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This Week In Portland Food News: Indian-Inspired Brunch, Salt & Straw in Beaverton, and Cinnamon Rolls

July 22, 2022 Edition
July 22, 2022
The latest addition to Micah Camden's restaurant empire is Kinnamons, an elevated cinnamon roll bakery. (Kinnamons)
We've got an extra-packed edition of Portland food news for you this week. Highlights include artisan cinnamon rolls from Micah Camden, Indian-inspired brunch from the team behind DesiPDX, the return of Langbaan, a new food hall in Happy Valley, and new locations of Binary Brewing and Salt & Straw in Beaverton, just to name a few. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Binary Brewing Add to a List
The nano-brewery Binary Brewing Add to a List (formerly known as Uptown Brewing) expanded with a bigger brewery in the former space of Beaverton Bakery Add to a List in historic downtown Beaverton on Tuesday. The spot, which was originally intended to open a year ago but was beset by permitting delays and other issues, is the first brewery in Beaverton with onsite production in over five years. The new location features a pinball hall, lounge areas, a spacious patio, and an in-house restaurant called Megabites, which serves sliders and other bar fare.

Black Rock Coffee Bar Add to a List
The boutique coffee roaster chain Black Rock Coffee Bar, founded in Portland in 2008, debuted a new drive-thru-only outpost in Troutdale on July 8. The business is known for its roasted coffees, teas, smoothies, and signature Fuel energy drinks.
Delivery, drive-thru, dine-in

CereusPDX Add to a List
A new cocktail lounge called CereusPDX aims to flip the script on tiki culture. Along with co-owner Phil Chung, nationally recognized bartender Bradley Thomas Stephens is taking inspiration from the escapist ethos of tiki—minus the colonialist overtones and aesthetic. The menu features cocktails with international influences, as well as South American tapas from chef Diego Cortes. The bar soft-opened earlier this month and had its official grand opening on Thursday, according to a press release.
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Happy Valley Food Hall Add to a List
If you and your crew can't settle on a place to eat, take them to this new food hall in Happy Valley, which opened on July 15 and boasts six different food vendors plus a full bar. Dining options include the Korean rice bowl purveyor Bibimbap PDX, the Hawaiian restaurant Kamaaina Express, the boba chain Kung Fu Tea, the sushi spot Musashi's, the Korean fried chicken joint Two Zone Chicken, and the Chinese eatery Wheat Bay.
Happy Valley
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Kinnamons Add to a List
Restaurateur Micah Camden and the restaurant group MMMco (Boxer, Baes Chicken Add to a List , SuperDeluxe Add to a List , YāYā Add to a List , Kevin & Franky's Add to a List , Snappy's Add to a List , Rock Paper Fish Add to a List ) launched this new bakery in the Pearl District on Tuesday. Named for the Greek word for cinnamon (kinámōmon), the spot aims to reinvent the classic cinnamon roll with locally sourced ingredients and unique glazes in flavors like raspberry pistachio, tiramisu, and blackberry lavender.
Pearl District
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Langbaan Add to a List
The landmark Thai restaurant reopened in a new space next to its sibling restaurant Phuket Cafe Add to a List on July 1.
Nob Hill

Masala Lab + Market Add to a List
The team behind DesiPDX plans to open this restaurant specializing in Indian-inspired brunch and pastries next Thursday, July 28. The spot will open for brunch, with comforting dishes like pakora waffles and a reimagined BLT (ghee-toasted New Cascadia sourdough, tomato chutney, house spiced bacon, ghee fried egg, and arugula), and has plans to introduce a pastry program, dinner service, and a market with pantry items and grab-and-go meals later this this year.
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Old Pal Add to a List
Partners Emily Bixler and Jeremy Larter opened this cozy, seasonally driven neighborhood spot at the end of June. The restaurant serves snacks like housemade pickles and gougéres, jarred and tinned fish, plates like grilled asparagus and heirloom tomato gazpacho, larger dishes like risotto and ricotta gnocchi, housemade ice cream and sorbetto, and a selection of cheeses from Cowbell.
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Salt & Straw Add to a List
The famed artisan ice cream chain opens its new Beaverton shop at 11 am today, according to a press release. The first 100 customers to arrive will receive a free scoop. If you don't have the patience to wait in line, check out our guide to where to get ice cream in Portland Add to a List for more ideas.
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Alouette employees unionize
Employees at Slabtown's French bistro Alouette Add to a List , which just opened in late May, have formed a union called Alouette United and are on strike, citing a "lack of support" from owner Wei-En Tan (who also runs Stem Wine Bar Add to a List ). The union's Instagram account alleges that employees have experienced pay discrepancies, punishment for working overtime, unclear job descriptions, inconsistent rules and standards, unsafe working temperatures, and inappropriate communications, among other issues.

