Portland News to Chew
Double the pleasure: Division's "Portland-style" banh mi joint Double Dragon is entering a new era with a brand new kitchen, new dinner menu (think 5-spice bacon burger with Szechuan peppercorn relish, kimchi-brined fried chicken thighs, and yakitori-style grilled squid), a new cocktail program (like a classic daiquiri spiked with traditional pho aromatics), and new hours (Sun-Thurs: 11:30 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30 am-11 pm). 1235 SE Division
Come on get happy: The SE Wine Collective Tasting Bar has launched a new Happy Hour menu (available Wed-Sat from 4 to 8 pm). Pair a glass of made-in-house wine with BLT-inspired deviled eggs, Merguez sausage with red beans, and French macarons. 2425 SE 35th Pl
The boy is back in town: Not sure which surprised us more this week: the fact that chef Daniel Mondok was born in Japan, or that he's now running the kitchen at Wafu. 3113 SE Division
Gird your loins, burger fans: BrunchBox's Derek Coughlin officially opened his new brick-and-mortar restaurant serving the full lineup of heart-stopping burgers (including the jaw-dropping YouCanHas Cheeseburger sandwiched between two Texas toast grilled cheese sammies). Don't worry, cart lovers, the ol' wheel-bound BrunchBox isn't going anywhere. 620 SW 9th
Mary no more: The Willamette Week reports Portland's outpost of LGBTQ-friendly Hamburger Mary's restaurants has closed. 19 NW 5th Ave
Chow down for Boston: On Tuesday, April 30 popular food carts Gonzo, Pizza Box, Wolf and Bear's, and Fried Egg I'm In Love will donate 30% of all sales to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings.
Cave cravings: Apolloni Vineyards will unveil a new Tuscan-inspired underground wine cave (able to store up to 400 barrels at optimal temps and humidity conditions) to the public on Saturday, May 11 from 4 to 7 pm, including a special library wine tasting.
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