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101: ARA(NEW!)6159 S.W. Murray Blvd., Beaverton503-747-4823koreanrestaurantinbeavertonor.comDinner and backward night, daily.★★★$$
This Murray Crossing Korean restaurant is absolutely two in one. The first, downstairs, keeps approved hours and serves a aboveboard card of bibimbap, bulgogi and added acclaimed Korean dishes. The second, upstairs, has a abstracted card and name – Ddonggojib, about advice to "stubborn as a mule." It's the acumen you're here. The aliment is like some Seoul University student's 1:30 a.m. fantasy: absurd chicken, candied blah tucked below broiled mozzarella and a "military stew" of SPAM, bacon and ramen noodles topped with a brace of boring melting American cheese singles. Skip the wings, which accept a too-puffy crust, but adjustment that stew, which has abundant umami to abbreviate ambit your centralized appetence suppressant.
Order: Mozzarella corn, ambrosial octopus with rice brainstorm coils, budae jjigae (military stew)
100: VERITABLE QUANDARY(NEW!)1220 S.W. Aboriginal Ave.503-227-7342veritablequandary.comDinner, daily; lunch, Monday-Friday; backward night, daily; weekend brunch.★★★$$$$
When the 45-year-old Veritable Quandary closes this fall, authoritative way for a new Multnomah County courthouse, the burghal will lose added than a handsome brick building. Buyer Dennis King opened Veritable Quandary – the VQ to audience – at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge in 1971. Four-and-a-half decades later, the restaurant charcoal a antecedent of burghal Portland's dining scene, its dark-wood bar and art-deco dining allowance abounding with appointment workers sipping soup by day, martini drinkers snacking on bonbon avoid bounce rolls by night. Banquet in the aback could accommodate burrata with baldheaded asparagus and fennel, fizz agrarian mushrooms, a solid alehouse burger or the cioppino-esque seafood stew, which will be missed.
Order: Avoid cracklings, house-made fettucine, seafood stew.
99: THE BLACK RABBIT(▼98)2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale503-492-3086mcmenamins.com/edgefieldBreakfast, daily; lunch, weekdays; dinner, daily; weekend brunch.★★★$$$
In an authority congenital on tater tots and Captain Neon burgers, the restaurant at McMenamins' flagship Edgefield auberge stands out as a accurately acceptable Northwest bistro. With a wood-lined dining allowance and a kitchen that knows its Belgian endive from its curly, The Atramentous Aerial is apparently the best restaurant in East County. A contempo meal included bounce chinook with English peas and asparagus in a saffron booze and seared albacore with bamboo absurd rice and ambrosial red miso. The decidedly all-around card includes Korean-style kalbi abbreviate ribs as an appetizer and jerk-spiced animal as a main. There ability be a half-dozen added safe burghal restaurants that can chef like The Atramentous Rabbit, but this is the abandoned one that makes its own beer, wine and spirits, that has its own little farm, and that lets you booty your postprandial Scotch with you for a airing on the grounds.
Order: Salads, seared tuna, jerk-spiced boar, McMenamins' wine or beer.
98: POLLO NORTE(▲101)5427 N.E. 42nd Ave.503-287-0669pollonorte.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★$
This Mexico City-style rotisserie craven spot, already bedeviled by nightly sell-outs and aggressive crowds, has broadcast its accommodation and now seems accomplished for growth. For now, Concordia and Cully adjacency association are the abandoned advantageous ones, with some of Portland's best in-demand takeout in their backyards. This year, Pollo Norte started application free-range chickens from Scratch Farms in Canby, assimilation anniversary bird in a adhesive juice, achiote, amoroso and sea alkali brine, abrading them in a leash of aerial chiles and skewering them on the alien rotisserie. Chickens arise with beginning tortillas, abandon (frijoles negros and the amazon rice are my accepted go-tos), a leash of neon-bright salsas, and banknote adapted in drippings, which is somehow the best activity on the menu.
Order: Two bodies can breach a bisected adjustment of chicken. You'll appetite added cabbage, and you won't get it.
97: HANDSOME PIZZA(NEW!)1603 N.E. Killingsworth St.503-247-7499handsomepizza.comBreakfast, cafeteria and dinner, Wednesday-Monday (pizza starts at acme weekdays, 1 p.m. weekends)★★★$$
Once amid Portland's best-kept pizza secrets, Handsome Pizza was briefly a itinerant aftermost year afterwards its aboriginal home bankrupt to accomplish way for new development. Reopened in the Little Beirut architecture in Northeast Portland, Handsome now cohabitates with Seastar, a bakery specializing in artisan toasts and age-old grains. The new amplitude apparel Handsome well. It's lit by comics-shaded lamps and active with a shy blooming dragon from "Gremlins" architect Chris Walas. Here, aloof a few doors bottomward from Podnah's Pit, buyer and self-described "pizza nerd" Will Fain spins beautifully blistered pizzas that fall, stylistically, about amid New York and Naples. My go-to adjustment is a breach pie, bisected Mikey Handsome (tomato sauce, mozzarella, hot peppers and pork sausage), bisected Rico Suave (a white pie with ricotta, mozzarella, oregano and absurd pepper).
Order: Salads, fizz vegetables and a breach Mikey Handsome/Rico Suave pie.
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96: GRAIN & GRISTLE(▼85)1473 N.E. Prescott St.503-298-5007grainandgristle.comLunch, banquet and backward night, daily; weekend brunch.★★★$$
The beer-fueled Sabin adjacency alliance Atom & Gristle combines a half-dozen Portland aliment and alcohol trends in a dining allowance with jars of pickles on the bank and a attending that can be declared as "Oregon Trail chic." It sometimes feels like Portland's best attainable restaurant. Over my aftermost few meals, some accustomed dishes haven't hit the way they acclimated to, alike as sister restaurant Old Alkali Marketplace continues to shine. But the deviled eggs are still topped with beginning anchovies, the burger is still over the top in the best way and the shareable two-fer, a bunched capital with two baby beers for $25, charcoal a steal. The abstruse weapon actuality has consistently been the beer list, mostly adherent to Upright Brewing (brewer Alex Ganum is a co-owner), added a few arresting guests. Bottoms up.
Order: Accompany a date and breach the two-fer.
95: NORANEKO(NEW!)1430 S.E. Baptize Ave.503-238-6356noranekoramen.comLunch, banquet and backward night, daily.★★★$
In my analysis aftermost year, I predicted this Biwa aftereffect would booty a acceptable atom on Portland's growing account of "everyday" ramens – alimentative bowls with close noodles, well-executed toppings and about ablaze broths absurd to abort your afternoon or evening. That's absolutely what happened. Today, Noraneko ability not accomplish the city's best basin of ramen, but it does accomplish for an accomplished late-night destination. Chief amid its pleasures: brittle absurd craven karaage, nightly Western-inspired specials, and the city's best aberrant cooler menu, encompassing aggregate from fresh-squeezed abstract to shochu highballs. The miso basin has a abode in my approved cafeteria rotation, consistently with a ancillary of aloft gyoza. Best of all, Noraneko stays attainable until 2 a.m.
Order: Karaage, miso ramen, sui gyoza, fresh-squeezed juice.
94: BORIKEN(94)12800 S.W. Canyon Rd., Beaverton503-596-3571borikenrestaurant.comDinner, Tuesday-Sunday; cafeteria Tuesday-Friday and Saturday★★★$$
Boriken, a azure and apricot restaurant on Beaverton's Southwest Canyon Road, offers the busline area's abandoned aftertaste of Puerto Rican food. Alpha with the rellenos de papa, two large, brittle assurance of buttery potato and arena beef, or some tostones con mojo de ajo, absurd plantains with a garlic aioli. The signature mofongos access in a hollowed-out attic lined with absurd and mashed plantain and abounding with chicken, conch or chunks of absurd pork in a decadent, buttery sauce. Of beforehand there's arroz con pollo, carne frita and bleared bowls of mondongo, a hearty, orange-colored bouillon abiding with breakable basis vegetables and adaptable bore blah – anticipate of it as a age-old accessory to menudo. No bulk how abundant or how little I've ordered, I've consistently larboard stuffed.
Order: Bacalaitos, mofongos, mondongo, guava pastelillos.
93: MASU(NEW!)406 S.W. 13th Ave.503-221-6278masusushi.comLunch and dinner, Monday-Friday; banquet and backward night, Saturday-Sunday★★★$$$
This decade-old sushi parlor already had barter aggressive the stairs abutting to the burghal Portland amber boutique Cacao to eat nigiri, alcohol lychee activity and accept to DJs spin. Commons actuality ability never abduction the action of that heyday, or the added contempo advantageous era aback Nodoguro's Ryan Roadhouse ran the show. Yet Masu charcoal one of Portland's bigger sushi restaurants. Appointment on a weekend night, aback the dining allowance is consistently humming; booty a bench at the sushi bar or a table by the window and adjustment nigiri at will (the omakase is interesting, admitting not essential). Apricot is able-bodied and rich. Scallops are active and firm. There's generally Oregon albacore, apricot roe and sea urchin, and all are good. Oh, and the ramen snuck assimilate my account of the Top 10 in the city. Could the best actuality be yet to come?
Order: Nigiri and a cocktail of vodka, lychee purée and abashed red grape, for old time's sake.
92: NONG'S KHAO MAN GAI(NEW!)609 S.E. Ankeny St.503-740-2907khaomangai.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★$
This authority is congenital on a audible basin – Hainanese-style poached chicken, adaptable rice and a attractive amber booze – that is accepted in Singapore but was about absurd to acquisition actuality afore Nong Poonsukwattana opened her eponymous cart. If you've never been, I still acclaim starting with the aboriginal barrow burghal (1003 S.W. Alder St.). But for regulars, the brick-and-mortar boutique has additionally becoming a atom on this list, if abandoned for the sometimes arbitrary apparatus by the adverse that churns coconut-lemongrass bendable serve. Like the barrow abreast Portland State University (411 S.W. College St.), the restaurant adds to the card Coca-Cola-braised pork and craven and broccoli with peanut sauce. Both are accomplished – the pork abnormally – but you're actuality for the khao man gai, finer with a baby bag of absurd craven banknote for admixture over the top.
Order: Khao man gai, absurd craven skins, soft-serve ice cream.
91: ACADIA(NEW!)1303 N.E. Fremont St.503-249-5001acadiapdx.comLunch, Wednesday; dinner, Monday-Saturday.★★★$$$
Despite the two cities' berserk altered climates, Portland and New Orleans accept a lot in common, decidedly their accompanying passions for music and food. But while there ability be a abundant farm-to-table restaurant in New Orleans, the Rose Burghal doesn't accept abundant to action aback it comes to NOLA-style food. So, with affliction to the Oysters Rockefeller at The Parish (231 N.W. 11th Ave.) and abstracted Abjure Anh Luu at Tapalaya (28 N.E. 28th Ave.), the best Cajun/Creole meal I had this year was at Acadia. New buyer Seamus Foran serves acceptable abjure bisque, house-made andouille and some bucket-list-worthy "barbecue" shrimp in a adulate and white wine sauce. Skip rice dishes (our jambalaya and etouffée were uninspired) in favor of dessert, afresh sanguinaccio, an age-old Italian compound for spiced amber and pig's claret gelato.
Order: Louisiana barbecue shrimp, andouille sausage, sanguinaccio.
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90: SMOKEHOUSE TAVERN(▼89)1401 S.E. Morrison St., #117971-279-4850smokehousetavernpdx.comLunch, banquet and backward night, daily; weekend brunch.★★★$$
Smokehouse 21 went from a tight-quartered Northwest Portland barbecue atom to a beginning chain, abacus this still-young alehouse in the aforementioned Southeast Portland circuitous as Nostrana and a third beginning advancing to Vancouver. The Southeast Morrison Artery breadth is my favorite. This tchotchke-filled adolescent sister appearance the aforementioned ribs, brisket, pulled pork, hot links and Kansas City-style burnt ends as the original, added arresting bar bonbon that ability be the best things on the menu. Sit at the bar for a Timbers bold and bandage deviled eggs crowned with a little ambrosial sausage cap, or stop by afterwards 10 p.m. for one of the limited-edition "10 at 10" burgers, anniversary one a double-stack of thin, seared patties coddled by adhesive craven American cheese and topped with bacon and cartilage marrow.
Order: Deviled eggs, a basin of ribs or burnt ends and a algid beer.
89: ACCANTO(▼83)2838 S.E. Belmont St.503-235-4900accantopdx.comDinner, daily; weekend brunch.★★★$$$
Accanto, a accidental Italian restaurant that's added beautiful than a Vespa, attracts hip Sunnyside neighbors for its airy alehouse activity and buzzy vibe. The restaurant dials up simple antipasti such as marinated olives, deviled eggs with absurd prosciutto, and cold-smoked apricot with accomplished marmalade. There are Italian-Italian dishes like the fritto misto, a mini wire cage blimp with absurd olives, shrimp and auto slices. There are Italian-American ones, too, like the "Manicotti alla Jersey," a hot bucket abounding with accurate ricotta-stuffed manicotti. During dessert, you ability acquisition hot zeppole, air-conditioned cannoli or a deconstructed semifreddo. For a accidental spot, Accanto's wine account is superb, admitting a able Negroni additionally can backpack you a continued way through a meal.
Order: Apricot tartare, fritto misto, manicotti, semifreddo, wine.
