Plus, see which of our Bridgeliner Unabridged members are getting their own weekend guides.

📺 Where to find food from Squid Game in PDX and how to eat sustainably in Portland

Plus, how these two local restaurants ended up in The New York Times.

By Cassie Ruud

It’s Thursday.

And we’re ringing the dinner bell and telling you to “come and get it!” Because, like we do every Thursday, today’s newsletter is hot off the griddle, drizzled with maple syrup, and sizzling with every flavor of local food news of the week. 

What do you say, Portland? Grab yourself a plate and let’s get to grazing. 

📰 What Portland’s snacking on

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📺 This one’s for all you Squid Game fans: Here’s where you can get food from the show around Stumptown. Portland Monthly put together this comprehensive list of food from each episode of the new (and disturbing) Netflix series — from ddukbokki at Chimcking to bibimbap at Happy Bibimbap House 2 and dalgona coffee at Toki; you’ll find something to celebrate your favorite character surviving to the next episode. (Portland Monthly)

🎆 The New York Times says we’ve got two of America’s most exciting restaurants. And, well, I mean, what’d you expect? 😉 Stumptown’s food scene packs one hell of a punch. Coquine and Eem were named on the Times’ list of 50 restaurants they are excited to visit after the pandemic wraps up. Both of these local eateries previously won Restaurant of the Year awards from the Oregonian; with Coquine’s classic and refined menu and Eem’s blend of Texas BBQ mixed with Thai flavors, it’s easy to see why. (OregonLive)

🍕Get ready (and hungry) for lamb-topped pizza coming to the Brooklyn neighborhood. Former Ración chef Anthony Cafiero will open up Meta Pizza on Oct. 26 and his mouthwatering menu will feature classic pies (margherita-style, cheese, pepperoni, etc) as well as artisanal eats like the Brooklyn Rabe which comes with fresh mozzarella, spicy peppers, and toothsome broccoli rabe. Dunno about you, but you’ll definitely find us there on opening day. (Don’t worry, we’ll save you a slice or two.) (EaterPDX / Meta Pizza)

🍣 Wanna get a little loose for some sush? Here’s where you can find some of Portland’s finest and freshest. Again, kudos and credits to Portland Monthly for this list of 11 of Stumptown’s best eateries to chow down on your next bowl of chirashi. You’ve definitely got some classics like Afuri Izakaya (we know, they’re more known for their ramen, but don’t sleep on their house-made unagi) as well as newcomers like Mitate rolling up fresh vegan rolls. So get your chopsticks ready and pour out the sake folks. (Portland Monthly)

🌎 If you’re looking for a sign to eat sustainably, this guide from Portland Mercury is it. The alt-weekly’s 2021 food and drink guide is all about how to be mindful with your munching. The series focuses onlocal restaurateurs adapting to climate change, how these chefs of color are decolonizing the Stumptown vegan food scene, and how tinned fish is having a bit of a moment and where you can get it sustainably right here in Portland. Because honestly, there’s nothing tastier than feeling good about what you’re eating. (Portland Mercury)

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🔮 Learn about the sacredness behind death with Raven’s Wing in their Death Cafe and Salon (Sellwood)

🤘 Watch H is for Hector perform at the Garages Satellite Pub (Beaverton) (Beaverton)


✂️ Create beautiful pine needle baskets with Village Gallery of Arts (Downtown)


🎶 Get cruising on the Willamette with some ‘80s and ‘90s jams (Spirit of Portland)

🐈 Join the Oregon Humane Society for this Purr-fect-ly Howl-a-ween Event: A Benefit For the Cat Adoption Team (Online)


✍️ Create a spooky story using a deck of Tarot cards as prompts with HOCUS (Online)

Thursday, October 28

🌱 Learn all about pollinator gardens for fall and winter with Dennis' 7 Dees Garden Centers (Online)

🤘 Kick your boots up with Dan & Shay for their arena tour (Downtown)

👑 Join the Portland Art Museum to examine what a woman’s role in power in the ancient world meant in the days of Queen Nefertiti (Online)

Saturday, October 30

🎵 Join The Resinators and The Cascadians at the Alberta Street Pub (King)

Sunday, October 31

👻 Enjoy a spectacular HalloQUEEN Drag show at The Pharmacy!(NW Portland)

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Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

That’s all for today folks; catch you back here tomorrow for Friday’s send off. 

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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