The Best Seat in Town

kevin-john-evoe1 Kevin Gibson inspires the menu at Evoe at Pastaworks on Hawthorne in a magical way. He showed equal respect to the delicate sweet scallops with grapefruit, a dish that would make any pescatarian swoon, as he did with the hearty pork belly. The pork had a lovely salty brown crust which melted away to surprisingly meaty interior, the pork made lovely bites with white beans just tossed with fresh scallions and herbs. And this was after our "starter" of tender razor clams with almonds over toasted bread drizzled in olive oil.

Belly up to the bar here and order off the surprisingly extensive chalkboard menu and wine list. Enjoy sipping your wine while you watch Kevin, and this particular afternoon, the companionable Jon Hart, prepare what I believe is dining at the top of the food chain in Portland.