Portland News to Chew

The American Local launches brunch, Lardo North opens, and Ned Ludd draws inspiration from a classic Wu-Tang Clan album.

By Salish Davis March 5, 2014

American Local's dining room


As if it were hurting for options, SE Division gets another mouth-watering brunch menu—this time at the American Local, where eight-time restaurateur Chef Chris Whaley emphasizes hearty Americana with a distinctly Asian flair. Try beef skewers with a side of eggs and grilled toast or a plate of pork belly with sriracha with maple, and round out the meal with a carrot juice-infused Bloody Mary or Junipero gin with ginger liqueur, jasmine-hibiscus honey, and lemon. 3003 SE Division St., brunch only on Sundays: 10:30 am-2 pm.


Can you imagine a better way to eat your ‘za than an evening filled with 90s playlists packed with LL Cool J, Salt n’ Peppa, and Run DMC, Wu-Tang Clan inspired to-go boxes, and delectables fresh out of the woodfired oven? Neither can we. Ned Ludd's Monday night pizza party (brought to you by cook Nick Ford and server Brandon Gomez) is now a whole lot cooler: officially dubbed P.R.E.A.M. (Pizza Rules Everything Around Me), the night draws inspiration from Wu-Tang Clan’s infamous 1993 hip-hop single “C.R.E.A.M” (Cash Rules Everything Around Me). 3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd


Dapper gent and lauded wine expert Douglas Derrick has joined the Raven and Rose crew after years of creative behind-the-bar innovation at Nostrana. According to a press release, Derrick has big plans for his new perch: “Like the rug in The Big Lebowski, I hope to really tie the room together.” We'll take a few White Russians, while you're at it, Doug. 1331 SW Broadway


Annette and Christian Joly have relaunched the Pearl District's Chez Joly bistro as Capers Cafe. Stop in for a salad made with flax and chia seeds or a Painted Hills beef burger, along with a smattering of other sandwiches and entrees. 135 NW Broadway 


New Hampshire transplants Chris and Theresa Therrien's Silver Moon Creperie will take over the former Honey Pot Bakery space on North Mississippi by mid-May. The eatery is set to offer made-to-order crepes, smoothies, coffee, beer, and wine in an ultra-casual, family-friendly environment. 4220 N. Mississippi Ave

Pork-powered sandwich hub Lardo’s third location—on North Williams—is now open at 4090 N. Williams Ave, offering the full menu of craveable sandwiches and sides as Rick Gencarelli's Southeast Hawthorne and West End outposts. Want more sandwiches? Check out our list of the city's 25 best!

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