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November 26th, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

johanna_ware_smallwaresJohanna Ware at work - IMAGE: Leah Nash

Our Restaurant Guide picks the best restaurants in Portland every October. We hem and haw and fuss to recommend 100 restaurants we think best represent the city.

This is not that list.

Rather, these are five spots we're excited about right now. Maybe that's a taqueria we've loved forever, maybe that's a seafood spot with a special menu this week or a new burger joint we stumbled on Friday night. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?


1. Beaverton Sub Station (pictured)

12448 SW Broadway St., 641-7827, beavertonsubstation.com

We pretty much ignored this sub shop for 33 years. Big mistake.


2. Broder Nord

2240 N Interstate Ave., 282-5555, broderpdx.com.

Forget brunch. Suppertime’s 20-minute chicken arrives ridiculously tender and brined with a tarragon-infused vinegar, wet with its own juice as well as a bit of salsa verde and capers. It’s like escabeche made of meat but served as a hearth-style broiler.

WORTH THE WAIT: The 20-minute chicken (upper right), salmon gravlax and Tabor bread.
IMAGE: nataliebehring.com


3. Chongqinq Huo Guo 

8230 SE Harrison St., Suite 315, 971-803-7999.

In keeping with its eponymous pepper-bathed region of China, this soup spot doesn’t dull its spicy broth for Western palates.

HALF AND HALF: The split spicy and mild hot pot.
IMAGE: Jerek Hollender

 

4. Zaatar

1037 NW Flanders St., 477-8237, zaatarnw.com.

Tony Karam—much missed after he sold his namesake Karam to a relative—is back with a new Pearly spot in the old Cafe Theobroma space.


 

5. Bamboo Izakaya

1409 NE Alberta St., 889-0336, bambooizakaya.com.

This izakaya’s brunch includes a bacon flight. Whatever Portland’s locavore meat obsessions, we best loved Drueske’s from Wisconsin.



Previous Hot Plates:

Nov. 12: 1. Broder Nord 2. Zaatar 3. Bamboo Izakaya 4. Kachka 5. Old Salt

Nov. 5: 1. Broder Nord 2. Bamboo Izakaya 3. Kachka .4. Old Salt 5. BTU Brasserie

Oct. 29: 1. Broder Nord 2. Kachka 3. Old Salt 4. St. Jack 5. BTU Brasserie

Oct. 15 1. Kachka 2. Old Salt 3. Ataula 4. The American Local 5. Expatriate

Oct. 8: 1. The American Local 2. Expatriate 3. Kachka 4. Old Salt 5. St. Jack

Oct. 1: 1. Fireside 2. St. Jack 3. BTU Brasserie 4. Kachka 5. Buki

Sept 24: 1. Pyro Pizza 2. St. Jack 3. BTU Brasserie 4. Kachka 5. The Blue Goose

Sept. 17: 1. St. Jack 2. BTU Brasserie 3. Kachka 4. Kim Jong Grillin’ 5. Pizza Maria

Sept. 10: 1. The Dime Store 2. Kim Jong Grillin’ 3. Old Salt 4. The Blue Goose 5. Pizza Maria

Sept. 3: 1. St. Jack 2. The Dime Store 3. Old Salt 4. Love Belizean 5. Pizza Maria

August 27: 1. Ración 2. Pizza Maria 3. Old Salt 4. The Blue Goose 5. Love Belizean

August 20: 1. Pizza Maria 2. Kachka 3. Taqueria Portland 4. The Blue Goose 5. Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks

August 13:
1. Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks 2. Pizza Maria 3. Taqueria Portland 4. Local Ocean 5. C’est Si Bon! Crepes + Vins

August 6: 1.Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks 2. Local Ocean 3. Luce 4. Son of a Biscuit 5. C’est Si Bon! Crepes

July 30: 1. Kachka 2. Stammtisch 3. Luce 4. Firehouse 5. C'est Si Bon! Crepes + Vins

July 23: 1. Kachka 2. Stammtisch 3. Albatross & Co. 4. Bun Bo Hue 5. C'est Si Bon! Crepes + Vins

July 16: 1. Stammtisch 2. Kachka 3. Albatross & Co. 4. Smokehouse 21 5. Taqueria Nueve

 
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