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Four PDX Spots Land on Bon Appetit’s Best Restaurants List 

The vaunted publication just dropped its finalist list of the 50 “Best New Restaurants in America 2017.” Four of those slots go to Portland Monthly-approved Portland restaurants: Tusk, Güero, Afuri, and Dame. Later this month, we’ll find out if they make BA’s whittled-down “Hot 10” list—a pretty big deal as national exposure goes. 

Oregon Crushes the National Cheese Awards 

At the American Cheese Society’s 34th Annual Cheese Competition in Denver, Colorado, Oregon racked up major accolades (as it does every year), with 15 wins. Ochoa’s Queseria scored four medals, Rogue Creamery landed three ribbons, and Briar Rose's Feta, Tillamook’s 4-Year Reserve White Cheddar, and Rivers Edge’s classic Up in Smoke were all first-place finishers. Check out the full list here. 

Water Avenue Coffee Blows Out Its Food Menu

One of Portland’s best roasteries and coffee shops got into the food game last year with a simple menu of avocado toasts and grain salads. Now they’re going whole hog, everyday from 7 a.m.–3 p.m., with braised lamb and polenta, espresso molé arepas, and duck confit hash. This might have something to do with Australian coffee expats Proud Mary setting up shop on Northeast Alberta with a full brunch menu last month. In any case, we’re excited to see what the local coffee studs can do.

Tasty n Sons Expands to McMinnville 

In spring 2018, John Gorham (Tasty n Sons, Toro Bravo, et al.) will bring his particular brand of steak house/brunch fare to downtown McMinnville inside the upcoming Atticus Hotel, just off Third Street. Gorham says his “Third n Tasty” will pull from his list of global favorites from Tasty n Sons’ brunch (wanna make that shakshuka, anyone?) and Tasty n Alder’s dinner, while also focusing on Oregon wine and food from the various wine regions of the world.

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Shutters after Fire

EaterPDX reports that the Alphabet District eatery burned down on July 30, possibly due a dumpster fire that tore through the electrical power to the building. Owners Ben Bui and his mother Lauren Huynh opened Short Round (3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd) just weeks earlier, serving Vietnamese street food, Korean drinking snacks, and frozen slushie cocktails. No word on whether Fish Sauce will reopen.

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Fish Sauce

$$ Vietnamese 407 NW 17th Ave

Revel in the exotic Vietnamese cuisine at this restaurant on NW 17th in the Alphabet District, and be sure to hit up their rocking happy hour specials.

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Tasty n Alder

$$$ American, Breakfast / Brunch, Steakhouse 580 SW 12th Ave

The west-side sister restaurant to Tasty n Sons rules brunch, but carves out its own identity with a strong lunch program (the famous radicchio salad include...

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Toro Bravo

$$ Pacific Northwest, Spanish 120 NE Russell St

Chef John Gorham imports the rowdiness of a tapeo in Andalucía to his Spanish-inspired east-side eatery. There’s a little French and a pinch of Northwest thr...

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Tasty n Sons

$$ American, Breakfast / Brunch, Mediterranean 3808 N Williams Ave, Suite C

At John Gorham’s globe-trotting family-style brunch and dinner spot, you’ll find new ways to love eggs: fried with a cheddar biscuit, over-easy atop spicy No...

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Water Avenue Coffee

$ Coffee 1028 SE Water Ave 145

Enormous blue neon letters spelling COFFEE hang over the bar and beckon visitors as a modern nod to the working-class coffee shop of yore. Mud-wise, expect s...

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$$ Pacific Northwest 2930 NE Killingsworth St

At this NE Killingsworth restaurant and wine bar, au naturel is the only way to go. Originally built by rising-star sommelier Dana Frank (she’s since departe...

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Afuri Ramen

$$ Ramen 923 SE 7th Ave.

One slurp of Afuri’s signature yuzu shio broth and you get what the fuss is about.

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$ Mexican, Sandwiches 200 NE 28th Ave

After four years in the food cart trenches, the beloved torta spot has transformed into a full-on cantina. The counter-service spot serves up eight or nine t...

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$$ Middle Eastern, Pacific Northwest 2448 E Burnside St

A farm-fresh Mideast remix beckons Portland into the light.