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. 


Bollywood Theater

Indian street food breaks ground on NE Alberta

03/14/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Q & A

Bobbi Brown Comes to Portland

Makeup guru Bobbi Brown comes to Portland this week to give tips and tricks, but we got an interview first.

03/12/2012 By Eden Dawn


Skin & Bones Brunch

East Burnside’s under-the-radar bistro serves up a superb, no-wait brunch.

03/07/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


A Class Act Grows

Kevin Gibson, Tim Healea, and Jerry Huisinga host dinners at the Robert Reynolds Chef Studio.

03/07/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

gallery grazing

First Thursday Sampler

03/01/2012 By Aaron Scott


Robo Taco

A fun-loving taqueria joins Portland’s growing artisan taco movement

02/29/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

striking the proper chord

Review: Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline

Portland Center Stage’s masterful re-telling hits the plays emotional pressure points, even though the new piano-playing narrator occasionally strikes ...

02/27/2012 By Martin Patail

Travel News

Around the Region: PDX Gets New Flights; Cali Gets New Wine Regions

Alaska Airlines brings back nonstop service to Santa Barbara and Sonoma adds two new AVAs


freakin' sweet, GOSH!

Exclusive Interview with Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite

Oregon native and star of Napoleon Dynamite talks about his new show, his career, and his sweet dance moves

02/27/2012 By Martin Patail


Word on the Street

Lock up your rabbits everybody. There's a new breed of burglar out there.

02/24/2012 Edited by Zach Dundas


Introducing: Tanuki

Chef Janis Martin's newest location on SE Stark raises the bar on Japanese bar food.

02/23/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Rise & Dine!

Portland’s Battle for the Best Fried Chicken & Waffles

Culinary pundits Zach Dundas and Marty Patail go fork-to-fork over their favorite spots for chicken and waffles, the true breakfast of champions.

02/23/2012 By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks Illustrations by Dan Gay

Rise & Dine!

Portland’s Best Biscuits

We've got a bounty of biscuits that don't need gravy to make 'em special.

02/23/2012 Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks By Benjamin Tepler

Rise & Dine!

Portland's Best Breakfast Sandwiches

The trusty breakfast sandwich has evolved from an on-the-go necessity to a morning meal worth savoring slowly. Here are five winning combos.

02/23/2012 By Kasey Cordell, Rachel Ritchie, and Benjamin Tepler Edited by Karen Brooks Illustrations by Dan Gay

Rise & Dine!

Portland’s Best Breakfasts

Just like mom said: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And after weeks stuffing ourselves silly while exploring the city’s myriad breakfast joints, we can attest that it also happens to be the most delicious.

02/23/2012 Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks


New Details on Bamboo Sushi NW

Bamboo Sushi NW will open in May with fresh takes on raw seafood. We caught up with owner Kristofer Lofgren for all the details.

02/22/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Riffle NW Hooks Pearl District Space

East Coast transplant Ken Norris finds a home at last for his “catch-inspired” seafood vision.

02/22/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Market Watch

Cabbage Patch Meals

Unlike Cabbage Patch dolls of the '80s, cabbage the food is a hot ticket for winter dinner.

02/21/2012 By Kristin Belz


Make Meat Cheese Bread's Spring-Happy Grilled Asparagus Sandwich

The lunchtime mainstay showcases the season's first stalks.

02/17/2012 By Benjamin Tepler