1. People's Pig

3004 E Burnside St., 503-233-8941, peoplespig.com. $-$$.

The new Burnside Street location of People's Pig has a new exclusive item—a seriously good porchetta that somehow tastes exactly like our mom's spice rub, except secretly sorta better.

2. Bar Casa Vale

215 SE 9th Ave., 503-477-9081, barcasavale.com. $$.

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

Our 2017 Bar of the Year has expanded to brunch on weekends, with some seriously good house-fermented yogurt with apricots, chocolate toast loaded with pistachio, and seriously excellent cazuela dishes—particularly the lamb.

3. Sammich

2137 E Burnside St., 503-477-4393, sammichrestaurants.com. $.

(Emily Joan Greene)
(Emily Joan Greene)

Maybe you've had the Chicago-style sandwiches by now. But have you had the pastrami-topped zombie fries? Alongside La Panza's, they're the best dirty fries in town.

4. Clay's Smokehouse

2865 SE Division St., 503-327-8534, clayssmokehouse.com. $-$$.

Clay's makes some of the best saucy barbecue in town alongside killer wings, pulled-pork nachos and homestyle desserts like pineapple upside-down cake, baked each day by Grandma Jean Slyman.

5. Pot N Spicy

8230 SE Harrison St., No. 345, 503-788-7267, potnspicy.com. $.

Pot N Spicy is making deep-fried skewers, jja jiang mian noodles, spicy Szechuan classics and hot pots both dry and brothy in Portland's best Asian food strip mall.