960 SE 11TH AVE. 503-235-0059
Photo credit: instagram.com/kachkapdx
It didn’t take long for Kachka to outgrow its hole in the wall. Upon opening on Southeast Grand in 2014, the regional Russian restaurant was the talk of Portland’s food scene. In July, Kachka finally moved into a much larger, more refined venue several blocks away, and immediately began firing on all cylinders, delivering old standbys like the herring under a fur coat and new favorites such as gluttonous potato vareniki. But the owners didn’t just abandon their smaller digs: At the same time, Kachka’s new sister restaurant, Kachinka (720 SE Grand Ave.), took over the old space. Here, the Russian pop is loud, the doors stay open until midnight every day, and you can order several of Kachka’s best dishes at happy-hour prices all night long. And don’t forget the vodka: Potent Moscow mules cost $3 less than at Kachka, and the Dacha Martini, seasoned with savory celery bitters and cucumber brine, will make you hungry.
> Mattie John Bamman
11:30 am-2 pm; 4-10 pm Sunday-Thursday;
11:30 am-2 pm; 4-11 pm Friday-Saturday.