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January 28th, 2015 4:59 pm WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

dish_muscadine_dcSOUTHERN COMFORT: Laying down the catfish, holding onto the cochon. - IMAGE: Daniel Cole

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?


1. 
Muscadine

1465 NE Prescott St., 841-5576, muscadinepdx.com.

Brunch and Southern fare are the twin towers of American comfort. Combine them, and you might as well be auditioning as somebody’s replacement mom. $$.


2. Tapalaya

28 NE 28th Ave., 232-6652, tapalaya.com.

Lately, chef Anh Lu has been making interesting nightly Viet-French-Creole fusions, from spiced-up clams or étouffée to chili-honey Brussels sprouts. $$.

IMAGE: Tapalaya FB

 

3. Tacos Chavez

5222 SE Foster Road, 926-1506.

This tiny outpost serves beautiful burritos with fresh, housemade flour tortillas, and is deeply unafraid of spice, including a distilled adobo chili oil that will haunt your sinuses for weeks. $.

 

4. Devil’s Dill

1711 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-8067, devilsdill.com.

Their No Fun Bar next door is still rounding into shape, but for now? That 5-spice pulled-pork sandwich with chili and slaw would be worth making a trip for even if they didn’t deliver. $.

XBOX ALTERNATIVE: Devil’s Dill’s owners perfected this pork while drunk.
IMAGE: Jeremy Okai Davis

 

5. Pollo Norte

5427 NE 42nd Ave., 287-0669.

Norte’s birds get a light coat of nutty achiote powder, lime juice, chili powder and sea salt, seasonings that sit lightly on the skin while the birds leak their juices onto a bed of leafy cabbage that cooks under the rotating grill. $.

PLATO BUENO: Pollo Norte’s chicken, pinto beans and coleslaw.
IMAGE: Jason DeSomer


Previous Hot Plates:

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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