CascadiaWire: Portland's Anticipated Fall Openings; 48 Hours in Victoria

Sara Billups

Welcome back to CascadiaWire, covering the latest restaurant news from up-and-down the Pacific Northwest corridor.

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Chambar. [Photo: Facebook]

VANCOUVER— Sushi is a delight, but Japanese cuisine encompasses so much more. Eleven of the best places in the city to try something a little different are included in this week's map, including everything from Japanese omelets and picked vegetables to stews, currys, and noodles. Stepping out of the sushi box might be scary at first, but it's also guaranteed to be delicious. [EVAN]

PORTLAND— After an uncharacteristically hot and sleepy summer, the Portland dining scene is gearing up for fall: Here's Eater PDX's look at the most anticipated fall openings of 2014, including (but not limited to) a downtown diner serving In-N-Out-style burgers, a traditional izakaya complete with bincho-tan charcoal grills, and a hybrid Chinese restaurant and brewery. Not happening anytime soon: The previously announced expansion of Brooklyn pizzeria Paulie Gee's is now on hold, as co-founder Adam Kuban has announced plans to open his own pizza restaurant in NYC. [-EPDX-]

VICTORIA— A treasure chest of wonderful places to eat and drink, Victoria is well worth a visit, for a weekend away at least. This week's 48 Hours In Victoria: Where To Eat And Drink makes it easy to pick the perfect place. Whether that's a simple picnic and brunch or a slap-up dinner and cocktail flights, it's all included. [EVAN]

PORTLAND— Last call for fans of SE Hawthorne's charming chef's counter Evoe: The restaurant will officially close up shop on August 31. Taking its place will be a permanent restaurant for chef Ryan Roadhouse's Japanese pop-up Nodoguro, which serves a multi-course "immersive" prix-fixe at every meal. [-EPDX-]

VANCOUVERChambar was more than a restaurant to many of its fans, and their decision to move into a new space and double their size was cause for quite a bit of anxiety. They finally opened their doors to the public this week, revealing the larger space and new patio dining. So far the reception has been positive, and the collective sigh of relief throughout the city is almost audible. [EVAN]
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