88: P.R.E.A.M.(▲96)2131 S.E. 11th Ave.503-231-2809preampizza.comDinner, Tuesday-Sunday; backward night, Friday-Saturday.★★★$$
Update: P.R.E.A.M. has closed
P.R.E.A.M., Portland's Wu-Tang Clan-inspired pizzeria, started as a Monday pop-up at Ned Ludd and grew all the way to a full-fledged, 75-seat pizzeria and bar. If the aliment were bad, the abode would feel like a stunt. But there's some active affable activity on here, from a rustic bounce burrata basin with strawberries and radishes to neo-Neopolitan pizzas accurately broiled in a 900-degree Gianni Acunto oven. The menu, burst bottomward like a song, has been amped up aback the pop-up days, with new salads, pastas, and atramentous garlic knots abutting a beyond choir of pizzas. Beforehand this spring, we ate a Caesar dressed with aperitive smoked buttermilk and bland absurd craven banknote in abode of croutons, as able-bodied as a acceptable pie with soppressata and olives. The appearance charge go on.
Order: Atramentous garlic knots, burrata plate, fennel-sausage pizza and a cocktail.
87: POLLOS A LA BRASA EL INKA(▼84)48 N.E. Division St., Gresham503-491-0323elinkarestaurant.comLunch and dinner, daily★★★$
This family-owned restaurant has been cartoon admirers of Peruvian aliment to Gresham for the bigger allotment of a decade. The card revolves about crazy-affordable fizz chickens adapted in accouterment in a ambrosial wood-fired rotisserie that dominates the dining room's west wall. Plan to adjustment at atomic bisected a spice-rubbed bird; anniversary adjustment comes with fries, a bloom and the stoplight sauces – auspicious green, buttery yellow, ambrosial red. You ability accept to alpha with some ceviche and its acceptable accompaniments, red onion, candied potato and the brittle aloof blah accepted as cancha, admitting I'll generally opt for the brittle absurd calamari instead. If available, add an adjustment of the squeaky, skewered beef hearts accepted as anticuchos and a air-conditioned can of neon-yellow Inca Kola.
Order: Rotisserie chicken, ceviche, anticuchos, Inca Kola.
86: ATE-OH-ATE(▲87)2454 E. Burnside St.503-445-6101ate-oh-ate.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★$
Go for cafeteria at this counter-service Hawaiian atom from the meat-loving leash abaft Laurelhurst Bazaar and you're acceptable to acquisition a half-dozen architecture workers tucking into sloppy-good plates of kalua pig, ambrosial craven wings or loco moco – agreeable burger patties draped with two accurately absurd eggs. This ain't bloom food. Afresh again, aback we accept a appetite for basin lunch, we generally end up at Ate-Oh-Ate. The East Burnside storefront appearance chrism decor, airy reggae tunes and arctic ribs, broiled hard, tossed in a candied kalbi booze and argent with mac bloom and two-scoop rice. There's adulate mochi and Spam musubi, if that's your thing, and saimin, the island circuit on ramen, actuality with a aphotic broth, coiled craven noodles and altogether rendered slabs of pork belly. All brace able-bodied with a chill piña colada. If the attainable Southeast Portland breadth in Woodstock agency the aurora of a mini Ate-Oh-Ate chain, calculation us thrilled.
Order: Poke, a Spam musubi, kalbi ribs or the Aina burger, adulate mochi and a arctic piña colada.
85: MEAT CHEESE BREAD(▲86)1406 S.E. Stark St.503-234-1700meatcheesebread.comBreakfast, cafeteria and dinner, daily.★★★$
Bunk and Lardo, the Portland sandwich chains currently bound in an amplification accoutrements race, were able to abound bound because of their able bread-based creations and alike bigger execution. Yet Meat Cheese Aliment is the sandwich boutique we acknowledgment to most. It has backward small, with a audible absorbing storefront aloof up the alley from Anarchy Hall. The signature sandwich is apparently the BLB, a BLT with brittle bacon that subs broiled beets for tomato, admitting alike it comes and goes. The breakfast items, served all day, additionally deserve your absolute attention. Don't absence the analgesic breakfast burrito blimp with eggs, arrangement browns and blooming chile salsa. For the gluten-averse, any sandwich actuality can be served as a salad.
Order: The BLB or a breakfast burrito.
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84: SWEEDEEDEE(▲93)5202 N. Albina Ave.503-946-8087sweedeedee.comBreakfast and cafeteria daily.★★★$
This sweetest of Portland brunch spots, alleged for a abandoned Michael Hurley song, serves beginning salads, affable sandwiches and one corrupt honey pie. Central the restaurant, which shares a bank with Mississippi Records, a almanac amateur warbles with archetypal reggae, stoner metal or best folk. Sunlight slants accomplished canteen jars in the window assimilate white walls and copse floors. Customers, abounding of whom could be assuming for Opening Ceremony's Pendleton line, blow at bendable aloft eggs in airy cups and chaw affable acknowledgment beforehand with avocado and burst radish from the Sweedeedee Breakfast Plate. This abode was congenital for Instagram.
Order: French columnist coffee, an egg sandwich and a allotment of honey pie.
83: BAR MINGO(▼61)Bar Mingo811 N.W. 21st Ave.503-445-4646barmingo.comDinner, daily; backward night, Friday-Saturday.★★★$$
Not all risotto is created equal. At best Portland restaurants, you're acceptable to acquisition article afterpiece to absurd rice or adamantine borsch than this Mount Olympus-worthy abundance food. But Bar Mingo, a accidental Italian restaurant in Nob Acropolis amid Caffe Mingo and Serratto, is different. That's mostly because the risotto actuality is abandoned fabricated already a anniversary and attainable at aloof two time slots per day. On Wednesdays, you can acquisition aloft Genoa chef Jerry Huisinga continuing over a ample pot, active banal and adulate into accomplished carnaroli rice. There are affluence of affidavit to appointment Bar Mingo, the lasagna Bolognese, casual backtalk feasts and attainable wine account amid them. The risotto ability be the best.
Order: Antipasti, cacio e pepe or lasagna, Wednesday-night risotto.
82: ABYSSINIAN KITCHEN(NEW!)Abyssinian Kitchen2625 S.E. 21st Ave.503-894-8349abyssiniankitchen.comLunch, Saturday-Sunday; dinner, Tuesday-Sunday.★★★$$
Last year, Abyssinian Kitchen took over the aloft home of Sok Sab Bai, Portland's sole restaurant adherent abandoned to Cambodian food, and bass bottomward the dining room's colors with mild yellows and browns. This year, the restaurant, which focuses on both Ethiopian and Eritrean food, became our admired East African restaurant in Portland. The two nations accept agnate cuisines, with some dishes bigger admired in one country than the other. But the alloyed card isn't what makes the restaurant remarkable. It's the broiled craven lentils, age-old yet decidedly complex; the breakable cubes of lamb, accustomed a advantageous bang of berbere spice; and the house-made injera, the rolls of absorptive aliment acclimated to beat vegetables or sop up sauce, which accept the aciculate calendar of acceptable sourdough bread.
Order: Berbere-spiced lamb and the vegetarian beyaynetu aggregate platter, with broiled lentils, collard greens and added vegetables.
81: MUCCA OSTERIA(NEW!)1022 S.W. Morrison St.503-227-5521muccaosteria.comDinner, Monday-Saturday.★★★$$$
Mucca Osteria, which opened bristles years ago, is a abridged of burghal adornment with brick walls, adorned mirrors and a sepia-tinted map of Italy amid on a burghal Portland block bigger accepted for cavernous MAX trains and bargain Mexican food. Yet this was the restaurant best generally mentioned as an blank in aftermost year's best restaurant guide. That Mucca has survived, thrived even, is a attestation to chef Simone Savaiano, a built-in of Rome who larboard abaft restaurants in Italy, confused to the United States and eventually acclimatized in Portland. Accede his leaning-tower caprese salad, or the credit-card-thin discs of lamb carpaccio. On a contempo visit, Savaiano's Lombata di Maiale, a fatty, salt-crusted slab of pork accept with figs, sautéed kale, polenta and a balsamic reduction, was adapted aloof about perfectly, application a aflush blush. Later, there was the amusement of an espresso-rich tiramisu and the aftermost drops of an bargain Chianti.
Order: Caprese salad, carpaccio, pasta, pork or lamb, tiramisu.
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80: DEPARTURE(▼68)525 S.W. Morrison St.503-802-5370departureportland.comDinner and backward night, daily.★★★$$$
Slip up the elevator in The Nines to the hotel's 15th floor, aerial aloft the antechamber and Burghal Agriculturalist steakhouse, for this bar/restaurant's Miami vibe, Asian-influenced baby plates and a adventitious to atom Gregory Gourdet, agent up on Division 12 of "Top Chef" and one of Portland's best admired chefs. Departure's card encompasses China (spring rolls, siu mai, absurd rice) Japan (edamame, sashimi, kushiyaki) and Korea (a acceptable bibimbap, afflicted table-side). Afterwards this year, Gourdet will put the finishing touches on a Abandonment aftereffect in Denver. If you're absorbed in this affectionate of avant-garde Asian admixture in Portland, you ability be bigger off at Smallwares, Expatriate or The American Local, breadth the bill will be appreciably lower. Afresh again, so will the view.
Order: Mark your calendar for December, aback Gourdet offers a Peking avoid special.
79: THE PEOPLE'S PIG(▼76)3217 N. Williams Ave.503-282-2800peoplespig.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★$
If you accept addicted memories of the signature porchetta sandwich at Cliff Allen's old aliment cart, with its arctic pork and arugula decrepit in lemon, you won't appetite to absence this brick-and-mortar expansion. The People's Pig, activate aback 2014 in the about adapted aloft home of Tropicana Bar Be Cue, ability not be a acceptable or regionally specific barbecue spot, but its standout basin (the attractive burst pork shoulder) is amid the best smoked meats in Portland. About as acceptable is the brittle absurd craven sandwich, with ambrosial mayo, a atom of jalapeño appetite and an about bacon-like atramentous to the meat. Allen afresh started confined thick, begrimed slices of brisket as a sandwich or a basin with breakable collards and buttery slaw. Of beforehand it's delicious.
Order: A absurd chicken, brisket or pork accept sandwich and a smoked Old Fashioned cocktail.
78: BAMBOO SUSHI(▲83)310 S.E. 28th Ave.503-232-5255836 N.W. 23rd Ave.971-229-19251409 N.E. Alberta St.503-889-0336404 S.W. 12th Ave.503-444-7455bamboosushi.comDinner, nightly; lunch, circadian at Southwest breadth only.★★★$$
If Bamboo Sushi cornered you at a party, you'd be attractive for the exit. Afore you can alike adjustment your absolute backtalk California cycle or lychee martini, the four-location alternation presents you with folio afterwards folio touting the restaurant's sustainability, environmentalism and added acceptable deeds. Afresh again, in a boondocks that brand its sushi cheap, quick and pulled off a agent belt, Bamboo offers raw angle that's a cut aloft the rest. Sit at the bar and adjustment chirashi, a big basin of rice and raw fish, or accompany a date and adjustment an omakase (chef's choice) meal at the sushi counter. The closing ability accommodate affection amberjack or albacore abdomen nigiri, a flight of bright-orange apricot sashimi or horse mackerel served on the bone, its skeleton taken abroad aback you're accomplished and alternate abysmal absurd and crunchy.
Order: With a ablaze conscience.
77: KIZUKI RAMEN & IZAKAYA(NEW!)11830 N.W. Cedar Falls Dr., Beaverton844-585-2487, ext. 4kizuki.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★$
Writing about ramen in Portland is usually an exercise in careful praise. You acknowledge the noodles while adulatory they came in a added absorbing broth. Or you ascertain an absorbing tonkotsu, abandoned to acquisition its toppings deficient and dry. But the ramen at Kizuki (formerly Kukai) doesn't absolutely accept flaws. The noodles arise from the hot aqueous bouncy, chewy and firm. The broths are affluent and robust, adhering to the noodles like a glossy of oil. The toppings are on point, including broiled nori, breakable pork chashu, and a altogether adapted egg. Already pierced, its blubbery orange yolk leaks into the broth. Alike the somewhat accidental izakaya dishes are good. Portland ramen shops, you've been put on notice.
Order: Gyoza; craven karaage; the garlic-tonkotsu-shoyu, craven rich, and ambrosial miso ramens.
76: KENNY & ZUKE'S(▼66)1038 S.W. Stark St.503-222-3354kennyandzukes.comBreakfast, cafeteria and dinner, daily.★★★$$
The quintessential Jewish cafeteria of the Northwest, Kenny & Zuke's boils and bakes its own bagels, brines and smokes its own pastrami and stocks one of Portland's best soda collections – anticipate sarsaparilla and Cel-Ray. You can coquette with the Cobb salad, the hot dog or the acceptable arrangement of convalescent sandwiches, but, eventually, you'll acquisition your way to the Reuben: juicy, thick-sliced convalescent beef on grilled, caraway-flecked rye with copious kraut and broiled Swiss. Get it with cartel chips and a custom float, and accompany a acquaintance to breach it. Locals and late-waking Ace Auberge guests abutting aperture apperceive about the bagels, latkes, cheese blintzes, challah French acknowledgment and smoked apricot eggs Benedict attainable in the morning. Cafeteria purists may kvetch (and do, often). That's fine. Added pastrami for us.
Order: Pastrami Reuben, cartel chips and a Cel-Ray soda.
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75: PURE SPICE(NEW!)2446 S.E. 87th Ave.503-772-1808purespicerestaurant.comBreakfast, cafeteria and dinner, daily.★★★ $$
The easygoing champ of our East vs. West dim sum smackdown, Pure Aroma qualifies as a hidden gem. Unlike best notable Portland dim sum houses, HK Alehouse (4410 S.E. 82nd Ave.), Wong's King (8733 S.E. Division St. #101) and Ocean Burghal (3016 S.E. 82nd Ave.) amid them, this Southeast Division Artery restaurant doesn't use ambulant carts, demography abroad a bit of the fun but abacus austere bloom to the food. Skip the gamey siu mai, but dive into the brittle Chinese doughnuts, vinegar-spiked craven feet, arctic har gow and breakable anxiety cakes. All can be ordered off a pictographic card and delivered hot. Sleep through your Sunday alarm? The absolute angle and avoid absurd rice is account a appropriate appointment at night. Until Portland's accurate dim sum savior arrives, Pure Aroma is the abode to go.
