Associate Editor

Benjamin Tepler edits Portland Monthly’s Eat & Drink section, manages the Eat Beat blog, and writes across various departments, with a peculiar interest in Oregon-based entrepreneurial success stories, like Jacobsen Salt, Steven Smith Tea, and Kinfolk magazine

The New York native and Oberlin College graduate joined Portland Monthly in 2010, equipped with a culinary degree and a failed career in marine biology. To counter-balance his high-caloric diet, Benjamin spends his free time running, hiking, and climbing up Oregon’s various peaks. 

News to Chew

Kachka to Expand, Salt & Straw Hits SF, Plus More PDX Food News

… including House Spirits’ sale of Aviation gin and a new lunch program from Taylor Railworks.

11/30/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Güero Takes Over Tabla's NE 28th Avenue Space

The 14-year-old pasta joint makes way for creative tortas, Mexican hamburgers, and mescal by the carafe.

11/29/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat With Your Eyes

First Look: Rachel’s Ginger Beer Now Open on Hawthorne

The beloved ginger brewery opens its first location outside Seattle, pouring fizzy beverages and frying up chicken sandwiches in Southeast Portland.

11/28/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat Here Now

Where to Eat This Week: Nov 22–29

From pretzel bagels at Pop to funky gamay at Dame, these are the things you must eat and drink this week.

11/22/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Food Event Spotlight

Oregon Truffle Festival Tickets Are on Sale Now

The annual “black gold” blowout returns January 20–29, 2017.

11/21/2016 By Arlo Voorhees and Benjamin Tepler

Wise Up: Get Cooking

6 Places in Portland to Up Your Kitchen IQ

Knife sharpening to cocktail making to pig butchery, here are the city’s best spots to build your kitchen skills.

11/14/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Recipes

Five Phenomenal Winter Cookies

Nostalgic Christmas treats to jam-filled Italian classics, these are the holiday confections to crush any bake-off.

11/14/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

First Look

Chef Naoko’s Bento Café Gets a Redesign from Star Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma

We’ve got a first look at the farm-fresh eatery’s new digs.

11/14/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Food News

La Moule Tackles Brunch

SE Clinton’s mussels-and-fries nightspot reaches beyond Belgium for its morning menu.

11/11/2016 By Arlo Voorhees

Holiday Eats

10 Ways to Eat Out or Order In This Thanksgiving

Don't want to make your own turkey and pumpkin pie? These local eateries will do it for you.

11/09/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Weekly Planner

Ataula Serves a Rare Brunch, Night Market, and More Portland Food Events

… plus mouthwatering pop-ups at Tournant, a Big Night reenactment, and Portland’s Caffeine Crawl.

11/02/2016 By Arlo Voorhees

News To Chew

Honky Tonk Closes, Blue Star Opens a Pizza Chain, Plus More PDX Food News

… including the Bagelworks explosion, celeb chef Chris Cosentino’s new hotel restaurant, and Smokehouse Tavern’s Top Chef run.

10/25/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat This Now

Where to Eat This Week: October 19–26

Musubi rice bundles, top-shelf ramen, exceptional granola, and spicy baked oysters are your required eating for the week.

10/19/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Food News

Zilla Sake Launches Japanese Breakfast

The NE Alberta sushi and sake spot joins Portland’s Asian brunching movement.

10/19/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016

Portland’s Best New Restaurants of 2016

Dynamic change, new players, and deliciously bold concepts executed with serious attention to detail: here are the 12 places that define Portland’s food scene right now.

10/10/2016 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Bucket List

30 Portland Restaurants for the Ultimate Local Dining Bucket List

Hope you’re hungry. Here are 30 top picks from Portland Monthly editors.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke, Karen Brooks, and Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Carts We Heart

Portland’s 5 Best New Food Carts of 2016

Montreal-style pastrami to smoldering coconut curry, these are our new favorites from the fast-paced world of cart cooking.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Repeat Offenders

Four Portland Dishes We Ate Over and Over and Over Again in 2016

Fried catfish to porridge (no, really), we just can’t get enough.

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2016: Night Out

Portland’s Best New Spots for a Night Out

From a stronghold of natural wine to a bitters-fueled Bali Ha’i, here are four places to eat, drink, and be merry well after dark.

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Ramona DeNies

Best Restaurants 2016: Thai Twist

Portland’s Best Spot For Terrific Southern Thai: Hat Yai

Langbaan’s mastermind captures the intense flavors of the Thai/Malayasian border with his casual new restaurant.

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler