Goodbye Saima Thai & Sushi, Hello ChiMcking

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Photo credit: ChiMcking

Last Sunday I was doing a little research on Portland Thai restaurants and it became clear that Saima Thai & Sushi in the Hollywood District has closed. They opened originally in early 2018. Turns out a new restaurant is moving into that space: ChiMcking, a franchise that offers “Korean Style Chicken & Fresh Beer.” That’s right—an expansive menu of Korean fried chicken is coming to the Hollywood District. Continue reading “Goodbye Saima Thai & Sushi, Hello ChiMcking”

Butcher Shop and Restaurant Piccone’s Corner is Finally Open

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Sausage and peppers on a roll. Photo credit: Piccone’s Corner

Piccone’s Corner, a whole-animal butcher shop/osteria/salumeria, is open today after months of preparation and waiting. Named after Austin Piccone, farmer and owner, they are located at 3434 NE Sandy Blvd, corner of Sandy and NE Imperial. Read more about the people involved, here.

Sandy is one of my main travel routes, both as a driver now and when I was taking the bus a lot in my car-free days. I’ve been watching this space for months, looking forward to stopping by and checking it out whenever it did open. I like their ethics of their meats being “focused on mindful sourcing” and the fact that they raise much of the meat themselves (at Wallow & Root Farm) as well as “animals from our friends and peers in the community.” This is going to be a prime place for nourishing, nutrient-dense, sustainable meats. Continue reading “Butcher Shop and Restaurant Piccone’s Corner is Finally Open”

Dumpling Week is Alive in 2021

Dumplings from Danwei Canting during 2020’s Dumpling Week

Although we are still in the midst of a pandemic, The Oregonian’s Dumpling Week is well and alive, and it starts today. This year, not surprisingly, it’s all about takeout. The real bonus for this kind of setup is that you can order dumplings from a bunch of places and eat them at home, all together. Makes for a fun way to conveniently compare and contrast Portland’s dumpling goodness. Continue reading “Dumpling Week is Alive in 2021”

D’s Bar and Brickhouse Pizza in Roseway Has Closed

Roseway neighbors lament the shuttering of local favorites D’s Bar and Brickhouse Pizza (run by the same people) on Sandy Blvd at 68th Ave. On December 18 we became aware of an eviction notice and then on December 31, the businesses’ owner posted this on Facebook:

“Today is the last day for D’s and Brick House Pizzeria. Due to the past 9 months in a pandemic, it doesn’t make sense to continue with our business. Thank you for all your support since 2007. We are truly thankful for our wonderful staff, friendships that developed, loving relationships that started with a first date at our place memorable moments with KC Chiefs and Iowa Hawkeye football games, and devoted customers who are like family.”

I had heard great things about the pizza, and I know gatherings for Roseway Nextdoor members would meet there from time to time. Sadly, another one bites the dust in this crazy pandemic economy. Best of luck to the Martins and I hope we see them at some point again serving food and drink.

First Tastes: Nepali Kitchen in Northeast Portland

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Despite its failings, there are some gems on Nextdoor when it comes to food. I’ve found direct-access to top-notch sources of Indonesian food, epic Lasagna Bolognese, Texas-style tortillas and plenty of local food recommendations, including the subject of this blog post, Nepali Kitchen. They’ve opened in what seems to be a house on the corner of NE Fremont and 49th Ave (across the street from Stanich’s), with a lovely little courtyard established in the front yard. And the food is excellent. Continue reading “First Tastes: Nepali Kitchen in Northeast Portland”