1. Craft PDX

320 SW Harvey Milk St., hi-lo-hotel.com.

Inhabiting the space formerly occupied by Hi-Lo Hotel's "modern Mexican" restaurant Alto Bajo, Craft swaps overpriced chips and guac for a more honest approach to garden-variety bar food. The right side of the menu features what Craft refers to as a "burger lab," which starts with a 4-ounce smash burger that contains an entire spectrum of fatty flavors and a crispy, charred exterior, minus the gut-busting girth. Add CBD olive oil for $1.

(Henry Cromett)
(Henry Cromett)

2. Magna

2525 SE Clinton St., 503-395-8542, magnapdx.com.

It's past time for a food city like Portland to have its own great Filipino restaurant, and with Carlo Lamagna's Magna, we've got one. To a first-gen Filipino who grew up eating this food at every meal, Lamagna's dishes are both intimately familiar and achingly cool. In his hands, even the humble tortang talong—a simple fried eggplant omelet—is coddled with as much care as an Escoffier-style omelet, served with a spray of quick-pickled watermelon radishes, onions, and fresh tomatoes.

(Megan Nanna)
(Megan Nanna)

3. Little Bird

215 SW 6th Ave., 503-688-5952, littlebirdbistro.com.

It's the end of an era in Portland dining: Little Bird, Gabriel Rucker's downtown bistro, is closing for good on Oct. 27. It'll be mourned for several reasons, but none more so than the double-brie burger—thick and juicy yet sturdy, and available for an absurd $7 during happy hour, it's a true local classic. Get it while you still can.

(Laurel Kadas)
(Laurel Kadas)

4. Twisted Croissant

2129 NE Broadway, 503-477-5514, twistedcroissant.com.

Originally operating out of local farmers markets, owner and chef Kurt Goddard now makes his 27-layer laminated dough in the back of a pocket-sized Irvington brick-and-mortar, and his plain butter croissants and pain au chocolat already have such a loyal following they frequently sell out. But Goddard's buttery-light touch shines best in the savory options, like the Loaded Corn Bread Croissant, which is basically patisserie as empanada.

(Abby Gordon)
(Abby Gordon)

5. Berlu

605 SE Belmont St., berlupdx.com.

Chef Vince Nguyen elevates fine dining to the astral plane: delicious, mysterious, stylish without pretension, invariably thoughtful and focused. Each presentation is a work of visual artistry, bursting with bright, sometimes psychedelic colors. But it's not just the food that makes this one of Portland's best new restaurants. A meal here is a fully formed experience, where everything from the music to the David Bowie-themed restroom plays a part.