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In-N-Out Eyes Medford; Biden Loves Salt & Straw

Pok Pok and Koi Fusion open at PDX and more of this week's top Portland food news.

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PDX International Airport -- Pok Pok and Koi Fusion just opened carts in the airport's pre-security concourse, serving up familiar items (Ike's Fish Sauce Wings, and bulgogi tacos) along with exclusives like Korean Cheesesteak, and Chinese steamed buns filled with savory-sweet pulled pork topped with crispy fried shallots. Prices are nearly identical to the other Portland locations and hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Three more carts are planned, but the operators are still TBD.

Central Eastside Industrial -- Though its opening date has changed from summer 2014 to Spring 2015, the Italian, wood-fire-focused Renata will be helmed by Matthew Sigler. The former chef de cuisine at The Purple Pig, one of Chicago's top Italian restaurants, and an alum of San Francisco's Quince, Flour & Water, and Salumeria, will cook a serious of pop-ups this month for Renata's pre-cursor, Project Grace.

Medford -- Oregonians across the state rejoiced to hear that In-N-Out has submitted a pre-application to the city of Medford, with plans to open its first Oregon location near the Rogue Valley Mall, just a stone's throw from I-5. Fingers crossed it's open by summer, but no word yet on whether this is the start of the chain's further expansion north.

Northeast Alberta -- After stumping for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley at the Oregon Convention Center, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wreaked havoc on Northeast Alberta and set Twitter on fire by stopping for a cone at Salt & Straw. Turns out, the V.P. has a serious ice cream fetish, and his visit resulted in one of the most awesome, meme-worthy pics ever.

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