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

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

Food Events

What to Eat at the Portland Greek Festival This Weekend

Roasted lamb, snappy sausages, and so many desserts

09/30/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Portland's Best Mexican Food

From the center of the city to the suburbs, here's where to find tacos, tamales, tlayudas, and more

09/28/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Gone Fishing

9 Places to Eat a Whole Fish in Portland

From branzino to pompano, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite nose-to-tail offerings across the city.

09/23/2022 By Matthew Trueherz and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

This New Oaxacan Restaurant Serves a Hard-to-Find Regional Goat Soup

El Yike Oaxaqueño, a newcomer to N Lombard Street in North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood, offers a menu full of delights.

09/20/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Kann Is Named a New York Times Top 50 Restaurant

Gregory Gourdet’s modern take on Haitian cuisine is making a nationwide splash.

09/19/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Review

Excellent Cuisine’s Dim Sum Is, Well, Excellent

I will not hear any complaints that “Portland doesn’t have any good Chinese food” until you’ve tried this spot.

09/19/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Restaurant Opening

Fried Chicken and Burger Sensation Jojo Opens Its Restaurant

The beloved blue Portland food cart has expanded to a restaurant in the Pearl, complete with vegan and gluten-free options, milkshakes, and a full bar.

09/15/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Review

Portland Soup Dumpling Showdown: Who Makes the City's Best?

From big-timers like Din Tai Fung and Dough Zone to mom-and-pop shops including XLB and Szechuan Chef, who’s the xiao long bao champ?

09/12/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Pop-Up Bakery Starter Bread Will Get a St. Johns Brick-and-Mortar in 2023

Some of Portland’s best loaves, currently only offered through a home-baked, under-the-radar delivery service, will expand with a bakery in St. Johns next to the new Gracie’s Apizza.

09/09/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

Portland's Best Pizza

Whether you like your pizza round or square, thick-crusted or thin, these are our favorite spots at which to grab a pie.

09/07/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Portland Bar Guide

Check Out These Gorgeous Bar Bathrooms

From Pac-Man tile at Ground Kontrol to gold detail at Doug Fir, these bar bathrooms are perfect for picture-taking, mirror-primping, or just plain admiring.

09/02/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michael Novak, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Matthew Trueherz

Food on TV

Lovely’s Fifty Fifty—and Our Own Karen Brooks—Will Star in Netflix’s Chef’s Table: Pizza

Sarah Minnick’s Mississippi Avenue pizzeria and ice cream shop gets some much-deserved attention.

09/02/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Portland Bar Guide

9 Wine Bars Where We Love to Raise a Glass

Noble Rot, Bar Diane, Flor, and Stem are among our favorite wine bars in Portland.

09/01/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, Julia Silverman, and Matt Trueherz

Food News

One of Our Favorite Burger Joints, Hit the Spot, Now Has a Restaurant in Southeast

The former food cart on Sandy is now a full-fledged restaurant with burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, shakes, beer, and fries.

08/31/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Portland Bar Guide

Where to Find Portland’s Best Bar Bites

Satisfy the drunchies with cheesy, crunchy fried goodness, from burgers to won ton nachos at these Portland bars.

08/31/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Margaret Seiler, and Matthew Trueherz

Food News

Italian Food Hall Cooperativa to Close September 3

The massive marketplace, pizzeria, pasta shop, and bar in the Pearl is saying goodbye.

08/29/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Pop-Ups

4 Can’t-Miss Food Pop-Ups This Weekend

From peach tea pork belly burnt ends jianbing to Japanese peach-flavored shaved ice, it’s your last chance to get your hands on these local summer favorites!

08/26/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Review

What to Order (and Skip) at Tanaka, Downtown’s Newest Katsu Sandwich Shop and Japanese Bakery

Thanks to the creators of Afuri Ramen, katsu sandos and miso chocolate chip cookies are now in the office lunch rotation.

08/25/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton