2921 NE Alberta St., 206-6148, darsalamportland.com.
[FRESH FROM BAGHDAD] By default,
Dar Salam has held the title of “best Iraqi restaurant” in Portland
since opening in February 2012. It’
7937 SE Stark St., 408-1414, thecountrycat.net.
[EXTREME COMFORT] In 2007, the
opening of the Country Cat ushered in a mini-renaissance of
foodie-friendly establishments in the Montavilla neighbo
417 NW 10th Ave., 295-9536, coppiaportland.com.
[PAIR UP] Timothy Nishimoto leads a
double life. When not on tour crooning “Yolanda” or “Anna” with Pink
Martini, he’s the graceful overs
2930 NE Killingsworth St., 227-2669, cocottepdx.com.
[FRENCH IN NAME] As Francolicious
as its name sounds, Cocotte is a bistro far more Pacific Northwest than
Parisian. That’s OK. Irrespective
3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-6192, chiangmaipdx.com.
[No. 2 THAI TIE] The battle for
second-best Portland Thai restaurant rages in the city where Pok Pok
reigns supreme. Chiang Mai, specializing
2088 NW Stucki Ave., Hillsboro, 531-9500, chennaimasala.net.
[HILLSBORDOSA] Finding Indian food
in Portland proper that hasn’t been dumbed down for the locals can be a
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 231-7373, castagnarestaurant.com.
[PLAYING WITH YOUR FOOD] Castagna
is Portland’s most carefully curated dining experience—held in a
minimal-eclectic, neutral-toned r
7002 SE 82nd Ave., 771-1141.
[BLOOOOD] Bun Bo Hue isn’t much
for atmosphere. Hidden at the base of Mount Scott deep in Southeast
Portland, the small restaurant is covered in graffiti, sports ba
2508 SE Clinton St., 736-3333, broderpdx.com.
[DUDE! SWEDE!] What
is it with our city’s Scandinavian establishments being absolute
madhouses on the weekend? Ikea is a terror-land of screaming c
3113 SE Division St., 236-0205, blockandtacklepdx.com.
[A FISHHOUSE DIVIDED] On the one
hand, newly opened Block and Tackle is the mild-mannered River Queen
fish house of chef Trent Pierce’s yo