Senior Editor

Benjamin Tepler edits Portland Monthly’s Eat & Drink section, manages the Eat Beat blog, and writes across various departments, with a special love for weird science and the great outdoors. 

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. 

EAT WITH YOUR EYES

Davenport’s First Plates

Early bites at former Evoe chef Kevin Gibson’s new eatery.

12/10/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT HERE NOW

Lauretta Jean's: Biscuit Sandwich Heaven

With an expanded menu, Portland's premier pie shop emerges as Division's dessert destination, breakfast sandwich epicenter, and date night find.

12/10/2013 By Karen Brooks

RESTAURANT & BAR UPDATES

Portland News to Chew

A fond farewell to Township & Range and Trifecta's bakery, a hearty hello to Tilt and Clyde Common's new chef, and the rest of the week's hottest food world stories.

12/10/2013 By Benjamin Tepler, Tuck Woodstock, and Nathan Tucker

PITCH IN

Portland's Best Sandwich?

Attention sandwich citizens: In 2014, Portland Monthly will build the ultimate sandwich list, but we need your help!

12/05/2013 By Karen Brooks

EAT THIS NOW

Doughnuts and Chai at Pip’s Original

A new neighborhood stronghold fries up tiny, irresistible doughnuts and blends custom chai.

12/04/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT HERE NOW

Teote's Venezuelan Fire

Arepas, grilled meats, and mezcal form a new haven of vibrant Latin American flavors

12/02/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

INTRODUCING

Classic Spanish Flavors at Ataula

Barcelona-born chef Jose Chesa brings the cuisine of Iberia to Northwest Portland

12/02/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

SAVOR

The Missing Link

The ultimate holiday dessert in disguise? Chocolate salami. We share the recipe from Olympia Provisions, the sausage kings of Portland.

12/02/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Burrasca’s Florentine Cart Cuisine

A Florentine native nails Tuscan classics for a shoestring budget.

11/26/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

PaaDee Owner to Open New Restaurant

Portland’s Thai ambassador Earl Ninsom launches his newest venture: an intimate, multi course, “old school” Thai eatery.

11/19/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Olympic Provisions to Publish Cookbook

The salami kings of Portland are teaming up with cookbook star Meredith Erickson for an as-yet-unnamed cookbook, due fall 2015.

11/11/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

INTERVIEW

Q&A: T Project Tea’s Teri Gelber

Portland’s newest tea missionary talks Stumptown’s tea history, 60’s music, and local collaborations.

11/06/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BEST RESTAURANTS 2013

The Next Wave of Portland Eating

Fall unleashes yet another surge of eating from notable names and one promising new arrival.

11/01/2013 Photography by Benjamin Tepler

RECIPE

John Gorham's Fall Flavors

In his cookbook, the Toro Bravo chef shares the recipe for his coveted harissa-stewed butternut squash.

11/01/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BEST RESTAURANTS 2013

Neighborhood Haunts

Trends can be tiring. Sometimes you just want to dine where everyone knows your name—and how you like your eggs.

11/01/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

BEST RESTAURANTS 2013

The Late Show

We get it: night owls need great food, too. Here are five sure-fire favorites (open until at least 1 am) when the drive-thru window just won't do.

11/01/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Multnomah Whiskey Library

A new drinking parlor ups the ante for sophisticated imbibing in Portland.

10/30/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

ROUNDUP

Portland’s Best Hot Sauces

We tried nearly every hot sauce Portland has to offer…and lived to tell the tale.

10/23/2013 By Benjamin Tepler

FEATURE

Light A Fire 2013

Our ninth annual celebration honoring the individuals and organizations who make Portland more prosperous, beautiful, healthful, and sustainable—in a word, better.

10/11/2013 Edited by Aaron Scott By Benjamin Tepler, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, and Kelly Clarke

OPENING WATCH

Inside Mex-Tex Cantina La Taq

Rodney Muirhead’s new watering hole and taqueria opened up shop this week, and we’ve got photos and first bites.

10/09/2013 By Benjamin Tepler