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Where to Eat This Week: Sept 12–18

Sourdough waffles at Heim and fried chicken Caesars at OK Omens are your required eating for the week.

By Eat Beat Team September 12, 2018

The sourdough waffle at Heim Bakery

Image: Kelly Clarke

Share a sourdough waffle at Heim Bakery

Jenn Plitzko’s little German-ish bakery in Roseway charms with cheesy, peppery scones and Zwetschgenkuchen (plum coffee cake) in a chamber decorated with comfy couches, cookbooks, and old photos. Order a sourdough waffle to share: a pretty, crisp-edged pleaser heaped with tart whipped yogurt, bee pollen, and berries, with a little bowl of maple syrup on the side for max decadence. Danke.

Fork into late-night “Chicken Caesar” at OK Omens

OK Omens is at its best during late-night happy hour (10 p.m.–midnight, all day Sunday), when the food gets a little grubbier, awesome, affordable wine pours drop to $6, and whole bottles of natural wine ring in at $28 (that’s $5.50 for five people). Our favorite late-night find is the chicken Caesar, a gussied-up version of the wine bar’s “El Torito” salad, slicked in creamy cilantro dressing, crunchy corn nuts, and gobs of cotija cheese. The special ingredient? Szechuan peppercorn-dusted fried chicken, which lends a spicy, mouth-numbing crunch to an already excellent salad.

Wolf down cast-iron pizza at Pizza Jerk’s SE Morrison outpost

It doesn’t look like much. But the tiny, no-frills second location for Pizza Jerk (Northeast Portland’s standout punk-rock family pizza joint) hasn’t missed a beat. The menu is smaller than the original, with fewer wild specials. But the Jerk classics are here: thin-crusted, char-spotted and oh-so-delicious, with daily slice options and whole pies to eat in or take out. The pepperoni is a Jerk signature for good reason, but only a fool passes on the crunchy-edged cast-iron pizza, puffed with Wisconsin brick cheese. 

Devour banh mi at Mehka Grill

Southeast Division’s Mekha Grill turns out a truly stellar, full foot-long banh mi for a mere $7. Sweet, salty pork marinated in ginger and lemongrass cooks down into a thick, meaty stew, topped with carrots, cucumbers, and jalapeno and stuffed into a light, crunchy bun. It’s one of the best lunchtime steals in the neighborhood.

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