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 2022

Canard’s Steam Burgers & Duck Stack Pancakes Have a New Roost in Oregon City

Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon fame brings retro dinner party dishes to this Portland suburb.

8:00am By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Thomas Teal

Best Restaurants 2022

Hors d’Oeuvre, Cocktail, Entrée & Dessert of the Year—Our Dream 2022 Meal

These are our top menu picks of the year, from French cheese puffs at St. Jack to the perfect takeout chicken from Mama Bird.

11/28/2022 By Karen Brooks, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Matthew Trueherz

Holidays

Supplement the Holiday Table with Locally Made Delights

One recent article suggested bringing your own Tupperware to Thanksgiving. Blasphemy! Take these local wines, cheeses, ice creams, and olive oil instead.

11/22/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants 2022

Cult Burmese Pop-Up Rangoon Bistro Finds a Permanent Home

Tea leaf salad, or lahpet thoke, and seasonal specials are favorites at this former farmers market stand.

11/21/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holidays

Portland’s Must-Visit Thanksgiving Pie Shops

Whether you're an apple pie person, a pumpkin devotee, or like your Thanksgivings a little non-traditional, we've got dessert options for you.

11/16/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Grand Fir Brewing, from 10 Barrel’s Whitney Burnside and Bullard’s Doug Adams, Opens November 18

Come for Texas-style amber lagers, classic crisp pale ales, fried chicken, supper clubs, and more.

11/15/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Holidays

Where to Get Thanksgiving Dine-In and Takeout in Portland

Reservations for tables and takeout packages are going quickly.

11/15/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Isabel Lemus Kristensen, and Matthew Trueherz

Best Restaurants 2022

Som Tum Thai Kitchen Offers Papaya Salad Paradise Near PSU

The year-old restaurant in downtown Portland specializes in papaya salads, laab, soups, sausages, and more.

11/07/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

At Lollipop Shoppe, Portland Has a Brand-New Spot for Late-Night Southern Food

The new music venue takes over the former Dig a Pony space, with food and beverage from the Tulip Shop Tavern team.

11/03/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Review

Birria and Borscht Meet at Rusa PDX, a Standout Sellwood Food Cart

Mexican and Eastern European food seem like an unlikely pair, but they work seamlessly here.

11/01/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Our Top-Ranked Portland Bowls of Ramen for a Rainy Day

A guide on where to slurp comforting bowls of bone broth (or plant-based broth) and noodles all over the city.

10/28/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Local Institution Tortilleria y Tienda De Leon Is Moving to Southeast

The tortilla factory, salsa shop, tamale producer, and hot bar, which has sat on the edge of Gresham for 23 years, will reopen in the Reed neighborhood.

10/25/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Coffee

Less and More Coffee Is the New Café Downtown Portland Needs Right Now

Blending Chinese and Korean flavors, the kiosk serves everything from straight-up coffee to signature drinks to Bakeshop pastries.

10/21/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Halloween

Ghoulish Grub: Scary Portland Dishes to Try Before Halloween

From blood sausage pasta to toffee mealworm ice cream, we’ve rounded up a few frightening but tasty picks.

10/20/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Coronavirus

A Love Letter to LeCare Pharmacy and Easy, Breezy COVID Booster Vaccines

Who says vaccination has to be a pain in the bicep?

10/19/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Portland Artist Mike Bennett Opens an Installation Space and Café in St. Johns

At Wonderwood Springs, drink mead lattes among 400 hand-painted medieval fantasy-themed pieces.

10/17/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Pumpkin Spice

Portland’s Great Pumpkin Dishes, Drinks & Desserts

Squash your pumpkin cravings with these seasonal specials, including doughnut, pasta, and White Russian cocktails.

10/12/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants 2022

Jojo Gets a Glow-Up in the Pearl

The social media–famous fried chicken, burger, and jojo cart now has a brick-and-mortar restaurant on the west side.

10/10/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

4 Fascinating Facts from Newly Released Book Lost Restaurants of Portland, OR

The nostalgia-fueled book chronicles 20 now-closed restaurants, from Henry Thiele’s to the Hollywood Burger Bar, with history, recipes, and personal accounts.

10/05/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Coffee & Tea

Portland’s 10 Best Bubble Tea Shops

Where to get the boba of your dreams, whether that means cheese foam, puff cream, rose-lychee, or a whole lemon.

10/04/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Isabel Lemus Kristensen, and Nick Campigli