Bread & Brew

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF JOHN VALLS  - Country Cat, a cozy, down-home spot in the Montavilla neighborhood, invites both walk-ins and reservations on Thanksgiving Day. There used to be just a handful of go-to spots for a good Thanksgiving Day meal in Portland. Not anymore.

Dozens of restaurants — not to mention wineries, ice cream shops, cupcake shops and other artisans — are reveling in the festivities and pulling out all the stops with creative, comforting, yet always surprising offerings.

Here’s a roundup of some of Portland’s once-a-year meals, treats and special events to dig into on this day of thanks.

Thanksgiving Day meals

• Andina, 1314 N.W. Glisan St., will offer a Peruvian three-course menu with a selection of tapas, entree of heritage turkey, and dessert. Dinner is $60 per adult; $30 for kids 5 through 11. Live music plays all day. Reservations required; 503-228-9535 or book online at

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF JANNIE HUANG  - Bluehour in the Pearl District has a lot more than turkey on its $50 prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner menu. • Bluehour, 250 N.W. 13th Ave., where executive Chef Kyo Koo will prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with choice of first course (such as foraged mushroom velouté), entree (such as prime rib with fried fingerling potatoes) and dessert (such as spiced caramel apple torte). $50 per person, reservations required; 503-226-3394.

• The Country Cat, a Southern comfort food neighborhood spot at 7937 S.E. Stark St., welcomes both reservations and walk-ins from 2-7:30 p.m. at the chef’s counter and bar. 503-408-1414.

• Fogo de Chao, 930 S.W. Sixth Ave., will present a feast with all of its regular selections of meat in addition to roasted turkey breast, bone-in pork chops and classic sides. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; dinner is $49.50, children 7-12 are half-price, and younger than 6 are free. 503-241-0900.

• Imperial, 410 S.W. Broadway St., will offer menu favorites as well as a roasted turkey dinner with traditional sides, such as stuffing with Grand Central bread, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and more. To-go items include Parker House rolls and pies. For reservations: 503-228-7222.

• Urban Farmer, 525 S.W. Morrison St., where executive chef Matt Christianson will prepare a choice of starters (like steamed Hama Hama savory clams), entree (such as bone-in Painted Hills tenderloin), sides and tradtitional desserts. $59 per person; $19.95 for kids 12 and younger. 503-222-4900

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials

• RingSide restaurants (2165 W. Burnside St., 838 S.W. Park Ave., 14021 N.E. Glisan St.) will offer Black Friday gift-card specials: purchase a $300 gift card and get another $50 gift card; purchase a $500 gift card and get another $100 gift card.

• Remedy Wine Bar, 733 N.W. Everett St., will feature its Daily Antidote happy hour all weekend, with a variety of wines and bites.

• The Fireside, 801 N.W. 23rd Ave., will be open until midnight on Black Friday and will be open for Small Business Saturday, featuring a Jolly Old Elf hot chocolate cocktail and other seasonal


• Smallwares, 4605 N.E. Fremont St., will debut a new brunch with dishes like breakfast sausage bao with gravy, fried egg and a scallion paste. Brunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• Saraveza, 1004 N. Killingsworth St., will offer Black Friday $20 gift cards that come with a $5 bonus.

• North Light, 3746 N. Mississippi Ave., will offer brunch featuring $2 Bloody Marys, available Saturdays and Sundays.

Autumn-themed treats

• Blue Star Donuts, (3549 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 1237 S.W. Washington St., 3753 N. Mississippi Ave.), is showcasing new flavors like a pumpkin spice cake doughnut, pear-pine nut fritter, and a plum compote-filled doughnut.

• Saint Cupcake, 1138 S.W. Morrison St., is offering turkey-themed cupcakes and hand-made pies like pumpkin and chocolate pecan, double-crusted apple and pear ginger. Nine-inch pies are $26, and come with a free pint of Melty Goods vanilla ice cream if ordered through Thanksgiving. 503-473-8760.

• Now through Nov. 29, Salt & Straw has crazy seasonal ice cream flavors, including sweet potato casserole with maple pecans, hazelnut rosemary stuffing, honey bourbon corn pudding, salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey, and spiced chevre pumpkin pie.

For every Thanksgiving pint purchased, Salt & Straw will donate a pint to the Oregon Food Bank for their Thanksgiving meals around the state. Thanksgiving variety packs are $65 and available at stores or online through Nov. 29.

• St. Honoré Boulangerie, (3333 S.E. Division St., 2335 N.W. Thurman St.), will roll out its decadent seasonal offerings, including pumpkin spice macarons; pumpkin pecan delight (a French-style pecan tart filled with brown sugar caramel and a touch of rum); sable diamant cookies (French-style shortbread cookies hand-made with fresh butter and almond meals); chocolate hazelnut croissants and more.

Red, red wine

While you’re overloaded on turkey-induced tryptophan and sugar, might as well drink some wine, too.

Thanksgiving weekend in Oregon has always been like the Super Bowl for local wineries. Even while there are more urban wineries than ever, it’s a fine time to head out to wine country with family and friends to celebrate the bounty of the season.

This year, you can sip wine for a good cause. Seventy Oregon wineries have banded together to collect and transport food for the Oregon Food Bank.

Now through Dec. 20, the public may donate nonperishable food to any participating winery or support the effort online, through the Oregon Food Bank.

The Willamette Valley Wineries Association’s Willamette Cares Food Share aims to collect 10 tons of food to distribute to several counties’ food banks. For more:

Here are a few specials at local wineries:

• Hawks View Cellars, 20210 S.W. Conzelmann Road in Sherwood, will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thanksgiving weekend. Flights are $15 or $25; tasting fees are waived with purchase of two bottles from either flight.

• Chapter 24 Vineyards, 531 N. Highway 99W in Dundee, is one of 165 wineries participating in Wine Country Thanksgiving Weekend. The tasting room is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with food cart PDX Sliders on-site with sliders and hand-cut fries. A flight pairing with one slider and fries is $20.

• Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, 15771 N.E. Ribbon Ridge Road in Newberg, will take guests through vertical flights of six wines selected from their library from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Flights of pinot noirs start at $30, including cheese pairings.

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