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This Week In Portland Food News: Canard Comes to Oregon City, A Classical Music Bar Arrives, and Pix Says Au Revoir

July 8, 2022 Edition
July 7, 2022
Gabriel Rucker and Andy Fortgang's wildly popular restaurant Canard starts slinging its signature steam burgers in Oregon City this Saturday. (David Reamer)
In this week's batch of food news, Canard expands to Oregon City, the classical music-themed bar Mendelssohn’s opens, and the lauded French bakeshop Pix Pâtisserie bids adieu. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates, from details on The Portland Mercury's Nacho Week 2022 to where to find vegan hoagies and strawberry gelato. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Canard Add to a List
Gabriel Rucker and Andy Fortgang's smash-hit cafe and wine restaurant Canard Add to a List is about to hit the suburbs: The spot plans to debut its new Oregon City location on Sunday, July 10, according to a press release. In addition to established favorites like steam burgers, oeufs en mayonnaise, and foie gras dumplings, the outpost will also serve new dishes like ricotta gnocchi with corn, tomatoes, and basil and smoked pork chops with scallion pancakes and nectarine XO sauce.
Oregon City

Cascadia Heights Add to a List
Cascadia Taphouse Add to a List will host the grand opening Add to a List of this sibling taphouse in the West Haven-Sylvan neighborhood this Saturday, July 9. The spot aims to "offer the finest local and regional craft beers, wines and ciders available to the Cascadia region."
West Haven-Sylvan
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Cintli Cantina Add to a List
This new restaurant in North Portland, which opened around the end of June, takes its cues from indigenous recipes from rural Mexico as well as the "small plates and finger foods" of "old-style Mexican cantinas." Chef and owner Javier Hurtado's menu features locally sourced ingredients, scratch-made corn tortillas, handmade tamales with seasonal fillings, and dishes like huitlacoche (corn truffles) and carne asada con chimichurri, along with a selection of aguas frescas, beer, and cocktails.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Mendelssohn’s Add to a List
Portland will soon have its very first classical music-inspired bar, thanks to owner Lisa Lipton, a clarinetist, descendant of the bar's namesake composer Felix Mendelssohn, and the director of the Newport Symphony Orchestra. The watering hole opens on Saturday, July 9, and will feature themed cocktails like the "Bach Talk" (a jalapeño martini with Lillet Rouge), plus a food menu with items from local businesses like Rimsky-Korsakoffee House, Henry Higgins, and Olympia Provisions. 

See See Motor Coffee Add to a List
The quirky motorcycle-themed coffee shop See See will host the grand opening Add to a List of its new Beaverton location from 10 am-6 pm this Saturday. The festivities will include limited-edition merch, a “Sloppy Jalopy” drive in, live music, raffle prizes, food and drink specials, flash tattoos, local vendors, and free haircuts from the newest Rudy’s Barbershop, which is located inside the café.
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Tasty Corner Add to a List
This Sichuanese restaurant opened in downtown Portland in late June, serving hand-pulled noodles, Chongqing-style hot chicken, twice-cooked pork belly, and other specialties.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Street Disco Add to a List
The up-and-coming pop-up, which announced in April Add to a List that it plans to open a brick-and-mortar location, has revealed more details about its upcoming restaurant and wine bar: It's set to open in the former CHAR Pizza Add to a List space in September, with locally sourced small plates inspired by France, Spain, and Italy.


Pix Pâtisserie Add to a List
Sad news for anyone in Portland with a sweet tooth: The longtime "dessert oasis" Pix Pâtisserie is closing permanently on August 22 due to owner Cheryl Wakerhauser's retirement. Though the closure may come to a surprise as many, Wakerhauser says in an Instagram post that she actually planned the retirement from the "nonstop, unpredictable and yet also rewarding restaurant industry" 10 years ago to the date, when she opened the bakery's East Burnside location. Happily, there's a silver lining: The bakery's now-iconic 24-hour "Pix-O-Matic" vending machines will remain intact and fully stocked with goodies from Wakerhauser's baking crew, and Wakerhauser herself will host cooking classes starting next year. If you'd like to say goodbye, stop by for one of Pix's summer movie nights Add to a List or for a drink from the award-winning champagne and sherry menu on the patio (since, as Wakerhauser writes, "I can’t legally sell wine in a vending machine").

