Portland News to Chew

Everything you need to know about this week's Portland food and drink news, including the debut of Brunch Box, home of the monster YouCanHas Cheeseburger.

By Allison Jones April 23, 2013

Yes, you CAN has cheeseburger at the new Brunch Box brick-and-mortar, now open on SW 9th.

Image: Robyn Lee


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.

Wine Country 

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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