Four Things I Learned This Week (January 3)

Happy New Year, everyone! I took much of the holidays off from the blog, and am glad to be back. I hope everyone had a good time during the holidays. I don’t know about you, but the fact that Christmas and New Years both fell on a Wednesday caused time to feel a little wonky, so there’s a chance I heard some of these things last week, too. So it goes.

Year End Roundups, Roundups, Roundups. The Oregonian put together a several restaurant roundups—one for 2019 and one for the decade, painful restaurant closures, and new dishes for 2019. Karen Brooks at PoMo tells us about “the year’s best dishes you never heard of.” 2019’s Best Bites from the Merc. Best food neighborhoods from Eater. No doubt there will be people who disagree with these compiled articles.

Doe Donuts is Open! Yes, they are finally open in their new space by the Hollywood Theatre. Plus they have softserve and scooped ice cream in addition to their vegan donuts.

New Seasons’ Central Kitchen closed… just temporarily? What a mess. Workers showed up to find out they couldn’t clock in. Then they were told it was only temporary. From my vantage point, there was a lot of back tracking from management. I hope things improve for the folks who need it.

Closings: Bar Avignon and Russell Street BBQ felt abrupt and we will miss them.

El Palenque Mexican Restaurant and Cantina Opening on 82nd Ave

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Tasty food and drink. Photo credit: El Palenque Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

Corvallis-based El Palenque Mexican Restaurant and Cantina is opening in the location of the shuttered The Original Taco House on 82nd Avenue. A liquor license application was the first clue (thanks to a tip on Facebook) of their impending arrival, and a little research confirmed the relationship of this El Palenque with the Corvallis location. Continue reading “El Palenque Mexican Restaurant and Cantina Opening on 82nd Ave”

Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, November 2019

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After a little bit of a break (thank you, paid work), I’m back, and so here’s the top five posts from last month, November 2019. There was a lot of traffic thanks to refferals from PDX Eater, for which I am grateful! Here’s what you all liked last month—restaurant news, for the most part. As always, thanks for reading!

5. Second Profession Brewing Partnering With Arrowood Restaurant

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While driving along NE Sandy Blvd (again), I noticed that part of Second Profession Brewing windows were papered over—at this point after so many years of neighborhood blogging, papered-over windows always catch my eye and get me wondering. I stopped by and saw that the old pub that was part of the brewery is now going to be the restaurant Arrowood. The pub’s final day of business was July 31. Continue reading “Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, November 2019”

Four Things I Learned This Week (November 15)

It’s been a crazy week in Bridgetown Bites land, but I still have time to share with your four things I learned this week. It’s straight up restaurant news, and good stuff, at that.

Chameleon has a new menu. According to their Facebook page, Hollywood District mainstay Chameleon has a new menu. Owner Pat Jeung is back in town after some culinary travels: “After my little adventure to the middle east and Europe, I had an amazing time and got to cook with the locals in Beirut and Bucharest. Met some incredible new friends and feeling so grateful to be able to do what I do. Please come by soon to sample some of our new dishes on our menu!”

Brunch arrives at the Goat. Hogan’s Goat Pizza is now offering brunch. There are a number of egg dishes on the menu, but what caught my eye was the Breakfast Lasagna: “Eye opener lasagna featuring a crispy tater crust, layered with scrambled eggs, bacon, Italian sausage, and cheddar cheese. Accompanied by tomato slices.”

The Sudra has reopened on 28th Ave. According to their Instagram page, they are open in the new location: “We’re open! More space! New menu items! Same Sudra staff that you know & love.” They are now occupying the space that was home to Tapalaya for years, 28 NE 28th Avenue.

Wajan serves lunch! This wonderful new Indonesian restaurant has launched their lunch service. Stop by on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm.