Hidden away above a ramshackle G-Mart, accessible via some easily missable backstairs, bare-bones Spring feels like a secret—an exclusive club that requires a password to enter. The novelty would be reason enough to come. But then you tuck into a steaming bowl of its sujebi (hand-torn noodle soup, $10.95) and realize it's also some of the finest Korean food anywhere near Portland, and well worth the trek. Spring also offers the cleanest-tasting sundubu broth we've encountered. It's practically spa food, pure and wholly vegetable-based—you can almost feel your skin clearing while you eat it.

GO: 3975 SW 114th Ave., Beaverton, 503-641-3670, 11 am-9 pm Tuesday-Sunday. $.