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
417 NW 10th Ave., 295-9536, coppiaportland.com.
[PAIR UP] Timothy Nishimoto leads a
double life. When not on tour crooning “Yolanda” or “Anna” with Pink
Martini, he’s the graceful overs
7937 SE Stark St., 408-1414, thecountrycat.net.
[EXTREME COMFORT] In 2007, the
opening of the Country Cat ushered in a mini-renaissance of
foodie-friendly establishments in the Montavilla neighbo
2921 NE Alberta St., 206-6148, darsalamportland.com.
[FRESH FROM BAGHDAD] By default,
Dar Salam has held the title of “best Iraqi restaurant” in Portland
since opening in February 2012. It’
12275 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton, 641-1734.
[PAN-KOREAN] There are times when I
think life in Beaverton ain’t so bad. By “times,” I mean “meals at one
of the stellar Korean restaurants.”
5519 NE 30th Ave., 946-8592, docpdx.com.
[IMBARAZZANTE CIAO] DOC’s
foyer/kitchen leaves a strong impression. You arrive into the chaos of a
galley in the middle of service. It looks like a coho
48 NE Division St., Gresham, 491-0323, elinkarestaurant.com.
[LOS POLLOS HERMANOS] Shoved away
in a nondescript strip mall alongside a greasy Mexican joint and a
party-supply store, Pollos a la B
112 NW 9th Ave., 227-2158, elenisrestaurant.com.
[GREEK CHIC] With a menu that
reads like a Homeric epic, Eleni’s offers some form of every Greek dish
you have ever heard of—and many yo
300 N Killingsworth St., 285-4867, enatguada.com.
[GREAT GOOP] The thing with
Ethiopian restaurants is they all serve the same basic lineup of
dishes—the red lentil thing, the yellow lentil thi