What's new, what's gone, and what's coming soon in the Portland food scene

If you know me, then you know I'm kinda obsessed with our amazing and ever-evolving food and drink culture in Portland. When I'm not helping clients buy and sell homes, I'm out enjoying the deliciousness of our city's bars and restaurants. There have been a lot of changes lately and thought I'd share some with you:
Recently Opened
Poison's Rainbow - 344 NE 28th Ave
Opened March 12th
This is the highly anticipated bar from indie band Modest Mouse's frontman Isaac Brock, which just opened along NE 28th's Restaurant Row, replacing long-time dive Red Flag. The drink list looks pretty standard but the real draw is Ranch Pizza, which was formerly delivery only to a few bars around 12th/Division. If you haven't tried it, you should! It's the best deep dish style in town, with or without adding the ranch.
Gravy's New Location - 3101 NE Sandy Blvd
Opened March 17th
Portland's favorite gut-busting brunch now has a second location in the space that was formerly home to vegan restaurant Harvest At The Bindery. Expect all the comfort food classics of the Mississippi St original with the possibility of evening happy hours by Summer.
Pot & Spicy - 8230 SE Harrison St
Opened in November
This tiny space on SE 82nd may not be the fanciest or finest hot pot in town but might be the most fun - and cheapest! There's plenty on the menu but really, it's all about the skewers: For just 99 cents each(!), you pick from various meats, veggies, and seafood, decide what to boil in broth and what to deep-fry and hand it over the host. Pick six and they'll throw in vermicelli noodles for free. They've got everything on a stick from your standard beef and chicken to baby octopus, lotus root, quail eggs and lots more. Do you want to eat deep fried pork belly while watching Canadian hidden camera shows that play on the TV above the bar? Yes, you do!


