Buckle up, because there’s lots of food news out here in these parts. First, though, did you know that chef Ignacio Mattos will be signing copies of his new cookbook at Tusk on November 3? He will be. Did you know that a bunch of chefs are teaming up to raise funds—through food—for St. Andrew Nativity School, the city’s only tuition-free private school for low-income students? They are. Did you know that Portland’s second Queer Soup Night, a fundraiser that raises money for LGBTQ causes based on donations for chef-made soups, is going down at Handsome Pizza on November 6? It is. And did you know it’s last call to sip on Dom Serene’s newest batch of pinot noir while snacking on Imperial-made braised brisket for its final “Harvest in the City” event? Ditto.
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The Mercury’s autumn Eat and Drink Guide is out and here’s what’s in it: We profiled Bhuna chef Deepak Kaul and his unlikely path into the restaurant world; we hacked instant ramen noodles with local ramen chefs (at least those willing to let their names appear alongside the words “instant” and “ramen”); we toured Portland’s “Pickle-Sphere” by name-dropping the best spots in town to eat fried pickles, otherwise known as dredged “time-traveling cucumbers;” our critic visited Fimbul, the Icelandic-inspired pop-up courtesy of Holdfast and Kachka sous chefs where there was indeed poop on the menu “[a]nd it was great;” she also visited another pop-up—Shipwreck—which makes—“scout’s honor”—the city’s best cocktail (it’s a piña colada); and finally we visited another booze shack, the “comfortably unpredictable” Psychic, which makes well-balanced signature “delicious semi-savory” cocktails.
Late last week, the O reported on the opening of Dan Hart’s new Bantam Tavern in the old Laughing Planet space up on NW 21st. This week, the paper reported that two longtime eat-and-drinkeries are closing: The 22-year-old Alameda Brewing out in Beaumont-Wilshire is closing for reasons the owner can’t exactly explain (a legal reason), and Scott Dolich’s Park Kitchen is closing down its dinner service following an $800k jury ruling over a longtime-slash-long abandoned tip-pooling program. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom: The paper’s critic visited OK Omens and Beaverton’s Big’s Chicken where you should respectively enjoy aged wines sold at spectacularly good price points, and where you should dig into a fried chicken sandwich with jojos and a slice of buttermilk pie.
Speaking of destination dining, PoMo dropped its “50 Best” restaurant list. The list’s a comprehensive one, mingling golden oldies like Broder, Le Pigeon, and St. Jack with up-and-comers like Canard, Holiday, OK Omens, and Super Deluxe.
Speaking of Super Deluxe, Willamette Week profiled “burger king” Micah Camden; it visited the “chilled out” Hey Love; it dropped by the new brick-and-mortar Hunnymilk, where you’ll get not only the perfect (if spendy) brunch, but also the best Instagram shots; and it broke the news that seafood savant Trent Pierce is out as chef at Roe.
Finally, Eater reported that Wholism, a new SE Hawthorn vegetarian and gluten-free restaurant that will “delight your white yoga teacher” is opening today; it reported that Kalé, the Japanese comfort food restaurant has reopened for business downtown; and it had the news that Wei Wei, Sellwood’s beloved—and shuttered—Taiwanese cafe, will re-open in November, thanks to a longtime customer, who’s bringing it back to life in the same space into which it was born.