2032 SE Clinton St., 503-200-5787, quaintrelle.co. 5 pm-10pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Mississippi’s fine-dining restaurant, Quaintrelle, reopened in late August in Southeast Clinton with a notable upgrade. Chef Riley Eckersley and Bar Manager Camille Cavan stayed and built Burrasca’s former location into the kitchen and bar of their combined dreams. There are now crazy-worthy five, seven and nine course tasting menus with additions and drink pairings available, as well as an a la carte menu. Eckersley continues his unearthly knack for tapping wherever his culinary interests take him – fish sauce here, freshly picked mushrooms there, and a touch of Spanish flair. Plates still look and taste like art.
2. Pacific Crust Pizza Company
400 SW Broadway, 503-719-5010, pacificcrustpizzaco.com. 11 am-10pm every day.
Almost exactly a year after Vitaly Paley’s downtown pizzeria The Crown shut down its ovens due to the pandemic, the ground floor of Hotel Lucia will once again have a restaurant that is releasing records of cooked dough. Pacific Crust Pizza Company opened on October 29 with a Northwest-themed menu created by Chef Aaron Dionne, formerly of New American and Higgins. You’ll find ingredients like elk fennel sausage, Cascade lox, and elderberry vinegar on pies. Pizzas are categorized as hikes – “easy”, “intermediate” and “expert” – indicating how adventurous toppings can be for someone used to ordering plain old cheese and pepperoni.
3. Purrington Cat Salon
3529 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-334-3570, purringtonscatlounge.com. 9.45 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
Be warned that Purrington’s, Portland’s only cat cafe, regularly sells its weekend sessions – reserved 45-minute slots for an assortment of singles and small groups. However, sitting outside of the cat pen can be almost as pleasant as being inside, especially since the realities of social hierarchy dictate that all adults must step aside in front of them. the wonder of well-behaved children determined to pet all the cats available. This particular embodiment of the living room is still new – co-owners Garret Simpson and Helen Harris bought the business from the original owners in 2019 and renovated the space. You can thank Simpson’s food and wine history for the above-average coffee snacks, which include a vegan carrot hummus plank, sunflower seed dip, and kale pesto, served with baguette and vegetables for dipping as well as an indulgent cheese platter from a local Sonnaille monger.
4. In garages
4810 SW Western Ave., Beaverton, 503-941-9139, atthegarages.net. 11 am-1am every day.
A rock venue with a killer food cart pod, At the Garages has all the diverse food court style offerings you want from a sturdy pod. Her Love Pasta cart serves fettuccine Bolognese that looks like an Americanized version of soffritto. Thai Lao Teriyaki’s pad thai arrives rich and sticky and about perfect. But the most famous, Lupitas Tacos d’Ochoa, cooks a torta the size of a basketball, triggering heart palpitations at first glance. Five layers of beef, chicken and sausage make this sandwich so puffy, your cook will apologize that the size of the dish makes it impossible to close the lid of the box.
5. Brasa Haya
412 NE Beech St., 503-288-3499, brasahayapdx.com. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Indoor seating not accessible by ADA, vaccination required to dine inside.
A new Spanish restaurant in a converted house that was once Beech Street Parlor, Brasa Haya is a fine dining restaurant with salt cod croquettes. The portion was too small to be divided effectively, but that’s a problem with tapas, not Brasa Haya.