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.

Four Things I Learned This Week (August 30)

It’s back! I’ve resurrected my weekly Four Things, where I tell you about four new-to-me things I learned this week in the world of Portland food (week ending Friday, August 30, 2019).

Doe Donuts is backlogged with city permits.  Back in June, Doe Donuts announced they were leaving their FoPo location for new digs in the Hollywood District (where Garden Monsters previously set up shop). Their signage has been up for a while at the new spot, so I asked them on their Instagram when they plan to open. “In a few months,” was the answer. And why? “Permits are holding us back.”

The calzone zone is on Wednesdays at Red Sauce. According to their Facebook page, Red Sauce will be serving their amazing calzones on Wednesday nights only, going forth. Also news: “Pan pie on summery vacay, back in the fall.” Both are excellent choices; you should go. (And get a Treat Vancouver ding dong while you’re there.)

Oregon is a cheese champion. During the American Cheese Society Competition, Oregon took home 14 cheese wins this year. You can sample some of this year’s winning cheeses at The Wedge in October. And next year’s American Cheese Society Competition, Festival of Cheese, and accompanying conference will be held in Portland (July 2020)!

Xico nixes lunch service on SE Division. We’ve learned that Xico, home to an excellent version of “winner, winner, chicken dinner” on Monday nights, has decided to close down lunch service at their Division Street location. Last day of lunch service is Sunday, September 1. But… you can go to their NW location, where they will continue to serve lunch every day, save for Tuesday.