Portland, Oregon restaurant Kann makes New York Times’ list of top 50 in America

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland restaurant that opened in August is already making national headlines after it was named one of America’s best restaurants in 2022 by the New York Times.

Kann, which showcases traditional Haitian flavors alongside dishes inspired by the cuisines of the African, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian diaspora, made the list the New York Times published on Tuesday. The New York Times said it stood out for its “lapel-grabbing power of dynamically spiced, live-fire cooking.”

Founder and award-winning chef Gregory Gourdet posted on social media after the article’s release Tuesday saying he’s grateful to be recognized by the New York Times as a restaurant making waves in the country.

“Kann has been a project that is 4+ years in the making. To see it recognized by the New York Times, alongside a group of the nation’s leading creative culinary concepts is such an honor. I’m so grateful to be working with an incredibly dedicated and talented team, who share my passion for sharing Haitian-inspired cuisine with Portland and beyond,” Gourdet wrote in a statement.

Kann wasn’t the only Oregon restaurant on the list, though. Ashland’s MÄS also made the top 50 cut.

“In a petite tasting menu restaurant down an alley in downtown Ashland, Josh Dorcak is creating what he calls Cascadian cuisine as a series of Japanese-influenced, picturesque miniatures of memorable poise,” the New York Times’s Brett Anderson wrote.

In an Instagram post, MÄS wrote, “Wow! So amazing we are within this list. From a base pop-up to a 50 list by @nytimes. This is incredible.”

Off Alley in Seattle was the only Washington restaurant to make the list.

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