Best Restaurants: On the Verge

Four Intriguing Portland Restaurants Opening Soon

From lavish Russian tea service to pakora-fried chicken, these spots should light up our winter.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke, Karen Brooks, and Ramona DeNies

Breaking News

First Look at Tokyo's Cult Afuri Ramen, Opening Soon in Southeast Portland

In mid-October, Afuri unveils an ambitious showcase for Japanese cooking in SE Industrial—noodles to sake and skewers—anchored by a key Oregon-only ingredient and major international chef talent.

10/03/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

New Details on Vitaly Paley's Lavish Russian Tea Service, Coming to the Heathman Hotel This Fall

Paley’s Heathman Hotel restaurant revamp promises a bit of DaNet in the historic Tea Court Lounge—antique samovars to Russian-accented pastries from dessert ringer Jeff McCarthy.

09/01/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Opening Watch

Natural Wine-Focused Restaurant Dame to Open Sept 14

We’ve got a first look at the NE Killingsworth restaurant from Ava Gene’s wine star Dana Frank.

08/30/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Openings

First Look: Honky Tonk Taco

Eat Beat has an early peek at the new SE Division Street rock-’n’-roll taqueria.

07/22/2016 By Ramona DeNies

FIRST LOOK

Inside Southeast Hawthorne’s Poke Mon

Eat Beat has the inside scoop on the poke-centric eatery, with make-your-own bowls and local toppers, Choi’s Kimchi to Ota Tofu.

07/07/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Destination Dining: Vashon Island’s Bramble House

Top Chef contestant Lia Lira returns home with a “modern American” restaurant that fuses global influences with island rusticity.

07/06/2016 By Ramona DeNies

BREAKING NEWS

Verde Cocina Announces New N Mississippi Outpost

The farm-fresh Mexican café will take over the North Light space in late June.

06/03/2016 By Molly Woodstock

GOOD EATS

Score a Free Acai Bowl at Moberi’s New PSU Outpost

The pedal-powered smoothie spot opens its first brick-and-mortar location Friday, May 20.

05/18/2016 By Molly Woodstock

BREAKING NEWS

Pine Street Market Opens Very, Very Softly

Eat Beat gets an early-bird look at Pine Street Market, with tastes from two star-studded new eateries: Trifecta Annex and Pollo Bravo. Let Stumptown's experimental food hall mania commence!

04/09/2016 By Kelly Clarke

BREAKING NEWS

The Scoop on Bar Casa Vale, the Upcoming Spanish Spot from Olympia Provisions' Nate Tilden

What to expect at the restaurant and bar kingpin’s new project: “big-ass flames, Spanish braises, and major sherries.”

02/09/2016 By Karen Brooks

FIRST LOOK

Ataula Chefs Open the City’s First Authentic Xurreria, 180

Xurros, xocolata, and xuixos make their Portland debut.

01/29/2016 By Alex Keith

FIRST LOOK

Portland Institution Besaw’s Reopens on NW 21st Avenue

What’s old is new again: a first look at the 112-year-old bistro’s brand-new Northwest digs.

01/26/2016 By Alex Keith

BREAKING NEWS

Peter Cho Launches Han Oak—a Prix Fixe Korean Barbecue Spot and Chef Residency Hub Behind the Ocean

The chef morphs his planned Stray Birds brick-and-mortar into a multipurpose cook space dedicated to chef collaborations, special events, and—coming soon—Korean brunch(!).

01/25/2016 By Kelly Clarke

GOOD EATS

Feed Your Healthy Eating Resolutions at Rabbits Cafe, Now Open in Big Pink

The Sonny Bowl spinoff serves smoothies and vegan macro bowls to the downtown lunch crowd.

01/11/2016 By Molly Woodstock

RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES

Portland News to Chew

The year’s end brings a landslide of closures, including Levant, Marmo, and Hawthorne Lobster House; Lardo opens a new bottle shop.

12/14/2015 By Rachel Grozanick

GOOD EATS

Portland’s Famous Vegan BBQ Cart Finally Has a Brick-and-Mortar Location

Homegrown Smokehouse and Deli settles in next door to SW Jefferson's plant-based cheese shop.

12/03/2015 By Molly Woodstock

BREAKING NEWS

Sonny Bowl to Shutter, Reopen as Rabbits Cafe in Big Pink

The stalwart downtown food cart is transforming into a brick-and-mortar lunch spot.

11/11/2015 By Molly Woodstock

GOOD EATS

Prasad East Opening Inside the Portland Rock Gym

The popular health food haven's new Northeast outpost is perched on the gym's second floor.

11/03/2015 By Molly Woodstock

EAT WITH YOUR EYES

First Look at Andes-Inspired Epif Restaurant

A tour through the new vegetarian, pisco-centric eatery on Northeast 28th's bustling restaurant row.

10/30/2015 By Molly Woodstock