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July 29th, 2015 12:01 am WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

dish_burrasca_amanda-widis03BURRASCA - IMAGE: Amanda Widis

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?

Where to eat this week.


1. Burrasca

2032 SE Clinton St., 236-7791, burrascapdx.com.

Our 2014 Cart of the Year is in Block’s old spot, serving Florentine homestyle heaven—including near-perfect tagliatelle. $$.


2. Kotori

IMAGE: Biwa Website

Southeast 9th Ave. and Pine St. 

Biwa is grilling yakitori outside with specials like “pope’s nose,” the tail end of the bird. $.


3. Renata

Starters at Renata
IMAGE: Lizzy Acker

626 SE Main St, 954-2708, renatapdx.com

The menu changes, but here’s a guide: Stick to cocktails, appetizers, salads and especially pasta. $$$-$$$$.


4. Acadia

SURPRISE CATCH: A soft-shell crab from Acadia, the restaurant that provided the best new finds during a month of fish food.
IMAGE: James Rexroad

1303 NE Fremont St., 249-5001, creolapdx.com.

Chef Adam Higgs is leaving Friday—say your goodbyes as new chef-owner Seamus Foran takes over. $$.


5. The Gantry food-cart pod

HEAD IN THE OVEN: Pizzaiolo Ted Scharpnick at work.
IMAGE: Christine Dong

3121 SW Moody Ave.

Holy crap. Affordable food in the South Waterfront. $.


Previous Hot Plates:

July 22: 1. The Gantry Food-Cart Pod 2. Lil’ Wares 3. Renata 4. Kung Pow 5. Conquistador Lounge

July 15: 1. Kung Pow 2. Conquistador Lounge 3. Simply Vietnamese 4. Renata 5. Marmo Deli & Bar

June 24: 1. Kung Pow 2. Renata 3. Olympia Provisions 4. Marmo Deli & Bar 5. P.R.E.A.M.

June 17: 1. Olympia 2. P.R.E.A.M. Provisions 3. Double Dragon 4. El Gato Tuerto 5. The 9

June 10: 1. El Gato Tuerto 2. P.R.E.A.M. 3. Kung Pow 4. The Original Pancake House 5. The 9

June 3: 1. P.R.E.A.M. 2. Double Dragon 3. The Original Pancake House 4. The 9 5. Batter Griddle & Drinkery

May 27: 1. Holdfast Dining 2. The Portland Mercado 3. Wicked Wiches 4. Noraneko 5. Ya Hala

May 13: 1. Smokehouse Tavern 2. Noraneko 3. Bing Mi 4. Higgins Bar 5. Bang Bang PDX

April 29: 1. Smokehouse Tavern 2. Bing Mi 3. Batter 4. Bang Bang PDX 5. The People's Pig

April 21: 1. Noraneko 2. Apizza Scholls 3. Bamboo Sushi 4. Smokehouse Tavern 5. Dog Town

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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