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
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.
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
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
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.