ruth Reichl: notes from oregon

But the most brilliant dish of the event [Wild About Game] came from Sarah Schafer of Irving St. Kitchen, who showcased guinea hen in this ambitious and delicious preparation that used every single part of the bird, from that ballotine – all tender softness with the crunch of pistachios on the outside – to the smoothest, silkiest liver mousse I’ve ever experienced. 

oregon live: 27 portland dining month restaurants that are actually worth your money

[Irving Street Kitchen] This sleek Pearl District restaurant is serving up quality appetizers and a difficult choice between trout or duck confit for their main.

ORegon Live: 21 great Portland restaurants that take reservations for brunch

Brunch reservations in the heart of the Pearl? We’ll take it. At Sarah Schafer’s Irving Street Kitchen, dig into Moroccan slow-poached eggs, a Skuna salmon gravlox benedict and buttermilk biscuits with spicy honey. 

pdx food press: oscar-worthy to-go menu items from portland restaurants

Chef Sarah Schafer is bringing back her Wing Special Combo for Oscars night, exclusively available on Caviar. Partygoers can expect 6 Wings with Dip, 2 Buttermilk Biscuits with whipped butter and Chef Schafer’s insanely addicting Butterscotch Pudding with vanilla caramel all for $22.

matador network:  the best brunches in portland

Rustic met refined and created the best little spot for brunch a date could want: Irving Street Kitchen. Start with the sweet vanilla streusel-topped coffee cake and share a portion of Bellwether Ricotta Texas toast. Or go savory with Wagyu beef gumbo and some smoked soft scrambled egg nachos. Either way, make sure to order the andouille sausage and fried chicken sides. Because let’s be honest, brunch is made for sharing everything.

Kgw: order christmas treats at irving street kitchen

thrillist: Is chili a soup? making sense of the hot debate

Sarah Schafer of Portland's Irving Street Kitchen says that calling chili a soup is a surefire way to mess with Texas, which we generally are advised not to do. "Chili should be thick and filled with meat, no beans and lots of cheese and white onions!! If it's brothy, and watery it's ruined," Schafer says. "Common misconception but don't even try to tell a Texan that it has beans, it will get ugly."

eater pdx: meatless, Bleeding impossible Burger hits the streets of portland

A “roaring success” in the food tech startup world, the Impossible Burger will be available for the first time in Portland starting October 28, on menus at Paley’s PlaceImperialHeadwatersSuperbiteJackrabbit, and Irving Street Kitchen.

Uproxx.com: Chefs tell us where to find the best steak in the country

How you order and eat your steak is more than a matter of preference. It’s also an indicator of taste and personal development. 

kgw: celabrating national fried chicken day

Portland Monthly: Irving Street Kitchen Now Delivers Its Succulent Fried Chicken to Your Home

On April 12, Irving Street Kitchen quietly dropped the mic on Portland’s delivery food scene—rolling out its new Irving Street Chicken pick-up and delivery fried chicken menu. The opportunity now exists to unabashedly crunch, slurp (yes, slurp, it’s that juicy), and devour some of the city’s most succulent fried chicken in your own home—grease dripping down your chin without an iota of a care. 

Portland Tribune: Superbowl Eats

At Irving Street Kitchen, 701 N.W. 13th Ave., chef Sarah Schafer will be adding her house made Sriracha wings with blue cheese dip to Irving Street Kitchen's Caviar and ChowNow menus on game day so you won't have to miss a second of the game. Delivery will be available starting at 5 p.m., and orders can be made online or through their app.

Liquor.com: Egg nog is Great.  But this year go for a beautifully clear Milk punch

“The interest in clarified milk punch even centuries ago was due to the fact that the process left a product that would keep even at room temperature,” says Joel Schmeck, the lead bartender at Irving Street Kitchen in Portland, Ore. This is a fact that no doubt appealed to our cold-storage-challenged colonial forebearers. Schmeck keeps his punch chilled and believes it tastes best within the first few months of preparation.

Bon Appetit Magazine: Sarah Schafer, Chef at Irving Street Kitchen, Grows True Heirloom Tomatoes

Sarah Schafer, the chef at Portland, OR's Irving Street Kitchen, comes from a long line of gardeners. Her grandfather, who lived in Buffalo, NY, grew orchids in his basement and an array of vegetables in his backyard. But as Schafer told me recently, he "loved loved loved tomatoes." Starting at age 15, he planted the heirloom seeds his mother had saved from her parents, who had grown them in Baden-Baden, Germany, and he was pleased with the results. To him, the perfect way to eat them was fresh, sprinkled with salt and a bit of mayonnaise.
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Portland Monthly: Wake up Call: Brunch at Irving Street Kitchen

Brunch is not new at this Pearl District puzzle—the list has been evolving since August. But in a restaurant whose eclectic approach has been surprisingly uneven, despite respected San Francisco talents behind the scenes, the kitchen has shifted into a welcome gear on Saturdays and Sundays. Irving Street Kitchen is turning out one of the best brunches in the city, led by attention to details, a high level of craft, and some memorable flavors, with a couple dozen options mostly around $8–12.
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EATER PDX: Irving Street's Sarah Schafer Deep-Fries a Brunch Pizza

To help celebrate Pizza Week, Eater challenged chef Sarah Schafer to add a pizza to Irving Street Kitchen's popular weekend brunch menu.

