Andrea Damewood, Portland Mercury

Andrea Damewood

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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Andrea:

Canned Mixed Drinks: The Tasty, the Okay, and the Kinda Gross

Canned rosé on the river? SoooOOOOooo 2018. Fall 2019 is all about cans of pre-mixed, locally made cocktails. See, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission finally did something right! Those bureaucratic fun-smotherers at the OLCC changed a regulation in a way that benefits us degenerates: canned cocktails—like actual liquor-spiked drinks inside aluminum—are now legallllll (airhorn)!! Oregon was… → Read More

Pizza Town: Four New Portland Pizza Places to Try

There is SO MUCH pizza in Portland. As a food critic, I could probably make my yearly quota of reviews on the backs of new places attempting the latest and greatest in crust, cheese, and tomato technology. This means that there are some really bad pizza places (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE), some pizza places I previously panned that got better (apologies to Pizzeria Otto—everyone should go there!), and… → Read More

Our Five Favorite Bites at the Unbeatable Portland Mercado

The bright pop of pinks, yellows, and oranges of the Portland Mercado makes me smile anytime I’m on Southeast Foster. Just past its fourth anniversary, this nonprofit Latinx cultural center and small business incubator is where you’ll find Portlanders of all stripes sipping aguas frescas and jockeying for open table space. It hasn’t been there long, but it already feels like an institution—a… → Read More

Erizo Is the Ocean-To-Table Seafood Restaurant Portland’s Been Waiting For

This is a reservation that should soon be hard to get. → Read More

From Unbelievable Breakfast Tacos to Towering Cinnamon Rolls, Here Are Five Brunches You Should Be Eating Right Now

It’s a big moment for Portland brunch. From a new food cart slinging the best breakfast tacos in town to Portland stalwarts finally tackling that Sunday morning rush, here are five new brunch spots that should be on your AM itinerary. Matt’s BBQ Tacos Matt Vicedomini is a straight hustler. For those keeping score, this is the second time this month his barbecue has graced this food page. This… → Read More

Sweet Baby Jesus, Eem’s Mashup of Thai BBQ and Top-Tier Tiki Drinks Is Amazing

Sweet baby Jesus, Eem’s mashup of Thai BBQ and top-tier Tiki drinks is amazing. → Read More

Bullard: Fine Hotel Dining for the Barbecue Lover

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. It’s to say that we’ve come a long way from the days of bland plates meant to mollify the palates of travelling businessmen. Bullard, the long-awaited first restaurant from Chef Doug Adams (and business partner Jen Quist) located inside the chic Woodlark Hotel, is… → Read More

Seven Days, 14 Incredible Asian Soups

From Pho and Ramen to Wonton and Turmeric-laden Noodles, Here’s Your Definitive List for a Week of Soup Sustenance → Read More

La Neta’s Interpretation of High-End Mexican Is Still A Little Garbled

Ask yourself: Are you the kind of person who is okay paying $9 for chips and salsa? Does that answer change if the chips are freshly made, and the tamarind salsa is a sweet and spicy mashup so unique and delectable, it should be bottled and sold in stores? Are you okay with dining in what essentially feels like the extension of a hotel lobby? Does that answer change if it’s the coolest lobby… → Read More

2018’s Best Bites from Portland’s Best New Restaurants

Food critics are a lot like record collectors: obsessive, picky and absolutely convinced our taste is better than yours (it is). So in honor of the best record-adjacent movie of all time, I’m going to pull a High Fidelity and turn this last column of 2018 into a top five list of the foods I ate this year. If you wish to debate, I’ll be organizing my horde of stolen menus in biographical order.… → Read More

Where to Find Portland’s Best Holiday Feasts

Move over, Friendsgiving, you’re played out. I’m much more about living the friends feast life, in which you assemble a crew and hit up a local restaurant for some special event dining. (You can do this with your family too, if you’re into that sort of thing.) I’m talking about those lavish spreads that would make legendary Game of Thrones fat-man Robert Baratheon feel right at home: multiple… → Read More

Fimbul is Haute Cuisine for Vikings, Right Down to the Dung-Smoked Salmon

When I mentioned to a food-insider friend that I went to Fimbul for dinner, the first question she asked was: “Was there poop on the menu?” “Yes. Yes there was,” I replied. “And it was great.” It came in the form of a small, pink slice of salmon that had been smoked over dry dung in the style of an Icelandic culinary tradition, served with leek and dulse, a North Atlantic red seaweed, in a... → Read More

The Disappearing Food Cart

Deepak Saxena says that when he opened his DesiPDX cart at Northeast 15th and Alberta in 2015, he knew the corner—with a Bamboo Sushi and a Barista not far away—was ripe for redevelopment. So it didn’t come as a surprise when he was told the land was for sale—although learning he had just six weeks to find a new place to serve his cardamom chai chicken and pakora waffles was a shock.… → Read More

Food Review: Wild About Game Festival

I’m pretty sure that one cup of detox tea I had last night isn’t going to make up for the damage I did at Sunday’s Wild About Game. Worth it. Held at the Resort at the Mountain every fall and hosted by Portland meat purveyor Nicky USA, this is the day-long festival that’s always a good return on the (relatively low) cost of admission. The day features battles between Portland and Seattle chefs… → Read More

Brunch Better with Karaoke at The Alibi and Jazz at Perlot

I’m a famous brunch curmudgeon. I won’t go over my reasons, because you already know them. (But for one, long waits for a stupid scramble that I could make better at home for less money.) Grumble, grumble, grumble. Still, I love a brunch that offers something I can’t get from my cozy kitchen, be it excellent cocktails, international delicacies, or, in the case of two new brunch services from the… → Read More

Super Deluxe is Portland’s Answer to In-N-Out

The man behind Little Big Burger returns in a bid for burger supremacy. → Read More

If You’re Not Eating Crawfish, You’re Summering Wrong

Have a blast at a Cajun-style boil. → Read More

Either/Or Is A Very Good Bar/Restaurant/Coffee Shop

Coffee cocktails, baller breakfast tacos and espresso flights on North Williams. → Read More

The Disappearing Food Cart

Cheap lunches are a Portland food cart staple, but is rampant development signaling the death of the pod? → Read More

Beer Crawl: At the Foot of Mount Tabor

A beer crawl around Hawthorne and 50th, including the Horse Brass, Hawthorne Hophouse, Angelo’s, and the Lot @ Scout Beer. → Read More