The Oregonian dropped the bomb today that Levant, the "French-Arabesque" restaurant on NE Burnside is closing. Chef Scott Snyder says that the restaurant will close after service on New Year's Eve. I'm really sad to hear this news. Levant is in my top five favorite restaurants in Portland. Since they opened in … [Read more...] about Levant Restaurant Closing
What is the best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Portland? For years I've been saying that Middle Eastern food has tons of potential, but chefs weren't exploring it. There are lots of options, but what is the best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Portland? Most menus in town were basically the same, and the quality wasn't … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2015: Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Portland
An anonymous email says that Morgan Brownlow has found a new home as executive chef at the longtime lacking Papa Haydn Group. You may remember Morgan from lots of past restaurant gossip posts, but my tipper says that he is calm and humble and looking to find peace in the city he was born in. I hope so - he's a talented … [Read more...] about Still Hungry? Go Back to the Buffet and Get More Food News!
As the economy recovers, it seems like we are getting a wealth of new restaurants in Portland. However, unlike last year, only five restaurants received significantly more votes than any others. Will the top choices be successful? Sometimes folks in the hardcore food community go for the new, shiny ball, forgetting … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2013: Best New Restaurants in Portland
I'm feeling human again, so it's back to the news! The first thing that caught my eye is the opening of Levant, a restaurant that sounds really interesting. Here is the press release: A new addition to the Rose City’s burgeoning restaurant scene is Levant, a French-Arabesque restaurant serving representations of … [Read more...] about French-Arabesque Levant Opens