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Pok Pok Wing to Open on Milwaukie Ave, Aviary Chef to Launch Soup Dumpling Spot, Plus More PDX Food News

… including Pizza Jerk’s reopening, the Parish’s shuttering, and Dame’s first week.

By Benjamin Tepler September 12, 2016

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Pok Pok Wing lands in Brooklyn (PDX)

Andy Ricker, Pok Pok overlord, announced on Twitter last week that he would open Pok Pok Wing this fall in the former Milwaukie Teriyaki space (3120 SE Milwaukie Ave). Per social media, plans call for quick-serve wings, fried chicken, papaya salad, and buns. Ricker tried the concept in 2012 at his Lower East Side location in Manhattan, but closed, citing an overwhelming demand for chicken wings. Sounds like a good problem to have.

Aviary’s Jasper Chen to open soup dumpling spot 

The Oregonian reports that Jasper Chen, one part of the Aviary chef trifecta, is breaking off to launch his own Chinese restaurant, XLB, with a focus on xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings. XLB will open at the former Lardo North location (4090 N Williams Ave), and might include: “seafood noodles, black-bean, traditional steamed baos stuffed with hoisin duck or pork and cabbage and a handful of stir fries made with mushrooms, Chinese celery, yu choy and other less-commonly-seen vegetables from the Portland Farmers Market.”

The Parish shutters

The Pearl District’s go-to for Cajun food and oysters, opened in 2012, has closed for good, according to Willamette Week. No word from the restaurant’s owners, Tobias Hogan and Ethan Powell (also of Eat: An Oyster Bar), as to whether it will reopen as a new concept, or close down entirely.

Pizza Jerk rises from the flames 

Portland’s punk-rock family pizza joint closed abruptly in June 2016 after a major electrical fire tore through its dining room. After months of waiting for the city’s best new pizza spot to reopen, it’s official: Pizza Jerk is open for business.

Dame opens this week

The city’s first natural wine-focused restaurant opens Wednesday, September 14. Find menu details and a first look at the space here.

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