Dumpling Week 2020


Last year’s Dumpling Week dumplings at Kachka.

Portland has a lot of “food week” festivals, but I think Dumpling Week might be my favorite. It’s back again, now in its sixth year—this time around you have 35 places to choose from (down from 36 last year) and the price has remained a cool ten bucks or less per dish.

Dumpling Week is February 1 to 8, Saturday to Saturday. Like last year, you can find the full list of participating restaurants on the Dumpling Week website, (also in map form). Here are the dumplings that have piqued my interest this year (here’s Dumpling Week 2019 for comparison).

Arden. Whipped ricotta cappalletti in spicy chicken brodo. Arden, 417 NW 10th Avenue. ardenpdx.com. Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 5-9pm; Friday and Saturday 5-10pm; closed Monday.

Canard. Bacon, egg and cheese breakfast gnocchi. Canard, 734 E Burnside Street. canardpdx.com. Monday-Friday 8am-midnight; Saturday & Sunday 9am-midnight.

Circa 33. Masa dumpling, sour cherry-chocolate, chile candied citrus. 3348 SE. Belmont Street. circa33.com. Monday-Thursday 4-10pm; Friday 4pm-midnight; Saturday 2pm-midnight; Sunday 2-10pm.

Ecliptic Brewing. Pork & Mushroom Lumpia: fried Filipino spring roll filled with ground pork, crimini mushrooms and cilantro; served with Lauretta’s dipping sauce. 825 N Cook Street. eclipticbrewing.com. Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-9pm

Kachka. Butternut squash vareniki, Svanetian Salt, rye breadcrumbs, Ukrainian pumpkin seed oil. 960 SE 11th Avenue. kachkapdx.com. Daily 11:30am-2pm; Sunday-Thursday 4-10pm; Fridays & Saturdays 4-11pm.

Las Primas. Empanadas filled with Peruvian chicken, smokey cheese and chili-pepper salsa. 3971 N Williams Avenue. lasprimaskitchen.com. Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-3pm & 5pm-8pm; Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday & Monday closed.

Lovely Rita. Butternut squash agnolotti with chicken ragu. 15 NW 4th Avenue. Lovely Rita website. Sunday-Thursday 9am-11pm; Friday and Saturday 9am-midnight.

Produce Row Cafe. Bacon ricotta gnocchi, scallion, Fontina cheese sauce, fried onions. 204 SE Oak Street. producerowcafe.com. Monday-Friday 11am-late; Saturday-Sunday 10am-late.

Sherpa Kitchen. Momo, which is a popular dish from Himalaya region of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, which is filled with seasoned beef or pork and veggies. 930 SE Oak Street. sherpakitchenpdx.com. Noon to 10pm daily.

Stammtisch. “Maultaschen,” pork dumplings with caramelized onion, bacon, and creme fraiche. 401 NE 28th Avenue. stammtischpdx.com. Monday–Thursday 3pm-1:30am; Friday 11:30am-1:30am; Saturday & Sunday 11am-1:30am


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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

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