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posted on June 30, 2017
review by Kerry Newberry

Even if you enter as a natural-wine nonbeliever, you might get religion after a night at Dame. Opened by co-owners Dana Frank (pictured right; formerly of Ava Gene’s) and Jane Smith (The Knock Back), the 37-seat space echoes a ...Read the full review

posted on June 15, 2017
Park Avenue Wines
review by Kerry Newberry

Frequent trips to London’s Berry Bros & Rudd inspired William Oben and Neil Thompson to open Park Avenue Wines and Bardot Wine Bar in Portland’s downtown urban core. For the ...Read the full review

posted on June 10, 2016
Ambonnay Champagne Bar
review by Kerry Newberry

This unassuming 20-seat chandelier-lit den in southeast Portland seduces oenophiles from across the city, with a list devoted to Champagne and sparkling wine. Those bubbles—from grande marques as well as small producers like Georges Laval, JM Sélèque, Guillaume Sergent, Déhu and Marie-Noelle Ledru—come poured ...Read the full review

posted on June 9, 2016
Olympia Oyster Bar
review by Kerry Newberry

Like many other bivalve prophets, chefs Melissa Mayer and Maylin Chavez credit a Parisian oyster bar (in their case, Le Baron Rouge) as a life-changing experience. So much so, that they recently opened their own oyster bar on funky Mississippi Avenue in North Portland. Named for the native to ...Read the full review

posted on June 8, 2016
St. Jack
review by Kerry Newberry

Grabbing dinner at St. Jack, an ode to the bouchons of Lyon, is a weekly ritual for many Portlanders. Large-paneled windows survey the streets of Northwest Portland, where designer dogs and well-heeled hipsters cruise by, while others idle over rustic French dishes at coveted sidewalk tables. Inside, Carla Bruni ...Read the full review

posted on June 7, 2016
review by Kerry Newberry

“Without tradition there is nada,” José Chesa, Sr., told Emily Metivier, the wine director at his son’s new tapas-centric restaurant, Chesa. In February 2016, Chesa the elder had traveled from Barcelona to Portland to raise a glass of Sherry at the opening. This is the second restaurant for José ...Read the full review

posted on June 6, 2016
Shift Drinks
review by Kerry Newberry

Forget what you think you know about Portland—the city where fleece rules, bike shops serve pour-over coffee, and dive bars reign. (Well, bike shop coffee is true). The downtown bar scene is anything but divey, thanks to the example set by the

posted on February 9, 2016
review by Kerry Newberry

A project from French Laundry alums Nick and Sandra Arnerich, Renata is the latest addition to industrial Southeast Portland’s flourishing culinary corridor. Behind a glowing sign reading “Mi Piace,” (“I like it” in Italian) over the open kitchen, Matthew Sigler (previously of San Francisco’s Flour + Water and ...Read the full review

posted on September 24, 2015
review by Kerry Newberry

At Hamlet, the latest addition to Portland’s Pearl District, ham is treated like fine wine. The restaurant is the brainchild of Cathy Whims, the executive chef at Nostrana, who grew up on country ham in North Carolina, and cocktail wizard Ryan Magarian, who provides the liquid refreshment. Whims’ ...Read the full review

posted on March 17, 2015
review by Kerry Newberry

In the industrial southeast district of the city, fringed by tattoo parlors and taverns, you’ll find Kachka, Portland’s latest destination restaurant. The décor is simple: Soviet propaganda posters and ornate window frames evoking traditional Russian architecture. The heart of the menu is an ode to traditional ...Read the full review

posted on September 30, 2014
Coopers Hall
review by Kerry Newberry

Two Shinola bicycles bask near stainless steel fermentation tanks and a canary yellow forklift at Coopers Hall, a tap room and urban winery in industrial southeast Portland. Sunlight streams through the 8,000-square-foot space; the room hums with hipsters in skinny jeans perched at either the long bar or the ...Read the full review

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