Where to eat this week


1. Lady

2930 NE Killingsworth Street, 503-227-2669, damerestaurant.com. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

Dame is perhaps the most wonderful and least publicized restaurant in Portland. The intimate Italian meals served here nourish the body and uplift the spirit. Its leader, Patrick McKee, is a talent, a leader and an exemplary human being; the kitchen and floor staff reflect a constructive culture; and the food is simply superb. When you go, order pasta, the culmination of McKee’s creativity and cooking skill. Typically, half a dozen fresh pastas are prepared each day, and each dish is the product of a painstaking technique of flavor creation. Portions are generous, but order voraciously; these pastes are virtuoso performances.

2. Yes please Smash Burger

3950 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 707-500-2117, yesworthmashburger.com. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

As the child of a naturopath and herbalist, Tai Pfeifer grew up eating fresh and healthy, and was determined to bring that to his slow fast food. The Yes Please Smash Burger is grass-finished (as opposed to “grass-fed”, a term that still allows for grain consumption), and until recently Pfeifer ground the meat himself, using a mixture of chest and heart. It also makes its own American cheese from real cheddar, which doesn’t contain the dozen ingredients you’ll find in Kraft Singles. It’s also actually a cheese sauce, which is poured directly over the burger as it cooks, resulting in a crunchy, crispy, almost fricolike cheesy halo.

3. Phuket Cafe

1818 NW 23rd Place, 503-781-2997, phuketcafepdx.com. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday to Sunday.

Rocketship Earl catapulted skyward again. Phuket Cafe, located inside the compact former space of Ataula in northwest Portland, is Akkapong “Earl” Ninsom’s new restaurant and a joint venture with bartender Eric Nelson. After barely a month, waits can be long for Ninsom’s twisted new take on Thai cuisine, a niche he owns. It’s a challenge to describe the menu, but it reflects the couple’s recent travels in Thailand and includes everything from oysters on the half shell, bacon bites, paella and a magnificent pork chop – a huge cut 18 oz Tails & Trotters, sliced ​​from the bone for serving.

4. Ringside Steakhouse

2165 Burnside Street West, 503-223-1513, ringsidesteakhouse.com. 5pm-9pm Monday to Thursday, 4.30pm-9.30pm Friday, 4pm-9.30pm Saturday, 4pm-9pm Sunday.

For the first time since the pandemic began, RingSide will be open seven days a week. The iconic steakhouse remained closed on Mondays and Tuesdays once it resumed indoor dining, but let’s face it: sometimes, you really need to carve into a dry-aged rib eye to start your week off right. The $48 three-course prime rib special has returned to its normal Monday slot, and June just happens to be National Steakhouse Month, giving you another excuse to come.

5. Bluto’s

2838 Belmont Street SE, 971-383-1619, blutospdx.com. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Bluto’s, named after John Belushi’s character who parties in animal house, comes from the brain of Lardo and Grassa Rick Gencarelli and the restaurant group ChefStable. Like Lardo and Grassa, it aims for that chic-casual niche, with counter service and average prices belying really tasty food. Bluto’s portions are perfect for sharing, so covering a table in a variety of dishes and allowing the flavors to mingle is the proper way to eat here. The bright citrus and sour labneh in the chicory salad should be eaten between bites of the savory skewers and scooped hummus with pita bread.


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