Welcome back to CascadiaWire, covering the latest restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.
Pizza Maria, Portland. [Photo: Avila/EPDX]
PORTLAND— Portland's unofficial "Restaurant Row" of SE Division Street (already home to Pok Pok, Ava Gene's, and dozens of other worthy restaurants) has welcomed another new spot: Pizza Maria, a neighborhood pizzeria by baker Sean Coyne, who happens to be an alum of Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery and NYC's acclaimed Sullivan Street Bakery. And Division's dining options will expand even more later this summer, when a new hybrid food cart pod and nursery brings several food carts and a beer garden to the already-hoppin' street. [EPDX]
VANCOUVER —It's been a craft beer bonanza kind of week here in Vancouver with Postmark Brewery opening its door at the Settlement Building - which is also home to the Vancouver Urban Winery and heatmap favourite, the Belgard Kitchen. Come and take a look around. Postmark's master brewer, Craig Noble also just finished touring the US with his brewing documentary CRAFT - he wrote a great Eater Essay for us on how craft beer has taken over his life. [EVAN]
PORTLAND— It's officially summer in the Pacific Northwest (in Portland, anyway), so with a nostalgic nod to 7-Eleven Slurpees, Eater PDX has compiled a handy map of 10 Spots to Score Boozy Frozen Drinks. On the other end of the depressant/stimulant spectrum, this week also saw the launch of Unfiltered, a new column honoring the new, the old, and the futuristic in Portland's coffee scene. Check out the inaugural interview, with C.J. Speelman of Tanager Coffee Roasters. [EPDX]
VANCOUVER —Just in case cocktails were feeling left in the shade, we gave the cocktail heatmap a refresh so now your challenge is to see how many of these 23 splendid bars and restaurants you can visit. Continuing in our series on music and chefs, the line cooks at Chambar decided to stage a photo shoot with flames and guitars to tell us all about how they like to get sensitive while they 'artfully prep their sexy food.' Go to it, guys. [EVAN]