105 NE 4th Ave., Hillsboro, 615-0191, ameliasmexicanrestaurant.com.
[MEJICANO MAGNIFICO] If you wander
blindly into Hillsboro looking for great Mexican food, you’re likely to
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
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
8051 SE 13th Ave., 233-4613, ginossellwood.com.
[SEEING RED] Gino’s is the perfect
place for a hit: a small family place, good food, everyone minds his
business. Granted, you have to lure the i
1239 SW Broadway, 222-9070, higginsportland.com.
Every two years, computers double in power while dropping in cost. The
restaurant world’s evolution isn’t quite so speedy, but it
1038 SW Stark St., 222-3354, kennyandzukes.com.
[BRISK BUSINESS] For my money,
nobody in town does better brisket than Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen.
Kenny’s killer pastrami starts with lea
738 E Burnside St., 546-8796, lepigeon.com.
[LE PERFECT] Alliums. Yes, folks,
alliums: the one ratchet in Gabe Rucker’s toolbox not deeply analyzed
during his Beard Award, book deal, two restau
2140 E Burnside St., 236-7195, luceevents.blogspot.com.
[MADE PAN] How could one sweet
little Italian restaurant cause so much debate? The shape and décor of
Luce’s checkerboard-floored storef