Katherine Chew Hamilton came to Portland Monthly in the summer of 2020; previously, she was the restaurant critic at the East Bay Express, an alt-weekly newspaper in Oakland. Find her at a taco cart, ice cream shop, or eclectic pop-up researching stories about Portland’s food scene, with particular emphasis on BIPOC makers. 

Best Restaurants

Portland’s Top 50 Restaurants

The legends, new voices, and mad scientist ideas that make Portland a strange and wonderful food city.

01/14/2022 By Karen Brooks and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Q&A

What’s It Like to Work in the Restaurant Industry during the Omicron Surge?

We talked to employees at Portland's PaaDee, Navarre, and Bullard about their experience working in a restaurant during the Omicron surge.

01/14/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Travel

Visit These 10 Oregon Oddities and Roadside Attractions

From the Peter Iredale wreckage near Fort Stevens to the Shoe Tree near Mitchell, seek these out on your next road trip—or just the next time you're in downtown Portland.

01/13/2022 By Gabriel Granillo, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler

Dining Picks

Where to Eat and Drink on Heated, Covered Patios

From restaurants to bars to food cart pods, these spots are sure to come in clutch during this pandemic winter.

01/13/2022 By Karly Quadros and Shannon Daehnke

Recipe

Make Davenport Chef Kevin Gibson's Seafood Stew

Transport yourself to Catalonia with this nutty, toasty, tomatoey romesco de peix.

01/11/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Interview

Q&A: @nomnom_nori Nori De Vega on Filipino Food, Basenjis, and Small Business

The Portlander uses Instagram to talk social justice, build connections, and spread her love for Filipino cuisine and culture through her pop-up, Tikim.

12/31/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Year in Review

Portland's Most Obsession-Worthy Dishes in 2021

Breakfast champions, fast-food makeovers, and game-changing tasting menus top our best dishes of the year.

12/28/2021 By Karen Brooks and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Travel & Outdoors

12 Oregon Adventures for 2022

Drive the Oregon Coast, snowshoe at Mount Hood, marvel at the Painted Hills, and more. 2022 is yours for the taking.

12/28/2021 Edited by Gabriel Granillo By Karly Quadros, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler

Seafood

Where to Find Dungeness Crab, Oregon’s Seasonal Treat

Whether in a composed dish, cooked and cleaned, or live, here’s where to get your hands on some crustaceans.

12/22/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Cafes & Chocolate

Portland's 7 Belly-Warmingest Hot Chocolates

From classic milk chocolate to peppermint to snickerdoodle, here are the best hot chocolates to get you through the winter.

12/17/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Dalila Brent, Fiona McCann, Gabriel Granillo, Cami Hughes, Julia Silverman, and Karen Brooks

Will Travel for Food

What I Ate in 48 Hours in Seattle

Spending a weekend in Seattle, Washington? From tomato-cheese katsu to Vietnamese yogurt coffee, here's what to eat.

12/16/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holiday Guide

Where to Dine In and Get Takeout on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Don’t want to cook for the holidays? Help is here, from Chin's dumplings to Bullard's ribs.

12/10/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holiday Guide

Portland Chefs Pick 8 Cookbooks You Should Gift This Holiday

Take it from the pros—these books will get the creative juices flowing in the kitchen.

12/09/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants 2021

Best Restaurants 2021: The Next Eat Wave

New voices and cuisines are rising. Tables look different, literally and figuratively. Meet the charismatic newcomers, fearless cooks, and daring dishes char...

12/09/2021 Edited by Karen Brooks and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants 2021

A New Kind of Food Cart Pod

From living-room-like nooks to cavernous food halls, these places are reinventing the long-beloved food cart pod.

12/07/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

‘Top Chef’ Contestant Gabriel Pascuzzi to Close Stacked Sandwich Shop

A sad farewell to the oxtail French dip sandwich—get yours before December 19.

12/01/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants 2021

Portland's Best New Dining Experiences: Toki, St. Jack, Sweedeedee & Oma’s Hideaway

Meet the restaurants—beyond República—that transported us into their worlds and mindsets.

12/01/2021 By Karen Brooks and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Booze

A Whimsical, Wonderful Winter Cocktail at Quaintrelle’s Tiny New Bar

After a move from N Mississippi to SE Clinton, bartender Camille Cavan is feeling right at home.

12/01/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat

These Portland Classics Gave Many Locals Their First Taste of Korean Cuisine

Long-standing Cameo Café, Du’s Grill & Taste Tickler aren’t strictly Korean restaurants, but they’ve been bringing the bulgogi for years.

11/29/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Thomas Teal

Eat This Now

Best Thing I Ate This Week: Italian Beef from Sammich & Treats from the Gastro Obscura Vending Machine

I might end up doing some of my holiday gift shopping from ... a vending machine?

11/24/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton