Associate 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. 

Mississippi/Williams: Food & Drink

Where to Eat & Drink in Portland's N Mississippi/Williams Neighborhood

Smoked chicken sandwiches, fancy brunch, cult coffee shops, and elephantine Fijian feasts—come hungry.

11/01/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Breaking News

Pastrami Zombie to Open Brick-and-Mortar on E Burnside

The purveyor of the city’s best pastrami—and one of Portland Monthly’s favorite food carts of 2017—puts down roots.

10/17/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Light a Fire 2017: Most with the Least

This Tiny Nonprofit Brings Environmental Ed to Kids across Portland

Students get dirty with Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors.

10/16/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2017

Portland’s Best New Restaurants of 2017

2017 was a wild, delicious year. These dining experiences defined the city's scene.

10/12/2017 Edited by Zach Dundas By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Benjamin Tepler Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Pour

Orange Julius + Festive Nog = This Cocktail

Veteran bartender Eric Nelson shakes up one of his hair-of-the-dog favorites.

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Recipes

Kachka's Glorious New Cookbook Brings Home the Borsch (Yes, Borsch)

Portland chef Bonnie Morales shares Russian recipes from dumplings to infused vodka. Here's how to make her rich, meaty short rib borsch.

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

The Class of '07

So Many Great Portland Restaurants Opened in 2007. Are They Still Good?

These five spots would define the revolutionary decade that followed. But how do they hold up in 2017?

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Ramona DeNies, Kelly Clarke, Zach Dundas, and Karen Brooks

Best Restaurants 2017: One-Stop Shop

4 Reasons Providore Fine Foods Is Portland’s Best Grocery Feast

Shopping? Might as well slurp oysters and drink txakoli while you’re there.

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2017: Commune with Mother Russia

In Fantasy Version of Old Russia, Fancy Tea Serves You

Headwaters at the Heathman Hotel recreates imperial glamour every weekend.

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2017: Attack the Stack

Stacked Ups the Sandwich Game (in an Already Sandwich-Obsessed City)

Oxtail French dips to fried shiitake-adorned wedge salads, this is lunch nirvana.

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2017: The Unrestaurants

3 Portland Pop-Ups That Shook Up Dining and Drinking in 2017

We visited the “outer rings of the vegetable planet,” among other strange places.

10/12/2017 By Karen Brooks and Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2017: Get Salty & Smoked

Bar Casa Vale Survived and Thrived in 2017

The sherry bar became Portland’s best place for smoky Spanish bites.

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

News to Chew

Hat Yai Expands, Bamboo Sushi and Salt & Straw Head to Lake O, and More PDX Food News

… including Irving Street Kitchen’s big Wild About Game win, Stacked’s new brunch, and the closure of Oba.

10/11/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Weekly Planner

Mezcal for Mexico Earthquake Relief, Daniel Patterson at Coquine, and More PDX Food Events

… including a wine pop-up from Parallel, Thanksgiving with Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene's, and a Zenger Farm dinner.

10/11/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

The Color Detective

How an Oregon State Professor Accidentally Created a New Shade of Blue

It was the first truly new blue discovered in more than two centuries.

09/21/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Savor

From Tongue to Testicles, Celebrity Chef Chris Cosentino Cooks the Nasty Bits

The Jackrabbit chef publishes his offal opus.

09/13/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Wine Picks

The 50 Oregon Wines You Need to Drink Right Now

Eight local wine experts give their top bottle picks for every activity, from stormwatching to drinking while you cook.

09/13/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Weekly Planner

David Thompson Comes to Pok Pok, Feast, and More PDX Food Events

… including the Grand Aioli at Castagna, a Marshall’s Haute Sauce class, and a fundraising dinner at Aviv.

09/13/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Weekly Planner

Naomi Pomeroy Cooks at Teutonic, a Fruit Tart Festival, and More PDX Food Events

… including a Georgian dinner at Ray, Elizabeth Beekley's lemon pies, and High-Proof PDX author Karen Locke.

08/23/2017 By Benjamin Tepler