Outside Pizza Schmizza on SW 4th. Not sure if the children are slow or if they just text slow.

A s’mores tart from Frice Pastry. Graham crust, dark chocolate filling, toasted marshmallow and crunchy chocolate pearls. Not all that s’moresy to us, but still super damn good. Love that place.

From back in May on our trip to Napa Valley, our second visit to Belcampo Meat Company in Larkspur. Lunch with a friend and shibas was chili con carne, steak salad and a porchetta sandwich. Loved this place.

Awesomeness from Smallwares in northeast Portland: “I carried a watermlon” drink, fried kale with candied bacon, smoked potatoes with miso ketchup, corn on the cob with spicy mayo, and one hell of a fantastic burger for PDX Burger Week with swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, cilantro, shiso and chili ginger. Amazing food here, like always.

Happy hour at St. Jack in northwest Portland. Butter lettuce salad with avocado, pommes frites with aioli, and a burger with caramelized onions and gruyere. Simple and delicious! Oh, and all this for under $20.

Meatball bahn mi and cheesy corn from Lardo in Portland, Oregon. Because where else do we eat? Always excellent.

Key lime pie shake from Pacific Pie Company in NW Portland. Add slice of pie to vanilla ice cream and blend. Super damn good. Well worth $7.

"Enforced by the shame we hope you feel…" I love the tone.

The “Drumstick” at Pix Patisserie’s ice cream social. Quite tasty and well done. Salted peanuts were perfect.

This is PDX Burger Week, as so created by local free newspaper the Portland Mercury. Smallwares, a self-described “inauthentic izakaya” in northeast Portland had a burger that sounded good so we headed out there Monday evening. We arrived a little before opening at 5pm and there was a line by the time the doors opened.

Unlike most participating restaurants (I believe), Smallwares created a special menu for the burgers ($5 at all participating restaurants) with sides and drinks. Not only does this encourage more spending from the customer (most restaurants are not making money on this promotion), but it helps create a very nice, cohesive meal.

And you know what? It works. Every single restaurant who participates in a promotion like this should be doing the exact same thing.

We ordered one of the recommended drinks - “I carried a watermelon,” made with fresh watermelon juice and sparkling wine, and then three sides: smoked potatoes (with togorashi, scallions and miso ketchup), fried kale (with candied bacon and fish sauce vinaigrette), and corn on the cob (with spicy mayo, furikake and cilantro). Every single one of these dishes was executed perfectly, easy to share and a solid complement to drinks and the burger. We followed this with a kaffir lime panna cotta with apricot jam and crumbled crust. This entire meal cost the two of us $28 before tip - a damn steal. 

Smallwares is about as far from our house as any other place we visit, which is a damn shame because the food being put out by Johanna Ware is stellar. We need to back to try the ramen. And steamed buns. And pretty much everything else on the menu.

Cheers to Smallwares for doing PDX Burger Week right.