1. Bar Casa Vale
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.
The poke tacos at the westside Afuri are a flavor bomb of umami, citrus and spice—a Latin-Asian carnival alongside lovely shrimp ramen and whitefish shinjo-age dumplings that are like fish bonbons wrapped in a pinwheel of fried noodle.
3. Clay's Smokehouse
Clay's makes some of the best saucy barbecue in town alongside killer wings, pulled-pork nachos and maybe homestyle desserts like pineapple upside-down cake, baked each day by Grandma Jean Slyman.
4. Pot and Spicy
Pot and 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.
Even after Mardi Gras, Tapalaya will continue serving King Cake beignets all February to those too afraid of crowds to catch them during the holy week.