1. Casa Zoraya

841 N Lombard St., 503-384-2455, casazorayapdx.com.

(Jensen Ocampo)
(Jensen Ocampo)

One of Portland's best dining bargains sits on Lombard, wedged between a mobile phone shop and a leather bar. The menu at this Peruvian-focused eatery isn't nearly as long as that at Andina, but it takes each dish seriously. The standout is the lomo saltado criollo ($20), a tender, stir-fried sirloin dish in a thick, flavorful sauce that's both spicy and sugary.

2. King Tide Fish & Shell

1510 SW Harbor Way, 503-295-6166, kingtidefishandshell.com.

(Justin Katigbak)
(Justin Katigbak)

Don't expect halibut cheeks or bluefin collars—so far, King Tide is mostly about familiar flavors seen through a new lens. The crab cakes and loaded fries are among the standouts. But even when the dishes fail, you can't beat the riverfront view.

3. Wild North

8145 SE 82nd Ave., 971-808-1202, wildnorthpdx.com.

(Justin Katigbak)
(Justin Katigbak)

Constructed out of raw lumber, the Wild North food cart looks like a snack shack in the woods. Almost everything on the seasonal menu—which currently includes chilled cucumber gazpacho and barbecue-pork roulade—is prepared in its brick pizza oven and inspired by "the outdoors and rustic cooking methods." It is shaping up to be one of the best new food carts of 2018.

4. Either/Or

4003 N Williams Ave., eitherorpdx.com.

(Emily Bernard Stevens)
(Emily Bernard Stevens)

The new North Williams location of the precious Sellwood coffee shop is a brunch spot by day and cocktail bar by night. Stop by in the morning for the Chinese sausage bowl, a sweet-and-salty hangover cure, and the cheeky  "Coke Brew"—a chalice filled with crushed ice, Mexican Coke and cold brew.

5. Akadi

3601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-477-7138, akadipdx.com.

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

Akadi serves plates from countries throughout West Africa, with a focus on the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. Chef-owner Fatou Ouattara's cooking is transportive, thanks to a deft ability to build flavor using smoked vegetable mixes in place of spices as the foundation of many of her dishes.