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Urban bliss life: Portland dining month 2018

I love ISK! What Chef Sarah Schafer does with fried chicken is magic. The food is impeccable and the wine list and cocktails are also incredible. If you haven’t been here yet, you should go! 

pdx food press: Local sustainable restaurants to dine at for earth day

Irving Street Kitchen, owned by powerhouse female chef Sarah Schafer, is a pioneer of sustainability in restaurants. Recognizing the environmental problems associated with large-scale cattle farming, Irving Street not only source all of their meats from small local farms but was also one of the first restaurants in the city to begin offering the Impossible Burger, a plant-based meat-like patty that has a significantly smaller carbon footprint, in October of last year. The Impossible burger at Irving Street Kitchen is available at both brunch and happy hour as a miso-cashew cheese vegan patty melt!

Portland Monthly: 7 Oh-So-Portland Ways to Celebrate Mom

We suggest starting with a cocktail, say either Broder’s dynamite Danish Mary or a Triple Sunrise (Kachka), followed by a parade of savory or sweet morning dishes, like Bluehour’s foie gras biscuits, Milk Glass Mrkt’s tricked-out baked oatmeal, blueberry and smoked Cheddar beignets with honey ice cream (Irving Street Kitchen), or, yes, Besaw’s eggs Benedict with roasted garlic-rosemary potatoes. $32.95 at Powell’s Books

SIp Northwest: Oregon Wine Month in Full Force

More than 100 restaurants and retailers are offering specials focused exclusively on Oregon wines. In Portland, try flights at Urban FarmerIrving Street KitchenOlympia Oyster Bar and many other restaurants in town.

Portland Tribune: Bread & Brew: For Mother's Day, give mom a tasty treat

 Chef Sarah Schafer will serve up a buzzy brunch including a three-grain waffle breakfast board, Moroccan slow-poached eggs and pan-fried salmon cakes with cucumber salad and lemon remoulade.

The Pearl: sunday in the Pearl With ANdy

We stop first at Irving Street Kitchen for brunch, my favorite meal of the week, securing two bar stools at this handsome spot known for the delicious cuisine of chef Sarah Schafer. "Bubbles are a great way to go with brunch," he says, "You really can't go wrong with champagne in the morning." I love grapefruit, though, so Andy instead suggest a Sauvignon Blanc (another one of his go-to brunch sips) which stands up nicely to my slightly spicy scrambled egg "nachos" with tomatillo salsa. 

TRavel tawk: Let’s Eat—Downtown Portland: Departure, Mucca, Andina, Irving St. + Imperial

Irving Street Kitchen is hip and happening so definitely book in. Get one of their curtained booths if you can, or stake out a seat at the buzzy bar. Irving Street Kitchen also serves brunch on weekends and has a Happy Hour. Check it out!Irving Street Kitchen is hip and happening so definitely book in. Get one of their curtained booths if you can, or stake out a seat at the buzzy bar. Irving Street Kitchen also serves brunch on weekends and has a Happy Hour. Check it out!

Trip Expert: Irving Street Kitchen Winner of 2018 Experts' Choice Award

With accolades from publications like ZagatOregonian and Gayot, Irving Street Kitchen is currently one of the best rated restaurants in Portland on TripExpert.
Irving Street Kitchen has also received TripExpert's Best of Portland award. Reviewers agree that it is an outstanding choice for dining out in Portland.

WIllamette Week: Where to Eat in Portland’s Pearl District and Chinatown Neighborhood

At chef Sarah Schafer’s seven-year-old comfort spot, the must-have dishes are southern-tinged staples: Benton’s smoked ham with fluffy biscuits, fried chicken with smashed potatoes and tasso ham gravy, and a best-in-town butterscotch pudding with gooey vanilla-caramel topping.

