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. 

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

Food News

Tikim, a New Filipino Supper Club, Launches Soon

The five-course tasting menu adds to Portland’s burgeoning Filipino food scene.

10/07/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Trick or Treat

Level Up This Halloween with Local Candy

From salty black licorice to creepy chocolate baby heads, Portland makers have everything you need for a sweet Halloween season.

10/05/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Paley’s Place Will Close Permanently after Thanksgiving

One of Portland’s most iconic restaurants is shuttering after 26 years in business.

10/05/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

Best Thing I Ate This Week: Pork Chop with Plum, Fennel, and Basil at Ruthie’s

I love the rolls and rockfish sliders at this cart, but the pork dishes are a personal must-order.

10/01/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

3 Essential Portland Rainy Day Dishes

Time to break out the rain boots, umbrellas, mittens, curries, noodle soups, and stews.

09/30/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton and Karen Brooks

Recipes

Make Khalsa Salsa’s Sweet Potato Soup with Black Bean Salsa

Try this Indian-meets-Mexican recipe from Beaverton's award-winning, family-owned salsa business.

09/27/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

First Look

Filipino Food Fans: Get to Pulu by Sunrice Now

Chicken adobo, barbecue pork skewers, and peach mango pie are reimagined for a new generation.

09/24/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Recipe

Feeling Ambitious? Make Your Own Smoked Salmon & Dip

Transform fresh salmon with the help of Marshall’s Haute Sauce.

09/21/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Openings

A Northeast Portland Ice Cream Dream Will Come True, New Zealand Style

Grant High alum Nico Vergara will open his New Zealand–style real fruit ice cream shop in November.

09/17/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Best Restaurants 2021

Portland's Best New Food Carts

From kare kare fries to birria taquitos to vegan sushi rolls, this crop of newcomers offers a broad range of voices and experiences.

09/17/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton and Karen Brooks

Eat This Now

What to Eat This Week: Crispy Pork Belly with Woven Vermicelli from Lúa

There’s no arguing with roast pork, rice noodles, garlicky fish sauce, and herbs.

09/14/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Openings

Truly Handmade Pasta Comes to St. Johns with Pastificio d'Oro

Chase Dopson makes his pasta with a rolling pin at his new pop-up at Gracie’s Apizza.

09/10/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Wine

10 Unmissable Portland Urban Wineries and Tasting Rooms

From garage chic to airy warehouses, Nordic notes to wacky earth-mother vibes, here are our favorites.

09/09/2021 Edited by By Fiona McCann With Gabriel Granillo, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

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.

09/08/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Nick Campigli, and Cami Hughes

Review

Thick Pies Rule at No Saint, a Pizza and Natural Wine Pop-Up

Grandma-style thick-yet-airy pizza crust is the canvas for toppings like peach and sausage or ricotta and hot honey.

09/07/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

What to Eat This Week: Lamb Dibi and Niambi ak Ndiebe from Kabba’s Kitchen

This Senegalese-Gambian food cart delivers enthralling flavors and textures, with generous portions to boot.

09/03/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Breaking News

Vivienne Will Become an Evening Cafe, Wine Bar, and Bookshop

Goodbye to brunch and hello to book signings, vintage books and kitchenwares, and beef cheek lasagna.

09/03/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

A Love Letter to Bui Natural Tofu

This food writer visits this Vietnamese shop weekly for tofu salad rolls, meat tofu, and green pandan cake.

09/02/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Wine

Taste Wine in English and Spanish at Celebrating Hispanic Roots

The month-long event featuring Hispanic winery owners and winemakers includes an English-Spanish wine tasting on October 3.

08/31/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton