Senior Editor

Benjamin Tepler edits Portland Monthly’s Eat & Drink section, manages the Eat Beat blog, and writes across various departments, with a peculiar interest in Oregon-based entrepreneurial success stories, like Jacobsen Salt, Steven Smith Tea, and Kinfolk magazine

The New York native and Oberlin College graduate joined Portland Monthly in 2010, equipped with a culinary degree and a failed career in marine biology. To counter-balance his high-caloric diet, Benjamin spends his free time running, hiking, and climbing up Oregon’s various peaks. 

Best New Restaurants 2019

Portland Monthly’s Best New Restaurants 2019

Asian flavors—wild to traditional—ruled the day, a scotch destination was born, vegan fine dining got serious, and two bakeries cracked our list. And that’s just a taster of 2019. Pull up a seat.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Ramona DeNies Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Best New Restaurants 2019

2019’s Cart Standouts Were All About the Meat and Potatoes

The year belonged to Austin barbecue, Tex-Mex tacos, and chicken n’ jojos.

10/18/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Ramona DeNies

Best New Restaurants 2019

Bullard’s Doug Adams Is More Than Fried Chicken

The celeb chef finds his own brand of Lone Star–meets–Beaver State cooking at his meaty hotel restaurant.

10/18/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best New Restaurants 2019

Bella’s Italian Bakery and Market Is a Stealth Red Sauce Haven

The Lents bakery—a destination for killer cannoli and sfogliatelle—also does weekly pizza and lasagna nights.

10/18/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Best New Restaurants 2019

Radical Thinking, Southeast Asian Rarities, and Heart Make Gado Gado Our Rising Star Restaurant 2019

Come for the salty-funky smoked pork shank, stay for the Capt’n Crunch–covered pandan waffle puffs.

10/18/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Breaking News

Ataula Team to Open Masia Inside Downtown’s New Hyatt Centric Hotel

Jose Chesa will bring his brand of modernist Spanish cooking to breakfast, lunch, and dinner starting January 2020.

10/12/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Weekly Planner

Mezcal Celebrations, James Beard ROOTS Dinners, and More Fall Food Events

Plus: Cambodian cooking at Irving Street Kitchen, a guest appearance from pickle pro Michiko Tateno, and a cider harvest dinner at Son of Man.

10/11/2019 By Eat Beat Team

Restaurant Closures

Little Bird to Close on October 27

The once-standout French bistro from star chef Gabriel Rucker will end its nine-year run

10/08/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

PDX Airport Guide: Food

What to Eat Before Your Flight Out of Portland

PDX proves airport food doesn’t have to suck.

09/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler, Shannon Henderson, and Margaret Seiler

Food Finds

This Hand-Pulled Noodle Sensation Is Hiding in Happy Valley

Noodle Man's glass-walled kitchen gives a front-row seat to experts twisting, slamming, and flinging strands of elastic dough into regional Chinese dishes.

09/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Savor

Make Noma's Umami Bomb Mushrooms in Your Home Kitchen

Toss some mushrooms in a jar and get ready for the Portland Fermentation Fest.

09/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Travel Feature

Peacocks, Red Chiles, and Slot Canyons Await in Albuquerque

The Land of Enchantment’s biggest city is a direct flight away.

09/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Entertaining Guide

These One-Bite Snacks Will Rule Your Next Party

Try these next level hors d'oeuvres from Portland caterers.

08/27/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Entertaining Guide

12 More Awesome Ways to Party in Portland

From axe-throwing contests and rooftop get-downs to wine-and-cheese platters and pizza parties, there's really no excuse not to throw an epic party.

08/27/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, and Benjamin Tepler

Field Notes

This Easy Hike Offers Oregon’s Best Mt Hood Views

It’s less than three miles of gently graded trail to the top of Lookout Mountain.

08/27/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101

A Beginner’s Guide to Surfing on the Oregon Coast

We’re an hour and a half from the ocean, but Portland’s surf scene has never been hotter.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: As Told To

Preview: Cancer Survivor Ben Moon’s Coming-of-Age Memoir

The Pacific City–based photographer, filmmaker, and surfer gives us a snapshot of Denali, out in January 2020.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Q&A

The Truth About Great White Shark Attacks in Oregon

We talk to Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Jim Burke for the lowdown on the predators.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Surfing 101: Wetsuit Tech

The Future of Surfing Is Neoprene Supreme

A big reason more people are surfing now: wetsuits keep getting better.

07/24/2019 By Benjamin Tepler