to our 2006 results, which contained many blasts from the past: Alba Oster

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This press release came in today for a project I had not heard of until last week. It’s The Porter, a Hilton Hotel on SW 2nd Ave. in Portland. Portland, Ore.’s Newest Luxury Hotel Sharpens Culinary Vision With Chef AJ Voytko at the helm, The Porter to open innovative dining collection in February 2018 Portland,

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You are in Portland for lunch and want a place you can sit down. Where do you dine? Note: I ran off on my trip this fall with a bunch of “best of” posts written and set to publish automatically. It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized it had never happened. The best-laid plans… get

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I’m going through every post we’ve ever written, cleaning them up and adding SEO. In the process, I’ve been reminded of some of the fun things we used to do, and I’m going to bring some of them back. We had a food limerick contest in 2006, and again in 2010 that was great fun,

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It’s already that time of year. I’m working on the event lists for Christmas Eve/Day, New Year’s Eve/Day. If your restaurant is open let me know and you’ll be added to the list! You’ll find the easy form here. The post

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Accanto Chef Shuffles Big changes at the Italian restaurant Accanto on Belmont Street. Erik Van Kley and Gabriela Ramos are moving on from the recently closed Taylor Railworks and taking over the kitchen. From the press release: They’ll be taking their time making Accanto their own – their goal is to keep

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Lompoc Brewing has announced the closure of its Hedge House location at 3412 SE Division St. The final day will be Tuesday, Nov. 28. Owner Jerry Fechter gave the following statement. “We’d like to thank our staff, customers, friends, family, and vendors for your support over the last 14 years. We are so prou

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Kenny Giambalvo taking the helm of replacement New York Italian restaurant Fans have a little time to visit before Pazo closes its doors, so make plans accordingly. After over 20 years in business, Pazzo Ristorante will be saucing its last pasta and closing up shop after the first of next year. The final service will be

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Our new system makes it so easy to put together these lists, we were able to post the Thanksgiving restaurant list early this year. You’ll find eateries open on Thanksgiving day, plus a few restaurants selling complete to-go packages. We’ll update the list as we find out about more dinners, so check back.

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Noble Rot is hosting a special fundraiser from November 1st through 30th to benefit the UndocuFund. The wildfires that besieged multiple communities in Northern California in early October collectively burned over 210,000 acres of land within a week. Over this period, the fires killed at least 42 people, destroyed an es

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Is the Portland restaurant scene fading? Esquire Magazine released its much vaunted “Best New Restaurants in America” list, and two Portland restaurants are included: Coquine at number 4 and Han Oak at number 8. Since they opened in July 2015 and February 2016 respectively, one has to wonder how either made t

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After a very long vacation, I’m back in Portland – you’ll find plenty of photos on my Instagram. Along the way, I ate at a wide variety of restaurants, and for the first time, the Portland scene feels a bit dated. It no longer stands out to me as a beacon of light. Sure there

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Oregon breweries claimed a total of 17 medals at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) held October 5-7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. From the press release – Oregon Breweries brought home 7 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 7 bronze medals. The Portland Metro area won 8 medals, Central Oregon won 4 medals, the

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Oba Restaurant Has Closed Two notes tonight from readers saying Oba Restaurant at 555 NW 12th Avenue in the Pearl District has abruptly closed after over 19 years of business. Though nothing has been said on their Facebook page, their website and Open Table reservations are offline. Oba was known for Nuevo Latino cuisine

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As every year, the vote for the Best Indian Restaurant in Portland is so lopsided, it’s hardly a contest. No snub intended; the winner has three big things going for it: two locations, low prices, and good food. Portland isn’t exactly overflowing with good Indian cuisine, but it is slowly getting better. 690 of you

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