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”

Dick’s Primal Burger Opens in Old Beeswing Space in Cully

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Image source: Dick’s Primal Burger

What a year it’s been. 2020 has been full of hard times, what with the pandemic, a major economic downturn, and a high-anxiety election—not to mention murder hornets (it’s on the news as I write this). Good news seems hard to come by, but I have some for you: the old Beeswing Restaurant space in Cully has a new tenant, and they are Dick’s Primal Burger. Continue reading “Dick’s Primal Burger Opens in Old Beeswing Space in Cully”

Shake Shack is Coming to Portland

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Shake Shack in leafy Madison Square Park back in 2008

The news broke earlier this week by the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC), and the local food media followed; Portland Monthly‘s article was the first one that caught my eye. I’m pretty chuffed that Shake Shack is coming to Portland—1016 W Burnside Street—and am so curious to see how it will fare in what is a pretty solid burger town, having known their delicious consistency during my time living in NYC.

To be honest, I don’t spend a lot of time downtown, but when I am there, I will seek out this impending Shake Shack—opening in what I think is a great location, just across the street from Powell’s (which I hope will make it through this virus crisis). Continue reading “Shake Shack is Coming to Portland”

Best Health Wishes To All

Well, it’s been a little quiet around here since the arrival of the novel coronavirus crisis and its accompanying demon COVID-19, which has dealt a pretty severe blow to Portland’s restaurant world. I’ve also spent a month under the weather with some other kind of virus, which has squelched my own sense of inspiration; being sick is a drag. But, I’m finally feeling better and happy to post to this little blog.

Big shout out to some great spots we’ve eaten at during this crisis, in the current to-go/pickup/contactless reality we all live in: Red Sauce Pizza, Laughing Planet, Sa Bai Thai, Burrito Azteca, and Xico. Your food has been awesome with solid social distancing practicies.

I hope each one of you reading this is feeling well, and I send every good wish for continued health. Now, on to the Shake Shack news.