PDX Food Press: Local Sustainable Restaurants To Dine At For Earth Day

Irving Street Kitchen, owned by powerhouse female chef Sarah Schafer, is a pioneer of sustainability in restaurants. Recognizing the environmental problems associated with large-scale cattle farming, Irving Street not only source all of their meats from small local farms but was also one of the first restaurants in the city to begin offering the Impossible Burger, a plant-based meat-like patty that has a significantly smaller carbon footprint, in October of last year. The Impossible burger at Irving Street Kitchen is available at both brunch and happy hour as a miso-cashew cheese vegan patty melt!

wine spectator: risotto with shellfish and squid

Chorizo and cheese punch this dish up; pair with a light-bodied red like Gamay or Pinot Noir. Layers of strong flavors add complexity to this seafood dish. Recipe courtesy of owner and chef Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, Portland, Oregon. 

urban bliss: portland dining month 2018

What Chef Sarah Schafer does with fried chicken is magic. The food is impeccable and the wine list and cocktails are also incredible. 

eater pdx: where to book private dining rooms in portland, mapped

This popular Southern-inspired Pearl District restaurant has a large, fully-enclosed private dining room next to the main dining room; rents out its elevated patio, which is covered and can be heated and enclosed; and does full buyouts

the daily meal: 5 cooking tips from portland's top chefs

Here are the top five tips I’m taking back to my kitchen just in time for cooking weather, from Portland’s best chefs to you.

The spicy bee: irving street kitchen fried chicken

What I loved most about Irving Street’s chicken is how delectably crunchy and savory the breading is–it’s just right–and I do love that you can mix and match the optional sides to meet the needs of your family. This program is a lovely addition to some other spots (Woodsman Tavern and Mae (only available via her Instagram on Wednesdays), and I think will continue to hold its own nicely as it’s the only offering in NW Portland. 

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uproxx.com: chefs tell us where to find the best brunch in the country

For some of them, brunch means an extravagant array of high end foodstuffs; for others, it’s a neighborhood joint with a good vibe and a short walk home.

WIllamette Week: These Are the Best Happy Hours in Northwest Portland

 Irving Street Kitchen's Southern-influenced cuisine isn't cheap during dinner, so take advantage of happy hour when you can. Drinks—selected wine, a couple cocktails, and PBR with a whiskey back—are just $6 each, and some of the food offerings are smaller yet well-executed dishes off the regular menu. Peppercorn-sauced meatballs ($7) make for a hearty snack, or go a lighter route with chicken-fried oysters ($6), which come with tasty Herbsaint aioli. ROB FERNAS.

Uproxx.com: You Can Eat The Best Barbecue Of Your Life If You Let These Chefs Guide You

To find out about the best barbecue places, we asked some famous chefs from across the country where they have had the best BBQ. 

Eater: 20 awesome portland restaurants for your wedding day

Irving St. Kitchen consistently serves great Southern food by chef Sarah Schafer — that “consistently” is the key — and it has a fashionable patio space right in the Pearl. The entire restaurant can also be rented out for weddings, too, and if you just want to party, it fits 300 revelers.

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Via Magazine: Cozy REstaurants in the West

At Irving Street Kitchen, a lively Pearl District restaurant, everyone covets a seat at one of the four booths. That’s because each is outfitted with dramatic floor-skimming drapes that can be drawn for ultimate privacy. “People have gotten engaged in these booths,’’ says General Manager Anna Caporael. “Some want to sit there for business meetings because sound doesn’t carry. Kids especially love them.’’ Enjoy a Pondicherry Toddy (a warm libation of cognac, nonino, chai-spiced honey, cardamom bitters, and lemon), just-fried sugar and spice donuts, or a cast-iron pan of smoked cheddar spoon bread with salted bourbon butter.

The Oregonian: Irving Street Kitchen review: 2016 best Portland restaurants

This Pearl District restaurant, with its glamorous bar and loading-dock patio, doesn't lack for panache. Irving Street Kitchen, owned by Stock & Bones, a large restaurant group in San Francisco, once seemed like the first outpost of a new flood of California cash rushing into Portland's fine-dining market. It's since settled in as an outlier: a swank restaurant with a bar program fully stocked with good cocktails and wines on tap, plus a Southern-focused menu courtesy of chef Sarah Schafer.  
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Willamette Week: Here's Are the Best Happy Hours at Portland's Fine Dining Restaurants

[FRIED OYSTERS] Irving Street Kitchen's Southern-influenced cuisine isn't cheap during dinner, so take advantage of happy hour when you can. Drinks—selected wine, a couple cocktails, and PBR with a whiskey back—are just $6 each, and some of the food offerings are smaller yet well-executed dishes off the regular menu. Peppercorn-sauced meatballs ($7) make for a hearty snack, or go a lighter route with chicken-fried oysters ($6), which come with tasty Herbsaint aioli. 
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CHEF SARAH SCHAFER WINS SKUNA BAY SALMON KENTUCKY DERBY CHEF CHALLENGE

After eight grueling first round competitions pitting 28 chefs followed by two Semi Final battles, the Final competition at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY was won by Chef Sarah Schafer from Irving Street Kitchen in Portland, OR. Chef Sarah beat the Eastern Semi Finalist Chef Edward Sura from Chicago’s Perennial Virant in a closely waged final cook off on April 30, 2014 at Sullivan University in Louisville.

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