There's a big difference between a steak grilled at home and one served in an upscale steakhouse—in flavor, anyway. According to _Serious Eats_, that difference comes down to one very important factor: dry aging. The process involves storing large cuts of meat in a temperature- and humidity-controlled chamber for anywhere from a few weeks to several months, which concentrates the flavors, tenderizes the meat, and allows the naturally occurring bacteria and enzymes to infuse the steak with more complex aromas. Portland's steakhouses take this process seriously—most age their steaks for a minimum of 28 days, and some, such as Urban Farmer and its 42-day-aged Painted Hills new york strip, go above and beyond to achieve that nuanced, melt-in-your-mouth quality that only a well-aged steak can achieve.Read More
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In 2004, one man’s move out of Chinatown caught the city’s attention. Of course, this wasn’t just any man—this was restaurateur Neil Chan, who took his beloved restaurant with him when he moved. Hung Far Low had operated in Old Town’s Chinatown since 1928 and had long since earned iconic status. Chan reopened his Cantonese restaurant on SE 82nd Avenue, a move that characterized a larger shift of Portland’s Chinese community. Rising rents in Old Town played a big part in the exodus, stripping the neighborhood of its cultural identity, and a new unofficial “Chinatown” began to reanimate on 82nd Avenue. In Old Town, you’ll still find the famous dragon statues, and quality Chinese food exists throughout the city, but the pulse and heart of Portland’s Chinese community now beats on 82nd.Read More
If you want traditional Japanese food—sushi, omakase, etc.—Portland has you covered. The city also has you covered if you’re looking for Japanese food with a side of weird nightmare, thanks to Tanuki. At the bar, incredible Japanese flavors meets screenings of cult Korean and Japanese movies, as well as the occasional fringe porno. The bar once even showed The Human Centipede. Chopsticks are kept in a hollowed out (fake?) human skull. Welcome to Portland’s very, very broad spectrum of Japanese joints.Read More