Small Bites – Norse Hall, Poke Qube, Birrieria PDX, and More


A bunch of tidbits have crossed my desk and I thought I’d put them all together for you here.

Portland’s Norse Hall at risk. The Norse Hall over on Couch and 11th is running in the red, thanks to—you guessed it—COVID-19. Known for various Scandi cultural events, including the annual Lutefisk Dinner, I’ve spent time there for their tasty Viking Breakfast that happens during certain months of the year. It’s an important cultural space and is worth saving; the fear is out there that developers might be eyeing the property. You can help by donating to their GoFundMe campaign. 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland

Poke Qube to open on NE Sandy Blvd. In the old Buddha Chocolate space at 5353 NE Sandy Blvd, a new poke spot is opening up. The signage is a little confusing—it says “Poke Bowl,” but in actuality the restaurant is Poke Qube. The Yelp reviews are respectable. They are now hiring. 5353 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland

Burrito Azteca is expanding. I caught a glimpse of some signage up indicating that Burrito Azteca on NE Sandy is expanding into the space next door, dedicating it to a bar. It was the former location of D’s Bar, which closed in early January. 6732 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland

Fish & Chips roundup. I enjoyed this roundup of fish & chips places in Portland. As someone who loves this combo, I now have a lot of places to try. As an aside, one of my favorite spots for fish & chips is up on Washington at Bennett’s Fish Shack in Ocean Shores.

Second location for Birrieria PDX. Birrieria PDX, an extremely popular food cart out on the eastern edge of Portland (16544 SE Division Street), is opening a second location. I first caught wind of this via city records, but it was confirmed on their Instagram stories today. 5420 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland

Cully Point Food Trucks. This new food truck pod is slated to open fully very soon; projected opening is “Spring 2021,” according to their Instagram. Located in a building built in the 1940s (originally used as a farmers market during WWII), they will have seating on an outdoor patio and indoors, as well. They are “working with amazing local artists and builders to create a fun and unique space.” Right now the 86 Biscuits truck is operating there. About a week ago they posted, “Everyday we get a little bit closer to opening up the entire pod! Stay tuned, beer, BBQ, biscuits and more!” at 4600 NE Killingsworth Blvd, Portland

Cloudforest is back. It’s a little bit of old news, but I was really happy to see that Cloudforest, one of Portland’s best chocolate shops, is back with a chocolate shop open to the public. They are offering all sorts of delicious things, but personally I’m really intrigued by their Magic Spread—it’s a chocolate hazelnut spread sweetened with dates. Stop by the shop Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. 727 SE Morrison Street, Portland

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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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