Births and birthdays: Portland’s new restaurants on the rise

You know it’s summer in Portland when you can still get a sunburn at 7:30 PM.

Last night as the fire ball screamed high above the west hills, two different restaurants threw parties.

Down on SE Hawthorne, Lardo, which started life as a food cart and now has three restaurants, celebrated two years in existence.

Meanwhile cross town in the Pearl, the Mediterranean Exploration Company, or M.E.C., the latest venture from John Gorham, announced its grand opening.

PDX food power…

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Tunes and food.
Tunes and food.
Lardo chef/owner Rick Gencarelli shows Don how to order Dirty Fries on the new iPhone App.
Lardo chef/owner Rick Gencarelli shows Don how to order Dirty Fries on the new iPhone App.
13th and Everett.
13th and Everett.

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The inside of M.E.C.
The inside of M.E.C.

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Keeping the eats coming.
Keeping the eats coming.