Portland News to Chew

Citywide Super Bowl specials, the end of Esparza's, prix fixe lunch deals, and more of the city's latest food and drink stories.

By Tuck Woodstock January 28, 2014


Olympic Provisions has created a Game Day Super Pack sure to please the salami-hungry Seahawks fans in your life. Each pack features a pound each of frankfurters, brats, and kielbasa, as well as sopressata and chorizo sausage—plus two beer coolies. The pack is available at both Olympic Provisions for $45.

Nice to 'meat' you, Portland. The Seattle-based butcher shop chain Bill the Butcher has just announced plans for an expansion of as many as 10 shops in PDX. A recent press release declared a partnership between Bill the Butcher founder/owner J'amy Owens and local Portland financier Erick Paulson, of E. Paulson Co. The new deal will bring the butcher shop's sustainable business model, 'gate-to-plate' delivery system, and meat activism to Portland. Presenting a unique brand of shops that are "culturally relevant, socially important and green," Bill the Butcher offers grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and organic chicken free from chemicals, GMOs, and antibiotics. Stay tuned for updates.


After 24 years of Tex-Mex tostadas and tamales, Esparza's quietly shuttered this week with little more than a sign on the front door. Martha and Joe Esparza plan to swap long hours in the kitchen for more time spent "relaxing and enjoying life—" to the dismay of longtime patrons. 2725 SE Ankeny St

The Fixe is in! Cyril's at Clay Pigeon Winery has launched a new three-course prix fixe lunch. The weekly rotating lunch menu, dubbed "the Fixe," centers on seasonal, local produce and includes a salad, entree, and either a dessert or pour of wine or beer. The Fixe will be available on weekdays, with prices ranging from $14-18. 815 SE Oak St


Bunk Bar at the Wonder is supplying Super Bowl fans with a special take-out menu of party subs, queso, guacamole, and smoked chicken wings. Orders must be placed by 4 pm on Saturday, and may be picked up between 11-3 on game day. No party to prep for? Sandwich lovers lacking game-time plans are invited to swing by Bunk Wonder at 11 am to watch the game and chow down. 128 NE Russell St


Hood River Distillers recently announced its acquisition of Portland's Clear Creek Distillery. Clear Creek's internationally celebrated fruit eaux de vie, grappa, and grape brandy are not only a boost to Hood River Distillers' spirits portfolio, but a nod to the latter's origins as a fruit wine and brandy distiller. 2389 NW Wilson St

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