Feast is underway and in light of a few remaining tickets to certain events, we presented a tips list to help you navigate them. Also, follow us this week on social media, where you can find links to reports on the festival’s biggest events. On to the news: This week, our critic and famously curmudgeonly bruncher shared her thoughts on two brunch spots—Alibi and Perlot—that offer two invaluable things that she doesn’t have access to while making brunch at home: karaoke and live jazz, both of which make brunching at these two spots well worth your time. Also, we dropped by the new Kargi Gogo brick-and-mortar to indulge in its famed Georgian cheesy bread and what we found was that each bite was “pure, rich joy.”
The O named Gabriel Rucker’s Canard its 2018 restaurant of the year, giving the celebuchef a proper O hat trick. The paper named Rucker’s Le Pigeon as its best restaurant in 2008 and 2012. The paper also named its 10 best new food carts and broke the news that Joshua McFadden’s Submarine Hospitality is partnering with a London-based hotelier to open a pair of bars and a new restaurant—La Neta, to be run by Chalino’s Johnny Leach—at a planned hotel on SW 4th, a block off Burnside.
Willamette Week had the news that ChefStable’s Kurt Huffman is tangling in the courts with the heirs to Far Hung Low building in Old Town-Chinatown after the heirs to the building sent the restaurant group’s Fortune bar an eviction notice. The lawsuit alleges that the family conspired to prevent Huffman and his business partners from making planned renovations and for frequently entering the space without permission after hours.
Finally, Eater reported that Vitaly Paley is opening his fifth restaurant on the ground floor of the Dossier Hotel downtown. The restaurant right now has neither a name or a concept, but expect it to open by year’s end. Meanwhile, NE Broadway will soon be a home to a Hawaiian-Korean restaurant called Smokin Fire Fish; North Williams will be home to Shine Distillery & Grill, the-first-of-its-kind-in-this-city distillery bar and grill; and the Burgerville Workers Union just filed its first formal complaint against its employer after the Oregon burger chain instituted new policies that prevents employees from wearing political buttons (lefty ones, naturally) on their uniforms… because they're concerned about the hurt feelings of its conservative customers? I thought the lefties were the snowflakes. Oh well.