For those of you in the mood to argue today (there seem to be quite a few), we have Phil Stanford weighing in on the Jim Dixon "not salty enough" Castagna Restaurant controversy. You may remember, Jim reviewed Castagna and claimed everything was under-salted. The owners were so upset, they delivered a 50 pound bag of … [Read more...] about Phil Stanford vs. Jim Dixon, The Salt Wars!
Portland Food and Restaurant News and Discussion
This is an archive of Portland metro area restaurant and food news, political debate, diatribes, discussion threads etc. If we aren't quite sure where a story belongs, you'll find it here.
From Johnathan Nicholas column in the Oregonian today (well, you didn't think I'd miss this did you?), comes news that Chris Israel is now the permanent chef at Saucebox, taking place of chef Adam Kekahuna who is leaving to "spend more time with his family". I have to admit, I'm feeling a bit sad. Adam was probably … [Read more...] about Saucebox chef Adam Kekahuna is off to “spend more time with his family.”
A SF Examiner restaurant reporter’s job is to bring in ads. On the surface, this may not seem like too bad an idea. The problem is the Examiner was trading good reviews for the ads: From ‘Grade the News’ George Habit’s food columns are presented as news, but they’re really ad solicitations, reports John McManus. … [Read more...] about Restaurant ads made to look like reviews for restaurants – that buy ad-space
I know it seems like I keep picking on the Ripe group, but to tell the truth, the things they come up with are so silly I just can't help it. If the food wasn't darn good, I wouldn't bother, but I think they can take a little poking. As you may have read, Ripe now has a "Writer in Residence" named Matthew Stadler. … [Read more...] about More on Gotham Tavern’s Table Cards – Now with Examples!
I really wasn't going to say anything. It seems to me they have been given enough publicity. Then someone pointed out they need a break from the tragedy going on in the South. Six other readers emailed similar thoughts. So, with a few accompanying comments from your editor, here is part of the latest publicity email … [Read more...] about Gotham Tavern Hires House Writer to Compose Table Cards
I couldn't help but stop and read when I saw that the Google Cafe people are looking for a new chef on their main campus. Employees get the benefit of free meals made from organic/sustainable ingredients. As part of their search, they posted their typical weekly menu.Read more if you want to be depressed about the … [Read more...] about What Does the Google Cafe Menu Look Like?
Have you read this weeks review by Karen Brooks of Cobras and Matadors in the Oregonian? [Note: the article is no longer available online] Some people think the article was way over the top, and downright cruel. I haven't been to the restaurant, so can't agree or disagree, but was a bit surprised by the vehemence of … [Read more...] about Do You Think a Newspaper’s Viciously Negative Review is Ok?
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