North Mississippi Eats: North Light

North Light on Mississippi

North Mississippi is rapidly becoming a contender for one of the best eating strips in the city. Watch out Southeast Division Street,  Northeast  Alberta Street, and North Williams Avenue!

It’s also our favorite shopping and strolling street in Portland–chock full of interesting, well curated indie shops. With a laid-back vibe that takes us down memory lane to the early  70’s when life seemed somehow simpler and kinder.

Enter North Light (in the former Cup and Saucer space). Co-owners Christopher Gutierrez and Hope Beraka (who also own SE Clinton’s popular Night Light Lounge) created a bright, open space and menu that is somehow simultaneously modern and retro. And they are promising a “no attitude, everyone welcome, excellence without pretense” kind of place. Much like North Mississippi itself.

Night Light Patio on Mississippi

At the kitchen helm is Executive Chef Lyle Jost whose Portland culinary career includes stints at Mint/820, Masu Sushi, and Fiddleheads, as well as his continuing reign at Night Light Lounge. The regionally inspired North Light menu features innovative comfort food (is that an oxymoron?) and pleasingly modest prices. Just what the real folks in this mostly middle class neighborhood need. Along with the us real folks from other corners of Portlandia.

We’re happy to see dishes such as Wild Mushroom and Herb Spaetzle and Herb Roasted Spaghetti Squash on the menu. The Mississippi neighborhood has its fair share of vegetarians after all. And even for those of us who eat meat occasionally or often, it’s refreshing to see a menu with greater attention on the other food groups. I’m looking forward to trying the Yorkshire Pudding, a treat rarely seen on meat-heavy menus these days.

To kick-start your dining experience, Whiskey Whisperer, Chris Bollenbacher has created an interesting craft cocktail menu.Vodka Lavender Cucumberade with Monopolowa, Lavender Syrup, Lemon Juice, Soda, and Muddled Cucumber anyone?

Dessert at North Light on Mississippi

And one of our FAVORITE Portland pastry chefs,  Julianne Richardson, longtime Goddess of Sweet at the now sadly defunct Wildwood (RIP), will be whipping up inspired desserts and breads. We expect her Chilled Stone Sorbet with Chocolate Sorbet, Coconut Sorbet, Bruleed Bananas & Coconut Biscotti to become a Portland icon.

In other words. there are plenty of reasons to hightail it over to Mississippi and check out North Light. But if you need just one more, we’ll bet on the patio.

Or the weekend brunch–where you will probably order the House-made Pullman Bread French Toast Stuffed with Farmers Cheese and Shaved Ham, Topped with Cumin Syrup.  Now how did we know that?

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