Order: Noodle-wrapped Chinese doughnuts, congee, barbecued meats.
74: PINE STREET MARKET(NEW!)126 S.W. Added Ave. 503-939-9449pinestreetpdx.comLunch and dinner, circadian (individual kiosk hours vary).★★★$$
Pine Artery Bazaar is Portland's acknowledgment to the high-end aliment cloister awakening in New York and Los Angeles, abandoned with a Rose Burghal twist. Yes, there are handsome kiosks from some of the city's best accepted chefs, but here, anniversary was asked to arise up with article new. So Olympia Provisions has congenital a white-tiled arrest adherent to their arctic sausages, Alkali & Straw is cloudburst cottony bendable serve capped by a atramentous raspberry abracadabra shell, and chef Ken Forkish is spinning New York-style pizzas, all firsts. Accumulate an eye out for bottled algid cooler from Barista, Euro-Asian admixture Accepted Law, ambrosial ramen from the Tokyo-based Marukin alternation and fizz chickens and shakshuka, respectively, from two John Gorham-backed projects, Pollo Bravo and Shalom Y'all. Acceptable luck award a seat.
Order: Annular up some accompany and try to adjustment one activity from anniversary stall, with some bendable serve to go.
73: YAMA SUSHI(▲74)926 N.W. 10th Ave.503-841-5463yamasushiandsakebar.comLunch and dinner, daily; backward night, Friday-Saturday.★★★$$$
Don't let the flaming, foil-wrapped rolls fool you: This is a austere sushi spot. The Pearl Commune restaurant is bedeviled by an imposing, sake-backed bar, abaft which several tidy chefs angle over their knife work. Accomplish anxiety for the omakase, or chef's best meal, finer sitting in advanced of chef Heemoon "Scott" Chae (he's the alpine one). Depending on the advantage you choose, the progression ability accommodate high-end tuna, salmon, mackerel or geoduck, all impeccably burst and served with aboriginal rice. Aftermost year, Yama opened a added breadth in Southeast Portland's aloft Vindalho amplitude (2038 S.E. Clinton St.). The sushi isn't absolutely as good, but the kitchen makes one of Portland's best bowls of ramen.
Order: For raw angle aficionados, Yama's omakase is not to be missed.
72: ANGEL FOOD & FUN(▲75)5135 N.E. 60th Ave.503-287-7909Lunch and dinner, Monday-Sunday.★★★$
The "fun" is mostly a brace of little-used basin tables in an overflow dining allowance abundantly active with Corona merch. But you're actuality for the food, a aperitive arrangement of Yucatecan staples, added a world-beating burrito. If you're aerial solo, adjustment that burrito with carne asada. The seared steak comes accurately acclimatized and blimp central a tortilla lined with cheese pre-crisped on the flattop. From there, analyze chef Manuel Lopez's bounded specialties: panuchos, the deep-fried, black-bean-stuffed tacos; or frijol con puerco, blubbery chunks of pork in a basin with blurred atramentous beans. The cochinita pibil – anticipate pulled pork blood-soaked in acerb orange abstract – is good, but we're in adulation with the pavo en relleno negro: shredded, super-tender turkey and blubbery slices of a bouncy, yolk-centered sausage, all bathing in a agreeable borsch as aphotic as squid ink.
Order: A carne asada burrito, two panuchos and the pavo en relleno negro (when available).
71: ROOST(▼70)1403 S.E. Belmont St.971-544-7136roostpdx.comDinner, Tuesday-Sunday; weekend brunch.★★★$$$
Perched on a acceleration at Southeast 14th Avenue and Belmont Street, Roost's ample windows allure with simple, abating dishes that are about as basal as the decor. About from day one, the restaurant has been best accepted for its brunch, featuring corrupt Kentucky Amber sandwiches and assured Blood-soaked Marys. The Americana-flecked banquet is a better-guarded secret. At night, Roost's assured kitchen shows off with acidity and texture, axis out brittle zucchini chips with a dill-flecked yogurt dipper one night, deep-fried bologna or panko absurd pork the next. There's about a nice pan-roasted craven or angle with melancholia sides, and a burger with atramentous olive-anchovy adulate and onion rings acceptable abundant to accomplish you ambition this adjacency restaurant were in yours.
Order: Salads, absurd blooming tomatoes, pan-roasted craven at night (brunch calls for a Blood-soaked Mary).
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70: NUESTRA COCINA(▼69)2135 S.E. Division St.503-232-2135nuestra-cocina.comDinner, Tuesday-Saturday.★★★$$
There's no tableside guac, and tortilla chips aren't listed on the menu, but Nuestra Cocina has the feel of a family-style restaurant, complete with a active vibe, fresh-citrus margaritas and the casual mariachi bandage (at atomic on Cinco de Mayo). Adjustment ceviche, conceivably rockfish in an orange and chile-spiked citrus bath, and one of the big, about bargain capital dishes. A pork brand posole with billowy hominy and a arrangement of banknote pond in a affluent red borsch was below big-ticket than some simple pastas aloof up the road, yet big abundant to accomplish breakfast tacos with the abutting morning. The card at this decade-old restaurant could apparently use a little awakening up. Afresh again, who's adventurous abundant to footfall in advanced of this dispatch margarita train?
Order: Ceviche, margarita, sopes de chorizo, margarita, chile relleno, margarita.
69: TASTEBUD(NEW!)7783 S.W. Capitol Highway503-234-0330tastebudpdx.comDinner, daily.★★★$$$
Back in 2013, Mark Doxtader bankrupt his aboriginal Tastebud brick-and-mortar pizzeria and arise affairs to reopen abreast his Multnomah Village home. It took three years for the follow-up. The new restaurant has a affable dining room, with breach logs ample by the aperture and a abounding bar in the window. Tastebud's wood-fired pizzas are acceptable from top to bottom, with chewy dough, abundance of broiled mozzarella and abundant melancholia toppings to ample a farmers market. Yet a absolute meal actuality ability not accommodate pizza at all. The kale Caesar with abode bagel chips is bigger, bigger and bisected the bulk of versions at added buzzed-about restaurants. There's beef argot seared breakable in the wood-fired oven, a fizz craven that's arctic to the bone, and fizz lamb chops with a admirable broiled crust.
Order: Fizz vegetables, beef argot with herbed spaetzle, kale or chicory salads, lamb chops and the Nausicaä, a pie topped with pork sausage, olives and baldheaded fennel.
68: LA MOULE(NEW!)2500 S.E. Clinton St.971-339-2822lamoulepdx.comDinner and backward night, daily.★★★$$
For chef Aaron Barnett, La Moule is a homecoming; a adventitious to acknowledgment to the adjacency he already alleged home, aloof up the acropolis from the aboriginal breadth of his accepted French restaurant St. Jack. The adolescent bar is a admired late-night accession to a Southeast Clinton Artery bend already loaded with places to alcohol and eat, alike admitting La Moule's calling cards – mussels and Belgian beer – aren't the best absorbing things on the menu. What is? How about the hand-cut steak tartare draped over a broiled basal bone. It pairs altogether with barman Tommy Klus' Scotch Lodge, a bland Rob Roy aberration with a atom of Bowmore Baby Batch smoker at the center. Need more? Try the adulate bill salad, accustomed from St. Jack; or Barnett's poutine, or a pub burger with brittle bacon and amateur crème brie.
Order: Steak tartare, adulate bill salad, mussels with Korean-style broth, cocktails.
67: IRVING STREET KITCHEN(▼62)701 N.W. 13th Ave.503-343-9440irvingstreetkitchen.comDinner, daily; weekend brunch.★★★$$$
This Pearl Commune restaurant, with its alluring bar and loading-dock patio, doesn't abridgement for panache. Irving Artery Kitchen, endemic by Banal & Bones, a ample restaurant accumulation in San Francisco, already seemed like the aboriginal beginning of a new flood of California banknote hasty into Portland's fine-dining market. It's aback acclimatized in as an outlier: a chichi restaurant with a bar affairs absolutely abounding with acceptable activity and wines on tap, added a Southern-focused card address of chef Sarah Schafer. Abounding commons in the dining allowance accept occasionally larboard us absent more. We've had added success at the bar, sipping a aperitive gin and tonic, nibbling on ridiculously acceptable chicken-fried oysters and added baby plates, while assimilation in some of Portland's best bodies watching.
Order: Baby plates and drinks at the bar.
66: CAFE CASTAGNA(▼64)1758 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.503-231-9959castagnarestaurant.comDinner, Tuesday-Sunday.★★★ $$
Now on its third card adapt in as abounding years, Alehouse Castagna has ditched some, but not all, of the Middle Eastern accouterment it took on aftermost year in favor of a new card from chef Justin Woodward, who presides over the kitchen at Castagna, the cafe's big sister abutting door. You can still agreement with Alehouse Castagna's zucchini fritters with labneh, but the bivouac rolls of pita are gone, authoritative way for Ken's Artisan Bakery aliment and butter. Alehouse comforts abound, including broiled penne, mozzarella pizza, fizz craven and an alike house-cured apricot tartine with crème fraîche. The best dishes abide the classics: the burger, the cartel fries, the adulate bill bloom by which all added adulate bill salads should be judged. If I lived in Ladd's Addition, I'd be actuality alert a month.
Order: Adulate bill bloom and a burger.
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65: TAQUERIA NUEVE(▼55)727 S.E. Washington St.503-954-1987taquerianueve.comDinner, Tuesday-Sunday.★★★$$
Six years afterwards it closed, Taqueria Nueve returned, adored in Southeast Sandy Boulevard's aloft Beaker & Flask space. Abundant charcoal the same. About the room, tables ample with fresh-made margaritas, Caesar salads active with pointy tortilla chips, guacamole-topped tostadas and archetypal octopus cocktails. The chile relleno starts with a fat poblano, roasted, swaddled in concoction and absurd to a bendable tempura crisp, afresh laid in a attenuate basin of ablaze amazon sauce. Pierced, it arise a blitz of aqueous cheese. Tacos can be excellent, if inconsistent; on bad days, the tortillas arise off like bargain moo shu pancakes. Still, the crunchy, slow-braised animal carnitas are as acceptable as always. And if there's a bigger Baja-style angle taco in Portland, we haven't activate it.
Order: Animal carnitas, angle tacos, margaritas.
64: LINCOLN(▼28)3808 N. Williams Ave.503-288-6200lincolnpdx.comDinner, Tuesday-Saturday.★★★$$$
Lincoln may accept already acquainted like the missing articulation amid Portland's mid-'90s, farm-to-table anarchy and the chef-driven, media-adored restaurant mural of today. Admitting the focus charcoal on Northwest ingredients, in the aftermost year or two the restaurant has agilely confused in addition direction, or rather directions. Some of the signature dishes remain, including the broiled eggs with olives and breadcrumbs in cream, the arbiter broiled octopus (as in, this is a basin aggressive chefs could study). But today, those allotment card amplitude with Italian dishes afflicted by chef Jenn Louis' contempo pasta cookbook and a few Middle Eastern flavors (carrot hummus and labneh with butter-slicked flatbread), a attainable examination of her attainable Israeli restaurant in Los Angeles. It can feel a bit like a absent hobbyist's garage, admitting it all mostly works, at atomic aback Louis is around.
Order this: The standards listed above, added gnocchi, if available, and a archetype of Jenn Louis' cookbook, "Pasta By Hand."
63: HA VL(▼57)2738 S.E. 82nd Ave., #102503-772-0103Breakfast and lunch, Wednesday-Monday.★★★$
The best time to get actuality isn't noon, aback the 30-seat Vietnamese restaurant is ladling its aftermost bowls of outstanding soup, but abundant earlier, aback the abandoned barter are the men alfresco bubbler motor-oil coffee and smoker cigarettes about an ash-filled Café du Monde can. Adjustment a adequate breakfast, afore the families, foodies and anyone who follows Pok Pok chef Andy Ricker on Instagram shows up. The soups change daily; my admired is on Sunday, aback a turmeric soup loaded with shrimp and pork is abutting by one of the city's best bowls of pho. Big eaters should add a Chinese sausage banh mi. If you slept in, accede Rose VL (6424 S.E. Powell Blvd.), a sister restaurant with a agnate card and afterwards hours.
Order: Soup, a abrupt baguette and algid coffee or a agilely acid durian shake.
62: SMALLWARES(▲63)4605 N.E. Fremont St.971-229-0995smallwarespdx.comDinner and backward night, daily.★★★$$
The lynchpin in Beaumont Village's decidedly active late-night dining district, Smallwares is the abstraction of ancient Momofuku Ssam Bar sous chef Johanna Ware. The dining allowance is all avant-garde appropriate angles and red accents, a apple-pie anatomy for Smallwares' Asian-influenced baby plates. Controlled alarm is the adjustment of the day – beginning oysters or scallops ability access pond in angle sauce; the abode kimchi is accurately fermented. Ware's signature absurd kale has chunks of candied bacon, while the noodles (sometimes pho, sometimes ramen or somen) are artistic and rewarding. At Barwares, the sister bar 'round back, you ability acquisition David Bowie on the stereo, Fritz Lang's "M" arena silently on a projector awning and best of Smallwares' menu, presented in a added aloft setting.
Order: Kimchi, absurd kale with candied bacon, seafood chawan mushi, noodles and brainstorm soups.
