Restaurant Guide 2013: Smallwares


Restaurant Guide
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   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Restaurant Guide 2013: Simply Vietnamese


Restaurant Guide
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   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Restaurant Guide 2013: Shoten


Restaurant Guide
16165 SW Regatta Lane, Beaverton, 746-6373, shotendining.com. [‘80s-ERA SUSHI] One of exurban Portland’s best-kept secrets is in a Sherwood strip mall. That’s Crazy Sushi, well-known on the   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 JORDAN GREEN

Restaurant Guide 2013: Shigezo/Yataimura Maru


Restaurant Guide
3810 SE Division St., 841-5527, shigezo-pdx.com. [NOODLE BAR] Izakayas look and act like Restrantus but they are, taxonomically, Tavernus. That is, the Japanese-style late-night noodle-and-booze sh   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Guide 2013: Screen Door


Restaurant Guide
2337 E Burnside St., 542-0880, screendoorrestaurant.com. [MASON-DIXON...LINE] Perhaps nowhere more accurately mirrors the dichotomy of Portlanders’ eating habits than this East Burnside institu   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 KAT MERCK

Restaurant Guide 2013: Roe


Restaurant Guide
3113 SE Division St. (inside Block and Tackle), 232-1566, roe-pdx.com. [WHERE MY FISHES AT] When I first arrived in Portland, I asked the same thing everyone asks. Where’s the great seafood? We   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Restaurant Guide 2013: Pure Spice


Restaurant Guide
2446 SE 87th Ave., 772-1808, purespicerestaurant.com. [YOU’RE SURE] From the street, Pure Spice looks like a Chinatown meat shop duct-taped into an outer Southeast Portland strip mall. That imp   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Restaurant Guide 2013: Portobello Vegan Trattoria


Restaurant Guide
1125 SE Division St., 754-5993, portobellopdx.com. [VEGAN ITALIAN] Noted carnivore Anthony Bourdain once described vegans as a Hezbollah-like splinter faction of vegetarians, “enemies of everyt   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Adrienne So

Restaurant Guide 2013: Pok Pok


Restaurant Guide
3226 SE Division St., 232-1387, pokpokpdx.com. [THAI HARDEST] If Pok Pok head chef Andy Ricker really is the “chicken wing messiah” that Eater NY dubbed him when he began proselytizing on the   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Restaurant Guide 2013: Podnah's Pit


Restaurant Guide
1625 NE Killingsworth St., 281-3700, podnahspit.com. [BEST BARBECUE] Podnah’s is the classic case of a neighborhood joint made good. Now firmly ensconced in their large, airy space in North Por   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Adrienne So

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