The semifinalists were announced today for the 2019 29th annual James Beard Awards. Since many of you visit Seattle restaurants I have included them also. Best New Restaurant Canard, Portland Sawyer, Seattle Outstanding Baker Kim Boyce of Bakeshop Outstanding Bar Program Expatriate, Portland No Anchor, … [Read more...] about James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced for 2019
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
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
Earl Ninsom, owner of the impossible to get into Langbaan, and Thai restaurant Paa dee, a 2012 "Best New Restaurant", is planning to open another Portland restaurant, this time featuring the cuisine of Southern Thailand. The new restaurant will be at 1605 N.E. Killingsworth, just east of Podnah's Pit. From … [Read more...] about Paa Dee, Langbaan to Get Sister Restaurant
In my surveys over the years, this question has received more votes than any other category. No so for 2015's Best Thai Restaurant in Portland. Perhaps Portlanders are getting more sophisticated, and experiencing other cuisines as more diverse restaurants open. I am glad interests seem to be evening out. In the 2011 … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2015: Best Thai Restaurant in Portland
Popular market chain Trader Joe's has backed out of plans to build a Northeast Portland store. That TJ's pulled out is a bit of a surprise, as the city had agreed to sell them the land, valued around $2.5 million, for just $500K. From KGW.com, The Portland African American Leadership Forum and a handful of locally … [Read more...] about Roman Candle, Riedel Coke, Swank & Swine, Trader Joe’s – It’s all here!
It's been a pretty slow period for restaurant news, but here are a few things that caught my eye: Michael Russell over at The Oregonian reports that Chef Jake Martin is returning to Portland from Seattle to take over as Chef de Cuisine at Genoa. He'll be working with Executive Chef David Anderson. You may remember … [Read more...] about Misc. News for 12.5.12
In spite of the shaky economy, it seems that more restaurants have opened in Portland this year than in the last 2-3 years combined. The list contains new takes on many interesting cuisines: Argentinian, French, Mexican, Asian, vegetarian* and even one which is dabbling in molecular gastronomy. I'm encouraged by our … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best New Restaurants in Portland Oregon