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. Pyro Pizza (pictured)
1204 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 929-1404, pyropizzacart.com.
Cartopia’s suddenly back in business for two more years. Just one reason to stop in and pay your respects.
2. St. Jack
1610 NW 23rd Ave, 360-1281, stjackpdx.com.
The bar-side-only boudin noir pigs in a blanket is a bloodied-up answer to the Coney dog, and the frites are just perfect.
3. BTU Brasserie
5846 NE Sandy Blvd., 971-407-3429, btupdx.com.
The first brews are in the tanks at Portland’s first Szechuan restaurant and brewery. The food is ready for prime time, especially the spicy Szechuan chicken and the vegetarian-friendly dish of smoky, crispy seitan called “Buddah’s beef.”
720 SE Grand Ave., 235-0059, kachkapdx.com.
You get the idea with one dish, “herring under a fur coat,” a stratified butte with pretty pink beets over layers of vegetables, leading down to a base of herring. It’s Russian coffee-table fare rendered jaw-gapingly tasty.
5. The Blue Goose
2725 SE Ankeny St., 235-2222.
Already had the green chile cheeseburger? Good. Now try the burro with braised pork shoulder.
Previous Hot Plates:
Sept. 17: 1. St. Jack 2. BTU Brasserie 3. Kachka 4. Kim Jong Grillin’ 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