Portland Food Cart Mid City Smash Burger will open in Bend, Oregon

Sandwich shop Sammich and Mid City food cart Smash Burger have announced plans to expand into Lebanon and Bend, respectively, while keeping their Portland locations open.

Originally called Pastrami Zombie, the cart location of Chicago’s Italian sandwich sensation Melissa McMillan left its home at the Flying Tortoise Pod at the end of May, according the oregonianby Michael Russel. McMillan’s original intention was to move to Corvallis, but those plans were thwarted because his truck exceeded the length allowed by city code. The Sammich food truck will instead open at the Tallman Brewing landing pod in Lebanon on June 23. The daily also reports that Mid City Smash Burger, the 2021 winner of the publication’s “best smash burger in Portland,” will open a cart next to Boneyard Beer in Bend. The location will open on June 22, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for June 25.

King Tide Fish and Shell launches a pop-up

The new Callao pop-up patio at the riverside seafood restaurant opens today, with Nikkei cuisine, a tradition of cooking Peruvian ingredients with Japanese techniques. Led by Peruvian-born King Tide executive chef Alexander Diestra, Callao will serve dishes like ceviche, lomo saltado and anticuchos Wednesday through Sunday through October. Diestra joined King Tide in April after most recently serving as executive chef at Andina and launching the restaurant’s spin-off, Chicha.

A winemaker offers unique insight into a collection of rare wines

Old Earth owner Maggie Harrison opened the high bar, a walk-in pop-up open Thursday nights at the Dundee winery. Harrison, who is also a winemaker, will serve tastes and glasses of rare old world wines that will rotate weekly. Bottles will also be available for purchase, at cost without markup.