1. Snappy’s

609 SE Ankeny St., Suite B, 503-265-8710, makeitsnappys.com.

The sandwiches at this bodega-themed deli are as unfussy and understated as the retro aesthetic. Of the old-school standbys, the turkey club is the standout. Everyone knows what a turkey club is, so there's no sense in explaining what Snappy's does with it. Just know that it costs $9, and it is very good.

2. Masia

601 SW 11th Ave., 503-595-1234.

Tapas spot Ataula has been one of Northwest Portland's slightly off-the-radar gems for years now, but chef Jose Chesa's new project has a significantly higher profile: a Spanish restaurant inside downtown's Hyatt Centric hotel. Masia got up and running on Valentine's Day, serving flautas, patatas bravas and churros in a sleek space at once rural and thoroughly modern.

The cannelloni at Campana. IMAGE: Rocky Burnside.
The cannelloni at Campana. IMAGE: Rocky Burnside.

3. Campana at Grand Army Tavern

901 NE Oneonta St., 503-841-6195, campanapdx.com.

A meal at the 5-month-old "trattoria within a tavern" feels like falling through a wormhole and landing in a classic New York red-sauce joint. Campana makes the ordering easy by offering a three-course road map—salad, pasta and a dessert—for $37. And while it may sound too ambitious for your stomach, you really should spring for at least one of the sides. If nothing else, the rugged, spongy campagnolo bread will help you wipe your dish clean of any remaining sauce.

In Hapa’s G Special ramen (bottom), you’ll recognize elements of a Hawaiian lunch plate and a Tokyo ramen. IMAGE: Wesley Lapointe.
In Hapa’s G Special ramen (bottom), you’ll recognize elements of a Hawaiian lunch plate and a Tokyo ramen. IMAGE: Wesley Lapointe.

4. Hapa PDX Ramen and Whiskey

3848 SE Gladstone St., 503-376-9246, hapapdx.us.

Lots of food carts make the leap to a brick-and-mortar. But rarely is the effect quite so sexy as it is at Hapa. The soup here is a blend of two beloved cuisines: In the "G-Special" ramen, you'll recognize elements of a Hawaiian plate lunch and a Tokyo ramen. But this is very much an izakaya, and drinks are as much the attraction as the soup: The ginger ale-sake highball is worth traveling across town for.

Lyf Gildersleeve, Flying Fish Company owner. IMAGE: Courtesy of Flying Fish Company.
Lyf Gildersleeve, Flying Fish Company owner. IMAGE: Courtesy of Flying Fish Company.

5. Flying Fish Co.

3004 E Burnside St., flyingfishportland.com.

Lyf Gildersleeve has officially leveled up. His Flying Fish Co. has grown from an eight-seat oyster bar inside Providore Fine Foods to a full-blown restaurant, with a menu featuring fresh finned catches fried with chips, tucked into sandwiches and lounging in stew. You can even order Gildersleeve's family recipe for smoked salmon.