2504 SE 50th Ave., 477-8778, bete-lukas.com.
[ETHIOPIAN ELEGANCE] With its
spare dining room, earth-toned walls and folded cloth napkins,
Bete-Lukas looks like it should be hosting a stodgy tech
132 SW 3rd Ave., 222-3187, bijoucafepdx.com.
[POWER BRUNCH] Maybe it says
something about Portland that our rulers convene not over old whiskey
and bloody meat in a wood-walled den, but over fluf
215 SE 9th Ave., 239-8830, biwarestaurant.com.
[TOKYO TUNNEL] Biwa is far too
established to be called a secret. Yet happening upon the basement
izakaya still feels like an enchanted surprise. Gl
3113 SE Division St., 236-0205, blockandtacklepdx.com.
[A FISHHOUSE DIVIDED] On the one
hand, newly opened Block and Tackle is the mild-mannered River Queen
fish house of chef Trent Pierce’s yo
2508 SE Clinton St., 736-3333, broderpdx.com.
[DUDE! SWEDE!] What
is it with our city’s Scandinavian establishments being absolute
madhouses on the weekend? Ikea is a terror-land of screaming c
7002 SE 82nd Ave., 771-1141.
[BLOOOOD] Bun Bo Hue isn’t much
for atmosphere. Hidden at the base of Mount Scott deep in Southeast
Portland, the small restaurant is covered in graffiti, sports ba
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 231-7373, castagnarestaurant.com.
[PLAYING WITH YOUR FOOD] Castagna
is Portland’s most carefully curated dining experience—held in a
minimal-eclectic, neutral-toned r
2088 NW Stucki Ave., Hillsboro, 531-9500, chennaimasala.net.
[HILLSBORDOSA] Finding Indian food
in Portland proper that hasn’t been dumbed down for the locals can be a
3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-6192, chiangmaipdx.com.
[No. 2 THAI TIE] The battle for
second-best Portland Thai restaurant rages in the city where Pok Pok
reigns supreme. Chiang Mai, specializing
2930 NE Killingsworth St., 227-2669, cocottepdx.com.
[FRENCH IN NAME] As Francolicious
as its name sounds, Cocotte is a bistro far more Pacific Northwest than
Parisian. That’s OK. Irrespective