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July 1st, 2015 12:01 am WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

dish_kongpow_courtneytheimred wedding: The two-pepper Kung Pow beef. - IMAGE: Courtney Theim

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. Kung Pow

500 NW 21st Ave., 208-2173, kungpowpdx.com.

Get the spicy lamb bao bing mu shu wrap with every meal, then augment with fish balls and anything spicy. $-$$.


2. Renata

626 SE Main St, 954-2708, renatapdx.com

Starters at Renata
IMAGE: Lizzy Acker

Celebrating its official one-month anniversary today, this wood-fired Italian restaurant is still working out some kinks. But we highly recommend the porcini mushroom tajarin. $$$$.


3. Olympia Provisions

1632 NW Thurman St., 894-8136; 107 SE Washington St., 954-3663,
olympiaprovisions.com.

Olympia Provisions Frankfurter
IMAGE: Anna Jaye Goellner

The flavor of Olympia Provisions’ lunchtime hot dog wells up from the impossibly smoky, lightly charred meat itself. It is like a European sandwich: simple and pure, meat and bread perfected. $-$$$.


4. Marmo Deli & Bar

1037 SW Morrison St., 224-0654, marmopdx.com.

IMAGE: Marmo PDX

The $11 classic Italian sub goes quite well with three Negronis at lunch. $$.


5. P.R.E.A.M.

2131 SE 11th Ave., 231-2809, preampizza.com

EFIL4AZZIP: P.R.E.A.M.’s sausage pie, spring salad and olive oil Gibson.
Photos by Emma Browne

P.R.E.A.M.’s pies are on point—classic Italian Neapolitan crust made with double zero flour, proofed for 72 hours and baked at 900 degrees in an Acunto Gianni oven. $$.


Previous Hot Plates:

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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