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This Week In Portland Food News: The Knock Back Returns, A Beer Bar with Vinyl Arrives, and Nacheaux Returns

July 29, 2022 Edition
July 29, 2022
The Knock Back and Grilled Cheese Grill are back, now under the same roof. (The Knock Back)
The heat wave certainly doesn't seem to have stymied the activity of Portland's food scene, as The Knock Back and Grilled Cheese Grill make a comeback, Nacheaux opens a cart in West Linn, and The Record Pub brings brews and LPs to Westmoreland. Plus, learn about an upcoming food cart pod focused on BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ vendors. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Kann Add to a List  and Bar Sousòl Add to a List  
Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet is preparing to open his highly anticipated wood-fired Haitian restaurant Kann next Thursday, August 4. A downstairs pan-Caribbean bar called Sousòl (Haitian Creole for "basement")is set to follow it two weeks later. Gourdet has been vocal about his sobriety, and the bar will feature plentiful zero-proof options in addition to beer, wine, and cocktails.

The Knock Back Add to a List and Grilled Cheese Grill Add to a List
We could all use a little good news right now, and this definitely qualifies: Two beloved businesses presumed to be closed forever due to the pandemic made a triumphant return this week. According to a press release, the bar the Knock Back reopened on Tuesday under new ownership from fellow Alberta Street fixture Donnie Vegas Add to a List , and the erstwhile food cart Grilled Cheese Grill now runs the kitchen, slinging its signature Cheesus (a burger with grilled cheese sandwiches in place of buns), patty melts, soups, breakfast sandwiches, house-made ice cream, and cookies. The Knock Back has an updated interior with murals from local artists and is serving up cocktails on tap, frozen drinks, a rotating craft beer list, zero-proof drinks, and champagne.
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Nacheaux Add to a List
Anthony and Stephanie Brown's wildly popular Mexican-Southern cart reopened in a new location in West Linn on Wednesday. 
West Linn
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The Record Pub Add to a List
If you've ever wished to be able to sip a cold beer and browse vinyl in the same place, you're in luck: Co-owners Chris Metz, Dave Charbonneau, and Andy Clark opened this combination beer bar and record store inside the Iron Horse Building last Friday.
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Rock Paper Fish Add to a List
The fish and chip shop, founded by restaurateur Micah Camden, NFL player Ndamukong Suh, and RingSide Steakhouse Add to a List owner Craig Peterson, recently reopened in a new location on Northwest 23rd and Kearney. The restaurant has expanded its menu to include calamari, shrimp, and oyster po’ boys in addition to its signature Alaskan halibut fish and chips.
Nob Hill
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Skywater Fine Wines Add to a List
This new wine shop from Neil Thompson (formerly of Park Avenue Fine Wine Add to a List ) debuted in Hillsboro last week, with a selection of wines from all over the world, plus non-alcoholic beverages and pantry items.
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Elephants Delicatessen Add to a List
The reliable deli is opening a new location inside the former Bargarten Add to a List space in Beaverton.

Lil' America Add to a List
The new community-focused restaurant group Win Win, founded by Jasper Shen and Linh Tran of XLB Add to a List and queer poet and artist Catie Hannigan, announced this week that they will be launching a BIPOC and LGBTQIA+-focused food cart pod in inner Southeast Portland, according to a press release. The pod is currently accepting applications for vendors and hopes to host four to eight carts.


Oregon cheeses take home 24 awards at national conference
This week, Oregon cheeses took home no fewer than 24 awards at the Annual Cheese Competition at the American Cheese Society's 2022 conference, which was hosted in Portland this year. Tillamook, Face Rock Creamery, and Briar Rose Creamery were among the honorees.

Portland chefs appear on Netflix's 'Street Food: USA'
Portland's food scene got some face time on the small screen on Thursday, as Netflix debuted the third season of its series Street Food: USA. The season's Portland episode features well-known names like Mama Dút Add to a List , Ruthie's Add to a List , Kee's Loaded Kitchen Add to a List , and more.



Street Bazaar Add to a List
If you dig the Portland Flea, you'll love this colorful mash-up of the city's food, drink, music, and art scenes, complete with mouthwatering street fare from Buddy's Steaks, Hapa Pizza, and Birrieria Jalisco, plus festive cocktails from Zoo Bar. Over thirty artists will be on site to share their bright, contemporary works, and an epic dance battle will set the vibes for the evening.
Nova, 5-9 pm


Oregon Brewers Festival 2022 Add to a List
The state's biggest beer festival offers a plethora of choices, with 40 beers and two ciders from Oregon producers. To stoke your FOMO, 80% of the featured beers are either exclusive to the festival or brand-new releases.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Tualatin Valley Cocktail Week Add to a List
Tualatin Valley will celebrate its diverse food and drink scene with its first-ever cocktail week. Enjoy special libations from 24 participating bars and restaurants and cast a vote for your favorite—you'll be entered in a drawing to win a gift card to the winner.
Various locations


Africa Coast Farm to Plate Dinner Add to a List
Take a jaunt to Sauvie Island and enjoy the sights of picturesque Topaz Farm. Resident "farm-to-plate" Christian Ephrem, who was born in Addis Ababa, will prepare a multi-course, family-style dinner inspired by the cuisine of the African coast, made with farm-fresh ingredients. 
Topaz Farm, 6 pm


Bake Sale for Abortion Rights Add to a List
Support abortion rights by scooping up some stunning pastries and sweets at this bake sale with a selection from over 40 different bakers. Thirty local businesses will also donate covetable prizes for a raffle. All proceeds will go to the National Network for Abortion Funds.
The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen, 10 am-2 pm

Barrio Bake Sale Add to a List
Head to Magna Kusina to scarf impeccable baked goods from local vendors like Baon Kainan, Berlu, Heyday, Sunrice, and Mama Đút. Proceeds will go to the Cascade Abortion Support Collective and the Northwest Abortion Access Fund.
Magna Kusina, 11 am-2 pm

SlushFest Saturday Tap Takeovers Add to a List
Cool off this summer with this slushie-centric street party from Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom. They'll feature a four-tap kegerator and slushie machine, with four beers on tap from a different local brewery each week, a different house-made slushie, and "ice bergs" (beer pours with slushie floats).
Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom


Doe Donuts Add to a List
The vegan donut shop teased on their Instagram this week that they'll be offering their lemon snowball (a vanilla-glazed donut filled with fluffy lemon mousse and coated in coconut) among their August and September flavors, launching August 2.
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NOLA Doughnuts
The New Orleans-inspired bakery is offering an almond toffee brioche special this weekend only. Pro tip: Both its Beaverton and Pearl locations have air conditioning to cool you off.
Pearl District, Beaverton
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Papa Haydn
The iconic restaurant is bringing back its seasonal favorite dessert, the "Rhubarbarella" (pistachio pound cake, Oregon rhubarb and mascarpone mousse, strawberry gelée, and strawberry milk crumbs).
Nob Hill, Sellwood
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