One of Portland’s best Persian food carts will reopen with new Beaverton restaurant

When Caspian Kabob, one of Portland’s best Persian food carts, closed at the end of 2019, the plan was to reopen someday with a full restaurant.

Nearly two years and a pandemic later, Victor and Tracy Darchini have finally broken ground on a brick-and-mortar location in Beaverton.

“I never thought I’d be able to do this, especially when COVID hit and things went really south,” Victor Darchini said. “But then the opportunity came and we took it.”

Victor Darchini taught himself how to cook after moving from Iran to New York City, where he had difficulty finding Persian food. After moving to Portland, Tracy encouraged Victor to turn his cooking skills — honed during summer vacations — into a food cart at the since-closed Southwest 10th and Alder pod. But despite the prominent location, Caspian Kabob’s cut-no-corners cooking style struggled to stand out in a sea of quick-service shawarma

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San Francisco, Oakland chefs honored in Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs list

Two Bay Area chefs have landed on Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs list for 2021, which focused on strong leadership within the restaurant industry in the U.S.

Matt Horn, owner and pitmaster of Horn Barbecue in Oakland, and Gaby Maeda, chef de cuisine at State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, were honored in the magazine’s 33rd annual list, which highlighted chefs from 10 different restaurants around the country.  

Each honoree was selected in part for delivering noteworthy dishes but also for taking a stance on large issues — such as mental health and racism, among others — and implementing a positive change or working toward a solution. Horn’s dedication to cultivating the rich flavors of Texas barbecue on his own was an important highlight in his nomination, though he also had a hand in giving back to his community amid the ongoing pandemic.  

Gaby Maeda, chef de cuisine at State Bird Provisions, was honored on Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs 2021 list.  

Gaby Maeda, chef de cuisine at

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Chick-fil-A voted top fast food place. McDonald’s ranked last.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index released its list of best fast food restaurants, with Chick-fil-A taking the top title for the seventh straight year.

Of the fast food places, also known as limited-service restaurants, Chick-fil-A came in first place with a score of 83 out of 100. The chain also beat out all full-service restaurants included in the survey, with LongHorn Steakhouse on top of that category with a score of 80.

Despite being the best-rated fast food joint, Chick-fil-a did drop from their score of 84 in 2020. Here are the top five rankings:

  1. Chick-fil-A, 83
  2. Domino’s, 80
  3. KFC, 79
  4. Starbucks, 79
  5. Five Guys, 78

As for worst-rated fast food chains, McDonald’s claimed that lowest spot with a score of 70. Jack in the Box, Popeyes, Sonic and Wendy’s were above with a score of 73. In comparison, the average score of limited-service restaurants was 78. Subway had the

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