February 26, 2021


All Things Delicious

6 of Portland’s very best places to eat are coming to Lake Oswego

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Like most dining places, Northwest Portland’s St. Jack has put in the past 10 months pivoting from a person small business design to the future, making a new takeout menu from scratch, setting up a new patio out front, installing coronavirus-zapping ionization filters and Plexiglass barricades indoors, modifying when the state shuts or reopens indoor and out of doors eating, and on and on.

This year, Portland’s signature French restaurant has a possibility to start off from scratch, becoming a member of five other ChefStable places to eat — Lardo, Grassa, Fills Donuts, Oven & Shaker and a suburban revival of the Tasty brand — with new areas in Lake Oswego’s upcoming Mercato Grove growth just east of Interstate 5. All six firms get to develop this new restaurant complex with the lessons uncovered from the past 10 months, and simultaneously look to the foreseeable future.

“(ChefStable operator) Kurt (Huffman) and I have been speaking about doing one thing like this for a amount of decades, because St. Jack is pretty preferred with persons from Lake Oswego,” St. Jack chef-operator Aaron Barnett explained. “We’ve been hunting for spots out there loosely, looking just about everywhere, which includes downtown. Then this prospect popped up. Now we’re constructing out a restaurant the place we can style for this, in which partitions can be a aspect of our small business product, to make it as COVID-proof as attainable.”

Collectively, the new cafe complex counts as a massive-time rating for Lake Oswego, with St. Jack — arguably Portland’s very best straightforwardly French cafe — joined by the city’s signature sandwich shop in Lardo, the casual scratch pastas at Grassa, a good wooden-fired pizzeria in Oven & Shaker, a new Berliner-fashion doughnut store Fills and the very first new Tasty location because former Portland chef John Gorham offered the manufacturer to ChefStable in July.

Duck a l’orange from Northwest Portland’s St. Jack. The cafe will open a next spot in Lake Oswego this June.LC- The Oregonian

A person of the most attractive components of the job for Huffman was the chance to convey collectively cooks he by now knew labored very well collectively in one particular spot. An early stipulation: ChefStable partners would get the operate of as a great deal as 15,000-square-toes of cafe room at the sprawling new development. The job, found at the former Providence Mercantile Village clinical places of work, was obtained by Superior Street Household, CenterCal Homes and its expenditure partner CBRE World wide Traders in 2019. Later on this year, it will open up with far more than 206 apartments, approximately 50,000 sq. ft of retail space and 1 12-foot-tall duck sculpture built by Danish business Monstrom.

“By getting the only eating places in this complete improvement, we have a likelihood to not only handle the restaurant, but handle the entire ecosystem,” reported ChefStable proprietor Kurt Huffman. “We’re likely to be able to choose more than the whole parking good deal to do functions like Aaron’s Beaujolais Nouveau menu, or Nick (Schuurman) at Lardo’s beer festivals.”

According to Huffman, an onsite local community manager will assistance manage potential routines like seasonal festivals, farmer’s marketplace stalls or outdoor chef dinners in an elevated place over Boones Ferry Highway.

Here’s what Lake Oswegans can assume from their 6 new dining establishments come spring:

St. Jack

“We’re now making an attempt to figure out how powerful we want to get,” Barnett says of the second locale of his Lyon-influenced cafe, tentatively titled Lac St. Jack. “I do not know that I want to do so quite a few heads and feet, like we do down listed here, but I do not want to be shy, possibly.” The inside will be a lot more plush than the authentic — “we’re looking at prettier chandeliers,” Barnett suggests — and lunch could be part of the opening dinner company later this yr.

Oven & Shaker

Opened as a collaboration in between award-profitable Nostrana chef Cathy Whims and mentioned bartender Ryan Magarian, this wooden-fired pizzeria and cocktail bar was a Pearl District vacation spot prior to the pandemic. Ideal of all, with a shared liquor license, consumers can get a cocktail from Oven & Shaker, have it outside the house and meet up with mates grabbing food items from St. Jack in the 5,000-square-foot shared outside dining location. (A previously announced Oven & Shaker in Beaverton is no for a longer period in the will work.)


Rick Gencarelli, a weighty-hitting former New England chef turned avid Portland bicycle rider, opened his pork-loving sandwich shop as a food stuff cart a lot more than a 10 years ago. Due to the fact then, it has emerged as Portland’s most celebrated sandwich shop, with signature things which include the pork meatball banh mi, herb and Parmesan French fries, a superior burger and arguably the best craft beer record of any Portland cafe.


Lardo’s relaxed sister cafe specializes in scratch-made pastas, simple cocktails and fantastic wine. Lake Oswego will mark the developing chain’s fourth site, with three already in the Rose City. “I really do not believe there’s a ton of fast-relaxed in Lake Oswego with scrumptious hand-crafted pasta that doesn’t compromise for adults or small children,” suggests Gencarelli, who simply cannot hold out for it to be safe to open up his doors to prospects for the 1st time considering that past March. “Sandwiches can stand on their individual, but Grassa is about viewing the pasta becoming designed, listening to the new music, watching us modify about records.”

Fills Donuts

What begun a spin-off of the quick-lived, sorely missed Bakery at Bar King three months in the past is presently growing, a testament to the function of former California baker Katherine Benvenuti and “Cooked with Cannabis” host Leather-based Storrs. Keep an eye out for Benvenuti’s Boston cream pie doughnut with vanilla pastry product and Valrhona chocolate glaze, the maple bacon bar enhanced with a one malt Scotch custard and smoked bacon, and the delicious breakfast sandwiches crafted on sliced doughnuts by Storrs.


After ranked among the Portland’s most in-demand from customers brunch destinations, the Delicious manufacturer will return underneath new management this spring. Two longtime employees, Faye Crosswhite and Mike Kessler, plan to revive the cafe with an assist from Fills co-operator Benvenuti, who hopes to roll out household breads, flaky biscuits, espresso cakes and much more at the restaurant’s first suburban place.

Mercato Grove and its six ChefStable dining establishments are expected to open this June at 4055 Mercantile Travel, at the corner of Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Highway

Michael Russell, [email protected], @tdmrussell

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