Portland Food Photographer | New PDX Restaurants

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Ecliptic Brewing opened last October in North Portland. (825 N Cook St.)  The name Ecliptic unites John Harris’ (owner and brewmaster) two passions: brewing and astronomy.  When you enter the restaurant take a look around and you’ll start to see astronomical themes appear including constellations and very cool lighting fixtures. The brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey through both it’s beer and food menu.  Executive Chef, Michael Molitor, changes the menu every six weeks in accordance to the old world calendar.   I was invited to the media lunch that celebrated Ecliptic Brewing’s one year anniversary. I tasted a lot of things on their menu and I was very pleased with every bite and every sip.  If you want a new brewery to check out or want to celebrate a new moon I would highly recommend checking out Ecliptic Brewing.

(BTW- I tried a lot of beers and while they were all pretty tasty and I would have to say the Phobos Extra Red Ale was my favorite.  I also tried their pistachio ice cream.  I didn’t take a photo because it went into my stomach before I could release my shutter.  It was soooo good.)

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"Pine Flip" Douglas Fir Brandy, egg white, agave, Pollux Imperial IPA

“Pine Flip” Douglas Fir Brandy, egg white, agave, Pollux Imperial IPA

Left: steamed mussels, tomato, hefepils, garlic, bonito  Right: chicken drumstick confeit, sweet chili sauce, celery salad

Left: steamed mussels, tomato, hefepils, garlic, bonito
Right: chicken drumstick confeit, sweet chili sauce, celery salad

endive, asian pear, camembert toast, maple-mustard vinaigrette

endive, asian pear, camembert toast, maple-mustard vinaigrette

Left: fried green tomatoes, bay shrimp, dill  Right: Phobos Extra Red Ale

Left: fried green tomatoes, bay shrimp, dill
Right: Phobos Extra Red Ale

red wine-braised brisket, savoy cabbage, pickled rutabaga

red wine-braised brisket, savoy cabbage, pickled rutabaga

Left: pan-roasted chicken, corn, zucchini, cotija, red pepper vinaigrette  Right:  slow-roasted oregon lamb shoulder, dijon, baguette, jus

Left: pan-roasted chicken, corn, zucchini, cotija, red pepper vinaigrette
Right: slow-roasted Oregon lamb shoulder, dijon, baguette, jus

 

First National Taphouse started in Eugene.  The fun sports bar with fancier food and a lot of beer choices opened up a second location in downtown Portland.  The new restaurant is on the corner of SW College and SW 5th.  It’s a perfect place for college students,  business folk and anyone that wants to try a new beer.  It’s a melting pot for all Portlanders and anyone and everyone can sit down and sip a brew.  They have 28 beers on taps (and growlers to take home) plus hundreds of bottled beers.  I was impressed with the Wild Ride Brewing Whoopty Whoop Wheat (say that five times fast) and the Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA Nitro.   The restaurant has a sports-like feel where you can watch your favorite team on the big screen but don’t expect a greasy burger because this Taphouse serves up some gourmet pub grub.  They also started serving brunch on the weekends.  An Acorn Squash Hash and the Saturday Market sounds like a great way to celebrate the weekend in Portland.

 

Prawn Boule- brunoise vegetables, prawns, brandy nosh, potato roll

Prawn Boule- brunoise vegetables, prawns, brandy nosh, potato roll

Right: Wild Ride Brewing Whoopty Whoop Wheat  Left: Artisan Cheese Terrine- barbander goat gouda, taphouse ricotta, ancient heritage hannah, asian pear, baguette

Right: Wild Ride Brewing Whoopty Whoop Wheat
Left: Artisan Cheese Terrine- barbander goat gouda, taphouse ricotta, ancient heritage hannah, asian pear, baguette

Left: Honey Root Vegetable Boxty- parsnip, carrot, yellow beet, Irish potato pancake, spiced honey Right: Chocolate Porter Ice Cream & Young

Left: Honey Root Vegetable Boxty- parsnip, carrot, yellow beet, Irish potato pancake, spiced honey
Right: Chocolate Porter Ice Cream & Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Foam with Hazelnut Brittle

Bottles of beer to choose from at 1st National Taphouse in Portland

Bottles of beer to choose from at 1st National Taphouse in Portland

 

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November 6, 2014 - 12:34 am
November 6, 2014 - 2:27 am

Melinda - Mmmm, your post made me hungry! And thirsty!

November 6, 2014 - 5:13 am

Catherine - I like it when restaurants change their menu frequently. It adds variety in what I can order, and then I can’t always get the same meal!

November 6, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Emma Lincoln - I just went to Ecliptic, and I thought it was great! I didn’t try the food, but the beer was good and being a no-po’er, I just love the location.

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