What's New in Portland, Oregon
Once a low-rent warehouse district, Central Eastside has become a sophisticated enclave of design shops and restaurants.
Weatherly Creamery Building
Noteworthy newcomers to this 1921 structure include Ancient Heritage Dairy, where 11 different styles of sheep-milk cheese ripen in three caves (for bloomy, natural, and washed rinds). Next door at Renata (entrées $29–$32), chef Matthew Sigler uses Ancient Heritage’s Isabella cheese to fill his exquisite scarpinocc, a pasta from Lombardy, which is drizzled with local honey and topped with chopped almonds. For a sweet ending, there’s the second outpost of Alma Chocolate, where Sarah Hart crafts Thai peanutbutter cups and gold-leafed icons made of dark chocolate.
At the new 20,000-square-foot retail warehouse, you’ll find everything from Swedish soaps and floor-length kimonos to silver pendants from India and embroidered Pakistani ralli quilts.
Young chefs Will Preisch and Joel Stocks never repeat the nine-course menus they create each week, but past meals have included kimchi panna cotta with sea beans and sea purslane, and fried sweetbreads— “the Chicken McNugget of the offal world,” Stocks says—with pickled shimeji mushrooms and XO sauce. Prix fixe $90, including wine.
This beloved Belgian-style brewery has a sprawling new corner location. Pair the Urban Farmhouse Ale with a cheese plate, fondue, or a Gruyère-and-prosciutto sandwich.