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 & Events

Food News: Sports Bra Opens, Yui Reopens, and The Joy of Cooking Authors Visit Vivienne

Plus, a multicourse wine tasting dinner comes to Dimo’s Apizza, Maurice's prix fixe offerings, and vegan Cuban pop-up Miami Nice is closing.

03/30/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

At Pho Van, the Ideal Family Meal Isn’t Pho—It’s Whole Roast Fish

Skip the personal bowls and bond with relatives or friends over an entire catfish at the Vietnamese restaurant in Montavilla.

03/25/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Music

50 Oregon Albums That Define Our State

From Elliott Smith to Emancipator, Cool Nutz to Quasi, we’re running down the 50 albums that define our state.

03/23/2022 Edited by Conner Reed By Conner Reed, Gabriel Granillo, Karly Quadros, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Margaret Seiler, and Fiona McCann

Midday Meal

Let’s Do Lunch

In the new world—and especially in Portland—lunch refuses to be typecast.

03/23/2022 Edited by Katherine Chew Hamilton Photography by Thomas Teal By Karen Brooks, Fiona McCann, Michael Novak, and Conner Reed

Let's Do Lunch

Portland Lunch Locator: Pick a Quadrant and Eat!

Jianbing in Northwest, Hmong sausages in Southwest, an Indian food cart in North Portland, and more!

03/23/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Dining Picks

20 Food Carts that Define Portland Now

From Multnomah Village to Kerns to Mt. Tabor, find super-fresh sushi, quesabirria tacos, hand-pulled noodles, and more at the best carts in the Rose City.

03/22/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Travel

The Ultimate Guide to the Columbia River Gorge

Waterfalls, hikes, history, breweries, wineries, great food, a historic post office, and views galore

03/17/2022 Edited by Gabriel Granillo By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Matt Wastradowski

Gorge Guide

Check Out the Closest Attractions in the Columbia River Gorge

Zip lines and treehouse suites at Skamania Lodge, classic soft serve in Cascade Locks, and hiking trails and waterfalls galore!

03/17/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Conner Reed, and Julia Silverman

Food News

These Are Portland's James Beard Award Finalists for 2022

The chef and restaurant finalists in food’s most prestigious awards were announced on March 16.

03/16/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Portland Restaurant Owners and Workers on Lifting the Mask Mandate

Some are embracing the opportunity to go mask-free, while for others, it’s pandemic precautions as usual.

03/16/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Bakeries

9 Portland Pie Shops, Ranked

From a sweet shop in Hillsboro to vegan slices in downtown Portland, we dish on the best places for tantalizing fillings and buttery crust.

03/11/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Travel

7 Last-Minute Spring Break Destinations for Sun-Deprived Portlanders

Still wondering where to go? Las Vegas, New Orleans, San Diego, and more await.

03/10/2022 By Dalila Brent, Shannon Daehnke, Gabriel Granillo, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michelle Harris, and Julia Silverman

Food News & Events

Threshold Brewing raises funds for Ukraine, a new Burmese restaurant opens, and More PDX Food News

Threshold Brewing raises funds for Ukraine, a new Burmese restaurant opens, and St. Patrick’s Day is upon us.

03/10/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food Carts

A Handmade Pasta Cart Is Coming to Killingsworth Street

Meliora Pasta is bringing not-so-traditional pasta like braised beef ravioli with coconut sauce, salsa macha, lime, and mint to Killingsworth Street.

03/07/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Cocktails

The Best Local Spots to Sip Espresso Martinis Like a '90s Boss

From Teardrop Lounge to The Sapphire Hotel, these local spots are putting their own spin on the classic '90s cocktail.

03/07/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News & Events

Portland Food News and Events: March 3-10

Takibi introduces a tasting menu, Paladin Pie’s pizza cart opens, 10 Barrel raises funds for the new Rose Haven Women’s Shelter, and more.

03/03/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food Events

Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Last Minute

Looking for king cake, po’ boys, and beads? These spots in and around Portland are providing all the Mardi Gras vibes.

03/01/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

4 Noodle Dishes to Eat Now

Where to find plates of warm, doughy comfort, from fish sauce spaghetti and meatballs to spicy beef noodle soup in the Rose City.

02/25/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

These 7 Portland Chefs and Restaurants Are James Beard Award Semifinalists

Berlu's Vince Nguyen, Gado Gado's Thomas Pisha-Duffly, and Magna's Carlo Lamagna are in the running for Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific.

02/23/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Hot Take

Can Portland Hold Onto Its Doughnut Crown?

After eating some stellar donuts in Miami—which were featured in a limited-run batch of Salt & Straw ice cream—I have my doubts.

02/18/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton