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October 29th, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

brodernord_nb-4051-08WORTH THE WAIT: The 20-minute chicken (upper right), salmon gravlax and Tabor bread. - IMAGE: nataliebehring.com

Our Restaurant Guide picks the best restaurants in Portland every October. We hem and haw and fuss to recommend 100 restaurants we think best represent the city.

This is not that list.

Rather, these are five spots we're excited about right now. Maybe that's a taqueria we've loved forever, maybe that's a seafood spot with a special menu this week or a new burger joint we stumbled on Friday night. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?

1. Broder Nord (pictured)

2240 N Interstate Ave., 282-5555, broderpdx.com.

Forget brunch. Suppertime’s 20-minute chicken arrives ridiculously tender and brined with a tarragon-infused vinegar, wet with its own juice as well as a bit of salsa verde and capers. It’s like escabeche made of meat but served as a hearth-style broiler. Full review of Broder Nord.

2. Kachka

720 SE Grand Ave., 235-0059, kachkapdx.com.

You get the idea with one dish, “herring under a fur coat,” a stratified butte of a salad with pretty pink of beets over layers of vegetables leading down to a base of herring. It’s Russian coffee-table fare rendered jaw-gapingly tasty. Our 2014 restaurant of the year.

JUST ADD VODKA: The classic Siberian pelmeni (left) and herring under a fur coat.
IMAGE: Anna Jaye Goellner

3. Old Salt

5027 NE 42nd Ave., 971-255-0167, oldsaltpdx.com

This Cully neighborhood butcher shop and restaurant takes sustainability-focused, whole-animal butchery to a new level in town, doing what they can with two cows and three or four pigs, then freestyling the rest. Our 2014 restaurant of the year runner-up.

IMAGE: Nolan Calisch


4. St. Jack

1610 NW 23rd Ave., 360-1281, stjackpdx.com

Been enjoying those fancy pork rinds and burger? Good. Now move on to the raw-milk cheese plate with farmhouse flavors that almost amount to spice. Full St. Jack review.

IMAGE: Jerek Hollander


5. BTU Brasserie

5846 NE Sandy Blvd., 971-407-3429, btupdx.com

This is the first brewery that’s ever been included in our Restaurant Guide’s annual top-100 list. Taste the tempura-battered walnuts in a sweet-hot glaze, or the nutty hot bowl of cellophane noodles called Ants Climbing a Tree, and see why. Full BTU review.

IMAGE: Christine Dong


Previous Hot Plates:

Oct. 15 1. Kachka 2. Old Salt 3. Ataula 4. The American Local 5. Expatriate

Oct. 8: 1. The American Local 2. Expatriate 3. Kachka 4. Old Salt 5. St. Jack

Oct. 1: 1. Fireside 2. St. Jack 3. BTU Brasserie 4. Kachka 5. Buki

Sept 24: 1. Pyro Pizza 2. St. Jack 3. BTU Brasserie 4. Kachka 5. The Blue Goose

Sept. 17: 1. St. Jack 2. BTU Brasserie 3. Kachka 4. Kim Jong Grillin’ 5. Pizza Maria

Sept. 10: 1. The Dime Store 2. Kim Jong Grillin’ 3. Old Salt 4. The Blue Goose 5. Pizza Maria

Sept. 3: 1. St. Jack 2. The Dime Store 3. Old Salt 4. Love Belizean 5. Pizza Maria

August 27: 1. Ración 2. Pizza Maria 3. Old Salt 4. The Blue Goose 5. Love Belizean

August 20: 1. Pizza Maria 2. Kachka 3. Taqueria Portland 4. The Blue Goose 5. Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks

August 13:
1. Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks 2. Pizza Maria 3. Taqueria Portland 4. Local Ocean 5. C’est Si Bon! Crepes + Vins

August 6: 1.Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks 2. Local Ocean 3. Luce 4. Son of a Biscuit 5. C’est Si Bon! Crepes

July 30: 1. Kachka 2. Stammtisch 3. Luce 4. Firehouse 5. C'est Si Bon! Crepes + Vins

July 23: 1. Kachka 2. Stammtisch 3. Albatross & Co. 4. Bun Bo Hue 5. C'est Si Bon! Crepes + Vins

July 16: 1. Stammtisch 2. Kachka 3. Albatross & Co. 4. Smokehouse 21 5. Taqueria Nueve

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