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
2832 SE Belmont St., 238-1464, genoarestaurant.com.
[JAKE’S FAMOUS HALIBUT] The
entrance to deeply old-school, old-money Genoa looks like the truncated
lobby of a hotel, and beyond black curtai
4246 SE Belmont St., 971-279-2161, hokuseisushi.com.
[SHISO FINERY] Don’t let its
unlikely location, next door to the bastardized Teppanyaki tables of
Slappy Cakes, fool you into thinking you��
2448 E Burnside St., 954-2322, levantpdx.com.
[BONZO FOR GARBANZO] Levant, chef
Scott Snyder’s new Buckman restaurant, seems to have invented its own
genre: high-end French modernist takes on t
3033 NE Alberta St., 288-5883, naturalselectionpdx.com.
[IMPRESSIONIST CHARDWORK] Natural
Selection likes to make its metaphors plain. Not only on its vegetarian
plates but in the procession of s
5027 NE 42nd Ave., 971-255-0167, oldsaltpdx.com.
[MEAT PALACE] A stately Cully
pleasure dome for food, Grain & Gristle’s sister spot Old Salt
encompasses a whole-animal butchery, deli, past
2218 NE 82nd Ave., 208-3391.
[NOT SO SIMPLE] From
a Westerner’s perspective, Simply Vietnamese is perfectly bewildering
and lovely—like Brigitte Bardot in the late ’70s. The eatery is nothi
4605 NE Fremont St., 971-229-0995, smallwarespdx.com.
[BIGGIE SMALL] Johanna Ware runs
the tightest kitchen in town. Seriously. Sit at the bar, order some
small plates and watch her marshal traff
8029 SE Stark St., 477-6030, tanukipdx.com.
[WOW!] Chef-owner Janis Martin’s
Montavilla izakaya is a dim, nearly unmarked space frequented mostly by a
small, self-selecting group of adventurous
601 SE Morrison St., 234-4102, taradpdx.com.
[PORK POT HIGH] Tarad Thai’s
interior looks like a ’70s Chiang Mai bodega designed by Hollywood, a
home for Viet-vet expats who moved to the Thai