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September 24th, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

dish_pyro_4016PYRO’S MARGHERITA PIZZA - IMAGE: Nolan Calisch

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.

HIGH BAR: (Clockwise from left) The burger, pigs in a blanket and pork rinds.
IMAGE: Jerek Hollender


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.”


4. Kachka

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.

JUST ADD VODKA: The classic Siberian pelmeni (left) and herring under a fur coat.
IMAGE: Anna Jaye Goellner


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.

IMAGE: chrisryanphoto.com


Previous Hot Plates:

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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