These days, it's becoming increasingly difficult to navigate Portland's food scene. There are so many new and existing restaurants, it's hard to keep up, and it's even more difficult to know what to try first.
We thought it might be helpful to round up recent food news and reviews by neighborhood. If we missed something, send us an email and we'll add it to the list. If you've tried any of these places, definitely leave a comment and let us know about your experience.
Restaurants on the radar in the Pearl District: Nuvrei Patisserie, Chez Joly, and Bella Gioia
We've been sitting on this news a while now, but Nuvrei Bakery has leased the space directly above it—formerly Olive Shoes—and will open Nuvrei Patisserie this fall. The space is teeny tiny, only 500 feet, but if anyone can maximize the space, it's Marius Pop. According to an article in the Oregonian, Nuvrei Patisserie will offer "obsessively crafted mousse-dacquoise cakes," and take out items such as french press coffee, sandwiches, and soups. A word on lunch: affordable ($7-9), but nothing you're likely to make at home. The shop will offer its delectable pastries and an expanded menu of other goodies. Opening in November.
We're really excited about Nuvrei's expansion. Marius wouldn't do it unless it's something he can do well. That's the kind of guy he is. And, speaking of Nuvrei, we were extremely disappointed to learn that Sip & Kranz no longer carries Nuvrei pastries. Whatthe??? The pastries they offer now PALE in comparison. On our last visit to S&K, we were told that Nuvrei had been replaced with another brand in order to offer lower price points to S&K customers. I'd rather walk a few blocks and spend a little extra for Nuvrei's incredible almond croissants or orange chocolate scones. How about you? Bad move. Can we expect the Stumptown Coffee to be replaced by Folger's? That's sure to save a few bucks.
There's a new restaurant under construction in the DeSoto Building at Broadway and Davis. It's called Chez Joly and is locally owned by the Joly family, the owners of Capers Cafe. Chez Joly will offer country French cuisine at affordable prices (entrees $9-15). Best of all, this cozy neighborhood bistro will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Opening in November.
And, don't forget about Bella Gioia, it's the Italian restaurant (still) under construction at 11th and Everett.
Restaurants on the radar in Old Town Chinatown: Ping and Davis Street Tavern
According to OregonLive and Portland Food and Drink, Andy Ricker (of Pok Pok fame) will open Ping in the bottom floor of the Hung Far Low building at 102-106 NW Fourth Avenue. You know this one is gonna be good!!!
Davis Street Tavern is (still) under construction at 500 NW Davis Street. Opening in October.
Restaurants on the radar in Northwest District: Cork and Cafe Nell
As we mentioned recently, Cork: a bottle shop is opening a second location at 17th and Lovejoy. Cork offers a nice range of products—wine, beer, chocolate—at reasonable prices.
Cafe Nell is now open (in the space formerly occupied by Hurley's) at 1987 NW Kearney. Read more about Cafe Nell at OregonLive.