Erica's Soul Food owner Erica Montgomery plans upcoming restaurant
Exciting news: Erica Montgomery, owner of the wildly popular Southern comfort food truck Erica's Soul Food Add to a List , revealed this week that she plans to open Juke Joint, a restaurant that would also serve as a lively community hub and music venue. Erica is currently raising funds for the project, which she hopes to open by this winter.

Starbucks closes two Portland stores
On July 11, Starbucks announced that it will be closing 16 of its shops, including two Portland locations, allegedly due to "crime rates." Some of the stores in question have been organizing efforts to push for a union, leading many to suspect the move is an attempt at union-busting. Starbucks Workers United has filed a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, and workers at some of the stores have been striking in protest. 



4 Days of Aloha Add to a List
E hele kāua! The 20th annual 4 Days of Aloha festival spotlights traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian culture with hula and craft workshops, traditional food, live music, a keiki zone for kiddos, and a hōʻike (cultural showcase). The event supports the Ke Kukui Foundation, a local organization working to eliminate socioeconomic barriers faced by Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Pacific Northwest. 
Esther Short Park


KIND Ice Cream Bar Pop-Up Add to a List
The ubiquitous brand KIND Bars has released a new frozen ice cream bar, which recently received a People Magazine Food Award for best plant-based frozen dessert. You can try the prize-winning treat yourself for free as their "Better Than Ice Cream Truck" makes stops at Jamison Square and Union Station this weekend. 
Jamison Square, Union Station


4 Year Anniversary Party Add to a List
The small-batch distillery Freeland Spirits will ring in its fourth with a rowdy celebration that includes live DJ tunes, a free tasting booth with prizes, Jell-O shots, canned cocktails, themed drink specials, pizza from Pizza Thief, a corn hole tournament, other lawn games, a free distillery tour with CEO and founder Jill Kuehler, and "maybe some water balloons."
Freeland Spirits, 12-8 pm

Carioca Bowls Anniversary Party Add to a List
The açaí bowl purveyor Carioca Bowls, which has received praise from the Mercury's Suzette Smith, celebrates its seventh birthday this weekend. The festivities include free bowls for the first 25 customers at each location, plus chances to score freebies like BOMBA party bowls, Brazilian cheese bread, merch, and beverages from Rise Brewing Co. and OLIPOP.
Carioca Bowls, 9 am-4 pm

Oregon Trail Brewfest Add to a List
There will be over 40 craft beers and ciders and no dysentery (hopefully) to be found at this all-ages beer festival uplifting producers from along the Oregon Trail. To help get you into a pioneer state of mind, the event will take place at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, which features a backdrop of giant covered wagons. Six local bands will provide additional entertainment, and a selection of food options will be available.
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 12-9 pm

Threshold Meet the Brewer and Tap Takeover Add to a List
Get to know the family-owned and operated brewery Threshold Brewing. You'll meet the team themselves and sip some of their eclectic offerings, which include IPAs, funky farmhouse-style ales, sour and mixed-culture beers, and "bourbon-forward" dark beers.
EarthLab Libations, 5-7 pm

Beaverton Night Market Add to a List
Over 60 vendors and multicultural performers will take over The Round for two evenings of family-friendly fun. The July night market includes a Cantonese lion dance performance, creative breakdancing, and tunes from Eastern European-inspired band Chervona, plus an open mic for local writers, paper lantern making led by Lan Su Chinese Garden, and dozens of multicultural food options (don't miss Alleamin's Somali offerings and Whabii's Salvadoran pupusas and raspados).
The Round, 5-10 pm

JULY 24-30

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

JULY 28-30

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


Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies 2022 Add to a List
The coolest, most delicious event of the summer is finally here! The Merc and Jim Beam present Summer of Slushies, which brings boozy, frozen, custom-made treats to the frugal and thirsty denizens of Portland at just $6 a pop.
Various locations


Rally Pizza Add to a List
The family-friendly pizzeria's current seasonal iteration of its roasted vegetable dish is basically summer in a bowl: corn, sugar snap peas, carrots, Walla Walla onions, potatoes, smoky romesco, tomatillo salsa, and rose petal harissa.
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Sugarpine Drive-In Add to a List
This week only, the retro drive-in is celebrating its fourth birthday with a limited-time birthday cake sundae special, featuring vanilla soft serve with strawberry magic shell, cream cheese-frosted funfetti cake bites, birthday cake crumbs, and rainbow sprinkles.
Delivery, drive-thru, dine-in

Tabor Bread Add to a List
The quaint bakery is taking advantage of stone fruit season with a ricotta toast special, topped with honey-roasted peaches and an oat-nut crumble.
Mt. Tabor
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