Eat Beat's News to Chew

Top food news stories from around Portland, including a new name for Pizza Depokos and opening dates for Portland Penny Diner, Blue Start Donuts, and Lardo Downtown.

November 27, 2012

Get fired up for Handsome Pizza in North Portland.


N Killingsworth: Will Fain's wood-fired Pizza Depokos at the North Station food cart pod has rebranded as Handsome Pizza, with lower prices, a more focused menu, as well as cups, cones, and milkshakes from Scoop Handmade Ice Cream. Open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 8 pm. 2730 N Killingsworth at Greeley


SE Division: Rob Walls's "Portland-style" banh mi eatery Double Dragon will celebrate its first year of business with a free party on Thursday, November 29th from 6 to 9 pm featuring previews of the expanded menu that's set to debut in January (after the completion of their full bar and kitchen build-out). 1235 SE Division

SE Division: Nick Zukin's tacos guisados hot spot Mi Mero Mole will celebrate its first anniversary on Wednesday, November 28th from 4 to 9 pm with free prizes (like Blazers tickets and free nosh) and specials like free desserts, $2 beers, and $4 margaritas. 5026 SE Division


NE 28th: A new happy hour at Tabla offers mega discounts on food and drink from 5 to 6 pm every night. The entire bar menu (available here) is half price, and tipplers can order $5 well drinks, $5 negronis, $3 draught beer, $5 wine of the day, $12 half carafes of house wine, and $2 off all regular wine by the glass. 200 NE 28th


SW Broadway: On the heels of the opening of Vitaly Paley's Imperial Restaurant, the James Beard Award-winning chef's next venture Portland Penny Diner is set to debut on November 30th. Paley and his right-hand man and executive Chef Ben Bettinger have re-imagined the diner for the Pacific Northwest, named after the coin that Frances Pettygrove and Asa Lovejoy used to decide Portland’s name in 1845. The counter-service diner will offer morning pastries, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches (on house made Fry Bread, Parker House rolls, or Grand Central breads) as well as salads, soups, sides, and old-school desserts from Pastry Chef Michelle Vernier. Bar Manager Brandon Wise will resurrect the historical soda fountain with housemade phosphate sodas, "lactarts", and cocktails like the Portland Egg Cream (with Fernet Branca, Imperial chocolate syrup, cream, and soda). The space will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 am to 7 pm; Fridays from 7 am to 1 am; and Saturdays from 7 pm to 1 am. 410 Southwest Broadway

SW Washington: Micah Camden's small-batch, from-scratch Blue Star Donuts is set to open Saturday, December 1st on the ground floor of the West End's twelve | west building. The long simmering project will offer a dozen varieties of brioche doughnuts from its 980-square-foot space complete with open kitchen, Stumptown coffee service, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Stay tuned for photos. 1237 SW Washington

SW Washington: The Downtown location of Rick Gencarelli's show-stopping, pig-powered sandwich spot Lardo is set to open on November 30th in the corner section of the space most recently home to the shuttered Corazón. 1205 SW Washington St

SW 10th: The second location of Wes Russell and Christine Herman-Russell's Case Study Coffee has debuted downtown (in the former Crafty Wonderland space), offering pastries from Bakeshop, Nuvrei, and Petunia's Pastries as well as bagels from Bowery Bagels. Opening hours going forward: 7 am to 5 pm, daily. 802 SW 10th

Got a food news tip? Send it my way at [email protected]!

Filed under
Show Comments