March 13, 2019 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

Fresh Look at Tualatin Valley

new restaurants in Portland RegionEx Novo Brewing

Whether it’s your first visit to the Portland region or you find yourself in the area often, we’re all for encouraging visitors to take a fresh look at Tualatin Valley. The first months of 2019 have rolled out some exciting new restaurants and hotels. There’s more to come, too. In the meantime, make a day exploring these new hot spots.

There’s only one right answer to the question “Are you in the mood for pizza?” In downtown Beaverton, Ex Novo Brewing Company opened its latest location. The aroma of Detroit-style pizza will lure you into the space. Wash down that square slice with one of the pub’s namesake brews.

After shopping to your heart’s content at Washington Square, you’ll be ready for a mid-afternoon snack at Din Tai Fung. Treat yourself to a few xiaolongbaos (soup dumplings). Before you slurp them down, watch the soup dumplings being made in the restaurant’s picture window. There truly is an art to making these delicate dumplings.

With full bellies and shopping bags, check into your hotel at the new Staybridge Suites Hillsboro North. As Hillsboro’s newest hotel, there are amenities everywhere you turn at this all-suite property. The hotel offers quick access to not only many of Silicon Forest’s tech offices, but also fantastic attractions: Topgolf, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, and Helvetia Winery.

Continue westward toward Forest Grove for dinner at the newly opened SaWa. The izakaya-style, Japanese restaurant specializes in a “teishoku” menu, which is a traditional Japanese set menu that comes with an entree, fresh vegetables, miso soup, house salad and steamed white rice. This new addition to Main Street adds yet another tasty option to Forest Grove’s ever-expanding ethnic cuisine.

Also on Main Street, Dauntless Wine Company will be a welcome spot for happy hour or a post-dinner drink. While this winery’s tasting room is not yet open to the public, the extra eager can reserve a private tasting via Dauntless’ online portal.

Partake in Tualatin Valley’s freshest openings. Doing so will soon turn the region into an old favorite you can’t wait to visit again.

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