215 SE 9th Ave., 239-8830, biwarestaurant.com.
[TOKYO TUNNEL] Biwa is far too
established to be called a secret. Yet happening upon the basement
izakaya still feels like an enchanted surprise. Gl
132 SW 3rd Ave., 222-3187, bijoucafepdx.com.
[POWER BRUNCH] Maybe it says
something about Portland that our rulers convene not over old whiskey
and bloody meat in a wood-walled den, but over fluf
2504 SE 50th Ave., 477-8778, bete-lukas.com.
[ETHIOPIAN ELEGANCE] With its
spare dining room, earth-toned walls and folded cloth napkins,
Bete-Lukas looks like it should be hosting a stodgy tech
5425 NE 30th Ave., 841-6968, beastpdx.com.
[SAME OLD SHOW] The problem with
Beast is one anybody should be so lucky to have. Everything that
chef/owner Naomi Pomeroy plates in her 24-seat C
3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 477-5266, bardobre.com.
[POLE POSITION] With its
deep-toned wood panels, framed mirrors and cast-iron chandelier, the
homey Bar Dobre is the front room of your alcoholic
8307 N Ivanhoe St., 285-4839, facebook.com/baowrystjohns.
[BAO CHICKA BAO BAO] The Baowry, a
charmingly domestic former hovel in St. Johns, recalls a vacationer’s
eatery in a picturesque riverf
836 NW 23rd Ave., 971-229-1925; 310 SE 28th Ave., 232-5255; bamboosushi.com.
[GUILT-FREE SUSHI] As the first
certified-sustainable sushi restaurant in the world, Bamboo accompanies
its bill with
1733 NE Alberta St., 287-2400, aviarypdx.com.
[JOY OF FLIGHT] The 2011 fire that
clipped the wings of this fast-ascending Northeast Portland gem is now a
bad and distant memory. The three-headed
3377 SE Division St., 971-229-0571, avagenes.com.
[PORTLANDIA ALLA RUSTICA] Duane
Sorenson’s ode to Italy (and, apparently, to his daughter, Ava) is a
lovely, hearth-cooked affair of comfort wr
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 233-1286, apizzascholls.com.
[THE BEST PIZZA] Apizza Scholls
makes platter-sized discs of dough topped with bright sauce, gooey
cheese and an understated dash of toppings