Chef Update

Tasty Tidbits from a 2010 Best Restaurant

John Gorham answers a few quick questions about his culinary cover boy.

By Anna Sachse October 25, 2010

Not only did chef John Gorham’s Tasty n Sons make the cover of Portland Monthly’s 2010 Best Restaurants issue, hitting stands now, last Wednesday the Willamette Week named the NoPo eatery its 2010 Restaurant of the Year —the only time in that award’s 18 year history that a single chef has received the honor twice. (Toro Bravo got the top spot in 2007.)

Despite the hungry hullabaloo around Gorham that never seems to cease, I was able to catch up with him a couple days ago and get in a few quick questions about his very tasty toast of the town.

How long does a starving person have to wait for a seat?

The lines aren’t too bad, actually. We’re seeing a few more people lining up for opening on the weekdays and we’re pretty busy by 10 a.m., but the wait is only getting to about 15 minutes.

What are the most popular menu items right now?

The Shakshuka and the Fried Green Tomato BLT. Oh, and lots of Bloody Marys with our house-cured beef jerky.

How are you managing to stay sane?

Staying sane is tough. After a hard day I like to swim, go for a bike ride, or run. Yesterday was a hard day so I went for a hard run—it pushes me to go harder. This weekend I’m taking my daughter and wife to Seattle via the train. We’re just going to chill out and eat some good food. Also, this isn’t that “fun,” but I’ve been finishing my day with a cup of kava tea. Basically, I’m doing everything I can to just keep it cool.

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