RESTAURANT & BAR UPDATES
Portland News to Chew
Great news for lovers of all kinds of pie, the Ruddick/Wood Tavern opens its doors, and Gabriel Rucker does Portland proud (again).
↑ Did you eat too much pie at your Thanksgiving dinner? Of course you didn’t, because you can never have too much pie. Pacific Pie Co knows that, and that’s why they’re opening a second location this Thursday. The new Northwest location will feature the same mouthwatering pies and savory menu as their flagship shop in Southeast. Check out our slide show above for more details, including opening hours. 1668 NW 23rd Ave
• There are any number of "uno mas" jokes we could make about the fact that Oswaldo Bibiano is opening a second outpost of his taqueria Uno Mas, but we'll just say that we'll be glad to see one more taco shop on the west side. 1914 W Burnside St
• On Dec 5, St. Honore Boulangerie will open its third location on SE Division’s restaurant row. The new location features the French pastries and breads found at the other locations, but also includes an Alsatian-inspired all-night happy hour and a wide selection of hard ciders on draft. Check out our opening watch coverage for more info. 3333 SE Division St
• Little Big Burger has confirmed plans to open its seventh location in the former Blue Pig Cafe space on SE Hawthorne. The streets of Portland just feel safer when you know that at any given moment you're within walking distance of truffle fries. 2028 SE Hawthorne Blvd
• Decoding Maurice’s “pastry luncheonette” menu: So what is a “pastry luncheonette?” Veteran pastry chef Kristen D. Murray gives more clues with a menu as her first solo project Maurice readies to open at 921 SW Oak Street. As Eat Beat first reported, Murray’s plan is mingle handcrafted sweet and savories by day, then unleash a dessert menu by night. A look at the full menu now reveals her baking-centric direction: “luncheonette” dishes like Moroccan-influenced goat bisteeya in flaky pastry, carrot and horseradish tartine, polenta clafouti with confit chicken hearts to match a daily lefse wrap, and snacks like cocoa puff palmier cookies, duck fat and prune rissole (croquettes), savory tarte tatin and changing scones, macarons, bars, crackers and cookies. Evening desserts will swing from blow-out numbers like lemon soufflé pudding cake and Murray’s signature rhubarb and celery leaf vacherin to a parade of sweet muchies, nougatines to meringues. Crème Brulee pops, anyone? We’re ready. Watch Eat Beat for more details.–Karen Brooks
• Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao will be moving into the former home of the first ever NikeTown. If you stop in for dinner, just remember that this will be a fine dining establishment—sweats and sneakers don't really fit the dress code anymore. 930 SW 6th Ave
• Life of Pie Pizza is now open on N Williams, offering authentic wood-fired pizzas topped with local ingredients fresh from the farmers market. The ever-shifting menu features simple, rustic flavors, such as Seasonal Mushrooms with Shaved Pecorino Romano and Truffle Oil. And (as far as we know) you don’t have to be stranded in a lifeboat with a tiger to enjoy these pizzas. 3632 N Williams Ave
• As of December 9, Willem’s on Main, owned by Fratelli (RIP) chef Willem Paul Klitsie, will be open seven days a week. Lunch will be served Mon-Sat and dinner will be served every day. So if you're looking for Sunday brunch, it looks like you're out of luck—for now. 907 Main St, Vancouver, WA
• The eagerly anticipated Ruddick/Wood Tavern is now open in Newberg, featuring beers, wines, cocktails, and a few food options. We’re still waiting on the Ruddick/Wood restaurant, but this should tide us over for now. 720 E First St, Newberg
• Caprial and John Pence of the local cooking show Caprial + John's Kitchen have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new kitchen to serve as a cooking school. They've got a good cause and an adorable video, so we wish them the best of luck.
• Chef Gabriel Rucker’s Le Pigeon cookbook was named one of the best books of the year by the UK Financial Times. We’re so filled with Portland pride that we’re even willing to overlook the reviewer’s use of the phrase “iconoclastic hipster inspiration.”
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