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May 20th, 2015 12:01 am 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?


1. Holdfast Dining

537 SE Ash St., Ste. 102, holdfastdining.com. 

Sure, you’ve got to book it in advance like a Ticketmaster show. But the $95 Holdfast pop-up prix fixe dinners at Fausse Piste winery are worth it, with a revelation on every plate—from marshmallowy halibut to broth made with jamón ibérico bones. $$$$.


2. The Portland Mercado

7238 SE Foster Road, portlandmercado.com.

Eight Latin food carts from Argentine to Colombian to Salvadoran to multiple versions of Mexican, plus a bar to eat them in. Heaven. $.


3. Wicked Wiches

SMOKED STACK: One Wicked bacon-avocado sandwich.
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Southeast 28th Place and Division Street (Tidbit pod), 706-6344, pyropizzacart.com.

Portland’s best food-cart pizza makers have branched out into sandwiches. Get the ABC bacon and avocado melt, with Nueske’s bacon thick as cardboard. $.


4. Noraneko

Noraneko's Miso Ramen
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1430 SE Water Ave., 238-6356, noranekoramen.com.

You want the mushroom ramen with two-way chasyu and egg at Biwa’s new ramen-ya spinoff on an industrial corner by the train tracks. $.


5. Ya Hala

ANOTHER COUNTRY: Ya Hala’s Lebanese country breakfast plate.
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8005 SE Stark St., 256-4484, yahalarestaurant.com.

At Ya Hala’s new Lebanese weekend brunch, you can get both lamb bacon and sausage, not to mention a beautiful vegan houmous balila—but still, the most consistent offerings are baked goods and drinks, including a yogurt vodka blend. $$.


Previous Hot Plates:

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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