NORTH PORTLAND — Pastry chef Nancye Benson, proprietor of beloved, pioneering food cart Moxie Rx, has opened the charming, 28-seat Milk Glass Market and cafe on N. Killingsworth Avenue. The menu is stocked with pastries and small plates of breakfast and lunch fare, like apple butter and oat scones, cheddar biscuits topped with an herbed egg and smoky bacon, or a Moroccan salad of kale, carrots, and chickpeas in harissa vinaigrette. The well-developed list of sweets could rival the dessert menus at most of the finer restaurants around town.
LAKE OSWEGO — One of the best-known gluten-free bakeries in the country has moved around the corner to much larger digs. Kyra's Bake Shop in Lake Oswego (formerly known as Crave Bakery) now has 35 seats from which customers can sit and linger over savories and sweets from Kyra Bussanich, a three-time champion — and the only gluten-free champion — of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars. The menu has expanded to include cafe fare like soups, salads and sandwiches made with house-made gluten-free bread. A new beverage program features local producers of coffee, wine, beer, mead, and spirits.
DOWNTOWN — Peter Bro, the man behind forever-popular Broder, Broder Nord, and the old Savoy Tavern, has just opened All-Way, his much-anticipated Downtown diner in the former Red Coach Restaurant space. The menu pays tribute, in part, to In-N-Out style burgers. Think classic quarter-pound patties on a soft housemade bun, served on a paper-lined tray. There's also fried chicken and fish, veggie burgers and onion rings, beer on tap, and milkshakes are on their way.