Yucatecan Taqueria La Mestiza Is Expanding


Beloved Madison South area Taqueria La Mestiza is growing! According to a post on Nextdoor, they are “expanding into the space next door (previously an insurance office).” La Mestiza, which opened in 2016, was recently included in a great roundup in The Oregonian of local Yucatecan places in Portland, highlighting dishes like pavo en relleno negro (available only on weekends), panuchossalbutes, poc chuc and cochinita pibil (available all week). Continue reading “Yucatecan Taqueria La Mestiza Is Expanding”

Four Things I Learned This Week (September 13)

Back at it—here are four things I learned this week in the world of Portland food.

The Mid-Autumn Festival starts today. Here are three local bakeries where you can find Chinese-style mooncakes for the annual Mid Autumn Festival. Also: I learned that there are regional differences in mooncakes, which makes total sense. In the past I’ve only had access to Chinese-style mooncakes, and now I wish I’d sought out other styles. Wikipedia has a summary of the different styles throughout Asia.

Say cheese(burger). Wednesday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, and Burgerville is offering $1 cheeseburgers that day. Maximum five burgers per transaction, and a two transaction limit per vehicle.

The donut breakfast sandwich is a thing. Delicious Donuts, celebrating 14 years in the business this week, offers many things, including a breakfast sandwich made with a glazed donut. Redditor @afeld explains, “They flip the donut inside out, so you’re holding the dry inners, and glazed part is with the egg.” That would be Aiden’s Sandwich, made with egg, cheese, and choice of meat—bacon, ham, or sausage.  Their Grand Avenue Burger also comes on a glazed donut.

Zapapizza is in soft open mode. Nick Zukin of Mi Mero Mole fame has been working on his newest project, Zapapizza. Offering thick-crust pies with Mexican ingredients for toppings. From twitter: “We are now soft open 11am to 9pm with thick crust pizza slices, beer, booze, wings, and even salad. Limited menu. More coming soon. 503 W. Burnside.” P.S. The Zaparoni,  a pepperoni pie base with the addition of pickled jalapeños, queso fresco, and fresh avocado, is basically my dream pizza.


Four Things I Learned This Week (September 6)

We’re back with four new-to-me things I learned this week in the world of Portland food (week ending Friday, September 6, 2019).

Third time’s a sad charm. This week we got the bad news that Smallwares will close; her Zipper Building spot, Wares, was put on the market this past summer. And, of course, the original Smallwares—which I first became aware of all the way in NYC back in 2016 when I was the editor of Northeast Neighbors magazine—on NE Fremont has been gone for a few years. Johanna Wares has made some seriously tasty “inauthentic Asian” food, and her work will be missed. You have until Saturday, September 28 to eat at Smallwares, and then it will be gone, gone, gone.

More than a michelada. Portland gets a new bar that sells craft beer and hot sauce, Alefire.

Beaverton’s best for food. Thrillist claims Beaverton as one of “the country’s best suburbs for people who love food.” Highlighted eateries are Duh Kuh Bee for noodles, dumplings and kbbq; Yuzu for izakaya; Oyatsupan Bakers for Japanese baked goods; Decarli for Italian food; Best Baguette for banh mi; and Beaverton Sub Station for… well… subs.

Portland Mercado suffers jagoff behavior. We got the bad news this week that someone broke the front door at the Portland Mercado—and so close to their biggest event of the year, Taste of Latinoamérica – Sabor de Latinoamérica, this Saturday, September 7, from noon to 7pm. Property damage sucks.

Comida & Cars With Jose Chesa


If you haven’t watched the new series, “Comida & Cars” with Portland chef Jose Chesa (Ataula, 180 Xurros & Xocolata [closed]), get yourself over to their Youtube channel and take a watch! Yes, yes, it sounds a lot like that other show. His first guest is Carlo Lamagna, owner and chef at the new Filipino restaurant Magna. They are driving around in a fancy blue BMW M3 Cs in this episode. Continue reading “Comida & Cars With Jose Chesa”