Beaverton Restaurant Week continues through Oct. 4
During Beaverton Restaurant Week, people can support local eateries all throughout town through Oct. 4.
In a press release on Thursday, Sept. 17, Beaverton announced the event to promote diverse flavors in the culinary community. The event began on Sept. 24 and is produced in partnership with the Beaverton Downtown Association.
"Beaverton Restaurant Week encourages community members to explore the many unique dining options located in downtown, including several newly opened restaurants like Top Burmese Bistro Royale, AFURI IZAKAYA, Koya Sushi and Hellou Cafe," said the city in a statement. "This year, it's also an opportunity for our local community to come together and patronize businesses that have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 and welcome our new establishments."
More than 30 independently owned downtown restaurants will present a specialty menu item available only during the promotion.
The Beaverton city government says some of those restaurants offer food for indoor or outdoor dining, as weather and other conditions allow. City officials also note that some restaurants may only offer takeout.
Carina Comer, the owner of Carina's Bakery in downtown Beaverton, offers indoor seating and takeout for customers. Her bakery is one of the eateries featured in Beaverton's Restaurant Week.
"It gives an opportunity for our customers to try something new and have a reason to keep coming back and for new customers to find us," Comer said. "For there to be a sense of community during these challenging times."
Carina's bakery specializes in vegan baked foods and sandwiches, which includes a touch of Comer's Scandinavian culture.
For Beaverton Restaurant Week, the bakery will feature skoleboller "school buns," a sweet and comforting take on a simple sweet bun. The cardamom bun includes custard filling and coconut on the outside.
"A couple of customers are asking about (the bun)," said Comer. "It was also a common thing to put in a lunchbox for a (person) who was traveling a long way through the snow. It kind of seemed fitting for these uncertain times. You can have something comforting."
Other special menu items for the week include pollo guisado, also known as Puerto Rican chicken stew, at Boriken Restaurant on Southwest Canyon Road. The meal is served with rice, beans and fried plantains.
Italian restaurant Mingo will also feature a specialty item called bruschetta al tonno that includes grilled bread topped with pan seared albacore tuna, cucumber-corn salsa, and black pepper aioli. The restaurant is located on Southwest Crescent Street in Beaverton.
Beaverton is also offering a new public dining area for visitor's during the week. People can visit the First Street Dining Commons for additional social-distanced outdoor dining options everyday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Oct. 31.
To accommodate the new space, the city closed one block of Southwest First Street in the downtown area. Beaverton city officials say people can bring takeout, including closed containers of alcohol, from any downtown restaurants.
"Beaverton Restaurant Week eaters will also have the chance to dine out for free by sharing pictures of their meals on Instagram," added the city in a statement.
People are encouraged to snap a photo at one of the participating restaurants and tag it with #BeavertonRestaurantWeek for the opportunity to win a nightly drawing for a $25 restaurant gift card.
For more participating restaurants, people can visit an interactive map at BeavertonRestaurantWeek.com.
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