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. 

Eat This Now

WTF Is an Irish Spice Bag? Find Out at Skidbladnir

I’d never heard of a spice bag—until NE Portland food cart Skidbladnir introduced me to them.

08/06/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Breaking News

Quaintrelle Will Reopen August 29

The funky, fun fine dining restaurant will open in its new location in Southeast Portland later this month.

08/06/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

Some PDX Bars & Restaurants Require Vax for Indoor Dining

As calls for more safety measures grow with the rise of Delta, we asked restaurant and bar owners requiring vaccination to share their experiences.

08/05/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Bars & Nightlife

These Portland Rooftop Bars Offer Excellent Drinks & Views

A summer cocktail, beer, or glass of wine tastes even better with a spectacular view of the city.

07/30/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Gabriel Granillo, Monica Salazar, and Riley Bass

Eat This Now

Tito’s Taquitos Is Portland’s Must-Try New Taco Cart

Eat crispy potato taquitos topped with birria, chickpea al pastor garnished with pineapple on handmade tortillas, and tres leches cake with fresh berries.

07/29/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

Best Thing I Ate This Week: Detroit-Style Pepperoni Pizza from Assembly Brewing

At this Foster-Powell pizzeria and brewery, the sauce, crust, and cheese all work together in rectangular harmony.

07/26/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

The 8 Most Mouthwatering Nachos to Try in Portland

Where to get cheesy chips topped with anything from ahi poke to lemongrass beef to mole.

07/23/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Summer Picks

Summer 2021 Picnic Guide

Bring chicken feet salad or a muffuletta for a pre-hike lunch or simply a lazy day on the grass.

07/20/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Breaking News

A New Middle Eastern and Korean-Influenced Restaurant from a Lazy Bear and Aziza Alum Opens in Southeast Portland

Chef Brian Han pairs Okinawan purple sweet potatoes with ume tzatziki and shiso chermoula.

07/19/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Restaurants

República’s New Tasting Menu Showcases Mexican Ingredients, from Escamoles to Huitlacoche

The five-course dinner might showcase amaranth, ant larvae, or corn smut, served with a side of culinary history.

07/14/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Italian Cuisine

Pinolo Gelato Pays Homage to Oregon Farms and Italian Cuisine

Gelato maker Sandro Paolini uses his background in agriculture to craft gelato that’s equal parts Portland and Pisa.

07/12/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Eat This Now

7 Must-Try Hot Dog Hotspots

Where to find the quintessential sausage of summer, whether you like yours Chicago-style, Coney-style, or topped with kimchi and mango.

07/09/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton and Nick Campigli

Bars & Cocktails

Our Favorite Boozy, Frozen Slushies for Summer Sipping

Slushies scream summer. Turn up the party with these grown-up versions.

07/07/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, and Julia Silverman

Top Chef

‘Top Chef’ Season 18 Finale Recap: A Winner Is Crowned, but the Ending Is Complicated

With a winner chosen, I hope Bravo has more to say.

07/02/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Recipe

Make Andina Chef Alexander Diestra's Cebiche Carretillero

This Callao-style cebiche is just what you need on a warm summer night.

07/01/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Top Chef

‘Top Chef’ Season 18 Semifinal Recap: Crabby Is a Good Thing

Our three remaining cheftestants pay homage to foodie and Portlander James Beard on the Oregon coast.

06/26/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food

Three Sisters Nixtamal's Marvelous Masa

A good taco needs good tortillas. Here’s why a tortilla made with freshly nixtamalized corn is hard to beat.

06/23/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Top Chef

'Top Chef' Season 18 Episode 12 Recap: Cheesin’

Our chefs visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory to get that cheddar.

06/21/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Breaking News

Feast Portland Will Return This Summer

Rather than flying in chefs from across the country, the smaller scale Feast Portland is all about showcasing local talent.

06/21/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Food News

YāYā, A New Micah Camden-Backed Joint, Will Bring Cantonese Barbecue to NE Alberta

Camden and Chinese American former journalist and barbecue enthusiast Steve Chin plan to open the restaurant June 23.

06/15/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton