Portland News to Chew

Mi Mero Mole's second location, the end of Local Choice Produce Market, the debut of Fado Portuguese Kitchen and Bar, and more of the week's restaurant news

By Allison Jones October 1, 2013

A second location of Mi Mero Mole will bring Mexico City-style tacos de guisados to Chinatown this winter

Everything you need to know about this week's Portland food and drink news...


• The folks at Water Avenue Coffee have released a line of their favorite El Salvador El Manzano coffee beans aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels. The raw (or “green”) beans were left in a barrel used for Crowley Wine’s top-shelf pinot noir, a wine we included in our list of Oregon’s 50 best wines. Bags of the barrel-aged beans can be purchased for $18 online and at Water Avenue's cafes in the Southeast Industrial District (1028 SE Water Aveand inside ENSO winery (1416 SE Stark St)

• Originally scheduled for October 1, the opening night of Fado Portuguese Kitchen and Bar has been pushed back at least a week. When it debuts, the new SE Hawthorne eatery will offer traditional Portuguese small plates including marinated olives, pasteis de bacalhau (salt cod and potato fritters), and a cheese board featuring three rotating Portuguese cheeses. Entrees will include seared scallops with crispy presunto (Portuguese proscuitto) and celery root mash and Bife a Portuguesa—a grilled Painted Hills flatiron steak topped with presunto and a sunny side up egg. Stay tuned for an updated opening date! 4612 SE Hawthorne

• Bonnie and Israel Morales will open a new Russian restaurant this winter at 720 SE Grand (a few steps from Dig a Pony). The restaurant, dubbed Kachka, will feature traditional Eastern Europe comfort foods including chicken kiev, blintzes, short rib borscht, and plenty of vodka.

Portobello Vegan Trattoria has launched a three-course Sunday Supper dinner service featuring family-style plates for just $23 per person (reservations available). The kickoff supper menu includes house-baked focacccia, kale and bean soup, arugula salad, vegetable and cashew cheese lasagna, and apple crostada. 1125 SE Division St

• Ahi Sushi and Tapas is now open in the former Vindalho space off of SE Clinton, serving a tapas menu of 33+ Japanese-inspired small plates and a raw menu with rolls and sashimi. The 70-seat dining room is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 11 pm and Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4 to 10 pm. 2038 SE Clinton St


• Big Ass Sandwiches food cart owners Brian and Lisa Wood announced via Facebook they'll open a second location in the Mississippi Marketplace pod on North Mississippi in late October. In addition to the new addition, the cart owners announced a shift to new fall hours: the Southeast Portland cart is now open Monday through Saturday from 11 am-7 pm, and the North Portland cart is expected to debut with service hours Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am-5 pm. 4233 N Mississippi Ave 


• The Pearl District's 9-month-old Local Choice Produce Market will permanently close its doors on Friday, October 4. Owners Don & Georganne Sader's ambitious, 10,000-square foot market aimed source 100% of its products from local producers and/or local family-owned suppliers. Starting October 1, remaining inventory will be 25% off to clear the shelves.

• A second Mi Mero Mole location is slated to bring the eatery's popular tacos de guisados to the corner of NW 5th and Couch in Chinatown. According to an email newsletter, the new outpost's menu will feature a slightly expanded selection of Mexico City-style moles, stews, and stir-fries in addition to a dedicated bar and hand-made tortillas. Construction should be completed by December, stay tuned for an official opening date.

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