Evoe. 3731 SE Hawthorne, Portland. Open noon (or thereabouts) to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Enter through Pastaworks. Chef Kevin Gibson (formerly of Genoa).
The fuss: Everything is so simple. Soup, salads, sandwiches, small plates, seasonal.
Pretty hard to pass up chanterelle scrambled eggs on toast. Kier’s roasted red pepper soup stood out with its deep earthy flavors and silky texture. Her arugula salad and grilled chevre salad rocked. I nibbled glacier lettuce with Asian pear. The charcuterie platter looked awesome.
Big proscuitto ham on a rack complete with trotter. Felt like Italy, or at the very least Provence. It’s very informal but they took good care of us. The menu changes all the time, so just go there.