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New Portland Favs: Rum Club & Via Tribunali + 50 more

December 8, 2011

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Another three months, another 52 restaurants it seems. I had a little help this time from my trips to New Orleans and Florida.

I’ve been focused more on cooking at home this month, but there are loads of new restaurants that opened in the last month or so here in Portland, and I’m anxious to start checking more off my list. In time, in time. So without further ado, here are 52 new restaurants I’ve checked out lately:

  1. Sweet Hereafter – Crowwwded, but fun new places by The Bye and Bye folks
  2. Straight from New York Pizza – also newish
  3. Nuestra Cocina – I almost just typed cocaine. Fantastic fish. And best house margaritas in Portland. Been back a few times since this. :)
  4. Pie Spot food cart
  5. Thai Peacock
  6. Ruby Jewels Scoops
  7. Prost!
  8. Euro Trash food cart
  9. Sontum Gai Yang food cart
  10. Batavia – Indonesian food cart
  11. Da-Pressed Coffee Cart
  12. Bar Mingo – atmosphere when we were there was so-so, cheese plate was delicious
  13. Vivace – mmm crepes!
  14. Everybody’s Brewing, White Salmon, Washington
  15. Jimmy John’s – apparently this is a newish chain in Portland. I was waiting for the MAX and ran across the street. They were horrifyingly quick.
  16. The Ruby Slipper, New Orleans – quick breakfast service if you sit at the bar
  17. JAX Brewery
  18. Apple Barrel Bar, New Orleans – sooo smoky, but fun because it’s a different vibe than most of the bars on Frenchman St
  19. Capdeville, New Orleans
  20. d.b.a. Frenchmen Street, New Orleans – best sazerac in NOLA!
  21. Cafe du Monde, New Orleans – a required experience I suppose :)
  22. Stanley, New Orleans – seriously tasty breakfast and great location by St Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square (also of note, they have a “Service Bar” next store so you can get coffee while you wait. Kind of like a more formal version of how most breakfast places in Portland offer coffee while you wait).
  23. Johnny’s Po-Boys, New Orleans – one of these could feed a small village
  24. Three Muses, New Orleans – my first French75 + amazing Gorgonzola cheese fries
  25. La Davina Gelateria, New Orleans
  26. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans – the original dive bar
  27. Gumbo Shop, New Orleans – late night mashed potatoes
  28. CC’s Community Coffee House
  29. 13, New Orleans – so Portland. I’m a little embarrassed that I went back later for the tachos after more Frenchman Street music.
  30. Juan’s Flying Burrito, New Orleans – After taking the St Charles streetcar line to the end, we wandered around Magazine Street and decided on Mexican food. :)
  31. The Carousel Bar & Lounge, New Orleans – the rotating bar in NOLA
  32. The Spotted Cat Music Club, New Orleans – superb music, ok drinks
  33. Antoine’s Annex, New Orleans – cute little coffee shop tucked in an alleyway
  34. El Gato Negro, New Orleans – more Mexican? Well I wanted breakfast, and settled for tacos and a margarita.
  35. Cascade Burger @ Cartlandia – amazing burger, and the owner is a riot
  36. Just Thai
  37. Burnside Brewing Co – fun newish brew pub in PDX
  38. Bamboo Sushi – 5 stars! my new favorite sushi spot in Portland. I have dreams about the Green Machine roll and black cod
  39. Rum Club – new spot by Beaker & Flask (and it’s next door) Best Old Fashioned in Portland, in my book
  40. Floyd’s Coffee (a new location, this totally counts!) – love this new location though perfect corner window to get coffee, right next to NedSpace on 3rd
  41. Kettlemen Bagel Company – not sure how I managed to avoide Kettlemen’s for so long. I get overwhelmed in bagel shops. Too many options.
  42. Cascade Brewing Barrel House
  43. Trader Vic’s – I attended a Yelp Elite event here. The Mai Tais were nice and strong
  44. Monsoon Thai Cuisine
  45. Tonic Lounge
  46. Roost – newish breakfast place on Belmont
  47. Rain or Shine Coffee House
  48. Via Tribunali – best new pizza place in PDX? Word. Also $5 pizza Margarita for Happy Hour (I’m cheating on Pyro pizza now)
  49. Tijuana Flats, St Petersburg, Florida
  50. Pizzaria & Cafe, Tampa, Florida – so descriptive
  51. The Castle, Ybor, Tampa, Florida – hilarious
  52. Central Cafe & Organics, St Petersburg – I was really hoping to like this place, but they seemed a bit put off by people coming in to order things. Tasty granola anyway. :)

How it all started: I had a goal to visit one new restaurant a week.
1-52: Go To 52 New Restaurants – 30 Before 30 List
53-103: 52 [More] New Restaurants
104-156: 156 New Portland Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shops in 299 Days
157-208: 208 New Places in One Year
209-260: 52 More New Restaurants: Portland, San Juans & Vancouver, BC
261-312: New Restaurant Fatigue #312!
What new restaurants have you been to lately?