This was a major year for Portland’s restaurant scene: many of our heavy-hitter chefs opened second locations, some with mixed results. Unlike last year, big-deal closures were few and far between (remember the restaurant-maiming icepocalypse of 2017?). Here are the ones worth knowing.

Openings

Baroque PB&J Paris–Brest pastry with roasted grapes and peanut at Canard

Canard

With his third restaurant, a breakfast joint fused to a wine bar, famed Le Pigeon chef Gabriel Rucker proved he was still an original. Canard was our Restaurant of the Year. 

Holiday

Instagram-ready smoothie bowls to fancy gluten-free toasts, Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson’s new spot bridges the gap between vegan punks and tweezer chefs. Holiday earned a badge as our Rising Star Restaurant of the Year

OK Omens

Castagna chef Justin Woodward and sommelier Brent Braun built a comfort-packed wine bar brimming with potential. So far, fried chicken Caesars and mapo tofu poutine are signs of good things to come.

Super Deluxe

Love him or hate him, Blue Star’s Micah Camden delivered our answer to In-N-Out: a drive-through that brings together all walks for burgers, fries, and fizzy waters. 

Enoteca Nostrana

With a stupidly comforting menu that cherry-picks Nostrana’s fanciest imports and crams them into sharable bites, the Italian institution’s little sib is way more than a wine bar.

Bullard

The buzzy Woodlark hotel restaurant from Top Chef bronze medalist Doug Adams just opened in December, so we don’t actually know if the place is any good yet. But the stoke is irrefutably high for this Texas-in-Oregon meat parade.

Closings

Old Salt Marketplace

Image: Allison Jones

Old Salt Marketplace

A Northeast Portland neighborhood fixture for five years, Old Salt (from the owners of Grain & Gristle) boasted a truly impressive house butchery program that percolated into nearly everything the restaurant and deli turned out. It was also home to the “Let Us Cook for You” dinner special—an omakase-style smorgasbord of meat and produce.

Woodsman Tavern

The Woodsman typified an age of locally sourced timber, whiskey curation, and wood-fired trout. The kitchen changed hands over the years, with its identity waffling between a lavish Southern destination restaurant and seasonal local cookery, eventually becoming more of a neighborhood bar with solid, blue-collar meatloaf, fried pickles, and regular Blazers game viewings. Meanwhile, owner Duane Sorenson’s personal philosophies shifted towards clean living, with his vegan and gluten-free Holiday (see above). The Woodsman had its last night of service on December 1. Its space will soon be filled by North Williams brunch icon Tasty N Sons, which will abandon its original location and adopt a new name, Tasty N Daughters. It's expected to open as soon as February 1, 2019.  

Alma Chocolate

When Alma Chocolate opened in 2006, before bean-to-bar shops were the norm in every quadrant, it was a true cacao pioneer, bursting with creativity and original ideas. Sarah Hart, Alma’s spiritual soul, who was later joined by talented baker Ruth Fox, grew Alma into a wild and wonderful catalogue of bon bons, molded chocolate art, and pastries. In September, both Alma locations were sold to Portland-born operation Moonstruck Chocolate.

Ray

Israeli-riffing Ray rose in 2017, a mere week after celebrity chef Jenn Louis’s farm-to-table Lincoln shuttered after nine years in the same space. It never had much of a chance: our review summed it up with this: “In today’s crowded food scene, value, experience, and fun factor count, big time. Ray, tight and mannered, has none of these in spades... Ray feels like Lincoln’s cousin after a year on the kibbutz.” It closed in September.

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Alma Chocolate Closed

$ Dessert, Market Multiple Locations

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$$$ Pacific Northwest 4537 SE Division St

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$ Deli, Pacific Northwest, Sandwiches 5027 NE 42nd Ave

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$$ Italian 1401 SE Morrison St.

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$ Burgers 5000 SE Powell Blvd

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$$ New American 1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Wine guy Brent Braun brings his dogmatic tastes to OK Omens, a gastro-bar that, until 2018, served as the burger bistro to Castagna’s abstract glamour. Now, ...

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Holiday

$$ Vegan, Vegetarian 3377 SE Division St

To categorize this café from Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson as simply “vegan/gluten-free”—which it largely is—misses the point. Good coffee, fresh juices, ...

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Canard

$$ American, Breakfast / Brunch 734 east burnside

If you've ever wondered what a breakfast joint from James Beard star Gabriel Rucker might look like, have a gander at Canard: a marble eating counter flanked...

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