Food

Meet The St. Johns Restaurant Where East Meets South

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: St. Johns THE PLACE: Fusion cuisine reigns among Portland’s foodie culture. But there’s only one place in St. Johns you can eat southern collard greens and korean kimchi harmoniously: Mama San Soul Shack. St. Johns has been historically lower income and more ethnically diverse than other parts of Portland. Mama San Soul Shack […]

/ April 3, 2019


From Peru to Portland: Andina Serves up Authentic Cuisine in the Pearl

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Pearl District THE PLACE: It all started with a a Peruvian chemistry teacher and a Peace Corps volunteer from Portland. After John S. Platt and Doris Rodriguez de Platt fell in love in Peru, they moved their family to John’s hometown of Portland. Decades later, they collaborated with their son Peter to […]

/ March 19, 2019


Go Ahead: Eat This Raw Cookie Dough, Portland

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Pearl District THE PLACE: Remember sneaking cookie dough batter from the mixing bowl as a kid? Or maybe… more recently? Now there’s a spot where you dig into dough guilt-free. The Cookie Dough Cafe is the dream of sisters Julia Clark and Joan Pacetti, who discovered a way to omit the eggs […]

/ March 6, 2019


Akâdi Brings West African Food to Portland

Spices from scratch, sauces from scratch, slow-cooked goat and whole-fried tilapia: Akâdi, which means “tasty” in Bambara (a Mali-originated language), is a restaurant in Portland’s Albina district that lives up to its name by serving homemade West African food from chef-owner Fatou Ouattara’s native Bouaké, Ivory Coast. Ouattara, who immigrated to the U.S. to attend […]

/ January 31, 2019


Video: Meet the Bar Behind the Bookshelf at Circa 33

Sunnyside is home to a lot of books — from the Belmont Library to the Powell’s on Hawthorne — but not all the books in this neighborhood are quite what they seem. At Circa 33, what looks like a bookshelf is actually a secret entrance to the bar’s hidden speakeasy. Inside, you’ll find a cozy […]

/ January 8, 2019


Video: How a Hawthorne Hot Dog Stand Became Zach’s Shack

Thirteen years ago, Zach Zelinger opened a late-night hot dog stand on Hawthorne and named the specialty brats after his favorite bands. Today, that hot dog stand is the brick-and-mortar restaurant Zach’s Shack, and with an outdoor patio, ping-pong, Pacman, and local brews on tap, it’s one of the most popular food options in Sunnyside.

/ December 17, 2018


Meet 4 Hot Sauce Bosses Who Are Spicing Up Portland

If you love hot sauce, follow @wetwizardsauce, @hotmamasalsapdx, @kombuchahotsauce, and @secretaardvark on Instagram for more of this. ☝️ Portland’s food scene is probably best known for food trucks, vegan fare, and fusion cuisine — but maybe it’s time to add something else to that list: hot sauce. Portlanders seem to love it with everything from […]

/ May 31, 2018