61: LUCE(▲78)2140 E. Burnside St.503-236-7195luceportland.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★$$
Take two bodies to Luce, the Italian aftereffect from the owners of Navarre on East Burnside, and you ability get responses as berserk altered as "It's fine, what's the big deal?" and "That's my admired restaurant." If you angular adjoin the latter, as I added do, it's acceptable because Luce is so accomplished at simplicity. Commons tend to accommodate about adorned pasta, agilely broiled vegetables and a baby rosemary-garlic hanger steak, seared, burst and bloody. The allowance has a corner-store ambiance, with broiled pasta and amazon booze on the shelves, and its big windows are absolute for bodies watching while you amble over arancini, aerial pappardelle and analytic priced Italian wine. If you adjustment abandoned one thing, accomplish it the cappelletti in brodo – a dozen baby dumplings amphibian in an agilely ablaze broth.
Order: Craven alarmist mousse crostini, cappelletti in brodo, hanger steak.
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60: TASTY N SONS(▼58)3808 N. Williams Ave.503-621-1400tastynsons.comBrunch and dinner, daily.★★★$$
This added restaurant in chef John Gorham's Portland authority took the vibe and Mediterranean accents of his tapas atom Toro Bravo, afresh translated them beautifully for brunch. A absolute meal actuality includes a breakfast board, about captivation pickles, bacon and craven alarmist mousse; a steak with cheddar eggs on a cornmeal pancake with a pat of jalapeño butter; and consistently the shakshuka, an Israeli bouillon abounding with tomato, red pepper, broiled eggs and lamb sausage. The restaurant accepted accepted abundant that Gorham spun off a burghal sister, Aperitive n Alder (580 S.W. 12th Ave.) in 2013, which serves an addictive basin of "Korean" absurd craven in the morning, afresh adds a steakhouse card at night.
Order: Breakfast board, shakshuka, steak and cheddar eggs, Blood-soaked Mary.
59: FARM SPIRIT(NEW!)1414 S.E. Morrison St.farmspiritpdx.comDinner, Wednesday-Sunday.★★★$$$$
Meals at this "plant-based" chef's beautiful adverse alpha with a account of bounded intent: Oregon sea alkali amphibian in Oregon olive oil blood-soaked up by a soft, abrupt cycle fabricated from Oregon wheat. And what could be added bounded in Portland, the burghal Paul McCartney hailed as the best vegan-friendly in the United States, than a tasting card chargeless of meat and dairy? Endemic by aloft Portobello chef Aaron Adams and staffed abandoned by chefs, some tattooed, some mustachioed, Acreage Spirit is Portland's best artful vegetable-focused restaurant yet. Commons ability activate with a brewed broth, move on to basil dumplings and Parisienned assurance of zucchini, and accommodate not one but two asparagus dishes. Instead of big-ticket beef, Acreage Spirit crescendos with a accumulation of bunched morels and active blooming favas below a absolute of bubbling potato.
Order: Airheaded are anchored and bulk $75 per person. Try the non-alcoholic cooler pairing, which ability accommodate kombucha, kefir and a loganberry shrub.
58: PIZZA JERK(NEW!)5028 N.E. 42nd Ave.503-284-9333pizzajerkpdx.comLunch and dinner, daily★★★ $$
Locally, Tommy Habetz is best accepted as the co-founder of the rule-breaking Bunk, a sandwich boutique that aboriginal beforehand its pork abdomen Cubanos throughout the city, afresh angry its absorption eastward, to Brooklyn. But the Connecticut built-in has been a pizza aficionado about aback birth. In November, Habetz and two ally launched Pizza Jerk, a Northeast Portland pizzeria with '80s decor, a abounding bar and Bunk's anything-goes access to food. The Eggplant Parm can be a sandwich (at lunch) or a pizza (at dinner); dan dan can be a circuit on the ambrosial Szechuan brainstorm dish, or a pizza ditching amazon booze for chili oil; and the Sunday Gravy comes topped with braised ribs, basal and all. Should this work? Maybe not. But it does.
Order: Ranch salad, pepperoni slices, the Sunday Gravy pie, abode for table-top Ms. Pac-Man.
57: BIWA(▲60)215 S.E. Ninth Ave.503-239-8830biwarestaurant.comDinner and backward night, daily.★★★$$
This cavern izakaya abreast the Doug Fir Lounge serves Japanese-Korean bubbler bonbon to a audience alignment from in-the-know Portland chefs aboriginal in the anniversary to indie rockers as the weekend approaches. A few years ago, I looked up from my ramen to see Modest Mouse sitting at the abutting table. Don't get starstruck. Instead, alpha with acerb kimchi, ablaze sashimi or fatty, broiled skewers of mackerel, lamb or craven thighs from the yakitori-style grill. If atramentous cod is on the menu, adjustment it. If a server suggests a sake, alcohol it. And if you're actuality afterwards 10 p.m., save allowance for the late-night burger topped with kimchi mayo and chashu pork – the absolute agreeable dessert.
Order: Absurd craven karaage, umeboshi onigiri (sour asset rice triangle), sashimi selection, kushiyaki (grilled skewers), late-night burger.
56: THE BENT BRICK(▼44)1639 N.W. Marshall St.503-688-1655thebentbrick.comDinner, Tuesday-Saturday.★★★$$$
Update: The Angled Brick has closed
Park Kitchen buyer Scott Dolich opened this added restaurant in allotment to highlight the progressive, under-appreciated stylings of chef Will Preisch. Today, Preisch is the occasionally barbate face of Portland's pop-up scene, while The Angled Brick has acclimatized into what it apparently consistently should accept been: a warm, carnal alehouse absolute for its Northwest Portland neighbors, conceivably ambagious bottomward afterwards a ball appearance at BodyVox. Some of the old affectations abide – oysters on the bisected carapace are served on a bed of rocks – but best of the vaguely Southern-accented card comes beyond as approachable, admitting with the casual twist. There ability be accomplished American ham, mussels in a back-scratch broth, high-quality broiled pork loin with spaetzle and a pear mostarda, added some amber pudding block or ricotta doughnuts for dessert.
Order: Ham, polenta, pork loin and a annular of ricotta doughnuts.
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55: THE COUNTRY CAT(▼32)7937 S.E. Stark St.503-408-1414thecountrycat.netBrunch and dinner, daily.★★★$$
It's been a active year for The Country Cat's husband-and-wife owners, Adam and Jackie Sappington. The brace followed up the admission of their Calico Allowance contest amplitude with a accessory Country Cat breadth at Portland International Airport and a cookbook of Midwest-inspired recipes. The Sappingtons' Montavilla restaurant is accepted as a carnivore-friendly joint, with craven baking in beef tallow, a absolutely loaded accomplished hog plate, and a back-of-house whole-animal butchery. But the kitchen is aloof as able with salads, vegetables and fish. Alpha with some deviled eggs and abridged Judy, the restaurant's signature cheese spread, afresh add a bassinet of buttermilk biscuits or a basin of coiled onion rings. Save allowance for the chicken: brined, buttermilk-soaked, skillet-fried and generally served with super-rich mashed potatoes.
Order: Absurd craven and a Blood-soaked Mary during the Cat's packed, and noisy, Sunday brunch.
54: PAICHE(NEW!)4237 S.W. Corbett Ave.503-403-6186paichepdx.comLunch, Wednesday-Saturday.★★★$$
Call Jose Luis de Cossio on a Monday morning and there's a adventitious he aloof accomplished surfing off the Oregon coast. The sea, you'll bound learn, provides both of the Peruvian chef's obsessions. At Paiche, the ceviche-focused Southwest Portland restaurant he co-owns with Casimira Tadewaldt, de Cossio expects accomplishment from limes and demands a gymnast's antithesis in his leche de tigre, the Peruvian citrus booze acclimated to cure raw fish. Elsewhere, the restaurant adds attenuate Northwest twists to Peruvian classics, such as the broiled empanadas blimp with kale, capers and agrarian mushrooms. But you're absolutely actuality for the ceviche. Recently, that included scallops and octopus in a rocoto-pepper-infused leche de tigre and dejected marlin assimilation in a habanero-spiked booze – anniversary broadcast with tart, spriggy sea beans.
Order: Empanadas, angle ceviche, ambrosial backtalk and a caramel-filled alfajor cookie.
53: MAURICE(▲56)921 S.W. Oak. St.503-224-9921mauricepdx.comMorning pastries, lunch, fika and afternoon account until 7 p.m., daily.★★★$$
This endlessly absorbing burghal Portland alehouse devotes itself to fika, the Swedish booty on the coffee break, while alms some of Portland's best acknowledged desserts. By day, Maurice is a light-filled anchorage of altered chairs and best flatware. Assignment can delay while you crumb on rosemary-currant scones with jasmine tea, or eat oysters or gravlax with rye crisps while sipping a sparkling rosé. A hand-written card ability alleviate a buttery quiche, some agreeable risotto or a accumulation of active amethyst cauliflower aloft breakable couscous. Don't dream of abrogation afterwards the signature atramentous pepper cheesecake, the half-molten auto bar dusted with aerial sugar, or whatever new conception chef Kristen Murray has invented.
Order: The scone by morning, the quiche by day and the atramentous pepper amazon by night.
52: STAMMTISCH(▲59)401 N.E. 28th Ave.503-206-7983stammtischpdx.comDinner and backward night, daily; lunch, Saturday-Sunday.★★★$$
Northeast Portland's two-year-old German restaurant Stammtisch, a sister to North Portland's ever-popular Prost, executes the abstract with aplomb and skill. Angle through maultaschen, the wallet-sized ravioli dressed in adulate and white wine, or beanery up pungent, pillow-soft alarmist meatballs (leberknödel) from a bank basin of beef borsch the blush of malted barley. Crumb on riesling-braised trout draped beyond summer annihilate and blooming tomatoes, or carve into the abundant bigger schweinshaxe, a ample fizz ham bound captivated in its own brittle skin, while cloudburst liter steins and two-liter boots of amazing German beer. You'd be hard-pressed to acquisition abounding added restaurants affable German aliment this advised alfresco of Germany.
Order: Currywurst, maultaschen, wienerschnitzel, spaetzle, angel strudel and an ultra-refreshing Zunft Kölsch.
51: LOVELY'S FIFTY FIFTY(▲54)4039 N. Mississippi Ave.503-281-4060lovelysfiftyfifty.wordpress.comDinner, Tuesday-Sunday.★★★$$
This is the admired pizzeria of your acquaintance with the aloft beds and backyard chickens, and she's not wrong. Co-owner Sarah Minnick's artlessly leavened pies are topped with the aforementioned accommodation you're acceptable to acquisition at a weekend farmers bazaar – brainstorm Ken's Artisan Pizza afterwards a backpack through the Oregon forest. In the spring, that agency pizzas topped with first-of-the division morels, truffled pecorino and beginning ramps, or arctic fennel sausage, adhesive cheese and absinthian greens angry brittle in the oven. There's usually at atomic one additive you accept to attending up (it's apparently a brassica). The salads accept a rustic elegance, and any pizza can be topped with an egg or a ancillary of beginning Calabrian chiles. The ice cream, and bendable serve, ability be my admired in town.
Order: Marinated olives, salads, melancholia pizzas, wine by the carafe, ice chrism for the road.
50: MEDITERRANEAN EXPLORATION COMPANY(▲52)333 N.W. 13th Ave.503-222-0906mediterraneanexplorationcompany.comDinner, daily; backward night, Friday-Saturday.★★★$$
How can a restaurant run by John Gorham, the acknowledged chef abaft Toro Bravo, Aperitive n Sons and its burghal sister, Aperitive n Alder, be underrated? Gorham's aboriginal attack into Portland's Pearl District, Mediterranean Exploration Company (MEC for short), focuses on the assorted cuisine of Israel and the greater eastern Mediterranean. It opened with a scattering of abundant dishes, including a air-conditioned phyllo pie blimp to its triangular tips with agreeable chard, an oily-in-the-best-way accomplished mackerel, and breakable lamb chops broiled and abolished in salsa verde. But there were missteps, too, including a stiff, one-note hummus. On a contempo visit, the activity were well-balanced, the broiled lamb chops were as arctic as anytime and the hummus had improved, abnormally the "Usul" version. It's loaded with aroma and chunks of adamantine aloft egg, the absolute dipper for MEC's puffy, fresh-baked pita.
Order: The phyllo pie, seared mackerel, absurd chicken, lamb chops.
49: BAR AVIGNON(▲50)2138 S.E. Division St.503-517-0808baravignon.comDinner, daily; backward night, Friday-Saturday.★★★$$$
The prototypal over-achieving Portland adjacency restaurant, Bar Avignon has been cloudburst wine, afraid activity and confined agilely aggressive aliment in Southeast Portland for the bigger allotment of a decade. This restaurant can fizz a craven or blight a arctic pork loin as able-bodied as anyone. Aback you go, sit in a glassy berth and absorb oysters or sip rosé at sidewalk tables. Afresh we ordered first-of-the-season asparagus with broiled almond slices and a absolute average egg, forth with fresh-shucked oysters. Afterwards there were cardoon fritters and ricotta cavatelli in a birthmark puttanesca. Mussels with fennel in a white wine and tarragon chrism booze will amuse anyone acquisitive for Wildwood, the restaurant breadth Bar Avignon owners Randy Goodman and Nancy Hunt cut their teeth.
Order: Raw oysters, rosé, hazelnuts, fizz chicken, crème brulée.
48: RAVEN & ROSE(▲51)1331 S.W. Broadway503-222-7673http://www.ravenandrosepdx.comLunch, Tuesday-Friday; dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; Sunday brunch.★★★$$$
It seemed like an apparition aces of a Las Vegas stage. In 2007, burghal Portland's acclaimed Ladd Carriage Abode was jacked up, placed on a flatbed and alien away. The 500,000-pound architecture alternate the abutting year and was boring adapted into a spare-no-expenses restaurant with a top-tier cocktail affairs and a vaguely British menu. This year, assassin gun Daniel Mondok (Sel Gris, Paulée) has pushed the card added adjoin the affectionate of full-throated U.K. cuisine that buyer Lisa Mygrant's restaurant consistently seemed to demand. The craven alarmist pâté is beforehand with affluent Kerrygold butter, the beef and Yorkshire pudding is a bit added refined, and the card appearance a few added riffs on the cuisines of aloft British colonies – "Bombay-style" duck, a arbor of lamb with saffron rice.
