Review: American Local

American Local Portland

As the Pythons used to say, “…and now for something completely different.” There is traditional American cuisine – featuring the usual roll call of comfort food classics – and Modern American, blending hyperlocal and global ingredients with whiz-bang tricks from the 21st century world of food science and … [Read more...]

Review: Biwa

Biwa

Reader Survey Best Restaurants in Portland 2012 #16. New review 10/15/12 A lot has changed about Portland since my review of Biwa in 2008. Sure, Portland still isn't much of a sushi town as compared to Seattle, Vancouver BC, or San Francisco. Yet good ramen and izakaya style dining were still a rarity in Portland in … [Read more...]

Review: Bunk Sandwiches

Bunk Sandwiches Portland

<Completely updated 6/12 - hours, photos, notes, locations, etc.> What I like most about Bunk is, though it has only been open for a short time, it’s already a dive - in a good way. Sit in the back next to the stacks of bread, and you’ll know what I mean. It’s like being transported to the East Coast, where … [Read more...]

Review: Nuestra Cocina

Nuestra Cocina Sopes

[This review is originally from 2006, but many parts have been rewritten for 2012, including some new dishes, great photos, updated prices, etc. This is the Reader Choice for Best Mexican Restaurant 2012.] There are few places in Portland that really call to me. I can only take so many steaks, so much saucy … [Read more...]

Review: Bar Avignon

Washington mussels, white wine, cream, tarragon

From the moment you walk into Bar Avignon the atmosphere wraps its arms around you. A long bar stretches the length of the restaurant, an easy place to feel comfortable if you are dining alone.  In the front, a small group of tables holds about 20, and a few raised booths make up the back. If you are in a group, a … [Read more...]

Review: St. Jack

St. Jack Restaurant

Liberté, Egalité, Gastromie! The French Revolution has come to town, and the only guillotine in sight is a chef’s cleaver hacking at a pig. Within a month of each other two French bistros have opened in Portland—Little Bird downtown and St. Jack, in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood, across the street from Vindaloo. … [Read more...]

Review: Ate-Oh-Ate

ate-oh-ate

Nostalgia can do odd things to people. It can turn strong men weepy, and make normally sensible folks act with puzzlingly sentimental yearnings. The word “nostalgia” literally means a sickness for home, and when Ben Dyer set out to re-create the food (no one ever accused it of being a “cuisine”) of his native … [Read more...]

Wine Shots – Olympic Provisions

Olympic Provisions

It took me a while to get into Olympic Provisions, the relatively new Charcuterie haven in the made-over Olympic Mills building.  Construction was happening while I was working in the building, but by the time they opened I had gone off to do another project.  The building itself is in an out of the way location, at … [Read more...]