1. Master Kong

8435 SE Division St., 971-373-8248.

(Katie Reahl)
(Katie Reahl)

Master Kong is Portland's new Chinese food destination for a singular reason—sister-and-brother team Amy and Kang Zhu offer a concise menu of regional Chinese breakfast and lunch hits, including congee, juicy goubuli buns and roujiamo, aka Chinese burgers.

2. La Luna

828 SE Ash St., 503-206-4320, lalunapdx.com.

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

La Luna is the frontrunner for Portland's best new brunch of 2018. Opened in the former Simpatica space, the cafe offers a menu that runs deep, mixing Southern-tinged comfort foods with West Coast-style superfoods: creative fresh-squeezed juice blends, pastries, waffles and the amazing Fat Biscuit breakfast sandwich.

3. Kachinka

720 SE Grand Ave., 503-235-0059, kachkapdx.com.

As Russian cuisine icon Kachka transitions to its new digs, it original location on Grand spins up a more casual, happy hour-focused service, beginning July 6. The abbreviated menu will feature not only Kachka's beloved dumplings but more recent entries, like the lamb- and pork-meatball-festooned Red October sub.

4. Accanto

2838 SE Belmont St., 503-235-4900, accantopdx.com.

(Katie Reahl)
(Katie Reahl)

The marriage of Taylor Railworks chef Erik Van Kley and neighborhood Italian joint Accanto is a boon to both parties. Van Kley's creativity with global cuisine has elevated the restaurant to a higher plane—even more traditional dishes have taken on a bolder, braver attitude.

5. Happy Bibimbap House 2

4204 NE Halsey St., 971-271-7065, happybibimbaphouse.com.

(Katie Reahl)
(Katie Reahl)

A Salem favorite, the new Portland Korean spot doesn't have any flashy pan-Asian fusion nonsense—just traditional Korean and Seoul-Chinatown-style grub with a littl sushi on the side.