Order: Cocktails, craven alarmist pâté, fisherman's board, beef and Yorkshire pudding.
47: BOLLYWOOD THEATER(▲49)2039 N.E. Alberta St.971-200-47113010 S.E. Division St.503-477-6699bollywoodtheaterpdx.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★$$
Back aback chef Troy MacLarty lived in Berkeley, he spent his nights alive at farm-to-table destination Chez Panisse and his canicule alehouse at the appropriately acclaimed (in some circles) Vik's Chaat Corner. Today, his renditions of southern Indian artery bonbon draw continued curve at the aboriginal Northeast Portland storefront and a beyond Bollywood Theater and adjoining bazaar in the affection of Southeast Division Street's restaurant row. The airheaded at both locations are mostly the same, for now. Alpha with brittle okra chips and raita dip, afresh add the plump, ablaze Goan shrimp and a annular of my latest crush, the gobi Manchurian, absurd cauliflower in a candied and acerb sauce. For cafeteria or a quick banquet alone, the kati roll, an oil-charged paratha aliment absolute blimp with egg, pickled onion, blooming chutney and beef, is as bushing as a burrito. Bottomward it with a rose syrup-finished mango lassi or a auspicious Pimm's Cup cocktail.
Order: Okra, beets, cauliflower, gobi Manchurian, Goan shrimp, kati roll.
46: MUSCADINE(NEW!)1456 N.E. Prescott St., Suite F503-841-5576muscadinepdx.comBreakfast and lunch, Wednesday-Monday.★★★$$
Don't adjustment Muscadine's absurd catfish to go. Corn-meal crusted, absolutely juicy, anniversary allotment best captivated at the acme of calefaction and crisis – demography it for alike a abbreviate ride home would be a crime. At chef-owner Laura Rhoman's historically absent Southern restaurant, aggregate is beginning – alike the aloof bolt napkins are handmade – and that catfish ability be bigger than the aberrant absurd chicken. Sometimes a appointment to Muscadine agency a branch at the bar for coffee, a mimosa, the Sunday cardboard and breakable ham below coffee-spiked gravy with eggs and able-bodied Anson Mills grits. Sometimes it agency lounging in the sun-splashed aback allowance account at the Country Captain, an Indian-influenced Low Country craven back-scratch with roots in the 18th century.
Order: Absurd catfish, absurd chicken, booze ham, annihilation that comes with grits.
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45: CHENNAI MASALA(45)2088 N.W. Stucki Ave., Hillsboro503-531-9500chennaimasala.netBuffet cafeteria and full-service dinner, Tuesday-Sunday.★★★$$
This is my admired Indian restaurant in the busline area. Aloof beyond the Hillsboro border, breadth best of the Portland area's best Indian aliment is found, Chennai Masala evidently highlights southern Indian cuisine, as apparent by the aerial dosas, admitting the card campaign throughout India, with few miscues forth the way. The brittle samosas are blimp with potatoes and peas, the case as air-conditioned as an egg roll. They're the best in town. Ditto for the pakoras: shards of cabbage, onion and red pepper abysmal absurd and served with a blooming chutney, an Indian booty on fritto misto. The cafeteria alehouse is a steal, but go at dinner, aback you'll acquisition buttery lamb biryani with a adumbration of mint, breakable craven in a ablaze Chettinad curry, and channa poori – globes of billowy whole-wheat aliment biconcave in a chickpea curry.
Order: Dosas and samosas, pakoras, curries, biryani, mango lassi.
44: THE AMERICAN LOCAL(▼43)3003 S.E. Division St.503-954-2687theamericanlocal.comDinner, Tuesday-Sunday.★★★$$
Its owners call their card as "New West Bubbler Food," acceptation bounded Americana absolute with Japanese, Thai and the casual Mexican flavor. In practice, that agency aerial raw seafood affairs and aperitive meat skewers – cubes of wagyu dotted with horseradish cream, for instance – absorbed with agreeable burn and smoke. The ever-changing card ability blow bottomward in the American South, with barbecued oysters, bacon beignets or broiled acknowledgment beforehand with pimento cheese, afresh hop up to the Midwest, with panko-fried chunks of macaroni and cheese or a archetypal bifold cheeseburger and fries. Accumulate an eye out for the brittle dust cakes with buttery apricot tartare and crème fraîche or the yakitori skewers, abnormally the chewy rice cakes captivated in thin-sliced guanciale. Activity are fun; account is mild and attentive; and the ambit of artistic vegetable dishes makes The American Bounded a decidedly solid aces for vegetarians.
Order: Apricot tartare-topped dust cakes, guanciale-wrapped mochi skewers, Dungeness backtalk and avocado acknowledgment (in season), panko-fried mac and cheese, ice chrism sundae.
43: PODNAH'S PIT(▼38)1625 N.E. Killingsworth St.503-281-3700podnahspit.comLunch and dinner, daily; weekend brunch.★★★$$
There's no riddle to Podnah's Pit. Sure, the trout is flaky, breakable and sweet; the absurd craven clammy and crisp; and the Frito pie – with chips and Texas red chile served in the bag – absolute for administration with a friend. But you're absolutely actuality for the angelic trinity: arctic pulled pork, blubbery pork ribs and breakable brisket below a begrimed bark. Maybe you were afflicted this year by Matt's BBQ (4709 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.), conceivably afflicted abundant to amend who makes the best brisket in town. But Podnah's still does all the added things right: ample abstract block salads decrepit in dejected cheese dressing, vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, acerb collard greens, bunched pinto beans, breakable cornbread, acceptable assistant pudding and alike bigger pecan pie.
Order: Frito pie, block salad, the Pitboss plate, assistant pudding or pecan pie.
42: APIZZA SCHOLLS(▼41)4741 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.503-233-1286apizzascholls.comDinner, daily; cafeteria Saturday-Sunday.★★★$$
The pizza at Apizza Scholls, a New York-meets-New Anchorage hybrid, is the best in Portland, and apparently acme in the Pacific Northwest. Buyer Brian Spangler cooks his pies hot and fast in an electric oven, axis the best basal cheese and amazon pie into archipelagos of broiled mozzarella, barmy seas of lava-colored amazon booze and a aureate bandage that's brittle and acquiescent at the aforementioned time. The card is simple and the adornment simpler still. The account doesn't consistently bleed warmth. But you're not actuality for baby talk. You're actuality for pizza. Go with accompany and adjustment some olives or antipasti, a accomplished Caesar bloom and a breach sausage and peppers/Tartufo2 pie, the aloft kicked up with ambrosial Mama Lil's hot peppers, the closing highlighting acceptable mushrooms, truffle oil and sea salt.
Order: Caesar salad, ancillary of anchovies, and a plain, sausage and peppers or Tartufo2 pizza.
41: KEN'S ARTISAN PIZZA(▼37)304 S.E. 28th Ave.503-517-9951kensartisan.comDinner, daily.★★★$$
Ken's Artisan Pizza, at the southern end of Southeast 28th Avenue's restaurant row, ability be accepted as one of Portland's top pizzerias. But chef Ken Forkish and chef Alan Maniscalco accept created article abundant more. Ken's is breadth you go to acquisition big windows kept attainable for the summer breeze; tables fabricated from reclaimed copse from a Jantzen Beach roller coaster; active conversation; salads and broiled vegetables and acceptable wine. Of course, the pizzas shouldn't be ignored. These medium-sized circuit of adaptable chef are topped with hot amazon sauce, beginning mozzarella, ambrosial salami, or fennel sausage and onion, adapted in the ample wood-fired oven at the centermost of the room. Amid the abounding revelations actuality ability be a beautifully braised oxtail, abundantly juicy, browned during a quick ablution in the pizza oven, decrepit with olive oil, attainable to abatement afar over a bed of amazon booze and affluent polenta. If you've apparent this on the card and absitively to stick to Ken's pizza alone, you're accomplishing it all wrong.
Order: Wine, salad, a margherita pizza and – if you see it – the braised oxtail with polenta.
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40: HIGGINS(▲46)1239 S.W. Broadway503-222-9070higginsportland.comLunch, weekdays; banquet and backward night (in the bar), daily.★★★$$$$
One of the Pacific Northwest's best affecting restaurants, Higgins is the eponymous home of chef Greg Higgins, who larboard a acclaimed assignment at The Heathman 20 years ago, confused aloof up the hill, and forth the way helped beforehand Portland's farm-to-table movement into the 21st century. You can sit in the bar, breadth you'll acquisition one of Portland's best charcuterie boards and a affable alehouse burger, added a beer lover's account loaded with Northwest IPAs and Belgian saisons. The dining room, breadth bounded power-brokers and visiting dignitaries accommodated and greet, follows a super-seasonal approach. Aback morels or ramps are in season, Higgins is the aboriginal abode they'll land. Adjustment a ample salad, some absurd razor clams, a canteen of Oregon pinot noir and the abiding pig plate, a anniversary of pork that ability arise as Alsatian-style choucroute garnie one night, a Mexican-influenced posole the next.
Order: Charcuterie, razor clams and the pig basin in the dining room; a alehouse burger and ability beer at the bar.
39: NAK WON(▲42)4600 S.W. Watson Ave., Beaverton503-646-9382Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday.★★★$$
With about two decades in business, Nak Won is the asperse restaurant of Beaverton's actionable Little Korea. The active kitchen is managed by Tae Ok Lee, the dining allowance watched over by her son, Kon. The card is continued and rewards experimentation, admitting it's adamantine to appointment afterwards an adjustment of soondubu jjigae, a roiling, lava-red tofu bouillon with vegetables, seafood or meat. On the side, a raw egg you can able into the broth. Best of Nak Won's abating Korean dishes are the best versions you'll acquisition in Portland. The mandu (Korean dumplings) are aflame and tender, the haemul pajeon (a agreeable seafood pancake) comes with a ablaze soy dipping booze and the dolsot bibimbap (rice, veggies and meat in a baking ceramics bowl) has a added arresting bound of broiled rice than best Portland paellas.
Order: Mandu, seafood pancake, dolsot bibimbap, marinated pork, bulgogi, absurd mackerel, atramentous cod bouillon (if available).
38: THE WOODSMAN TAVERN(▼29)4537 S.E. Division St.971-373-8264woodsmantavern.comDinner, daily; weekend brunch.★★★$$$
The Woodsman Alehouse is a clubby, bourbon-soaked ode to beginning seafood, blue-ribbon ham and burghal takes on Southern-inflected dishes. Four years in, the Woodsman has acclimatized into a new groove, with a fun, meat-loving card served in a lumberjack's paradise of flannel and aphotic wood. The kitchen's accepted fixations accommodate acclaim animated takes on dive-bar food: a acceptable Dungeness Backtalk Louie, "Nashville hot" absurd chicken, shrimp nuggets tossed in addition sauce. Depending on aback you visit, there could be meatloaf, broiled ribs, a massive dry-aged rib eye or some added slab of abating Americana. You can consistently splurge on a seafood belfry or a few adored fingers of ultra-rare bourbon, but our admired chaw from a contempo meal was a apprehensive Parm, with thin-pound pork, bright-red amazon gravy, broiled mozzarella and a blurred amethyst banknote slaw.
Order: Absurd chicken, pork Parm, steak, attenuate bourbon.
37: B T OYSTER BAR
(▼26)3113 S.E. Division St.503-236-0205blockandtacklepdx.comDinner, Tuesday-Saturday.★★★$$
In abounding ways, B T Ability Bar is a reboot of chef Trent Pierce's aboriginal restaurant, Fin, which bankrupt accidentally on Valentine's Day 2011. If you ate there, you ability anamnesis the dan dan noodles: fist-sized bags of fettuccine coiled about brittle atom aloft a butterfish ragu amazing with Szechuan spice. Those noodles are back, now alongside an arrangement of acceptable Northwest oysters, a soggy-good seaweed Caesar and a mayo-slathered backtalk duke cycle acquiescently captivated over from this restaurant's antecedent incarnation, Wafu. Cuttlefish mingles with arena claret sausage, radicchio, angel and buttery broiled Parmesan, aggregate earthy, saline, bitter, candied and mellow. Prawns, their arctic cape coiled below deep-fried active in a smoky, orange-colored sauce, wouldn't be out of abode at one of Portland's new crop of Asian admixture restaurants. Fin was advanced of its time.
Order: Raw oysters, backtalk duke roll, squid salad, cockle toast, dan dan noodles.
36: TASTE OF SICHUAN(▲39)16261 N.W. Cornell Road, Beaverton503-629-7001tasteofsichuan.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★$$
The best of the Bellevue, Washington-based Szechuan spots to attainable outposts in Portland, Aftertaste of Sichuan took over a aloft Marie Callender's on Northwest Cornell Road, abrogation the adornment abundantly unchanged. The card is huge, encompassing regionally specific Chinese dishes as able-bodied as sweet-salty Americanized fare. You don't drive actuality for the house-made potstickers, admitting they're absolutely good, or the crunchy, syrup-coated meats, admitting the orange craven does accept absolute orange peel. Instead, agreement with "The Agrarian Side," two pages awash with abnormal accommodation and face-melting platters. It's congenital about "ma" and "la," the asleep and aroma that are the pillars of Sichuan cuisine. Adventurous eaters will acquire the rewards of pig aerial in chili oil, spicy-sour afraid and The Added Parts of the Pig – pork, ambrosial civil and caked pig's claret baking in a red-black sauce.
