SE Division: Andy Ricker's Pok Pok empire is crowned #8 on Andrew Knowlton's Bon Appetit list of the 20 Most Important Restaurants in America: "By going beyond pad thai and green curry, Ricker opened up a world of flavors—and a world-class cuisine—to a generation that didn't even know they needed them." Read the rest here. 3226 SE Division St
SE Ankeny: Beginning Saturday, February 16th, the SE Ankeny prep-kitchen outpost of Nong's Khao Man Gai will begin seven-days-a-week service, adding hours on weekends from 11 am to 4 pm. 609 SE Ankeny St
The Ocean: New lunch alert: Tails & Trotters' just-opened butcher shop will now be serving house-cured sandwiches Monday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. Offerings currently include Bistro Ham and Dijon on a petit baguette, Bahn Mi with liver pate and corned brisket or country pate and pickled veggies, Lil’ Havana Hoagie (Cuban mojo roast pork, swiss cheese, pickled red cabbage, lettuce, cilantro, garlic aioli, and yellow mustard), Porkstrami on rye, and Carolina pulled pork with mustard slaw. 525 NE 24th Ave
Come On Get Happy: Two Southwest Broadway restaurants have unleashed new happy hour menus: Imperial (410 SW Broadway) will serve $6 burgers, $7 wings, $5 salads, $2 oysters, $5 cocktails and beer, plus much more, seven days a week from 2 to 6 pm. Meanwhile, Raven & Rose (1331 SW Broadway) offers small-plates like $5 fried cauliflower, $5 soup, $6 farmhouse terrine, and a $4 daily punch, from 3:30 to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday.
NW 13th: After the January departure from his long-time stint helming the kitchen at Genoa, chef David Anderson has been spotted at Bluehour. According to new Bluehour chef Dolan Lane, who replaced ousted chef Thomas Boyce this year, Anderson has stepped in as sous chef at Bruce Carey's Pearl District restaurant. As for menu changes at Bluehour, Boyce's Asian influences have disappeared in favor of a return to entrees like roast chicken, steak, and pork chops (full menu here). 250 NW 13th Ave
Dundee: Introducing the next generation of Argyle Winery: After 27 years of wine production, vintner Rollin Soles has announced the passing of the torch to new 31-year-old winemaker Nate Klostermann. Soles will remain connected to the Argyle label, but will turn the bulk of his focus to his own label ROCO Winery. 691 Oregon 99W
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