Image: Alain Weiner

New American
Price Scale

Wine guy Brent Braun brings his dogmatic tastes to OK Omens, a gastro-bar that, until 2018, served as the burger bistro to Castagna’s abstract glamour. Now, Castagna’s modernist chef, Justin Woodward, delivers a warm hug of a menu (Szechuan-pepper-dusted buttermilk fried chicken, crab pasta with a dab of fish sauce). But it’s Braun’s zine-like wine list—replete with natural, local upstarts and recently featuring “juice for skiin’” (Alpine wines) and a Purple Rain callout—that seals the deal. His real obsession is Riesling, the wine he says pairs best with Woodward’s cooking. Braun devotes an entire section to this “divisive” varietal, with 30-plus bottles from Wachau, Saar, and even Southern Oregon.

Meal Times
Dinner, Happy Hour, Late Night
Good to Know
Outdoor Dining
Good For
Conversation, Date Night

Ok Omens

1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, 97214
Daily, 5 p.m.- midnight