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10 Best Bites from Feast Portland 2016

Every year (I say every year, but it’s now twice) I come back from Feast Portland exhausted…exhausted but energized about food. And maybe just a little jealous of what Portland is serving up and enjoying every day of the week — great restaurants and food carts, great farmers markets and a close knit community of chefs, artisans and food lovers. It’s a combo that not only cultivates tremendous local talent, it attracts out-of-towners like San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino, who just announced plans to open a restaurant in Portland.

Out-of-towners were certainly bringing their A-game to Feast and my faves from the weekend are a bit of a mixed bag from both Portland and across the country. In no particular order, here’s a look at my 10 best tastes from this year’s Feast Portland.

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Sandwich Invitational Judges’ Choice Winner: KimJongGrillin‘s bulgogi club

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Sandwich Invitational People’s Choice Winner: Bollywood Theater’s Mumbai Monte Cristo on pakora bread with plum chutney.

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Little T Baker’s Plum Almond-Mac Croissants

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Chicago’s Fat Rice delivered a Brunch Village stand-out: Thai Egg Threads with Fish Sauce, Maple, Bacon and Chile.

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Onolicious!! Pasture (Richmond, VA) and Old Major (Denver) pushed all the right buttons with this play on a spam musubi slider with kewpie mayo and a cabbage and nori slaw — on a King’s Hawaiian roll!

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Anytime John Gorham is making biscuits, I’m there. Fried chicken biscuit with pimento cheese.

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Stumptown’s Feast5Collab included two cold brew sodas — the Tonty has a chocolatey, spicy hit. Available in Stumptown’s PDX cafes now, elsewhere on October 1.

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Franklin BBQ brisket, ribs, sausage and pulled pork. ‘Nuff said.

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The “Water Sports” cocktail featured Prairie Cucumber Vodka, Ancho Reyes, Watermelon Syrup and Lime.

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Chef Alon Shaya of Shaya in New Orleans, brought his chicken shishlikh with harissa, tahini and herbs. I could eat this on toast, on rice, in a burrito, or just with my bare hands.

Mark your calendar – Feast Portland 2017 will take place September 14-17. Sign up to receive info on the Feast Portland site. Tickets typically go on sale in May.

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