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. 

Food News

Chef Maya Lovelace, Formerly of Yonder and Mae, Is Leaving the Restaurant Industry

Lovelace announced the closure of her new Portland restaurant, Hissyfit, on August 15 via Instagram.

08/15/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

With Pah!, Portland Now Has a Proudly Deaf-Owned Restaurant

The queer, Latinx, and deaf-owned eatery inside The Zed serves up beef and vegan burgers, blooming onions, and fish and chips with a side of ASL slang.

08/12/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Restaurant Review

At Akadi 2.0, Fatou Ouattara Is Cooking Her Way

From innovative suya wings and soursop cheesecake to classic spinach stew, Portland’s landmark West African restaurant has reached new heights.

08/10/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Thomas Teal

Dining Picks

12 Favorite Budget-Friendly Dishes Under $12

Inflation got you down? From panuchos to burgers to fried chicken, these are our go-tos for filling Rose City meals that won’t break the bank.

08/05/2022 By Matthew Trueherz and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Gregory Gourdet’s Long-Awaited Restaurant, Kann, is Now Open

Reservations are tough to snag at this new spot featuring wood-fired Haitian cooking—but here are three dishes we can’t wait to try.

08/04/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Handsome Pizza and Seastar Bakery Will Close August 14

The Killingsworth hybrid bakery and pizzeria, known for its cinnamon rolls, turmeric-loaded Zena cakes, and pizzas, is calling it quits after seven years.

08/03/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

A Jeffrey Morgenthaler-Backed Rooftop Bar Is Now Open

The Sunset Room at Kex Hotel promises to be the wild-child cousin of the newly opened hotel bar Pacific Standard.

07/29/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Inflation

Are $5 Cheeseburgers Gone for Good?

Fryer oil, the latest soaring food cost, puts local independent food carts like Mid-City Smash Burger and latke seller Sweet Lorraine's in a tough place when it comes to menu prices.

07/29/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Television

Which Portland Food Celebrities Made It to Netflix’s Street Food USA?

 Our food-obsessed city takes the spotlight in Episode 2 of the new series.

07/26/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Obsessed with The Bear? Here's Where to Eat Messy, Juicy Italian Beef Sandwiches

If the FX show doesn’t have you thirsting over lead actor Jeremy Allen White, then you’re bound to be left salivating over the Chicago-born the Italian beef sandwich.

07/22/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Matt Trueherz, and Dalila Brent

Food News

A Grilled Cheese Classic Returns to Alberta

Plus, the Oregon Brewers Festival celebrates its 33rd year, three Filipino chefs collaborate, and try shokupan beer

07/21/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Summer Picks

Our Favorite Patios for Drinking & Soaking Up Sun

From luxe cocktail hideaways to dive bar patios, there’s an outdoor drinking spot for everyone.

07/21/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Cocktails

In Defense of the Blue Drink

Grown-up cocktails are overrated—bring on the dye, with picks from Portland bars like the Alibi tiki bar, Sunshine Noodles, and more.

07/20/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Beaverton’s Best Restaurants

From dim sum to dosas, these are our favorite spots in Portland’s west burbs, including Tan Tan, Lima, and Nak Won.

07/15/2022 By Dalila Brent and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Portland's Best Ice Cream

Our go-to shops for scoops, sundaes, frozen pops, gelato, and vegan ice cream, with Cloud City, Kulfi, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, and, of course, Salt & Straw

07/13/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz

Q&A

6 Questions for Chef Matt Lightner of Okta, McMinnville’s Most Anticipated Restaurant

The Michelin-starred chef talks farming, country living, and hotel breakfast. Doors open to Okta, located inside the new boutique Tributary Hotel, on July 13.

07/12/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

We’ve Got Deets on Street Disco’s Upcoming Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant and Wine Bar

Grilled octopus, lamb necks, chicken hearts, and natural wine from Dame alums are coming to Foster-Powell.

07/01/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Grocery Stores

What to Buy at House of Flavor Market, the New Grocery Store from Akadi’s Fatou Ouattara

From spicy pepper sauce to Nigerian beer, these are our must-haves from the Northeast Portland store.

06/29/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

Bari Food Cart’s Italian Street Treat Is Fried Pizza and We Love It

Walter Ferrante, a native of Southern Italy, is dishing out crispy fried dough filled with cheesy, tomatoey goodness to Rose City customers.

06/28/2022 Videography by Monica Salazar and Rose Lee By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants

Portland’s Top 50 Restaurants

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

06/27/2022 By Karen Brooks and Katherine Chew Hamilton