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The Taco Trail

¿Donde debemos comer en Woodburn?


Food Reviews & Stories
Woodburn wears a lot of sombreros. Shoppers stop at the town north of Salem for its outlet mall. Gearheads go for the drag strip. Foodniks know the majority-Latino town as the state’s mecca of   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN, NICK ZUKIN

Second Rodeo

Rodney Muirhead’s La Taq rides herd.


Food Reviews & Stories
Grub-wise, Texas is best known for two things. First, there’s barbecue, which the Lone Star State does better than anyone. Second, there’s that vaguely defined cuisine de gringo known as “   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Bravo Barcelona

Ataula is the best westside Spanish joint in a generation.


Food Reviews & Stories
Let’s not call Ataula, the 3-month-old rookie venture from Barcelona-born chef Jose Chesa, a “neighborhood restaurant.” To my ear, that’s code for mediocrity, the kind of place you’d vis   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Restaurant Guide 2013: Aviary


Restaurant Guide
1733 NE Alberta St., 287-2400, aviarypdx.com. [JOY OF FLIGHT] The 2011 fire that clipped the wings of this fast-ascending Northeast Portland gem is now a bad and distant memory. The three-headed    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Restaurant Guide 2013: Chennai Masala


Restaurant Guide
 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 challenge. Instead,   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Restaurant Guide 2013: Chiang Mai


Restaurant Guide
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    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Restaurant Guide 2013: Fish Sauce


Restaurant Guide
407 NW 17th Ave., 227-8000, fishsaucepdx.com. [EAST MEETS WEST SIDE] In a gauzy dream sequence, I am beckoned to a remote area of town to check out a dingy, under-the-radar ethnic joint where eve   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Restaurant Guide 2013: Maharaja


Restaurant Guide
610 SE 10th Ave., Hillsboro, 214-4858, maharajahillsboro.com. [CAPTIVATING CURRY] Downtown Hillsboro is a schlep from anywhere east of Beaverton, but first-rate northern Indian food awaits urbani   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Restaurant Guide 2013: Noisette


Restaurant Guide
1937 NW 23rd Place, 719-4599, noisetterestaurant.com. [NORTHWEST GENTILITY] Portland’s commitment to keeping it casual leaves little space for crisp, white tablecloths. At Noisette, not only ar   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

A Broken Spoke

Township & Range is a pedestrian addition to Ladd’s.


Food Reviews & Stories
Southeast Portland’s leafy Ladd’s Addition neighborhood is spoiled. Its stately homes are set back from tall oaks lining a Eurocool hub-and-spoke compass of streets that radiate out from the   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN
 

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