The restaurant will close in mid-May for a remodel and change in concept and name <updated with a statement from Castagna below> When Zefiro restaurant closed in 2000, the Caesar salad was one of the things I missed the most. It was right out of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe playbook, one of my favorite versions … [Read more...] about Café Castagna to Close
Big press release from the James Beard Foundation today - the 2018 James Beard Awards nominations NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2018) - The James Beard Foundation announced today its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the 28th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Selected from a list of more … [Read more...] about 2018 James Beard Awards Nominees
Where can you get the best hamburger in Portland Oregon? This category received 1,378 votes. I'm always surprised when we have ties with this many votes cast, and it happened three times in this category. This is always a top vote-getter in our yearly poll, with such a wide variety of responses, even the winners have a … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2015: Best Hamburger in Portland
I'm already getting emails asking about the Thanksgiving dinner roundup. Yes, I will be doing one this year - I'm already putting it together. If you want your restaurant event included, let me know soon, or you'll miss one of my most popular posts of the year! While you are at it, feel free to fill out the holiday … [Read more...] about News: Cafe Castagna, Kachka, Zaatar, In-N-Out and More
Best Burger is always one of the more contentious awards. Almost everyone likes good hamburgers, but many people base their favorites on "what mom used to make". Some people like all the accompaniments, others the bare minimum. With that in mind, I've listed to top 15. The spread is pretty close, with the … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Burger in Portland
In 2010, Cafe Castagna ran roughshod over the competition for best hamburger. Slow Bar came in 2nd, and Carafe, Higgins and Castagna tied for 3rd. This year Cafe Castagna once again stomped the other choices, but interestingly, the other restaurants all have opened in the last year. Out of 1020 votes cast: … [Read more...] about Survey 2011: Best Hamburger in Portland
Should restaurants serve produce that has to be shipped in from other countries because it is not available locally? I just got an email from a reader asking how I felt about the use of out-of-season produce by restaurants: Speaking of local fresh ingredients .... on Nov. 24th Castagna refused to have tomatoes for … [Read more...] about Out-Of-Season Produce – Ok in a Restaurant?
With all the hamburger controversy that has been going on, I thought I would give my .02 cents. Over at ExtraMSG’s site, he has been going through and reviewing many Portland area burgers. It is very thorough, you can read it here: ExtraMSG.com. He likes the Wildwood burger, and since I stopped going to the restaurant … [Read more...] about Burger Wars! Wildwood vrs. Cafe Castagna