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. Pizza Maria (pictured above)
3060 SE Division St., 971-303-7000, pizzamariapdx.com.
Division Street now has pizza on almost every block. Maria’s delightfully simple marinara pie is the best, with leopard-spotted crust, bright sauce, thin-sliced garlic and a sprinkle of oregano. Full Review.
720 SE Grand Ave., 235-0059, kachkapdx.com.
Some of the best fun you can have in a Portland restaurant. Dumplings, vodka, caviar, vodka, house-smoked butterfish and vodka. Budim! Full review.
3. Taqueria Portland
820 SE 8th Ave., 232-7000.
Sick of driving to St. Johns for Tienda Santa Cruz tacos? Well, this delightful taqueria closed its NoPo shop and moved earlier this year to Belmont Street, next to Growler Guys. Great fish tacos, Univision. More.
4. The Blue Goose
2725 SE Ankeny St., 235-2222.
Old and busted: Tex-Mex. The new hotness: New Mexican from the Blue Goose, which takes over the Esparza’s space with a killer green chile cheeseburger, a decent margarita and bottled beer from Tecate’s new crafty imprint Los Muertos Brewing. More.
5. Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks
1203 NW 23rd Ave., 477-7133.
Portland’s best cheesesteak has moved from deep East Portland to tony Northwest 23rd. You want the original ($6.75 for a half) with provolone, onions, hot peppers, sweet peppers and grilled mushrooms. Full review.
Previous Hot Plates:
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