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This Week In Portland Food News: A New Mediterranean Spot, A Cocktail Destination, and An LGBTQ+ Video Bar

June 24, 2022 Edition
June 24, 2022
I dip, you dip, we dip: Dive into a bowl of Ruffles with Walla Walla onion dip at Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin Amberg's new bar Pacific Standard. (KEX)
Welcome the weekend with a new bar from famed mixologists Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin Amberg, a new southern Mediterranean restaurant from the Sesame Collective group, and an LGBTQ+ "video bar" with classic cocktails and Latin American fare. You'll find all of that and more below, plus tasty specials like Russian-inspired slushies and kimchi bulgogi fries. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Akira Sushi Add to a List
This affordable conveyor belt sushi spot, which operates locations in the Russell neighborhood and Clackamas, opened an outpost in Beaverton earlier this month.

Dolly Olive Add to a List
The Sesame Collective restaurant group (the team who brought you Mediterranean Exploration Company Add to a List . Shalom Y'all Add to a List , Lil' Shalom Add to a List Yalla Add to a List , and Bless Your Heart Burger) opened this cozy southern Mediterranean restaurant in the former Bistro Agnes space on Wednesday. The menu includes freshly baked focaccia, handmade pasta dishes, Sicilian eggplant parmigiana, bavette steak, Spanish octopus, lamb meatballs, polenta with fried mushrooms, and more, with beverages such as local beer, wine from Italy and Oregon, cocktails, house-made sodas, and zero-proof libations.
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honeycuspe Add to a List
This Olympia cart specializing in sweet and savory Belgian waffles and coffee recently opened a cart in Portland. Choose from variations like the "Classic" (buttermilk fried chicken on a waffle with maple syrup), the "Madeleine" (warm cookie butter, toasted pecans, caramel, and whipped cream), and the "Avalon Clair" (lemon curd, lavender cream cheese sauce, poppyseeds, and whipped cream).
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Pacific Standard Add to a List  
Star bartenders Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin Amberg, best known for their tenures at the influential Clyde Common Add to a List , opened this highly anticipated new hotel bar inside KEX Portland Add to a List on Wednesday. The roster of classic cocktails is inspired by "the world's great hotel bars," while others, like the Lobby Irish Coffee and Draft Michelada, pay tribute to Morgenthaler's California upbringing. There's also a selection of beer and wine from the small, local producers Morgenthaler and Amberg have developed relationships with over the course of their career, primarily served on draft. The food menu features bar snacks like deviled eggs, Walla Walla onion dip with Ruffles chips, and Morgenthaler's famed chocolate chip cookie.

Sissy Bar Add to a List
Derek Palmer of Raven & Rose Add to a List  and Truman Cox of The Benson Add to a List opened this LGBTQ+ "video bar" in mid-June, just in time for this month's Pride festivities. The bar serves classic cocktails alongside a Latin American food menu and features TVs playing video vignettes from famous films around the space.

Taylor Street Tavern Add to a List
Swank Add to a List , the restaurant inside downtown's Paramount Hotel, reopened this Thursday as the more casual Taylor Street Tavern. The Urban Restaurant Group (the team behind Brix Add to a List , Metropolitan Tavern Add to a List , and Bartini Add to a List ) spearheaded the new concept.
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Doc Marie's Add to a List
This upcoming lesbian bar named for early medical doctor, activist, and lesbian Marie Equi plans to open in the former Elvis Room Add to a List space on 203 SE Grand Avenue on July 1. The opening weekend festivities will include a DJ and dance party, karaoke, and a debut Queens, Queers and Quiche Add to a List drag brunch, which will feature a mimosa special created in collaboration with Chambord and will raise funds for the Black Resilience Fund. It will be Portland's only dedicated lesbian bar once it opens.

Great Notion Brewing Add to a List
The wildly popular brewery known for its hazy IPAs is set to open a new beer garden inside the former Ether Shoes building on Division Street in Southeast Portland later this month. A taproom in the same location will follow later this year.
Nob Hill


Brasa Haya Add to a List
Chef Ian Muntzert's live-fire Spanish restaurant, which opened in the historic American Foursquare house formerly home to Beech Street Parlor Add to a List in June 2021, has called it quits permanently. The business broke the news on Instagram last week, writing, "We have reached a point where we can no longer be certain of our ability to pay our staff and vendors...We're incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished here. And incredibly sad that we can't continue. This just wasn't the restaurant that Portland wanted."



