1. Kargi Gogo

3039 NE Alberta St., 503-764-9552, kargigogo.com.

Georgian khachapuri cheese breads have been trending across America for several years, and they've arrived in Portland thanks to Kargi Gogo. Rip off a piece of bread and drag it through the liquid cheese—it's like pizza and fondue had a baby.

(Sam Gehrke)
(Sam Gehrke)

2. OK Omens

1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-231-9939, okomens.com.

Castagna's delightful new casual dining sibling has a menu full of shareable, value-priced gems. The vegetable dishes are the highlight, but don't stop there—grilled squid hits that hard-to-achieve textural happy place, and the burger is like In-N-Out gone to Harvard.

(Katie Reahl)
(Katie Reahl)

3. Master Kong

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

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.

4. HunnyMilk

1981 W Burnside St., 503-719-7349, hunnymilk.com.

The charmingly twee brunch pop-up has opened its brick-and-mortar location, with a prix fixe model that'll get you a savory dish, a sweet dish and a drink for a flat $22. Whatever you do, do not forsake the fortune-cookie waffles.

5. Nimblefish

1524 SE 20th Ave., 503-719-4064, nimblefishpdx.com.

The former Fukami chef's Hawthorne sushi spot is a corker—with some of the best Edo-style fish and rice you can expect in Portland.