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April 14th, 2015 4:29 pm WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

noranekoCourtesy Noraneko FB

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. Noraneko

1430 SE Water Ave., 238-6356, noranekoramen.com

Gabe Rosen and Biwa’s new Water Avenue ramen-ya expands its Sun Noodle offerings to include shio, miso and veggie broths, but for now the best addition is an extension of the original izakaya’s meaty strengths: a tender, lovely pork-belly chasyu. $.


2. Apizza Scholls

BACON AND EGGS: And also pizza.
IMAGE: Martin Cizmar

4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 233-1286, apizzascholls.com.

Portland’s best pizza is now available for lunch or brunch on weekends, with personal pies topped with freaking eggs and bacon. And spinach and chilies and such. $$. 


3. Bamboo Sushi

Courtesy Bamboo Sushi FB 

1409 NE Alberta St., 889-0336, bamboosushi.com.

Bamboo has swapped out its Alberta izakaya for another sushi restaurant, but it’s opted to hang on to some of the successes from the izakaya in the bargain. Also, it’s apparently planting seagrass to become the first fully carbon-neutral restaurant in the world. Which leads us to believe we should also plant some seagrass. $$.


4. Smokehouse Tavern

 

1401 SE Morrison St., Suite 117, 971-279-4850.

The new Smokehouse Tavern, a finely wrought affair in taxidermy and metallic wallpaper, has great barbecue, sure—but holy crap. It also has some of the best potato salad in town, with that rare perfect balance of cream and acidic tang. $$.


5. Dog Town

Courtesy Dog Town FB

2880 SE Division St., 971-232-1232, dogtownfoodcart.com.

This little hot-dog cart at Tidbit is quietly knocking its wieners out of the ballpark, with house-baked buns, crazy-ass Philly steak and pulled-pork concoctions atop all-beef dogs, Aussie lamb sausage, and a Sonoran unafraid to burn out the tip of your tongue. $.


Previous Hot Plates:

April 7: 1. Apizza Scholls 2. Fire and Stone 3. Holy Mole 4. Smokehouse Tavern 5. The People’s Pig

Mar. 25: 1. Holy Mole 2. Gastro Mania 3. Buki 4. Stoopid Burger 5. Kim Jong Grillin’

Mar. 4: 1. Farina Bakery 2. Fire and Stone 3. Boke Bowl West 4. Tammy’s Pho 5. Daddy D’s BBQ

Feb. 11: 1. Canteen 2. Taste of Poland 3. Tapalaya 4. Muscadine 5. Verdigris

Feb. 4: 1. Stoopid Burger 2. Tapalaya 3. Muscadine 4. The Conquistador 5. Pollo Norte

Jan. 28: 1. Muscadine 2. Tapalaya 3. Tacos Chavez 4. Devil’s Dill 5. Pollo Norte

Jan. 21: 1. Stella Taco 2. Pollo Norte 3. HK Cafe 4. Umai 5. Eb & Bean

Jan 14: 1. HK Cafe 2. Muscadine 3. Trifecta 4. Umai 5. Eb & Bean

Jan. 7: 1. Stella Taco 2. Pollo Norte 3. Smallwares 4. Eb & Bean 5Umai

Dec. 31: 1. Stella Taco 2. Smallwares 3. Umai 4. Haan Ghin 5. HK Cafe

Dec. 241. Smallwares 2. Stella Taco 3. Umai 4. Boxer Ramen 5HK Cafe

Dec. 10: 1. Smallwares 2. Acadia 3. Haan Ghin 4. Zaatar 5. Chongqinq Huo Guo 

Dec. 3 1. Haan Ghin 2. Zaatar 3. Chongqinq Huo Guo 4. Buki 5. Beaverton Sub Station

Nov. 26: 1. Smallwares 2. Chongqinq Huo Guo  3. Buki 4. Beaverton Sub Station 5. Bamboo Izakaya

Nov. 19 1. Beaverton Sub Station 2. Broder Nord 3. Chongqing Huo Guo 4. Zaatar 5. Bamboo Izakaya

Nov. 12: 1. Broder Nord 2. Zaatar 3. Bamboo Izakaya 4. Kachka 5. Old Salt

Nov. 5: 1. Broder Nord 2. Bamboo Izakaya 3. Kachka .4. Old Salt 5. BTU Brasserie

Oct. 29: 1. Broder Nord 2. Kachka 3. Old Salt 4. St. Jack 5. BTU Brasserie

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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