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

Queer Wine Fest Add to a List

This event will showcase over 30 wines from 15 wineries from Oregon, California, and Washington, all of them queer-made, queer-grown, or from queer-owned wineries. The night will also include food pairings and live music from Camp Crush. Proceeds will benefit Wine Country Pride, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community of Willamette Valley.
Remy Wines Tasting Room, 6-9 pm


Summer Luau Block Party Festival Add to a List
The local nonprofit Feed the Mass will team up with Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co. and other local vendors to host this summer block party, with food and drinks, live music, hula dancing lessons, hula hooping, magic tricks, storytime, a raffle, a silent auction, and other activities. Hammer & Stitch will serve an exclusive specialty beer, with all funds going towards Feed the Mass's mission of fighting food insecurity in Portland.
Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co., 2-6 pm

5th Annual Clackamas on Tap & Uncorked Add to a List
People in Portland definitely love to make their little jokes about that big ol' county to the Southeast of the city, containing more than its fair share of boonies. But you know what, Clackamas uses those boonies quite well, to craft some of the state's most delicious spirits, and among the roses in the Sara Hite Memorial Garden, you can discover for yourself just how many great beers, wines, ciders, and spirits there are in Clackamas. This year's festivities include a performance by the Rae Gordon Band, lawn games, and summer barbecue fare like pulled pork sliders and fruit cobbler. Proceeds benefit Meals On Wheels and the Social Services Programs at the Milwaukie Community Center.
Sara Hite Rose Garden, 5-9 pm

29th Annual Hillsdale Brewfest Add to a List
Usually, this beer festival is held under heated tents in the winter, but this year, McMenamins is breaking with tradition and hosting it in their parking lot as an outdoor summer celebration, with 20 brews on tap and official tasting glasses. Enjoy live music performances from High Deductibles and My Siamese Twin, and cast your vote for your favorite beer—one brewer will emerge victorious.
Hillsdale Brewery and Public House, 11 am-8 pm

Moroccan Farm to Plate Dinner Add to a List
It doesn't get much fresher than eating a meal on the farm where the ingredients were grown. Topaz Farm's resident "farm-to-plate" chefs Christian and Janelle Ephrem will highlight Moroccan flavors at this family-style al fresco feast.
Topaz Farm, 6 pm

Rip City Ale Fest Add to a List
Sip beer from nearly two dozen breweries, including Great Notion, Little Beast, StormBreaker, Steeplejack, Pono, and Ex Novo. Plus, check out games, sample food truck fare, and listen to live music.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1-4 pm


Sorta Summer: Landmass Wines Release Party Add to a List
Get into a summer state of mind at this parking lot bash, featuring a new sparkling cuvée from Landmass Wines, a new capsule collection of Wellspent merch made in collaboration with designer Brett Stenson, and Hawaiian-inspired snacks (including butter mochi) from 'Ono Mau Goods and the upcoming food truck Manapua Man.
Wellspent Market, 1-5 pm

JUNE 24-26

Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week 2022 Add to a List
IT'S A FACT: The pinnacle of human ingenuity is undoubtedly THE SANDWICH. And at long last, it's time to celebrate humankind's greatest feat with DC Structures presents the Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week! And if you love sandwiches, you are gonna lose your damn mind, because from Monday, June 20 to Sunday, June 26, Portlanders will be feasting on delectable, original sandwiches built by 30 of the city's most creative sandwich makers... and if that's not enough, each of those sammies can be had for a mere $8! Are you dreaming? NO, YOU ARE NOT!


GrindWitTryz Add to a List
The Hawaiian favorite is currently offering a tantalizing kimchi bulgogi fries special for a limited time—if you're a fan of their Hawaiian nachos (topped with kalua pork) or poké nachos, you're going to want to snag an order before they're gone.
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Kachka Add to a List
Just in time for this weekend's blessedly warm weather, Kachka has introduced two new "lushy slushie ice-daddy concoctions": the "Megrelian Margarita" and "The Siberian Maldives" (Żubrówka vodka, cachaça, blue Curaçao, Coco Lopez, and caramelized pineapple). If you can't decide, throw caution to the wind and order the "Miami Vice": both slushies in one glass.
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Tōv Coffee & Tea Add to a List
For another sunny-day beverage, try Tōv's refreshing new "Egyptian Summer," featuring mint-infused cold brew, apricot purée, and San Pellegrino limonata.
Pickup, dine-in

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