From the press release,
According to Executive Chef Jaco Smith, “The vision is to provide a casual, open air, family dining Argentine and Chilean restaurant different than anything Portland has ever seen. Far from your typical city restaurant, LeChon diners will feel almost as if they’ve been transported to South America, where they are served the traditional cuisine reflecting that region.”
With two full kitchens, one completely outdoors, and two custom-made Argentinean outdoor grills where 90% of the cooking will occur, expect exceptionally wood-fired meats and vegetable dishes with herbaceous sauces (chimichurri) and flavorful spices (garlic, saffron, roasted peppers and fennel). Exotic dishes such as cazuelas, which is Spanish for “cooking pots,” will also be served, expressing the traditional foods found in the South American regions of Chile, Argentina and Patagonia. Smith says, “I am looking forward to providing Portland with more international cuisine, giving diners something new and adventurous to look forward to while still utilizing the state’s vast local resources.”
I do love cazuelas, so I am looking forward to giving the restaurant a try. You’ll find the full press release here.
LeChon 111 Naito Parkway, Hours: Breakfast Daily 7 am-11 am, Lunch Daily 11 am-3 pm, Dinner Daily until 10 pm, and Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 3-6pm and 9pm-close.