Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, February 2018

We’re back with another roundup of the most popular posts on Bridgetown Bites from the month before (February 2018). The posts about Saima Thai & Sushi were boosted last month by a Facebook post by our friends at the Hollywood Star newspaper, and we are grateful for that. As always, thank you  for reading!

5. Welcome to Hollywood, Garden Monsters

While I was sick and not on my A-game, the news of the impending arrival of Garden Monsters was reported by Chad Walsh at the Portland Mercury. Full disclosure: I hadn’t heard of Garden Monsters before this post but I’m sure glad I do now. The menu is primarily salads (“mini” and “monster” sizes), with the option to turn any of them into a wrap, and a couple of “Monster Melts.” They will be renting that little space adjacent to Saima Thai & Sushi that used to be Pono Soul Farm Kitchen’s meat market.

4. Taco Pedaler To Open Second Location in Portland

I first saw the news on Instagram—Taco Pedaler, home of my favorite tacos in Portland, is opening a second location! It will be in the old Pollo Norte space on 42nd Ave near Killingsworth.

3. Fire and Stone To Close End of February 2018

This morning I read the news on Instagram that Fire and Stone, a wood-fired restaurant in the Alameda/Beaumont-Wilshire area, is closing. The news made me quite sad, as I’ve been a fan of the restaurant since before I moved to Portland. When I was the editor of Northeast Neighbors magazine, we featured them there, and a number of local folks I interviewed over the months also spoke highly of them. I’ve eaten a number of meals there. I am sure everyone is sorry to see them go.

2. Saima Thai & Sushi Opening Update

As I walk to and from the gym, or Trader Joes, or the Hollywood Theatre, I always check out the progress at Saima Thai & Sushi, opening up at 4118 NE Sandy Blvd. All papers are down from the windows, hours are posted, menus are up and the interior—which looks quite a bit like the old Pono Soul Farm Kitchen’s decor—is looking RTG (ready to go). If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say they are ready to open this coming week.

1. Saima Thai & Sushi Coming to Old Pono Soul Farm Kitchen Space on Sandy Blvd

Well, looks like my suspicions were right—a new restaurant is indeed opening up in the old Pono Soul Farm Kitchen space. Saima Thai & Sushi is moving in and is “coming soon.” There’s been activity inside since the start of December; my guess is that they will open either a) in time for the holidays, or b) after the new year.

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.
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6 Replies to “Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, February 2018”

    1. That’s one of their breakfast tacos and it’s excellent. The sushi + Thai place… can be hit or miss, but I understand that they are new and figuring some things out. That said, one of their consistent hits is the spicy salmon hand roll. I’ve had three of them and they’ve all be very good.

  1. Based on your post and all these comments, it looks like I’m going to have to try out this taco place – I love tacos! Especially breakfast tacos. (And I was just about to comment on how amazing that pizza looks, but then so sad to read it’s closing!)

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