Portland News to Chew

The debut of Oso Market and Bar, Laughing Planet's new grass fed beef options, extra hours at Nong's Khao Man Gai East, and more of the week's food and drink news.

By Allison Jones and Nathan Tucker October 22, 2013


• Colin Howard (former head distiller at House Spirits) and Holly Johnson's Oso Market & Bar—part specialty market, part restaurant, part watering hole "where the beer flows like wine and the wine goes with everything"—will open on Wednesday, October 23 at 11 am. The bottleshop will offer sustainable and biodynamic wines, beer and cider, and imported and local pantry goods. 726 SE Grand Ave

• Starting November 1, Nong's Khao Man Gai's eastside location will offer extended hours, dishing up chef Nong Poonsukwattana's signature chicken-and-rice dish from 11 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week. 609 SE Ankeny Street, Suite B

• Crowdsourcing alert: baker Jessie Smith has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund a retail location of her gluten-free bakery Rock, Cane, Fat & Grain. The bakery, planned for an as-yet-undisclosed location in inner southeast Portland, has the admirable aim of doubling as a safe space for members of the community affected by sexual assault or abuse. More information can be found here.


• Evoe chef Kevin Gibson's upcoming East Burnside restaurant—taking over the former June space by November—finally has a name: Davenport. Get the full details in our recent breaking news update2215 East Burnside

• While Portland gets plenty of press as a haven for unapologetically meat-loving chefs, whole-animal butchery, and devotees of “lardcore,” let’s not forget that the Rose City has plenty to offer the herbivores among us. The folks at Cooking Light sure haven’t: they’ve bestowed the “Produce Innovation Award” on chef Aaron Woo of NE Alberta’s Natural Selection. “For pure deliciousness, Woo’s food takes produce based cooking to the next level.”


• A dagger in the heart for Portland pie lovers: despite having expanded to a brick and mortar only 3 months ago, pie-centric bakery The Honey Pot abruptly closed both the North Mississippi location and its food cart at the Good Food Here pod on SE Belmont last week. A post on the business’ Facebook page reveals that “in the end, the business wasn’t viable going forward.” While each of baker Mary Sheridan’s sweet and savory pies had their devoted fans, we’ll particularly miss the Pendleton, a blissful mix of chocolate, pecans, and whisky. RIP.

• The Pearl District’s Metrovino may have closed in September, but the restaurant’s longtime bartender Jacob Grier is still mixing and pouring, having landed at North Portland’s The Hop & Vine. He’s launched a new cocktail menu, too, including two beer cocktails and other new drinks like the “Yuzu Sour,” made with bourbon and yuzu vinegar. 1914 N Killingsworth St


• A new collaboration is set to bring back the "American Pie Break"—Swan Island blue-collar burger joint TILT and local coffee kings Ristretto Roasters will launch a two-in-one Pearl District location (think full service Ristretto coffee shop meets old fashioned pie and pastry counter) in November. The space aims to showcase America's industrial, working-class heritage across the street from Bluehour—utilizing Accelerated Development, the design team that crafted Ristretto's Schoolhouse Electric and NE Couch locations.  Northwest 13th Avenue and Everett Street


• Laughing Planet has launched a partnership with Wallowa Oregon's Carman Ranch, adding braised local grass-fed beef to the menu of bowls, burritos, and salads at all seven Portland locations, as well as the two locations in Eugene and one location in Corvallis. The beef is available in new menu items like the Korean BBQ Bowl and Braised Beef Burrito. Find a location here.

• Local illustrator Aaron Trotter has released the third deck in his series of Portland-themed playing cards, and this time around it’s a deck dedicated to Bridgetown’s thriving beer culture. The Portland Brewery Deck features 52 different illustrations of famous breweries, brewpubs, and bottle shops around town, each hand-drawn on location without the aid of photographs. It’s available at a number of stores in town and online here.

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