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As Portland enters a freeze that includes a ban on all onsite dining this week, it might seem like the restaurant scene is at a standstill. Happily, that's not the case: some prime new takeout options have come to town, including a solid sandwich shop, a pop-up with burritos stuffed with Cheetos and fries, and a Seattle sushi favorite. Plus, Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet announces a pop-up "yurt village" to preview his highly anticipated upcoming restaurant, Reel M Inn says farewell for now, and Shine Distillery launches a new drive-thru with drag performances. Read on for that and more food-world updates. For more ideas, check out our full food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
Break Bread Sandwich Shop
This sandwich spot, which opened its first location in the Pearl District last year, quietly soft-opened its second location near the waterfront last week and had planned a grand opening before the dining-out freeze, but has currently postponed that in favor of a "medium opening" until restrictions are lifted. They're currently open for pickup and delivery. Portland Mercury contributor Suzette Smith recently sang the shop's praises in her column Takeout Club, writing, "For the vegetarians I recommend the Credible Hunk which puts roasted bell pepper, tomato, pickled shallots, avocado, and vegan sriracha mayo together and stabilizes it all with copious mixed greens. If meat is your thing, I'm a big fan of the CAR (chicken, avocado, ranch dressing, and delightful crispy onions). Pro tip: If crunchy baguette-style bread makes your life complete, dish out the fifty cents for the Dutch Crunch."
Pickup and delivery