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Now Open in Northeast Portland: Olympia Oyster Bar

Melissa Mayer and Maylin Chavez love oysters, and they want you to, too. Their new almost all-things oyster bar, inspired by their recent tasting trip to Paris, is now open for dinner, Saturday brunch, and coming soon, lunch, too. Naturally, wine and bubbles will flow, as will a carefully chosen selection of beers, but there are cocktails, too, dreamt up by mixologist and Oven and Shaker co-owner Ryan Magarian. more...

Now Open in Southeast Portland: Smith Teamaker SE Tasting Room and HQ

Steven Smith Teamaker, the first name in local tea—and perhaps even in the world—has just opened its doors to a brand new facility on the southeast side of the river. The new enormous industrial space gives you a chance to see how the leaves are read and sorted, and you can try any of the brand’s blends by taking a seat inside the facility’s brand new tasting room, complete with comfy chairs, more...

Where to Happy Hour, Mexican-Style, in Portland

When you’re hungry for Mexican food and dying for happy hour, you’ve got some wide-ranging options. You can brave the lines (don’t worry, they move fast) at ¿Por Qué No?. You can try the stewy tacos de guisados at Mi Mero Mole. You can dig into some very proper tamales at Tamale Boy, or take a refined tour of the country at Xico. Or you can collect all four (which is what we more...

Now Open in Northeast Portland: Epif

Nicolle Dirks and Jose "Pepe" Arancibia met in Boston in 1996. Not long after, they found themselves married and living in Chile, where they ran a vegetarian restaurant that they called Epif. When the couple relocated to Portland, they brought their restaurant with them, opening this 47-seat vegetarian and mostly vegan spot that serves any kind of cuisine that can be found along the spine of the Andes more...

Where to Get a Good Bloody Mary in Portland

January 1 kicked off—appropriately—with Bloody Mary Day. That day has come and gone, but Portland sure continues to make some keepers. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorites that we’ve had over the years. Keep ‘em in mind the next time your in need of a morning bracer. Sure, lots of Bloodies in lots of bars all over town get twisted like pretzels into a variety of flavor profiles. more...

Now Open in Northwest Portland: Bull in China

If you’ve been coveting your friends’s new bar set, chances are it was handmade right here in town courtesy of Lucas Plant, Daniel Osborne and Katie Burnett’s Bull in China. For a year, you could only score one some ordering it all online or visiting a few spots around town that sold BIC goods on consignment. But now they have their own shop which you can enter right of NW 21st Avenue (don’t more...

Now Open in Northwest Portland: Aria Gin

Move over Distillery Row: With the recent opening of Aria Gin (which joins Bull Run and Clear Creek distilleries), NW Portland’s Slabtown neighborhood has its very own distillery district. All of Aria’s London-style gins are produced onsite, and if you’re looking for a sample, it has a tasting room, too, where you can purchase post-sip bottles, bitters and bar gear courtesy of Bull in China. Aria more...

Now Open in Eliot: Labrewatory

Portland’s beer scene just got a lot more interesting. Thad Fisco, who sells industrial brewing supplies at Portland Kettle Works, has teamed up with a trio of friends (Chris Sears, Patrick Walsh and Joe Watzig) to open a brewing laboratory, the first of its kind in Portland. Here’s how it works: The lab invites brewers from large-scale operations to swing by and “rent” their small 4-barrel more...

Now Open in Arbor Lodge: The Coop

Solomon Flores, along with the help of his mother, Berni Pilip, is now bringing the residents who live a little deeper in North Portland’s neighborhoods a 40-seat cafe that offers sandwiches (bánh mìs, Cubanos, cheesesteaks and clubs), pasta salads, mac and cheeses, and rotisserie briskets, chickens and baby back ribs. The 40-seat space does lunch and dinner for now, with weekend brunch plans in more...

Now Open in Beaumont Village: Thrive

For years, Erika Reagor has operated Thrive, a health-forward catering operation to feed Portland’s banquet class. She still has that mobile business, but now she has a new headquarters in the shape of a 50-seat restaurant that, for the last several decades, had been home to the Alameda Cafe. The lunch-and-dinner spot now offers Reagor’s healthy, mostly vegan noodle and rice bowls, alongside six draft more...