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Pearl District's New Oyster Bar; Toro Bravo Chef Lands McSweeney's Book Deal; Dine Out Vancouver

Welcome back to the I-5 High Five, a look at restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.

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Image of EaT: An Oyster Bar courtesy Facebook

PORTLAND: Portland's downtown Pearl District continues its culinary revival with the announcement of a new oyster-centric restaurant by the team behind North Portland's Southern-style spot EaT: An Oyster Bar. And the city's obsession with the quick-serve burger continues, with no fewer than three local chains either opening new restaurants or announcing expansion plans in the past week: Downtown Portland welcomed the third outpost of Joe's Burgers, while Little Big Burger announced plans for a new location (its fifth) on the South Waterfront. And Killer Burger — which has a location in Bingen, Washington — announced the location for its third restaurant (it's in Portland). [Eater PDX]

PORTLAND: Popular Portland chef John Gorham (of Toro Bravo, Tasty N Sons, and Interurban fame) announced today that he'll be writing his-ever first cookbook in a publishing deal with McSweeney's Books' ever-growing food/cooking imprint. Called the Toro Bravo Cookbook: The Making, Breaking and Riding of a Bull, it's slated to hit stores in fall 2013. Eater Portland has the official announcement, with in celebratory style, include's a photo of the chef's butt. (Seriously.) [Eater PDX]

VANCOUVER: Vancouver, BC's 10th-annual Dine Out Vancouver kicks off today (January 20) in the city's equivalent of "Restaurant Week." Unlike other restaurant weeks, it lasts 17 days (through February 5, and all 230 participating restaurants will offer multi-course prix fixe menus in three price ranges, $18, $28, or $38. Search the list of participating restaurants here. [EaterWire]

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