Articles by Kerry Politzer


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Nostrana chef finds inspiration in Italy

Open since 2005, Nostrana is one of Portland’s most beloved Italian restaurants. On any given day, the large, airy dining room is packed to the gills; it’s impossible to get a same-day reservation. Young people flock to the late-night happy hour, large parties celebrate birthdays and couples share wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas. When asked why Nostrana…

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“Feast” to end childhood hunger

Photo:  The Night Market at the annual Feast Portland helps raise funds to alleviate child hunger in Oregon. Photo by John Valls Since 2012, Portland has been home to one of the nation’s most prominent food festivals, Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland. The festival, which has grown in popularity with each passing year, has a…

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NW Nosh: Israel inspires Ray

For many years, Chef Jenn Louis has been known for her handmade pasta and flavorful New American cuisine. But a recent trip to Israel left her so spellbound that she did a culinary 180. Jenn explains, “There’s this one restaurant I went to just outside of the Old City in Jerusalem. We sat down, and…

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Poke Mon: Hawaiian fish a healthy treat

Poke, which might be considered Hawaii’s take on ceviche, has long been a staple on Hawaiian restaurant menus in Portland. Noho’s Hawaiian Café, Ohana Hawaiian Café and the Woodstock location of Ate-oh-Ate all offer different versions of this delicious dish. But until recently, there were no Portland restaurants solely devoted to poke. Now we have…

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New Indian restaurant offers tasty vegetarian menu

Fans of the beloved Bombay Cricket Club were crestfallen to find that it had closed after 21 years. Diners loved the restaurant’s comprehensive menu of Indian and Middle Eastern specialties. Fortunately, the excellent Maruti Indian Restaurant has opened in the club’s place. And while Maruti may not boast the most extensive menu, its offerings are…

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Afuri brings Japan’s clear broth to ramen dining

Afuri 923 SE 7th Ave., Portland 503-468-5001 afuri.us/#about Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5-10 pm; Friday-Saturday 4-11 pm; Sunday 5-9 pm The ramen craze has taken over Portland and indeed much of the country. But until now, one style of ramen has predominated. Afuri’s Taichi Ishizuki explains that tonkotsu ramen, first popularized at Ippudo New York, has since…

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Cajun fare for vegans and meat lovers alike

Cajun cuisine is a heady mix of European, West African and Native American influences. It’s intensely flavorful, spicy and rich. Unfortunately, this cuisine is usually off-limits for those with dietary restrictions. But Portland is home to a Cajun restaurant with something for everyone: Le Bistro Montage. This local landmark has been satisfying the vegetarian, vegan…

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