Doug Adams' Bullard Aaron LeeIn the zombie story that won’t go away because it weekly comes for your brain, local #MeNeither spox and Ristretto Roasters-adjacent person, Nancy Rommelmann, is in the news again, but I no longer have the energy to keep continue pushing this clumsy boulder up this very stupid hill. However, If your cannibalized brain has the stomach for it, the Merc and the O offer a pair of spot-on dueling piano treatments of the whole sorry affair. Alright, here’s the week that was! This week, the Mercury’s food critic wrote about her visits to Doug Adams’ Bullard which anchors downtown’s Woodlark Hotel. “Saying that Bullard is the best hotel restaurant in Portland could be seen as damning it with faint praise—but it’s not meant to be,” she starts, ultimately concluding that the beef rib, dry-aged steak, and Sunday fried chicken makes Bullard “high-end dining, with quality meats and a well-appointed dining … [Read more...] about Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap: Texas ‘Cue, Killer Cocktails, and Olde-Tyme Video (and Board) Games
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RIVERNORTHPHOTOGRAPHY / GETTYRemember a couple of weeks back when Nancy Rommelmann, freelance journalist and spouse of Ristretto Roasters owner Din Johnson, counseled MeToo survivors to “move on” via a bunch of YouTube videos? Well, on Monday, she commandeered the coffee company’s Twitter account to settle scores with Heart Coffee (for blocking them) and a former employee (for calling her behavior out). As the Mercury noted, the tweets have since been deleted, and Rommelmann has fessed up as said tweeter (“Believe me, our media guy is not happy.”), but the damage had already been done, as, per the O, New Seasons has stopped carrying the Ristretto’s roasts—even though the grocer wouldn’t quite say as much. What else? Our drinks writer guides you through a few new watering holes that recently popped up around town, and just in time for you Sober January/Party February types. And our food critic dropped by La Neta, the new Old Town Mexican … [Read more...] about Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap: Ristretto’s #MeNeither Problem, and a Very Noisy 7-11
Meg NannaAs we recklessly and inevitably swerve into Constitutional Crisis Land, our very smart and not dumb president greeted the NCAA’s Clemson Tigers championship football team this week with a White House feast of pizza and “hamberders” from Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burder King. In the meantime, Portland’s food and drink makers and creators were very busy distracting us all from the worst dumbest things that make America America. For instance, this week, the Mercury sent its crackerjack booze reporter to document his friend Tommy’s heroic downing of 25 Jell-O shots without showing any signs of intoxication. They did it “for science,” and science officially says you can’t get drunk from Jell-O shots—at least not 25 (!) of them. At least Tommy can’t. Whomever you are Tommy, thank you for your service. This week, the Oregonian profiled Portland’s very own Old Spaghetti Factory, the state line- and … [Read more...] about Hamberders: Your Weekly Food and Drink News Wrap-Up
Burnside Brewing's "Cornholio Burger" | Photo by Meg Nanna It is happening again. Burger Week starts on Monday and lasts all the way through Saturday with 50 burgers from 50 different restaurants, bars, and strip clubs. What comes on a “Fat Brando” or a “Crazy Carl?” Want to know what the secret ingredient is on “The Very Stable Genius Burger?” Visit our special Burger Week website, where we give you the rundown on each of these burgers. (And that special ingredient is Cheetos, but you already knew that.) Collect 'em all! In other Mercury news, we reported that the Boiling Bowl plans on bringing pho back to the old Toast & Pho space on NW 21st, possibly by next month. Our critic rounded up the best spots in town to get your crawfish boil on and she also visited Micah Camden’s new and incredibly busy fast food burger drive-in concept Super Deluxe. Her takeaway: “When Super Deluxe was good, it was VERY good. But when it was bad, I was … [Read more...] about Fast Burgers, Burger Week Burgers, and Old-Fashioned Crawfish Boils: Your Weekly Food and Drink Wrap-Up
Courtesy Corzetti What a busy week, so let’s dig right in. This week, the Mercury reported that Donut o Rama is poised to return with a Pearl District brick-and-mortar after a six year absence. We dropped by Corzetti, Johnny Nunn’s new Italian eatery where we think you should visit for the lasagna sandwich alone. And we took a long beer crawl along the MAX’s orange line, pointing out the 10 or so pubs and tap rooms you can visit on this responsible beer-by-train route. Portland Business Journal had a pretty good scoop yesterday. It reported that after 20 years of service, Lisa Schroeder’s Mother’s Bistro is moving into new digs on the ground floor of the Embassy Suits hotel just a few blocks away. Willamette Week had the news that Ye Olde Town Crier is getting the resurrection treatment when a local family plans to reopen the space, four decades after it shuttered in its original Woodstock location. The family’s dropping the “Ye Olde” … [Read more...] about Weekly Food News Wrap Up: Restaurant Resurrections, Expansions, and More!