Safframen Add to a List
This plant-based noodle soup cart announced this week that it will close its location at the Carts on Foster pod permanently at the end of the month.

ThiccBoi Add to a List
The popular fried chicken cart closed on Sunday, July 3. Owner Jacob Palmer wrote in an Instagram post, "As chicken prices have skyrocketed and quality has dropped, it has become increasingly difficult to provide y’all with a consistent product. At a certain point the stress of running the cart exceeded the gratification and money that I was getting out of it. I’ve realized that this is not what I want to do anymore, so we will be closing very soon. I wish we could stay open longer for y’all, but between the extreme heat, the slim profit margins, and both me and my employee having scheduling conflicts soon, it makes the most sense for this week to be our last. My hope is that me and my family will continue to revive ThiccBoi in creative ways moving forward!"

Tails & Trotters Add to a List
This market known for its hazelnut-finished pork products closed last Saturday, July 2. Owners Aaron and Kelly Silverman cited rising expenses and the impact of COVID-19 as factors contributing to the closure, writing in an Instagram post, "After weathering a devastating fire in 2017 and the past 2 years of COVID, the sudden loss of key infrastructure makes it impossible for us to effectively operate. In conjunction with skyrocketing costs at every level, we have decided to suspend all operations while we figure out our next steps." The business will pay one last visit to the PSU Farmers Market Add to a List this Saturday if you'd like to stock up.



July Sip & Shop Add to a List
Get a wine buzz on and browse handcrafted wares from vendors like Gifford’s Flowers, Ayumi Angel Jewelry, L and A Poundcakes, Wine to Wicks, and Copper Moon Alchemy. Hip Chicks Do Wine will serve vino by the flight, glass, or bottle, as well as sangria by the glass.
Hip Chicks Do Wine, 5-8 pm


Bake Sale Fundraiser for Abortion Access Add to a List
The "bespoke buttercream" specialist Alchemy Desserts will join forces with baker friends, including Zuckercreme, Saint Frances, TumTum, Little Red's Bakeshop, Jen's Pastries, and more, to raise funds for abortion rights. Every cent of the elaborate confections sold will go to Planned Parenthood.
Montelupo Market, 10 am-1 pm

Food Truck Fridays Add to a List
Venture out to 82-acre Abbey Road Farm, located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, for a different food truck each Friday from June through August. While you're there, say hi to the farm animals and stop by the tasting room to try some wines.
Abbey Road Farm, 11 am-5 pm

JULY 11-17

The Portland Mercury's Nacho Week 2022 Add to a List
QUERY: Do you like or LOVE nachos? ANSWER: You flippin' LOVE 'EM! So get ready to get very excited, because from Monday, July 11 through Sunday, July 17, the Portland Mercury celebrates the return of NACHO WEEK (brought to you by your favorite booze, Hornitos Tequila, and this amazing event site, EverOut)! That's right! For one week only, Portland's fave restaurants will be serving up specially crafted, full-sized plates of inventive, delicious nachos! And while it's not a competition, you can bet your butt that these fun-loving chefs will be coming up with the most CREATIVE nacho combinations imaginable! And best of all? Every delectable plate is only a measly $6 each! TUMMIES, START YOUR ENGINES!
Various locations


Buddy's Steaks Add to a List
If you miss the erstwhile vegan sandwich shop Dinger's Deli Add to a List , you're in luck: The plant-based cheesesteak purveyor Buddy's Steaks is partnering with them to offer their famous Italian hoagie (ham and salami substitutes, dairy-free provolone cheese, vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, sweet and hot peppers, and Italian vinaigrette on a fresh hoagie roll) as a special through the end of the weekend.
Rose City Park
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Soro Soro Coffee & Dessert Add to a List
This Korean coffee shop has added some characteristically cute matcha brookies (a brownie-cookie hybrid) to its lineup. Naturally, they're adorned with googly eyes, á la Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Pinolo Gelato Add to a List
Just in time for summer, this Italian gelateria has introduced a new fragole e panna (strawberries and cream) flavor, made in collaboration with local food Instagrammer Nori De Vega of @nomnom_nori. The flavor is made with Topaz Farm strawberries in a port wine reduction, blended into a creamy fior di latte base.
Pickup, delivery

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