I have confirmed that Troy MacLarty is leaving Lovely Hula Hands Portland
No reason has been given for his departure.
Troy MacLarty worked at Alice Water’s famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley, before being lured to Portland by the much-maligned Michael Hebberoy. As things began to melt down in the Hebberoy empire, he left, reappearing later at Simpatica, and finally at Lovely Hula Hands which had just moved into a much larger space. Under his capable hands, LHH rose to the point where it was my Restaurant of the Year for 2007. In my last review I wrote, “Salads are inspired and perfectly executed; in my opinion, some of the best in the city. On my second visit, I had the radicchio with pear butter vinaigrette, brie, and glistening candied pecans. It was like a brie butter fog had settled over the leaves. I wanted to lie down in it. This was an exceptional effort that shows just how much you can do with a salad.” To this day, I think it’s the best salad I’ve ever had.
At this point, I have not confirmed his new plans, but it sounds like he is staying in Portland.