Eat Beat's News to Chew
Top food news stories from around Portland, including a new name for Pizza Depokos and opening dates for Portland Penny Diner, Blue Start Donuts, and Lardo Downtown.
N Killingsworth: Will Fain's wood-fired Pizza Depokos at the North Station food cart pod has rebranded as Handsome Pizza, with lower prices, a more focused menu, as well as cups, cones, and milkshakes from Scoop Handmade Ice Cream. Open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 8 pm. 2730 N Killingsworth at Greeley
SE Division: Rob Walls's "Portland-style" banh mi eatery Double Dragon will celebrate its first year of business with a free party on Thursday, November 29th from 6 to 9 pm featuring previews of the expanded menu that's set to debut in January (after the completion of their full bar and kitchen build-out). 1235 SE Division
SE Division: Nick Zukin's tacos guisados hot spot Mi Mero Mole will celebrate its first anniversary on Wednesday, November 28th from 4 to 9 pm with free prizes (like Blazers tickets and free nosh) and specials like free desserts, $2 beers, and $4 margaritas. 5026 SE Division
NE 28th: A new happy hour at Tabla offers mega discounts on food and drink from 5 to 6 pm every night. The entire bar menu (available here) is half price, and tipplers can order $5 well drinks, $5 negronis, $3 draught beer, $5 wine of the day, $12 half carafes of house wine, and $2 off all regular wine by the glass. 200 NE 28th
SW Broadway: On the heels of the opening of Vitaly Paley's Imperial Restaurant, the James Beard Award-winning chef's next venture Portland Penny Diner is set to debut on November 30th. Paley and his right-hand man and executive Chef Ben Bettinger have re-imagined the diner for the Pacific Northwest, named after the coin that Frances Pettygrove and Asa Lovejoy used to decide Portland’s name in 1845. The counter-service diner will offer morning pastries, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches (on house made Fry Bread, Parker House rolls, or Grand Central breads) as well as salads, soups, sides, and old-school desserts from Pastry Chef Michelle Vernier. Bar Manager Brandon Wise will resurrect the historical soda fountain with housemade phosphate sodas, "lactarts", and cocktails like the Portland Egg Cream (with Fernet Branca, Imperial chocolate syrup, cream, and soda). The space will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 am to 7 pm; Fridays from 7 am to 1 am; and Saturdays from 7 pm to 1 am. 410 Southwest Broadway
SW Washington: The Downtown location of Rick Gencarelli's show-stopping, pig-powered sandwich spot Lardo is set to open on November 30th in the corner section of the space most recently home to the shuttered Corazón. 1205 SW Washington St
SW 10th: The second location of Wes Russell and Christine Herman-Russell's Case Study Coffee has debuted downtown (in the former Crafty Wonderland space), offering pastries from Bakeshop, Nuvrei, and Petunia's Pastries as well as bagels from Bowery Bagels. Opening hours going forward: 7 am to 5 pm, daily. 802 SW 10th
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