Last Friday after a false start, Gov. Kate Brown has given the green light for bars and restaurants to reopen—with limitations—for the first time in months. While some have chosen to stick with takeout dining until Phase Two or later, others have eagerly enticed eaters with new summer fare menus and outdoor patios (CDC-approved with tables spaced six feet apart, of course). Whether you need an icy cold brew to go or crave that long-awaited chance to bask on a restaurant patio with cocktail in hand, here are some places worth considering.
Jamaica-born Keacean Ransom and her team are firing up the grill again to reboot what they call “the heart of Jamaica in PDX.” It’s bringing back all kinds of “sweet-hot heaven” in the words of Willamette Week: jerk-style seasonings and spices galore adorn hand-prepped chicken, spicy beef patties, gravy-covered braised oxtail and more. Already available for delivery, the restaurant has opened their patio for sit-down dining off of N Killingsworth. jamaicanhomestylepdx.com
As long as Portland protests against racism and police brutality continue, veteran Italian restaurant Nostrana is giving away free pizza to those who march in the streets. Pizza is available for those who don’t march in exchange for donations, all of which go directly to the The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a leading organization in the fight for racial justice. “We stand with the Black community in rejecting violence [and] acknowledge that we have work yet to do. This is one small way of acknowledging the efforts of our fellow Portlanders and making a financial contribution to worthy organizations,” shares Director of Operations Nicholas Suhor. Free pizza for protestors and same day takeout orders are available Thursday through Sunday on SE Morrison St. nostrana.com
Self-proclaimed as the world’s only sneaker-themed coffee shop, Deadstock Coffee believes that “coffee should be dope.” “I really wanted to open up a coffee shop not so much because I love coffee,” shares owner and former Nike shoe developer Ian Williams, “but because I understand the power that a coffee shop has in a community.” Right now, there’s no better way to beat the heat with the shop’s signature “LeBronald Palmer” blend of iced coffee, lemonade, and southern sweet tea. The Chinatown spot on NW Couch St is open for pickup and plans to open their doors to customers in Phase Two. deadstockcoffee.com
Say goodbye to Grubhub on your couch—take the picnic outside at Flying Fish Company, a sustainable seafood market and oyster bar, at its brand-new outdoor patio dining space on E Burnside. New to the menu just in time for summer are their bread crumb-topped lobster mac with cheesy Tillamook cheddar and flaky-white wild Alaskan cod tacos garnished with pickled onion salsa, all served on biodegradable palm leaf plates. Enjoy outdoor dining by the firepit or pickup your poke to go by ordering ahead online. flyingfishportland.com
After nearly three months of being closed, Tusk reintroduces their farm fresh, middle eastern-inspired cuisine to the public through their new walk up window on E Burnside. Choose from a primarily plant-based menu crafted from “locally sourced, aggressively seasonal” vegetables like miso marinated mushrooms or a crunchy, urfa-peppered cucumber radish salad; round it out with a loaf of beautifully braided challah or olive oil-drizzled house made za’atar flatbread, and conclude with a coconut orange blossom pudding made with oat milk. tuskpdx.com