Q Restaurant and Bar Makes its Mark in Portland

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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Q Restaurant and Bar has been reborn in the rubble of VQ. Well, down the street and around the corner. Located in the financial district of downtown Portland, on the corner of SW 2nd and Taylor, Q Restaurant and Bar is poised to take over where VQ left off and continue the long history as one of the city?s foundational eateries.

With the same chef, much the same staff, and many of the same menu items, Q will have a familiar feel to most. But under new ownership by Mazen and Katherine Hariri, and in a new location, there?s no quandary about it. You?ll appreciate the hat tip to the former establishment and at the same time embrace the legacy they?ve just begun to build.

Chef Annie Cuggino (with 22 years of experience at VQ), along with sous chefs Victor Martinez (who started out as a dishwasher and rose through the ranks) and Natalie Gullish, are embracing their new-found freedom in the decked out spectator kitchen. While the family of regulars will still find old favorites like bacon-wrapped dates, butter lettuce, poached egg and house bacon salad, osso bucco, and of course, the chocolate Nocello souffl?, Chef Cuggino will continue to work with the season and local purveyors to satisfy and delight her patrons by turning out Northwest inspired dishes.

Of course we?ll all miss the classic and historic brick building with its luxurious garden dining we?d come to know and love. But the new Q is sure to invite the same loyal patrons and power lunch crowd and is destined to become your new favorite hang out. The atmosphere is inviting and full of warmth, it?s elegant without being stuffy. While the wood-paneled bar is cozy with low ceilings and just a touch of austerity, the friendly bar staff, well appointed cocktail menu and wine list, and large storefront windows provide the perfect pick-me-up.

Q cocktail menuThe wine list, curated by Wine Director Amanda Winquist to reflect the vision of Q, is locally-focused and Northwest dominant, with a generous nod to the more traditional wines of California and Europe. The by-the-glass program is balanced and well thought out and includes two Oregon wines on tap, one of which is a barrel of St. Innocent Freedom Hill made exclusively for Q. If wine isn?t your thing, choose from six local draught brews or get lost and found in the extensive and creative cocktail menu with heavenly drinks like the BFD, You Only Live Twice, and the Peaceful Protest.

Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, as well as for weekend brunch. Visit q-portland.com/ for more information or to reserve your place at the table. You?re in for a treat.

Oregon Gruner Veltiner bottles

Gruner Veltliner Goes Global – Oregon #Gruner at Last

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Some people travel the world in search of the grandest and most famous of all wines only to find themselves seduced by the modest carafe of table wine at the neighborhood restaurant. If they?re in Vienna, eating schnitzel, that carafe is likely filled with Gr?ner Veltliner (grooner velt-LEEN-er).

Others search the shelves at their favorite wine shops, seeking a wine so versatile it?s as enjoyable at the dinner table paired with challenging vegetables like artichokes and asparagus as it is without food, slipping easily through your lips as you relax into a peaceful evening.

Despite its protean nature, not many are familiar with it, especially in this part of the world. Yet Oregon winemakers are trying to change that for the white they simply call Gr?ner. You can read the rest of the article on Oregon Gr?ner Veltliner here at Oregon Wine Press.