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Popping Fresh

Popovers so good, they’re worth finding

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n a remote corner of the renovated Haffenreffer Brewery, the hip little Ula Café churns out, of all things, the best popovers you ever tasted. So popular are these crisp-on-the-outside, eggy-and-airy-on-the-inside specialties, the place is constantly running out of them. But don’t worry; there’s a sign that tells you when the next batch will be out of the oven, fresh, hot, and delicious. If you can’t wait, try a fudge brownie, so sweet and rich that we defy you to finish one in a single sitting. (You can take it home for later.) There are also great soups, other baked goods, sandwiches, salads, coffee, and loose-leaf teas, vegetarian and vegan options, free wifi, and outdoor seating. Vitale



Portland, Oregon, was founded by settlers from Maine, who also invented the popover by cooking traditional English Yorkshire pudding in custard cups, where it swelled into a hollow pastry.