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August 25th, 2015 6:01 pm WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

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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. Enat Kitchen

300 N Killingsworth St., 285-4867, enatguada.com. 

The menu of Ethiopian wats (stews) is vast, but get the “family-style” option with two meat and five veggie dishes on injera. $$.


2. Dub’s St. Johns

DUB-BLE UP: Chicken and waffles, Dub, beer, and chicken and waffles.
IMAGE: Jerek Hollender

9520 N Lombard St., 998-8230, dubstjohns.com. 

Chef-owner William “Dub” Travis III (half of weed-loving local rap duo Mack & Dub) serves up memorable soul fare from sweet-minded waffles and chicken to meaty, tender, sweet and slightly tangy ribs. $$.


3. Po’Shines Cafe de la Soul

IMAGE: Po'Shines Facebook

8139 N Denver Ave., 978-9000, poshines.com.

This church-run cafe will fry up half a chicken smothered in gravy, with mashed taters, seasonal veggies, a loving spoonful of stuffing and, of course, cornbread. $$.


4. Stoopid Burger

GET STOOPID: But not so stupid you ask for spaghetti.
Photos by Will Corwin 

3441 N Vancouver Ave., 971-801-4180. 

The Luni Burger is a 6-inch-thick conflagration of habanero, jalapeño, bacon, blue cheese, grilled onions, tomato, pickle and some mayo-based secret sauce they call “stoopid.” It’s a flavor-packed, fatty, salty mess of goop and spice. $.


5. Safari Restaurant

SAFARI
IMAGE: Rachelle Hacmac

7815 SE Powell Blvd., 775-2998.

Safari is a sparse, orange-accented spot with diner tables full of young men eating pungent rice and goat and…spaghetti. Thanks to Somalia’s complicated history, pasta is a staple dish, served less as ground for light sauce than as a starch base for stew. $.


Previous Hot Plates:

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 + 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 + Vins

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

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

 
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