Order: Soup dumplings, disconnected potato, hand-shaved noodles, Pond Fire Angle or The Added Parts of the Pig.
35: FIREHOUSE(▼34)711 N.E. Dekum St.503-954-1702firehousepdx.comDinner, daily.★★★$$
When it comes to Portland's Italian restaurants, newer, flashier, Southeast-ier spots usually bend the buzz. But Firehouse has article the others sometimes attempt to match: hospitality, abundance and warmth, added a wood-fired kitchen that goes toe-to-toe with the rest. Congenital central an old Woodlawn firehouse, chef Matthew Busetto's adjacency atom serves up Italian snacks, beautifully broiled Neapolitan pizzas, solid activity and the casual pasta in a brick-and-wood amplitude with a attractive patio. Alpha with a Caesar salad, some arancini, or the able-bodied stuffed-and-fried olives. The soppressata pizza, with ablaze amazon sauce, beginning mozzarella, chile flakes and fat bologna from Zoe's Meats, is a savory, char-dappled wonder. Allotment and eat, like they do in Naples, with a angle and knife.
Order: Absurd blimp olives, Caesar salad, soppressata pizza, any pasta, fizz chicken.
34: RINGSIDE STEAKHOUSE(▲48)2165 W. Burnside St.503-223-1513ringsidesteakhouse.comDinner and backward night, daily.★★★★$$$$
RingSide Steakhouse is the Sophia Loren of Portland restaurants: It looks as acceptable at 70 as it did at 35. There's a clubby, Rat Pack-era agreeableness to the dining allowance that was abandoned added by a admiring 2010 remodel. One of the city's oldest family-owned restaurants, and still Portland's best acceptable steakhouse, you won't acquisition bavette steak, pork secreto or added cuts accepted at avant-garde meat houses here. Instead, RingSide stays on Capital Artery with arctic rib eyes, blubbery pork chops and fat lobster tails, all seared to adjustment and delivered with a smile (and a buttery broiled potato). Lately, the kitchen has experimented with added aggressive desserts, including a deconstructed bananas Foster. It's admirable, and able-bodied executed, like aggregate here. Accustomed the ambiance, though, you ability ambition for article added traditional.
Order: The algid mollusk platter, broiled onion soup, an age-old rib eye steak, onion rings and a Manhattan.
33: CHESA(NEW!)2218 N.E. Broadway503-477-9521chesapdx.comDinner, Tuesday-Saturday.★★★★$$$
The added restaurant was inevitable. There were too abounding account coursing through Ataula, Cristina Baez and Jose Chesa's Northwest Portland tapas bar, for one abbreviate cardboard card to hold. The aftereffect is Chesa, a large, boisterous Northeast Broadway restaurant, evidently adherent to paella broiled in a wood-fired oven, admitting absolutely aloof a added home to comedy with the flavors of Spain, decidedly Barcelona, breadth Chesa was born. Alpha with some hand-sliced jamón ibérico, the about set Spanish tortilla (a buttery potato-egg omelet), and a annular of the alkali cod croquettes. If your belief acquiesce it, there are sherry-marinated rolls of foie gras formed into a tower, decrepit with ache nuts, and large, blowzy activity congenital in alpine glasses or a porron, the canteen bullpen about acclimated to authority wine.
Order: Jamón ibérico, Spanish tortilla, gin tonic.
32: EXPATRIATE(▲73)5424 N.E. 30th Ave.expatriatepdx.comDinner and backward night, daily; weekend brunch★★★★$$
Expatriate, the about 3-year-old Northeast Portland cocktail bar from bartender Kyle Linden Webster and celebrity chef Naomi Pomeroy, looks like a four-star opium den, with a bar backed by a red-and-gold accomplished salvaged from aloft Hollywood adjacency Chinese abode The Pagoda. It lurks, coiled and expectant, aural afterimage of Beast, Pomeroy's accomplished dining destination, confined ambiguous activity and exquisite, Southeast Asian-influenced stoner food. What is the accepted cilia on a card that includes James Beard's foolishly adorable butter-onion sandwich and a jalapeño claw abounding with smoked mozzarella that's blimp central a billowy white bun? Adjustment the No. 8, a alloy of rye, cognac and herbal Génépy Des Alpes, and it all starts to accomplish sense.
Order: Butter-onion sandwiches, blah noodles (when available), jalapeño popper, and one cocktail too many.
31: TAYLOR RAILWORKS(NEW!)117 S.E. Taylor St.503-208-2573trwpdx.comDinner, nightly.★★★★$$$
Last year chef Erik Van Kley larboard the backup afterwards about 10 years accumulated at Le Pigeon and its burghal sister, Little Bird Bistro, to attainable a restaurant of his own in Southeast Portland's Central Eastside Industrial District. Taylor Railworks takes its afflatus and artful from the trains casual by its tight-sealed windows, including a railroad tie confined as a footstool at the bar. All commons actuality should alpha with The Boxer, four absolute slices of yellowtail tossed in avocado oil and abiding in wave-like folds aloft a bank basin of ponzu sauce. Steelhead roe and Thai chiles add crisis and spice. Add the foie gras, originally served as a noodle-less "ramen," now in a craven dashi, added an adjustment of the noodles "alla Johnny," al dente egg noodles coiled with strands of ambrosial backtalk and delicious blooming tomatoes, topped with a audible broiled prawn.
Order: The Boxer, foie gras, noodles "alla Johnny," chile crab.
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30: NAVARRE(▼23)10 N.E. 28th St.503-232-3555http://blog.navarreportland.comDinner, daily; weekend brunch.★★★★$$
At Navarre, you'll be handed a Crayola brand and a brace of abbreviate cardboard menus. One lists a dozen-odd abode standards; the added contains specials from a specific arena in continental Europe, Southwestern France, say, or Tuscany. You can analysis off the standards as you would nigiri at a sushi joint, afresh address in a few account from the specials menu, allegorical baby or ample (go baby unless you're with a posse). But your best bet is to balloon the airheaded and analysis the "We Choose" advantage instead. As your table fills with 10 dishes and abbreviate pours of mostly European wine, you'll see that Navarre revels in simplicity. Best commons activate with bright radishes, absolute adulate and a pyramid of abrupt bread. You ability bare arctic trout from brittle block paper, extra aerial from a age-old alacrity sauce, or allotment through a simple broiled brim steak. If you're lucky, there will be backtalk cakes blimp with an doubtful bulk of crab.
Order: The $32 "We Choose" option.
29: PALEY'S PLACE(▲40)1204 N.W. 21st Ave.503-243-2403paleysplace.netDinner, daily.★★★★$$$
Paley's Place, chef Vitaly Paley's aboriginal restaurant, turns out archetypal French book with snout-to-tail and farm-to-table twists. Admitting its acceptability as a fine-dining haven, the hushed restaurant housed in a absorbing Northwest Portland Victorian is added attainable than you ability think. There's generally allowance at the bar, and all entrees are attainable as bisected portions. The design-your-own charcuterie basin is a abundant abode to start. It ability accommodate salo (fatback) beforehand over toast, beef argot pastrami or a ambrosial pâté. Chef de cuisine Luis Cabanas has taken over admirably, as apparent by the brittle frites, the broiled Little Gem lettuces with absurd basal croutons, and the able-bodied escargots in a august bordelaise. There's alike allowance for some of the Russian dishes Paley experimented with at his DaNet pop-up, including buttery vareniki (dumplings) in a affluent chrism sauce.
Order: Charcuterie, pommes frites, escargots and cartilage marrow, foie gras croque monsieur.
28: TRIFECTA(▲30)726 S.E. Sixth Ave.503-841-6675trifectapdx.comDinner, daily.★★★★$$$
At Trifecta, abrupt baguettes and buttery brioche buns are agitated out to big red booths in the back, breadth they're slathered with beginning adulate and honey or acclimated as the overqualified abject for a house-cured ham sandwich. Aback Ken Forkish opened this close Southeast Portland restaurant, this is aloof what he imagined: able Manhattans and martinis afflicted abaft a active cocktail bar and even Portlanders slurping raw oysters, all fueled by fresh-baked aliment advancing from the adjoining bakery. The kitchen, led by aloft Higgins chef Affluent Meyer, turns out wood-fired meats, vegetables and oysters abounding agency – on the bisected shell, pan-fried or broiled with bacon, leeks and hollandaise. Trifecta can authority your absorption for a abounding meal, but there's a able altercation for alehouse at the bar, one that begins and ends with the juicy, double-stacked pimento cheeseburger, served on Trifecta's broiled brioche.
Order: The pimento-topped burger, ham and ability plate, broiled shrimp and grits, and a affirmed Manhattan.
27: NED LUDD(▲31)3925 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.503-288-6900nedluddpdx.comDinner, daily.★★★★$$$
Named for the afire anti-technologist who lent his name to the Luddite movement, Ned Ludd serves decidedly adult wood-fired book from a rustic Northeast Portland space. Plants, chestnut pots and tin pot chandeliers boss the decor, and the activity arise in jars. The blueprint is simple: Chef Jason French and his aggregation booty top-quality produce, amusement it gently, afresh chef it with attention in a wood-fired oven. Afresh that oven produced a accomplished trout, its beef air-conditioned and white, with caramelized and broiled leeks. An impressively blubbery pork loin came draped over buttery grits. Afterwards dinner, there could be yogurt panna cotta or a white amber cremeux. Skip both in favor of the large, smoke-kissed amber dent cookie, which comes with a ancillary of milk for sipping or cloudburst beeline into the cookie's baking skillet.
Order: Trout, either cold-smoked or crisped in the oven, pork or lamb, amber dent cookie.
26: PARK KITCHEN(▲47)422 N.W. Eighth Ave.503-223-7275parkkitchen.comDinner, daily.★★★★$$$$
For added than a decade, Park Kitchen has served its creative, Northwest-inspired book from a bunched dining allowance in the North Park Blocks. In that time, Scott Dolich's atom has produced added Portland kitchen and bar aptitude than all but a scattering of Portland restaurants. Admitting a ability for comestible puns, the kitchen still has the accommodation to impress. A contempo meal began with a bang salad: attenuate radish slices, claret orange segments, aerial pumpernickel and a abject of crème fraîche that reminded us of cheesecake. Delicious steelhead was begrimed with leek ash, its case removed and chicharrón-ified. Forth with sister restaurant The Angled Brick, Park Kitchen is advancing to about-face to a new account arrangement that merges advanced and aback positions while eliminating tipping. Here's acquisitive the affection of the affable charcoal unchanged.
Order: To acknowledge the restaurant's abounding range, accede the $60 tasting menu.
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25: IMPERIAL(25)410 S.W. Broadway503-228-7222imperialpdx.comBreakfast, lunch, banquet and backward night, daily; weekend brunch.★★★★$$$
Proving that a auberge restaurant can accept passion, pop and personality, Vitaly Paley's Imperial has steadily bigger aback its 2012 debut. Today, the card treads a difficult bandage amid awakening and dated, advantageous admiration to Oregon comestible history with a calendar abundant on American nostalgia. Best intriguingly, chef Doug Adams, a "Top Chef" finalist, has alien dishes harking aback to his Southern childhood: Texas red chile, ambrosial seafood tostadas, a behemothic beef rib. There are additionally acceptable options pulled from a snout-to-tail playbook – pork claret pasta with clams and avoid yolks – and arctic meat seared on the wood-fired grill. If you adjustment abandoned one thing, accomplish it Adams' absurd chicken, served with pickled jalapeño, barrel-aged hot booze and honey from the hotel's rooftop hives. Beforehand this year, Adams arise his approaching departure. We'll accept to delay to see how this affects Imperial, admitting Paley's clue almanac for award kitchen aptitude is unmatched.
Order: Absurd craven and the radish cocktail.
24: OLYMPIA PROVISIONS(▼21)Olympia Provisions107 S.E. Washington St.503-954-36631632 N.W. Thurman St.503-894-8136olympiaprovisions.comLunch and dinner, daily; weekend brunch.★★★★$$$
One year afterwards the International Olympic Committee afflicted Portland's admired salumists to bandy the "c" in their name to an "a," we still bolt ourselves bottomward the casual "Olympic Provisions" into conversation. No matter. The name change hasn't afflicted the affection of the two restaurants, both run, superbly, by controlling chef Alex Yoder. The Northwest breadth is the added straightforward, usually featuring salads, pastas and rotisserie meats, including one of the city's best constant fizz chickens – in added words, a affection adjacency bistro. The Southeast Portland original, on the added hand, served up a meal-of-the-year adversary aftermost spring: a Mediterranean-leaning barbecue that began with Spanish cheese, chorizo and accolade eggs with breakable nettles meant for spooning assimilate aureate crostini. The accomplishment de grâce was a abashed accumulation of abbreviate rib, served on the bone. Activity from "C" to "A?" That feels like an upgrade.
Order: Alpha with Olympia Provisions charcuterie, and accumulate your eyes out for that abbreviate rib.
23: OLD SALT MARKETPLACE(▲36)5027 N.E. 42nd Ave.971-255-0167oldsaltpdx.comDinner and backward night, daily; weekend brunch.★★★★$$
Old Alkali is as abundant a community-building agreement as it is a restaurant. The Concordia-Cully adjacency venture, opened by the Atom & Gristle team, added a deli, cocktail bar, bakery, cafe, backroom pop-up amplitude and casual farmers bazaar to a bartering band bigger accepted for its dive confined and rockin' karaoke. Controlling Chef Ben Schade mans the address at this chapped space, an amateurish bank amid the meat bazaar and bar. The kitchen executes an ambitious, Southern-inflected card abundant on bunched Americana. That agency air-conditioned biscuits, agreeable meat pies, alkali cod fritters, smoked craven and some actively dry-aged beef broiled in the hearth. Co-owner Alex Ganum additionally runs Upright Brewery. Like the food, the beer actuality is abounding and good.
Order: Biscuits, Little Gem salad, beef tartare, meat pies, cartilage marrow, smoked chicken. Ask about the assets bottles of Upright beer.
22: CLYDE COMMON(▼17)1014 S.W. Stark St.503-228-3333clydecommon.comDinner and backward night, daily; lunch, Monday-Friday.★★★★$$$
Found abutting to burghal Portland's Ace Hotel, Clyde Accepted is the aboriginal abode abounding out-of-towners eat. Oddly, it's additionally a restaurant that could abide in about any hip burghal in America. Chef Carlo Lamagna offers a deliciously abstruse card abounding with less-common accommodation and some arresting Filipino touches. If you're attractive for basic, attending elsewhere. You can alpha artlessly abundant with a basin of marinated olives or some gnocchi, admitting the closing ability accommodate atramentous garlic and morels. I'm consistently blessed to see the brittle pork-shiitake lumpia or pork audacity adobo ramped up with brittle pig ears. Clyde Accepted was an aboriginal adopter of large-format dishes (in added words, entrees big abundant to share). Accompany a few accompany and assignment your way through a accomplished angle or a basin of broiled beef ribs with cornbread and celery beer jam. This is aliment agitative abundant to brace with ace bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler's cocktails.
Order: See above, afresh add Morgenthaler's barrel-aged Negroni.
21: AVA GENE'S(▼19)3377 S.E. Division St.971-229-0571avagenes.comDinner, nightly.★★★★$$$$
Awash in marble and brass, aflame by a firefly-swarm of lightbulbs, and run by a photogenic staff, Ava Gene's is what we've arise to apprehend from restaurateur Duane Sorenson. Artlessly put, the Southeast Portland atom is one of Portland's best-looking restaurants. Activate abutting aperture to Roman Candle, Sorenson's alehouse and Roman-style pizza joint, the Italian restaurant has developed a acceptability for its salads – collapsed landscapes of fresh, abnormal Oregon aftermath affiliated to absurd grains or some added brittle element. Pastas are a bit below aggressively al dente than they were on Day One, and that's a acceptable development. Not aggregate hits the mark, decidedly amid the capital dishes, but if you focus on the vegetables, with a area (large bruschetta) to alpha and a pasta to finish, you'll eat well. Afresh again, aliment isn't everything. Appropriate now Ava Gene's is Portland's arch angle point from which to see and be seen.
Order: Vegetables, tripa alla romana, pane, pasta.
20: LAURELHURST MARKET(▲22)Laurelhurst Market3155 E. Burnside St.503-206-3097laurelhurstmarket.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★★$$$
Laurelhurst Bazaar has bare abroad the pomp, artifice and affected adornment from the archetypal steakhouse acquaintance afterwards accent an ounce of quality. The restaurant becoming its acceptability abaft a analgesic 12-hour smoked brisket and the affectionate of flavor-packed cuts – teres major, hanger, bavette – added accustomed steakhouses accept continued disregarded in favor of filet mignon. Now run by chef Ben Bettinger, Laurelhurst Bazaar has a accurately acclaimed charcuterie basin loaded with acceptable pâté and rillettes, smoked ability mushrooms with an ability aioli, and antic abandon like potato chip-crusted mac and cheese. Over the accomplished two years, the card has gotten added muscular, with cartilage marrow, beef tartare and absurd oysters commutual with beef carpaccio. As if this restaurant bare to prove its able-bodied bonafides, the meat adverse up advanced isn't aloof for show: Browse it for tomorrow's banquet on your way out the door.
Order: Steak, mac, and a Smoke Signals cocktail, a signature alcohol that includes whiskey, sherry, pecan abstract and smoked ice (really).
19: POK POK(▲24)3226 S.E. Division St.503-232-1387pokpokpdx.comLunch and dinner, daily.★★★★$$
With chef Andy Ricker active restaurants in three cities, autograph two new cookbooks and active allotment time in Thailand, it's fair to ask whether Portlanders should still adventurous the two-hour waits, awkward abode and about aerial prices at his flagship restaurant. The abbreviate acknowledgment is yes. Added than the Pok Pok locations in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, no added restaurant in the apple serves this accumulating of mostly Arctic Thai artery food, let abandoned this well. The Pok Pok authority was congenital on Ike's Vietnamese angle booze wings. They're still hot, adhesive and sweet, and acceptable abundant to draw tourists from beyond the country. But a added alignment meal this bounce brought aback memories of our first, with ablaze animal collar; lemongrass-stuffed fizz bold hen; and ambrosial cha ca la vong, the turmeric dill, catfish and brainstorm dish, anniversary as acceptable as they've been in years.
Order: If you're allergic to lines, go beyond the artery to Ricker's Whiskey Soda Lounge (3131 S.E. Division St.), which afresh added dishes from the shuttered Sen Yai brainstorm boutique to its calendar of chill beers, broiled squid, and (of course) Pok Pok's wings.
18: XICO(▼16)3715 S.E. Division St.503-548-6343xicopdx.comDinner, daily.★★★★$$$
Xico, Southeast Division Street's regionally doubter Mexican restaurant, smells of mild masa, acknowledgment to the beginning tortillas fabricated from blah the restaurant nixtamalizes in a aback shed. Aback things are alive at this alluringly claimed restaurant, the aliment ability accomplish you amend what Mexican aliment can be, with its abysmal explorations of chiles, moles and char. Amid chef Kelly Myers' must-order dishes are the queso fundido with chorizo and cardboard radishes, the messy-good totopos in chile de arbol salsa, and the accomplished trout posole, conceivably in a basin of ancho-orange broth. Groups three or beyond should sit in the airy aback patio and adjustment the carnitas dinner, a family-style basin of crisp, slow-cooked pork accept with absurd potatoes, avocado and a leash of abode salsas. Save allowance for a birthmark paleta, chile-dusted truffle or guava Turkish delight.
Order: All of the above, added Xico's best-in-town margarita.
17: HOLDFAST DINING(▼15)503-504-9448537 S.E. Ash St., #102 (enter on S.E. Sixth Ave.)holdfastdining.comDinner, Thursday-Sunday.★★★★$$$$
You can date Portland's advancing pop-up awakening to three years ago, aback chef Will Preisch alternate from a "finishing school" bout of European kitchens. Preisch, who aboriginal blipped on our alarm at The Angled Brick, teamed with co-chef Joel Stocks to barrage Holdfast Dining, the much-talked-about supper club that aggressive us to asperse 2014 the Year of the Pop-Up. Holdfast dishes accept a modernist bent, but their hallmarks are abnormal flavors and beauteous presentations, now served with a bit added ambiance at the aloft Sauvage at Fausse Piste amplitude in close Southeast Portland. Here, Preisch and Stocks able (dry) jokes, cascade (dry) riesling and serve some of Portland's best forward-leaning food. Basin to dish, you ability acquisition atramentous garlic, cartilage marrow-infused polenta, a attractive fizz culotte, dejected cheese-stuffed morels, or beginning Oregon atom prawns with the cape raw and the active abysmal fried.
Order: Your abandoned best is whether to go for Thursday's six-course card ($65) or the best nine-course adaptation ($90) served Friday to Sunday. And accumulate an eye on the website for chef collaborations.
16: LITTLE BIRD BISTRO(▲20)215 S.W. Sixth Ave.503-688-5952littlebirdbistro.comDinner and backward night, daily; lunch, Monday-Friday.★★★★$$$
Last year, Gabriel Rucker, the backstab James Beard Award-winning chef at Le Pigeon, rededicated himself to his added restaurant, Little Bird. This absorbing all-day alehouse in burghal Portland has continued acquainted like the Parisian alternation abject restaurant of my dreams. The charcuterie board, consistently a highlight, has become a carnival barker's delight. In one corner, tête de cochon (literally, pig's head) formed into a chubby cylinder, aged and abysmal absurd into a blah dog; in the other, slices of breakable pig ear terrine, their after-effects akin a geological cantankerous section, dotted with a mild back-scratch aioli. Instead of a archetypal coq au vin, Little Bird chips craven thighs to a anemic crisp, afresh rests them aloft abominable mashed potatoes in a aphotic rosemary-balsamic jus. Alike the burger has been accustomed an update. It's now a double-stacked conception smothered in buttery brie, admitting additionally attainable à L'américaine – with American cheese instead of French.
Order: Charcuterie board, seared foie gras, steak tartare board, mussels in Pernod cream, absurd craven coq au vin, hanger steak au poivre, desserts (if you can accomplish room).
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15: BEAST(▲18)5425 N.E. 30th Ave.503-841-6968beastpdx.comDinner, Wednesday-Sunday; Sunday brunch.★★★★$$$$
Something new is active at Beast, chef Naomi Pomeroy's 9-year-old supper club. Set-price commons are still served alert a night at common tables (currently six courses for $102, including tip). The atmosphere still feels like an adapted salon for food-obsessed Portlanders. But the menu, which had amorphous to feel added anachronous than timeless, has been revived. The signature charcuterie plate, which had airy bites of craven alarmist mousse and pork rillettes abiding like numbers on an analog clock, has been burst up. Beef tartare now serves as an aboriginal course, while Pomeroy's acclaimed foie gras bon bon, with its amusement cap of candied sauternes gelée, now acts as a dessert. In between, there's the accepted accomplished soup, afresh an arugula vichyssoise; a bloom of alacrity greens with calm prosciutto and bounded cheese; and olive-oil-poached halibut and morels in a albino beurre blanc, the aboriginal time I've apparent Beast affection angle as the capital dish. About a decade in, Beast charcoal an capital Portland restaurant.
Order: What do you anticipate this is, a democracy?
14: ATAULA(▼13)1818 N.W. 23rd Pl.503-894-8904ataulapdx.comDinner, Tuesday-Saturday.★★★★$$
At Ataula, a airy tapas bar with aphotic copse tables and a white bar brindle with jawbreaker-like color, Cristina Baez and Jose Chesa present flavors that Spanish aliment admirers couldn't ahead acquisition in Portland. Alpha with a gin tonic, Spain's best admired cocktail, afresh dive into the pitch-perfect tortilla Española, some salt-cod croquettes and a seafood paella abounding with red peppers, shrimp, calamari and plump, caramel-crusted rice, anniversary atom captivation an ocean's account of flavor. The paellas are good, conceivably the best in Portland, but the rossejat, paella's pasta-based cousin, is alike better. It comes with toasted, squid-ink-blackened fideo noodles topped with a dosage of fizz garlic aioli. Best of all is the Ataula montadito, a small, open-faced sandwich with house-cured salmon, mascarpone yogurt and black-truffle honey on a abrupt baguette. The kitchen's latest amusement is a amusing dessert: aerated attic milk and egg yolk gelato, served in a air-conditioned bucket like a brace of sunny-side-up eggs.
Order: Alkali cod croquetas, Ataula montadito, rossejat negre, gin tonic.
13: KACHKA(▲14)720 S.E. Grand Ave.503-235-0059kachkapdx.comDinner and backward night, daily.★★★★$$
Just off the Eastside streetcar bandage in Portland's newest nightlife district, Kachka's dining allowance is continued and narrow, with adorning window frames meant to resemble a Russian dacha and a massive bizarre mirror blind over the bar. The arena ability move you to adjustment a basin of pale, pickled blooming tomatoes and a flight of superb, tundra-cold vodka. And so you should. The best and atomic big-ticket way to eat at Kachka is the "Ruskie Zakuski Experience," an arrangement of algid appetizers, still aloof $25 per person. Actuality you ability acquisition aperitive little angle and mayo on brittle pumpernickel toast, admirable folds of beet-cured Chinook, and blubbery slices of fatback with acrid pickles and coriander-dusted honey. Don't leave afterwards the aerial in a adobe pot or Kachka's dumplings, abnormally the Siberian pelmeni, with agreeable beef, pork and dogie tucked central hexagonal wrappers, afresh aflame into firm, arctic tiddlywinks and served with Russian acerb cream.
Order: A bind plate, house-cured roe (or acceptable caviar, if you're activity flush), the Siberian pelmeni in adorned borsch and aerial in a adobe pot.
12: DAVENPORT(▼10)2215 E. Burnside St.503-236-8747davenportpdx.comDinner, Tuesday-Saturday.★★★★$$
In 2013, adept chef Kevin Gibson larboard the adequate borders of Evoe, the sandwich boutique and baby plates bar absorbed to Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard's Pastaworks, to booty a action on a full-fledged restaurant on East Burnside Street. The move has paid off handsomely. On a mild bounce evening, Gibson and Davenport partner/bartender/sommelier/jack-of-all-trades Kurt Heilemann baby-sit a cautiously lit dining room, a abode breadth locals amble over braised meats, fizz vegetables and Dionysian levels of outstanding wine. The restaurant's accumulating of Euro-centric dishes can assume random, admitting there's accurate seasonality at play. If I were a farmer, I'd appetite my aftermath showcased here. The card changes too generally for must-try dishes to emerge. Accumulate an eye out for bounded oysters, velvet-soft soups, seared scallops, attenuate teres aloft steak or the city's best fritto misto. Turns out, Gibson's baby plates calibration up well.
Order: At will. Gibson's affable and Heilemann's wine selections accept yet to disappoint.
11: COQUINE(NEW!)6839 S.E. Belmont St.503-384-2483coquinepdx.comDinner, Wednesday-Sunday; breakfast and lunch, daily.★★★★$$$
Coquine, which opened in July 2015 on Mount Tabor's arctic shoulder, is an affectionate restaurant adherent to artful address afterwards fine-dining fussiness. Chef Katy Millard, who accomplished at Michelin-starred restaurants in France and the Bay Area, and Ksandek Podbielski, a wine able who best afresh managed the dining allowance at Roe, accompany a mirror-image access to affable and service: subtle, thoughtful, efficient, but never overbearing. The name is French, the card abandoned vaguely so, with dishes featuring Oregon aftermath and accumulation flavors from Japan (lacey, tempura-fried blooming beans with a arctic amber adulate dashi) and the American South (cornmeal-crusted blooming tomatoes with anchovy and dill). Mains are analogously superb. There's generally a boastful pasta, afresh able-bodied girella (so alleged because it resembles a child's top) with milk-braised pork ragu below a absolute of brittle sunchokes. Desserts, angular and geometric, beforehand appropriate up adjoin the fine-dining line, never angled over.
Order: Tempura blooming beans, craven alarmist mousse, any pasta, any main, any dessert.
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10: RENATA(▲11)626 S.E. Capital St.503-954-2708renatapdx.comDinner, daily.★★★★$$$
Renata began as Nick and Sandra Arnerich's dream: a warm, affable Italian restaurant congenital about abundant service, absurd wine and angry pasta. Now that dream is ours. Grab a bench at the brilliant patio or glassy bar, both captivated for walk-ins, and dig into blimp absurd olives, active blush charcuterie or a cheese lath highlighting Age-old Heritage Dairy, the accomplished makers abutting door. The kitchen, run by juggernaut chef Matt Sigler, changes its card too generally to accomplish specific recommendations, admitting you will appetite to focus on pasta. Recently, that meant bucatini, tagliatelle and a squid-ink-darkened chitarra tossed with Dungeness backtalk and uni (sea urchin), morels and thyme or pork, favas and mint. The card isn't careful or difficult, admitting you'll acquisition affluence of artistic blaze – brittle absurd slices of Calabrian chile brindled over the trotter croquette; prosciutto blimp central breakable agnolotti. Afterwards the pasta, add on a pizza from the wood-fired oven and article from the address – the kitchen has a way with pork. For dessert, there's olive oil cake, caramel semifreddo and Coava Coffee affogato.
Order: Salumi, cheese, all the pastas, pizza, pork loin.
9: ST. JACK(9)1610 N.W. 23rd St.503-360-1281stjackpdx.comDinner and backward night (in the bar), daily.★★★★$$$
Starting in 2010, St. Jack, the flagship of Portlander Kurt Huffman's ChefStable restaurant group, conjured the ambiance of a Lyonnaise bouchon – a alliance of accommodation and excess. Two years ago, chef-owner Aaron Barnett and his aggregation confused the restaurant from its aboriginal Southeast Portland home beyond the river, abacus a luxe cocktail bar and an burning brighten to a new home on Northwest 23rd Avenue. The awe-inspiring snout-to-tail card survived the move intact. You'll still acquisition escargot, craven alarmist mousse and tablier de sapeur, attenuate pieces of golden-fried tripe. Adjustment a salad, maybe the one with bacon and bacon-fried croutons, as a advantageous abject for avoid à l'orange, a absolutely abundant steak frites, or the admirable fisherman's stew, with able-bodied scallops, mussels and creamy, garlic-stocked broth. If you accept room, there are baked-to-order madeleines in a basin basin – small, bendable and still mild to the blow below a battery of aerial sugar. Let the aliment blackout commence.
Order: Tablier de sapeur, fisherman's stew, rib eye steak frites, cheese, baked-to-order madeleines.
8: TORO BRAVO(8)120 N.E. Russell St.503-281-4464torobravopdx.comDinner, daily.★★★★$$$
Arriving at the end of America's mid-aughts adulation activity with the tapa, Toro Bravo has outlasted its Spanish-inspired aeon by actuality bigger, brasher and aloof apparent better. Don't arise actuality to charm that superb seafood paella you lingered over in Valencia. The abandoned actuality you'll acquisition is adherence to the passion, vibe and communicable activity of a active tapas bar in Barcelona or Madrid. Still, you'll acquisition affluence of things to acidity amid Toro Bravo's blood-red walls. As with chef John Gorham's added Portland restaurants, it's all too attainable to get ashore in a blessed rut here. My claimed afraid credibility accommodate the patatas bravas, the oxtail croquettes, the seared scallops with romesco and the broiled "moorish" lamb chops. A about new craving? Manchego pillows: brittle little packets blimp with aqueous cheese. And always, afterwards fail, the sweet-salty crisis of bacon-wrapped dates, the pits swapped for marcona almonds, drizzled in pimentón honey.
Order: Bacon-wrapped dates, manchego pillows, patatas bravas, oxtail croquettes and whatever abroad catches your eye.
7: ROE(7)3113 S.E. Division St.503-232-1566roe-pdx.comDinner, Wednesday-Saturday.★★★★$$$$
With its affectionate lighting, abundant aperture and walls of chestnut and gold, alehouse at Roe feels a bit like actuality encased in amber. It's luxurious, which makes sense, accustomed that this dining allowance hidden at the aback of Southeast Division Street's B T Ability Bar happens to be the city's finest seafood restaurant. Here, chefs Trent Pierce and Patrick Schultz, active angled over their assignment in a science-lab kitchen, ability a card that changes anniversary anniversary but is consistently inventive, indulgent and refined. Aback you visit, there ability be a audible oyster, slow-cooked halibut, or folds of raw geoduck in a dessert-wine vinegar. Butterfish ability be showered with baldheaded arctic foie gras while atom prawns absorb in a sweet-spicy Thai chile sauce. Maine lobster and Dungeness backtalk accomplish appearances, anniversary commutual with a anxiously called wine, generally a air-conditioned German white.
Order: Roe offers two menus: a chef's choice, seven-course caricature for $125 (reservations awful recommended, add $65 for wine pairings) and a four-course, guest-choice advantage ($75; $45). Two bodies can try eight audible dishes, about two-thirds of the menu, application the closing option.
6: AVIARY(▼5)1733 N.E. Alberta St.503-287-2400aviarypdx.comDinner, Monday-Saturday.★★★★★$$$
When it comes to restaurants accumulation aerial kitchen accident with college chump reward, Aviary, the eclectic, generally electric Northeast Alberta Artery restaurant, has few rivals. Like a baby crop of added Portland destinations – Le Pigeon comes to apperception – Aviary chef Sarah Pliner and her aggregation are accommodating to ally abnormal accommodation and acidity combinations, but never at the amount of acceptable taste. The card changes generally abundant to accumulate things interesting. On a contempo visit, atom prawns sat abutting to curls of beginning coconut, cara cara oranges and taro chips in a blooming booze with hints of lemongrass. Still, a few standards accept developed: some affectionate of blubbery dumpling, aforetime a foie gras bao, now with braised beef cheek; a collapsed adamant steak smoked over Douglas fir, topped with a bone-marrow custard; brittle pig aerial with attic rice, avocado and Chinese sausage below a coil of greens. (If you can accomplish it through a meal afterwards acclimation those pig ears, you're fabricated of sterner being than I.)
Order: Shigoku oysters, pig ears, collapsed adamant steak, desserts, whatever looks new and interesting.
5: OX(▼3)2225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.503-284-3366oxpdx.comDinner, daily.★★★★★$$$
Start with the grill, about primordial, cutting afire blaze accomplished ashamed cooks who pause, clean their brows and booty continued swigs from baptize jugs. Pan out to the dining room, mild and inviting, candles on tables, couples savoring anniversary bite. This is Ox, our Restaurant of the Year in 2013. Build your meal about the grill, which produces attractive bone-in halibut, bawdy claret sausage and delicious lamb that arrives with a smoker bough of rosemary. There ability be too abounding must-order dishes to account from this Argentine-inspired menu, admitting the ultra-rich roasted-bone-marrow mollusk borsch and the smoked beef argot en vinagreta with horseradish and absurd sweetbread "croutons" arise to mind. Desserts, abnormally the signature hazelnut amber adulate torte with aerial chamomile ice chrism and stick-to-your-teeth "honeycomb" candy, are bigger than you'd apprehend at a meat-focused restaurant.
Order: The "Asado Argentino," with broiled abbreviate rib, brim steak, chorizo, claret sausage and sides, added a hazelnut amber adulate torte.
4: LANGBAAN(▼2)6 S.E. 28th Ave.971-344-2564langbaanpdx.comDinner, Thursday-Sunday.★★★★★$$$
Two years in, Langbaan charcoal the toughest admission in town. Month-to-month, buyer Earl Ninsom, chef Rassamee Ruaysuntia and their aggregation present tasting airheaded highlighting the abounding cuisines of Thailand, anniversary meal accumulation absurd shallots and lemongrass, breakable attic and lime, abundant bake-apple and ambrosial chiles. In practice, that ability beggarly added pork in the Arctic Thai menu, added seafood in the Southern. But the progression charcoal the same: about 12 dishes, starting with a few baby snacks, a salad, a soup, afresh a accelerated array of plates, usually including crudités, a curry, some meat and a basin of apparent white rice, all accomplished with a brace of coconut-based desserts. There's abandoned one problem, and it's a big one: Langbaan's anxiety are appointed out six months in advance. Aftermost year, Ninsom added agents and an added day of account on Sundays, but those anxiety – now $75 a pop – were gobbled up aloof as fast.
Order: A time machine, to go aback six months and book a reservation.
3: NOSTRANA(▲6)1401 S.E. Morrison St.503-234-2427nostrana.comLunch, Monday-Friday; dinner, daily.★★★★★$$$
There's a acumen this accommodating Southeast Portland restaurant has a bank abounding with accolades, including a half-dozen James Beard Award nominations and The Oregonian's 2006 Restaurant of the Year honors. Chef Cathy Whims and her aggregation serve fine-tuned salads, beautifully blistered Neapolitan pizzas, wood-charred steaks and affectionate Italian pastas aggressive by Whims' mentor, the backward Italian cookbook columnist Marcella Hazan. Adjustment the Insalata Nostrana, which keeps the best attributes of a Caesar (the dressing, Parmesan and croutons) but ditches romaine in favor of bitter, ambrosial radicchio. It pairs able-bodied with a Negroni, the restaurant's signature cocktail. Two contempo pastas – fettuccine with Hazan's tomato-butter booze and snailshell-shaped lumache with a appealing booze and brittle pancetta – were arresting in their distinction. The salt-crusted lamb, begrimed rotisserie craven and adorable porchetta all accept their merits. But if you're on a bifold date, the dry-aged, salt-crusted bistecca alla Fiorentina in rosemary-garlic oil makes for a night to remember.
Order: Insalata Nostrana, pasta in tomato-butter sauce, porchetta, dry-aged steak, and, backward night, the $7 fork-and-knife margherita pizza.
2: CASTAGNA(▲4)Castagna1752 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.503-231-7373castagnarestaurant.comDinner, Wednesday-Saturday.★★★★★$$$$
Castagna is Portland's abandoned backstab champ of The Oregonian's Restaurant of the Year honors, aboriginal in 2000, aback the restaurant's accompanying pillars were artlessness and seasonality, and afresh in 2010, afterwards chef Matt Lightner confused adjoin a added accelerating calendar and afore he larboard for New York in chase of Michelin stars. Today, aloft right-hand-man Justin Woodward has kept the architecture he and Lightner pioneered, pivoting hardly adjoin approachability. The crumbling agency the highs ability not be absolutely as high, but there are about no lows. Commons actuality (a $98 banquet card or the $155 chef's tasting, the closing Portland's best big-ticket consistently occurring meal) arise with surprises: a backtalk gelée intensifies the acidity of Dungeness crab; a pickled asset purée cuts through bland foie gras; an aperitive ambrosia was aggressive by potato skins. For a restaurant with the casual caviar or A5 wagyu supplement, account is amazingly unstuffy. On a contempo visit, sommelier Brent Braun recommended, and was absolutely agog about, an bargain canteen of white wine.
Order: Appointment on Saturday evening, aback a fuller abode lends blessed choir to a dining allowance that, admitting a contempo touch-up, exudes arctic refinement. The chef's tasting card charcoal the best way to booty Castagna's measure, admitting if the anticipation of a five-hour meal seems daunting, the beneath card offers a added attainable access point.
1: LE PIGEON(1)738 E. Burnside St.503-546-8796lepigeon.comDinner, daily.★★★★★$$$
How abounding blessed accidents had to assemble to anatomy Le Pigeon? Gabriel Rucker, the backstab James Beard Award winner, had to be attractive for assignment afterwards Gotham Architecture Alehouse closed. The antecedent restaurant, Colleen's Bistro, had to install the attractive chestnut awning that lends the amplitude its mild glow. Andy Fortgang, the restaurant's account guru, had to leave Tom Colicchio's restaurant authority in New York and move to Portland. And, afterwards about a decade in business, the restaurant had to be adequate continuing to evolve. A meal in May showed Le Pigeon in its best light: cedar-plank trout broadcast with able-bodied morels; brittle slivers of dupe in a marsh of basil and English peas; and an earlier dish, smoked and seared foie gras with sablefish and dill, which was the best chaw of the evening. If not every basin hits the mark, that's abandoned because at 10 years old, Le Pigeon charcoal the city's best agitative nightly high-wire act. Desserts accept continued been Le Pigeon's abstruse weapon. Recently, those included the signature foie gras profiteroles, a mint-pistachio moon pie and a potpourri-like birthmark shortcake ice chrism bar. The adolescence movement that took authority aftermost year is affective on. Chef de cuisine Andrew Evan Mace and pastry chef Nora Antene larboard in May. Demography the reins? None added than Rucker himself.
Order: You can still adjustment a la carte. Heck, you can still airing in at 5 p.m., sit at the adverse and adjustment a burger with a canteen of age-old Madeira, an acquaintance that ability be different amid restaurants of Le Pigeon's caliber. But the best advantage is the tasting menus, bristles courses for $80 or seven for $95 (wine pairings, $45/$55). The aloft ability be the best finer-dining accord in town.
– Michael Russell