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September 10th, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

dish_dime_store_4043BLT + E: Dime Store’s limited-time-only sandwich. - IMAGE: Thomas Teal

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. The Dime Store (pictured above)

837 SW 11th Ave., 228-1866, dimestorepdx.com.

The legendary Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop is gone, but the food is way, way better now. Get the heirloom tomato BLT on wheat with a fried egg on top.

2. Kim Jong Grillin’

4606 SE Division St., 929-0522.

Han Ly Hwang’s cart is back in action with their killer bibim boxes, no to mention a Vietnamese-Korean-American three-way of a Sabrett hot dog loaded with pickled mango sweetness and daikon kimchee spice on a toasted banh mi bun.

PUT AN EGG ON IT: The bibim box with short ribs.
IMAGE: leahnash.com


3. Old Salt

5027 NE 42nd Ave., 971-255-0167, oldsaltpdx.com.

Stop by the butcher shop for $5-a- pound grass-fed hamburger meat from a lone cow for the last cookout of summer. Or drop $25 on the restaurant’s chef’s-choice meal.

Old Salt
IMAGE: Martin Cizmar


4. The Blue Goose

2725 SE Ankeny St., 235-2222.

Had the green chile cheeseburger? Good. Now try the beastly burro with braised pork shoulder.

The Blue Goose’s green chile cheeseburger sets a new standard.
IMAGE: chrisryanphoto.com


5. Pizza Maria

3060 SE Division St., 971-303-7000, pizzamariapdx.com.

Maria’s simple marinara pie is the best on Division, with leopard-spotted crust and bright sauce.

Pizza Maria
IMAGE: Martin Cizmar

Previous Hot Plates:

September 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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