Pok Pok Wing to Open in SW Portland Now that Andy Ricker has closed his NYC locations, he’s opening another branch of Pok Pok Wing on SW Barbur Blvd in the old Humdinger Drive-in across from Safeway. The Oregonian broke the news yesterday. View this post on … [Read more...] about News: Pok Pok Wing SW,
The Best Thai Restaurants in Portland I always expect to see Pok Pok at number one, but the big surprise is that Earl Ninsom has three restaurants on this list in the top four. With all of the Thai restaurants in Portland, this is quite an achievement. Another interesting change; Red Onion has been in the top half of … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2017: Best Thai Restaurants Portland
The newest branch of Pok Pok in the building that previously housed The Bent Brick, is now open in NW Portland. One huge change for the restaurant chain is half of the dining room is available for online reservations. I don't believe they have tried this before. Though the menu is smaller than the Division location, it … [Read more...] about Pok Pok NW Portland Now Open
Pok Pok LA will close March 21st, 2017 Perhaps Andy Ricker is not finding other cities support his business model as well as his home turf in Portland. Pok Pok Phat Thai in Los Angeles closed in August of 2016. Now Eater LA reports that Pok Pok LA will be closing on March 21st. This leaves Pok Pok New York as his … [Read more...] about 2nd Pok Pok Los Angeles to Close
Andy Ricker is closing Sen Yai, the noodle house at 3384 SE Division St. According to Portland Monthly, Ricker says that Sen Yai has never made money, and thought it would only get worse because of Portland's high rents, increasing minimum wage, new sick leave laws and "stereotypical ideas about 'ethnic food' as … [Read more...] about Andy Ricker’s Sen Yai Closing to Make Way for Tacos
Andy Ricker of Pok Pok is opening a restaurant at the airport. From a Craiglist ad, "Pok Pok Restaurants is holding open interviews for our new quick service, pop-up location at Portland International Airport. We are hiring for kitchen, counter service and supervisory positions. Interviews will be held Wednesday … [Read more...] about Pok Pok, Salt & Straw, Country Cat, Tommy Habetz and More!
I haven't always been a fan of Anthony Bourdain. Though I enjoyed his first book, Kitchen Confidential, No Reservations, the show he slogged through for nine seasons on the Food Network, left me cold. Last year, however, I started watching Parts Unknown on CNN, and found him to be much more interesting - mature, a … [Read more...] about Bourdain and Ricker Pair Up for Chiang Mai Adventure
The 2014 James Beard foundation awards for Books, broadcast and Journalism have been announced. The winners include Andy Ricker for an article on Thai curries in Saveur magazine called "The Star of Siam", which you can read here. If you aren't a subscriber to the excellent food magazine Lucky Peach, you should be: … [Read more...] about James Beard 2014 Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards Announced