A charming neighborhood in East Portland, Montavilla has continued to evolve over the past year with new outdoor restaurants opening alongside various dining institutions. Eclectic boutiques and thrift stores, all year round Farmers market, and the walkable downtown stretch make Montavilla a must visit on your next trip to Portland, just 6 miles from downtown Portland.
Opening October 2021, Zuckercreme is a collaborative marketplace, pop-up incubator and café-bakery all in one under the direction of innovator Brittany Sigal, best known for the pop-up Portland Strawberry Museum in June 2021. The new space will sell baked goods, art and treats inspired by seasonal activities, products and vacations. Don’t miss the “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice” fall series which begins October 1st.
Zuckercreme will open one block from Lazy susan, which opened at the height of the pandemic (June 2020) by owner Earl Ninsom (Langbaan / Hat Yai) and culinary couple Andrew Mace (formerly Le Pigeon and Han Oak) and pastry chef Nora Mace (formerly Tusk and Ava Gene’s ). This family-friendly charcoal grill bar and restaurant offers heritage meats and hand-grown local produce in a Covid-conscious space with alfresco dining and partly indoors dining, both weekdays and weekend brunch boxes.
Opened in June 2021, the neighborhood’s first food cart pod – The courtyard of Montavilla – offers a diverse mix of culinary dishes featuring black owners Food for Erica’s soul (southern cuisine), Taquiza Vegana (vegan Mexican street food),Little Bear (Vietnamese street food), Bobablastic (poke bowls and bubble tea), and more. Close Sébastien’s, opened in June 2020 as a Sicilian-inspired muffuletta and cannoli-focused deli, with a food cart called Apertivo Sebastiano that lives right behind the deli with expanded offerings.
Neighbor Hungry heart uses local and seasonal ingredients for its decadent bakery and coffee offerings. All food is made from scratch daily. Owned by Jax and Morgan Hart, the business is owned by gay people and WOC. The bakery also has a small market for their kitchen produce and other local food vendors. They are also working on a new brunch restaurant in Montavilla, White Rabbit, which is slated to open in late 2021.
These new outposts are all neighboring staples of Montavilla, including the family-run Middle Eastern restaurant Ya Hala, the culinary anchor of the district – The Observatory – and it’s right next to the 21+ bar – Over and Out. Additional favorites are Flying pie pizzeria known for its fresh, hand-rolled pizza dough, Handyman’s Tavern which opened in October 2020 and is known for its take-out cocktails and by Roscoe where you can order sushi from your neighbor, Miyamoto Sushi, from the bartender (it’s not on the menu, but it’s a well-known secret in the neighborhood).
A trip to Montavilla isn’t complete without browsing the women-owned boutique Union rose, and Monticello Antique Place, a must for antique dealers visiting the city. But, perhaps the most famous anchor in the neighborhood is Academy Theater, which opened in 1948 and serves excellent microbreweries, Flying Pie pizzas or Miyamoto neighborhood sushi. Tickets are $ 4 per person for a second-run movie – and they offer babysitting for $ 9.50 (party, anyone?).