Shalom Y'all - 1128 SW Alder St & 117 SE Taylor St
Opened in February
Portland has added some great Israeli food in the last couple years (Tusk, Aviv) though Shalom Y'all is more focused on street food and it's GOOD! From the team behind Pearl District spot Mediterranean Exploration Company, Shalom started life in the Pine Street Market but has now moved to two full size locations, one downtown by Multnomah Whiskey Library and another off Water Ave in the space that formally housed Taylor Railworks. Expect to find creamy hummus, killer falafel and ah-mazing pita.
Sammich - 2137 E Burnside St
Opened December 1st
In a city full of fantastic sandwich spots, this is my new favorite. Formerly known as Pastrami Zombie, the North Portland food cart that's been serving up delicious meats since 2016, they have now opened their first full Portland place after the original location in Ashland. The pastrami is super good but don't miss the Chicago style Italian beef and the those Zombie Fries: The best pile of "dirty fries" in Portland with giardinera, bell peppers, a tangy-spicy Zombie sauce, and squares of pastrami that have been crisped in a pan and finished in the oven. Oooh, I want them right now!
Pizzeria sul Lago - 315 1st St, Lake Oswego
Opened March 19th
They still gotta eat in the 'burbs right? If you find yourself hungry out in LO, get into what should easily be best new pizza in town. From the Neapolitan mind of Nick Ford, who previously made the pies at Portland's Associated and P.R.E.A.M., comes this new venture with more great pizza as well as adding in wild boar bolongnese, middle-eastern inspired salads, and bottled cocktails.
Recently Closed
Sweet Jam - 8775 SW Canyon Ln & 5237 NE MLK Blvd
Closed March 10th
It seems like this ambitious brunch spot/music venue just opened, but the southwest Portland location had been serving up breakfasts with a side of soul since 2016. Perhaps it was too ambitious to open the second location last fall but a few days after announcing the closure of MLK, the original shut down too. I’m bummed I never got to try it... it sounded fun and looked tasty but apparently many other Portlanders never made it there either. It’s a real loss for this Westside neighborhood that has always lacked good food options. Hopefully someone will step up soon and take its place. 
Muscadine - 1465 NE Prescott St
Closed December 31st
This came as a surprise as Muscadine was as popular as ever but the chef-owner wanted to go out on a high note and retire from the game for good after three years of serving up the best Nashville Hot Chicken in town. It's a tough loss as they really did Southern food right and were even named as one of the best new restaurants in America by Esquire in 2015. Good news is this space has been claimed by Johnny Nunns, Chef-Owner of Irvington French bistro Verdigris, who will be opening a yet-to-be-named affordable pasta restaurant there this April.
Rue - 1005 SE Ankeny St
Closed early January
This was a real bummer as I loved their creative cocktails and small plates. They had a great happy hour and chill vibe but ultimately couldn't make it work after a year and half run. No news on what may take its place though it seems difficult for bars and restaurants to last in new buildings with apartments above. Do we prefer to eat in old buildings??
Bunk Sandwiches - 621 SE Morrison St
Closed January 15th
After nine years, the tiny spot that started the Bunk empire is no more. This was the original location but was only open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday so not gonna miss it much. There are still several locations around town to get your Bunk fix including outposts at both the Moda Center and Providence Park. This stretch of SE Morrison has lots of good stuff (Trifecta,Tarad Thai,Creepy's,Star Bar) and just keeps getting better as a second location of Pizza Jerk will take over this space in April.
Coming Soon
Kachka moves and becomes Kachinka
720 SE Grand Ave & The Goat Blocks
Opening Sometime Soon
Big changes are coming to Portland's favorite vodka-soaked Russian restaurant. Kachka will move up the street into a new building across from the Market of Choice on Belmont with an expanded menu, deli counter, vodka tasting room, and event space. Their current location will become Kachinka, a cheaper, no-reservations spot with a focus on dumplings and small plates. ETA is still TBD but should be within the next couple of months.
Great Notion's New Location - 2448 NW 28th Ave
Opening this Summer
Opening only two years ago on Alberta, replacing the lackluster Mash Tun Brew Pub, Great Notion Brewing quickly established itself as one of the finest breweries in the city with a focus on the "hazy" IPA style that's been all the rage. They will now join Breakside in offering a Westside location for their pints. This will house a new brewhouse, canning facility, and a full restaurant.
Palomar - 959 SE Division St
Opening any day now!
Oh yeah! This may be the one I'm most looking forward to and not just because it's near my house. This new bar from 2012 national Bartender of The Year winner Ricky Gomez is sure to be a new hot-spot when it opens in the new building graced by this lovely mural of the woman with living hair. True to its Cuban theme, it will be daiquiri focused with standards like the cubano and even whole fried snapper. (one of my favs!)
The Former Pub At The End Of The Universe -  4107 SE 28th Ave
Opening this Summer (hopefully)
I'm super excited for this as it's a block from my house and I'm tired of looking at this ugly building! The former Gladstone St dive, Pub At The End of The Universe, closed last Summer and sat vacant for sometime while the building was up for sale. The developer of Ocean and The Zipper mico-restaurants along NE Sandy has teamed up with the crew behind hip Portland bars Old Gold, Paydirt, and Tough Luck to re-imagine the space as a cocktail bar with another 2-3 businesses inside for food; a kind of neighborhood food hall of sorts. No details yet on food options but whatever ends up moving in, it will be a very welcome addition to the Gladstone Street strip.
Canard - 734 E Burnside St.
Opening late Spring
I'm excited for this one too! This is a sister bar spinoff of Le Pigeon (my fav restaurant ever!) Details are still slim but Canard is promising “High/low” French dining open early mornings for breakfast through late evenings for cocktails and dining. It will be right next door to Le Pigeon so you will now be able to grab a drink while you wait or just eat there and save some $$$
Churchgate Supper Club - 3150 SE Division St
Opening this Summer
Ok, so maybe I'm really excited about all of these! If you love Bollywood Theater (and your should) but want a fancier way to get your Indian flavor fix, this summer you can try Bollywood's new super club offering rotating prix fixe menus. It's been noted as being next door to Bollywood but the address places it somewhere within the D Street Village complex a few blocks down. We'll have to wait and see.
Mae / Yonder - 4636 NE 42nd Ave.
Opening this Summer
The hottest ticket in NE the last couple years has been Maya Lovelace's prix fixe popup, Mae, in the backroom of the also excellent Old Salt Marketplace. Her down-home South Carolina cooking is based on her Grandma's old recipes and man is it good! She's finally got her own space to do her thing just down the street and Mae will continue its family-style suppers while an à la carte version, Yonder, will also be serving up the goods with a focus on her fried chicken and even her take on the Nashville hot version.

That's It, I'm hungry now!

There's a lot more I left out but this email is too long already! I hope you enjoyed the update on our changing food and drink scene. Hit me up if you wanna talk real estate or about the great new happy hour you've found. Whether it be Portland food, drink, or real estate, consider me your resource!

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