N Williams: Thanks to recent kitchen upgrades, Kenny and Zukes Deli Bar now features an expanded menu with hearty options like omelets, pasture-raised burgers, franks, and pastrami (including a three-course dinner available every night for $14.50). Also in the mix: a new bar menu packed with items like buffalo-fried cheese curds, Japanese-style Chicken Wings, and pastrami cheese fries. 3901 N. Williams
N Mississippi: We've got the first word on the new weekend brunch at Radar. Check out the details (Swedish pancakes! Smoked bluefish! Ships!) right this way. 3951 N Mississippi
SE Morrison: Up-and-coming restaurateur Earl Ninsom has officially opened the doors to his new Thai market and eatery, Tarad, on the corner of SE 6th and Morrison. In addition to fresh Thai ingredients, Asian pantry staples, and curated cookbooks, Tarad serves small Northern Thai bites from 11am-9:30 pm, and until 3am on Friday and Saturday. Get the recipe for Tarad’s Nahm Prik Ong (spicy chile dip) here. 601 SE Morrison
SE Pine: Ned Ludd's Jason French is partnering with Union/Pine and Merit Badge cocktails for a monthly dinner and speaker series called "Association." Part pop-up restaurant, part conversation-sparking salon, each $75 dinner will feature a guest speaker. More details and tickets here. 525 SE Pine St
SE Washington: Ambonnay's Champagne guru David Speer has been selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine's 2013 Sommeliers of the Year. Here, F&W explains why he won: "Because at his 20-seat Champagne bar, he’s compiled a list of 50 excellent grower and Grandes Marques bottlings. With some choices costing only $12 a glass, he’s making Champagne an everyday drink." 107 SE Washington
E Burnside: Eat Beat broke the news of chef Rick Widmayer's departure from Screen Door and spilled the beans on his upcoming project with Donut-O-Rama’s Greg Slauson of “crème brulee beignet” fame. More details here.
SW 12th: John Gorham's Tasty n Alder is now officially open, offering brunch and dinner service daily. New this week? A Happy Hour-style "mid-day menu" available from 2 to 5:30 pm daily, with specials like $6 wine, $2 mugs of beer, $7 cocktails, and dishes like a steakhouse sandwich, low country hushpuppies, and cheese or charcuterie boards. 580 SW 12th Ave
NW 21st: BJ Smith's Smokehouse 21 is now scooping Salt & Straw Ice Cream and offering root beer and real beer (i.e. Fort George Cavatica Stout) floats. By-the-scoop flavors include Coffee and Bourbon, Grandma Malek’s Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, and Double Fold Signing Dog Vanilla. More details here. 413 NW 21st Ave
NW Thurman: We got our camera inside Chickie Massa's new sample-friendly Bluebird Bakers Cookie Bar, now offering grown-up takes on classic cookies off of NW 23rd. Check out the full details and slide show here. 2390 NW Thurman
SE Washington, NW Thurman: The salami kings at Olympic Provisions are unveiling a new line of “whole muscle” cured meats. Expect Lomo (pork loin),Ventreche (pork belly prosciutto), Coppa (cured pork shoulder dry rubbed with coriander and chili flakes), Sweetheart Ham (Applewood smoked), and Square Peg Farm Prosciutto. Try them all with the “Cheek to Cheek” board (available at both locations) or order online. 107 SE Washington, 1632 NW Thurman
Hillsboro: The Single-A baseball Hillsboro Hops has announced a multi-year partnership with Portland's BridgePort Brewing Company. The stadium will feature an official "BridgePort Beer Garden" off of the first base line, and the brewery is developing a limited small batch Hillsboro Hops beer to be poured at the beer garden and BrewPub in Portland. The Hillsboro Hops will make their home debut in their new stadium in Hillsboro on Monday, June 17 against the Eugene Emeralds. Tickets available here. 4450 NW 229th Ave
Beaverton: Specialty beer store Uptown Market has announced early plans for the first brewery in Beaverton, set to open in July. The new in-house brewery will add craft brews to the other offerings at the popular store, including homebrew supplies, specialty beers and wines, and a full schedule of promotions, tastings, competitions and events. During its first year of operation, Uptown Market’s brewery will donate 50 percent of its profits to local charities. More info available here. 6620 SW Scholls Ferry Road
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