Wouldn't you know it. Just when I pimp Chris Israel and 23Hoyt in yesterday's post, I get a press release this morning saying he is leaving to pursue other opportunities. He is going to be replaced at 23Hoyt by former Olea chef Aaron Barnett. Hopefully the quality will remain high at 23, because that meal I had really nailed it. Wait and see I guess.
In the meantime, in today's post on Portland Food and Drink, according to PFD czar Food Dude: "I read somewhere that Chris wanted to open a German restaurant. Please Chris, do it. I'll be the first one in the door."
Now FD, you know I dig your act and your ever informative takes, but I can only say "A German restaurant??! I don't care how good a German restaurant is, and I might even try it, but I (and I assume most Portlanders) only need so much schnitzel, and it ain't much. Chris, I know it's a challenge, and you may even be passionate about it, but dude, please, I'm begging you, back away from the sauerbraten. Aim higher. That sounds like the classic 'how do you take big pile of money and turn it into a little pile of money' "