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. 

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

Gift Guide

Holiday Gifts for the Portland Food Lovers on Your List

We’ve got recommendations, from spicy sambals to beautiful books.

11/19/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Grocery Stores

Every Portland-Area Trader Joe’s, Ranked

The local locations of the California grocery chain vary in size, vibe, art, mascot, and how awful the parking is.

11/19/2021 By Cami Hughes, Margaret Seiler, and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants 2021

República Is Portland Monthly's Restaurant of the Year

Find out why our editors chose República, located in NW Portland, as Portland Monthly's Restaurant of the Year for 2021.

11/17/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

Nepali Kitchen Offers Rainy Day Respite with Momo and Chai

Enjoy dumplings, curries, and parathas in your own private hut in the front yard of a house on NE Fremont.

11/16/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

Best Thing I Ate This Week: Pani Puri from Desi Bites

This Indian grocery store-meets-restaurant helps make a Beaverton strip mall destination-worthy.

11/11/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Interview

Q&A: Chef Sam Smith, Your New Go-To for Restaurant Recs and Food Memes

The Sweedeedee chef has long been a go-to source of restaurant recommendations for friends. Now, this valuable resource is available to everyone on Instagram.

11/09/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Sunshine Noodles Is Opening in a Slabtown Brick-and-Mortar

Diane Lam’s contemporary Cambodian pop-up is taking over the former XLB Slabtown space. Get a sneak preview on Sunday.

11/05/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holidays

Portland’s Must-Visit Thanksgiving Pie Shops

From Katherine Benvenuti’s pumpkin-speculoos to Bakeshop’s brown-butter apple with buckwheat streusel, these are the essential Portland Thanksgiving pie shops.

11/05/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holidays

Where to Get Thanksgiving Dine-In and Takeout in Portland

Want to skip making the turkey and pie crust this year? Read on for options.

11/03/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Pop-Ups

Best Thing I Ate This Week: Duck Tlayuda at For Esme

Chef Luna Contreras and bartender Michelle Ruocco team up for a cocktail and Mexican snack-filled pop-up at Magna.

10/29/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Pop-Up

Joel and Emily Stocks’s JEM Supper Club Is Coming to Magna

The frequently sold-out spring and summer pop-up from the former Holdfast chef is getting a new home.

10/26/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food Events

Chef Carlo Lamagna Comes to República for a One-Day Collab

Plus, our picks for Halloween food and drink events

10/25/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

First Look

Why Mole Mole Mexican Cuisine Is Alberta’s New Must-Try Cart

Come for restaurant-quality mole, soups, and salads that feel like home.

10/25/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

11 Must-Try Portland Sushi Spots

From sets of adorable round nigiri to deep-fried rice patties topped with avocado and poke, Portland's sushi scene serves excellent fish and rice in traditional and creative ways.

10/19/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food on TV

Where to Find the Food from Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’ in Portland

From ddukbokki to raw ramyeon, we tracked down all the eats from the hit series.

10/15/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

Best Thing I Ate This Week: Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings from Shanghai’s Best

Downtown cart lunches are coming back, baby!

10/14/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

I Ate Pumpkin Spice Wings And Lived To Tell The Tale

Erica Montgomery is serving pumpkin-spiced wings this weekend only.

10/08/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

An All-Asian American Pastry Pop-Up Comes to Portland

The event spotlighting local AAPI bakers across the nation takes place October 26 at Berlu.

10/08/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Interview

A Portlander Wrote Atlas Obscura’s New Food-Obsessed Book, Gastro Obscura

We talked with Cecily Wong about the book she co-authored, out October 12. Catch her at a virtual Powell’s event October 14.

10/08/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton