Our Restaurant Guide picks the best restaurants in Portland every October. We hem and haw and fuss to recommend 100 restaurants we think best represent the city.

This is not that list.

Rather, these are five spots we're excited about right now. Maybe that's a taqueria we've loved forever, maybe that's a seafood spot with a special menu this week or a new burger joint we stumbled on Friday night. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?

Where to eat this week.


1. Coquine

6839 SE Belmont St., 384-2483, coquinepdx.com.

Chicken has long been the poor relation on fine-dining menus, but hilltop French-ish bistro Coquine joins Trifecta and Imperial in reminding the world that the neglect has been criminal. $$$.


2. Chicken and Guns

1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-7336, chickenandguns.com.

The best damn roadside chicken in city limits, roasted over oak and mesquite, rubbed with spice, and doused in Peruvian-style aji sauce. $.

3. Farm Spirit

Farm Spirit
IMAGE: Emily Joan Greene

1414 SE Morrison St., farmspiritpdx.com.

Aaron Adams' prix-fixe modernist vegan spot aspires to be the best vegan restaurant in the world—El Bulli but with plants. $$$$.


4. Matt's BBQ

4709 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

New York-bred and Australia-trained, Matt Vicedomini nonetheless turns out solid Texas-style 'cue, with beautiful bark on the brisket and a perfect pop on the hot link. $-$$.


5. Taiwan Eats

BOWLING FOR SOUP: To-go Taiwanese.
IMAGE: Kayla Sprint

4708 NW Bethany Blvd., Suite E6, 888-2378, taiwaneatspdx.com.

The closest Beaverton has yet gotten to a “food cart,” Taiwan Eats is a micro restaurant with a tiny but hyper-authentic menu of cold-smoked five-spice beef, noodle soups and pork belly over rice. $


Previous Hot Plates:

Sept. 16: 1. Farm Spirit 2. Chicken and Guns 3. Matt's BBQ 4. Burrasca 5. Rose VL

Sept. 9: 1. Burrasca 2. Chicken and Guns 3. Coquine 4. The Hot Box BBQ 5. Rose VL

Sept. 2: 1. The Hot Box 2. Rose VL BBQ 3. Vtopia Cheese Shop & Deli 4. Beast 5. Kotori

Aug. 26: 1. Enat Kitchen 2. Dub's St. Johns 3. Po'Shines Cafe de la Soul 4. Stoopid Burger 5. Safari Restaurant

Aug. 19: 1. Rose VL 2. Doi Dua 3. Clyde Common 4. Kotori 5. New Seasons Slabtown Deli 

Aug. 12: 1. Doi Dua 2. Kotori 3. Mediterranean Exploration Company  4. Eb & Bean 5. Pure Spice

July 29: 1. Burrasca 2. Kotori 3. Renata 4. Acadia 5. The Gantry food-cart pod

July 22: 1. The Gantry Food-Cart Pod 2. Lil' Wares 3. Renata 4. Kung Pow 5. Conquistador Lounge

July 15: 1. Kung Pow 2. Conquistador Lounge 3. Simply Vietnamese 4. Renata 5. Marmo Deli & Bar

June 24: 1. Kung Pow 2. Renata 3. Olympia Provisions 4. Marmo Deli & Bar 5. P.R.E.A.M.

June 17: 1. Olympia 2. P.R.E.A.M. Provisions 3. Double Dragon 4. El Gato Tuerto 5. The 9

June 10: 1. El Gato Tuerto 2. P.R.E.A.M. 3. Kung Pow 4. The Original Pancake House 5. The 9

June 3: 1. P.R.E.A.M. 2. Double Dragon 3. The Original Pancake House 4. The 9 5. Batter Griddle & Drinkery

May 27: 1. Holdfast Dining 2. The Portland Mercado 3. Wicked Wiches 4. Noraneko 5. Ya Hala

May 13: 1. Smokehouse Tavern 2. Noraneko 3. Bing Mi 4. Higgins Bar 5. Bang Bang PDX

April 29: 1. Smokehouse Tavern 2. Bing Mi 3. Batter 4. Bang Bang PDX 5. The People's Pig

April 21: 1. Noraneko 2. Apizza Scholls 3. Bamboo Sushi 4. Smokehouse Tavern 5. Dog Town

April 7: 1. Apizza Scholls 2. Fire and Stone 3. Holy Mole 4. Smokehouse Tavern 5. The People's Pig

Mar. 25: 1. Holy Mole 2. Gastro Mania 3. Buki 4. Stoopid Burger 5. Kim Jong Grillin'

Mar. 4: 1. Farina Bakery 2. Fire and Stone 3. Boke Bowl West 4. Tammy's Pho 5. Daddy D's BBQ

Feb. 11: 1. Canteen 2. Taste of Poland 3. Tapalaya 4. Muscadine 5. Verdigris

Feb. 4: 1. Stoopid Burger 2. Tapalaya 3. Muscadine 4. The Conquistador 5. Pollo Norte

Jan. 28: 1. Muscadine 2. Tapalaya 3. Tacos Chavez 4. Devil's Dill 5. Pollo Norte

Jan. 21: 1. Stella Taco 2. Pollo Norte 3. HK Cafe 4. Umai 5. Eb & Bean

Jan 14: 1. HK Cafe 2. Muscadine 3. Trifecta 4. Umai 5. Eb & Bean

Jan. 7: 1. Stella Taco 2. Pollo Norte 3. Smallwares 4. Eb & Bean 5Umai

Dec. 31: 1. Stella Taco 2. Smallwares 3. Umai 4. Haan Ghin 5. HK Cafe

Dec. 241. Smallwares 2. Stella Taco 3. Umai 4. Boxer Ramen 5HK Cafe

Dec. 10: 1. Smallwares 2. Acadia 3. Haan Ghin 4. Zaatar 5. Chongqinq Huo Guo 

Dec. 3 1. Haan Ghin 2. Zaatar 3. Chongqinq Huo Guo 4. Buki 5. Beaverton Sub Station

Nov. 26: 1. Smallwares 2. Chongqinq Huo Guo  3. Buki 4. Beaverton Sub Station 5. Bamboo Izakaya

Nov. 19 1. Beaverton Sub Station 2. Broder Nord 3. Chongqing Huo Guo 4. Zaatar 5. Bamboo Izakaya

Nov. 12: 1. Broder Nord 2. Zaatar 3. Bamboo Izakaya 4. Kachka 5. Old Salt

Nov. 5: 1. Broder Nord 2. Bamboo Izakaya 3. Kachka .4. Old Salt 5. BTU Brasserie

Oct. 29: 1. Broder Nord 2. Kachka 3. Old Salt 4. St. Jack 5. BTU Brasserie

Oct. 15 1. Kachka 2. Old Salt 3. Ataula 4. The American Local 5. Expatriate

Oct. 8: 1. The American Local 2. Expatriate 3. Kachka 4. Old Salt 5. St. Jack

Oct. 1: 1. Fireside 2. St. Jack 3. BTU Brasserie 4. Kachka 5. Buki

Sept 24: 1. Pyro Pizza 2. St. Jack 3. BTU Brasserie 4. Kachka 5. The Blue Goose

Sept. 17: 1. St. Jack 2. BTU Brasserie 3. Kachka 4. Kim Jong Grillin' 5. Pizza Maria

Sept. 10: 1. The Dime Store 2. Kim Jong Grillin’ 3. Old Salt 4. The Blue Goose 5. Pizza Maria

Sept. 3: 1. St. Jack 2. The Dime Store 3. Old Salt 4. Love Belizean 5. Pizza Maria

August 27: 1. Ración 2. Pizza Maria 3. Old Salt 4. The Blue Goose 5. Love Belizean

August 20: 1. Pizza Maria 2. Kachka 3. Taqueria Portland 4. The Blue Goose 5. Grant's Philly Cheesesteaks

August 13:
1. Grant's Philly Cheesesteaks 2. Pizza Maria 3. Taqueria Portland 4. Local Ocean 5. C'est Si Bon! Crepes kknd Vins

August 6: 1.Grant's Philly Cheesesteaks 2. Local Ocean 3. Luce 4. Son of a Biscuit 5. C'est Si Bon! Crepes

July 30: 1. Kachka 2. Stammtisch 3. Luce 4. Firehouse 5. C'est Si Bon! Crepes kknd Vins

July 23: 1. Kachka 2. Stammtisch 3. Albatross & Co. 4. Bun Bo Hue 5. C'est Si Bon! Crepes kknd Vins

July 16: 1. Stammtisch 2. Kachka 3. Albatross & Co. 4. Smokehouse 21 5. Taqueria Nueve