Four Things I Learned This Week (October 4)

Here we go again—four new-to-me things I learned in Portland food this week.

Raclette returns to Cheese Bar. You know the weather has cooled down when the raclette comes out. Cheese Bar (6031 SE Belmont Street) does a terrific version every Wednesday, “until the tulips come up in the spring.” The melty cheese action starts at 5:30pm and goes until the cheese is gone. For $7 you get a plate of roasted potatoes, ham, cornichons and house mustard all topped with this wonderful Alpine cheese.

The rent is too damn high in Montavilla. Townshend’s Montavilla Teahouse (7940 SE Stark Street) is closing; the last day is Sunday, October 13. Word on the street is that they can’t afford the rent. This is just the latest in Stark Street closings, with the fear of gentrification nagging with each shuttering.

But there’s a new tea spot coming to NE Glisan. Neighbor Benjamin K reports that Glisan Halal (7830 NE Glisan) will open a small cafe next door. They’ll offer Arab-style tea (“black tea with cream brewed with cardamom, cinnamon and sugar”) and small bites (e.g. sambusas). Look for them in a couple of months.

Delores has a new bar menu. A small but focused menu, the food at the bar at Delores (1401 SE Morrison Street) sounds delicious! Save a kielbasa slider for me.

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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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