Eat Beat’s News to Chew

Top food news stories from around Portland, including a new Happy Hour at Ned Ludd, an opening date for the new Grand Central Bakery in Beaumont, the debut of Lardo and the Songbird Cafe, and brunch with a view at Chart House.

By Allison Jones July 10, 2012

Get happy at Ned Ludd.


NE MLK: Shabby-chic wood-fired hot spot Ned Ludd is launching a daily Happy Hour—Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 3 to 5 pm—at the bar or outdoor patio. Chef Jason French will prepare seasonal small plates to pair with small batch spirits, chilled wines from around the globe, and ice cold beers. Food specials will include $3 pickle plates, $4 and $5 salads, $6 mac & mornay, $7 braised hen with tomatoes and greens, $9 salmon sausage with cucumber salad, and much more. On the liquid side of things, the bar will be pairing a shot of local spirit with a chaser of house-made rhubarb, chard, asparagus, or garlic scape pickle juice—a savory spin on the drinking vinegar trend around town—as well as plenty of craft beers and wine. 3925 NE Martin Luther King Boulevard

NE Fremont: Grand Central’s new Beaumont Bakery is set to open on Monday, July 23rd. The Beaumont Village cafe will be the seventh Grand Central Bakery in Portland café, serving freshly baked breads and handmade pastries, as well as seasonal sandwiches and soups. The new space features a native Oregon madrone wood floor, a wrought-iron bread rack crafted by Portland metal sculptor Jim Meakin, and a patio that seats 40. 4440 NE Fremont Street


SE Hawthorne: Chef Rick Gencarelli’s brick-and-mortar pork-powered sandwich shop Lardo opened its doors this week on SE Hawthorne and 12th, with meaty sandwiches, fries, salads, and 14 beers on tap. Backed by Kurt Huffman’s ChefStable, the new eatery will also be home to pastry chef Kir Jensen’s popular dessert cart Sugar Cube (expected to open in Lardo’s patio within the next week). Stop by for a taste, seven days a week, from 11 am to midnight. 1212 SE Hawthorne Street

SE Division: The newest location of Townshend’s Tea has officially opened on Southeast Division in the same building as chef Marco Frattaroli’s Cibo. The teahouse is open daily 9 am to 10 pm, serving all of Townshend’s 100+ loose leaf teas as well as all seven flavors of Brew Dr. Kombucha on tap. 3531 SE Division Street

SE Belmont: Mt Tabor’s newest eatery Songbird Cafe has opened, serving breakfast and lunch from 7 am to 3 pm daily (with happy hour and dinner service to launch by the end of the month). The 30-seat "farm-to-table" restaurant from restaurateurs Judy Sleavin and Peter Niland features Northwest-inspired cuisine from Chef Nick Roberts, as well as Stumptown coffee and pastries from Nuvrei. 6839 SE Belmont Street


SW Terwilliger: Chew-with-a-view restaurant Chart House Portland just began a Sunday brunch from 10 am to 2 pm. Dishes include chocolate chip pancakes, shaved prime rib benedict, and house made cinnamon rolls along with savory sandwiches, soups, and salads. 5700 SW Terwilliger


Feast Portland: Another week, another celebrity chef confirmed for Feast Portland. David Thompson, one of the worlds foremost Thai food experts, will bring his culinary skills to PDX for the big weekend. The chef of London’s Nahm and author of Thai Street Food will join the Feast Portland Night Market—an outdoor celebration of global street food—on Friday, September 21st. Get your tickets here!

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