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May 6th, 2015 12:01 am WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

dish_smokehouse_ttSMOKEHOUSE 21 BRISKET - IMAGE: Thomas Teal

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. Smokehouse Tavern

1401 SE Morrison St., Suite 117, 971-279-4850, smokehouse21.com.

The new Smokehouse Tavern, a finely wrought affair in taxidermy and metallic wallpaper, has becomes a barbecue contender with Podnah’s Pit, with impressive smoky brisket, great drinks and sides, and the best ribs in town. $$.


2. Noraneko

Noraneko's Miso Ramen
IMAGE: www.rachaelrenee.photos

1430 SE Water Ave., 238-6356, noranekoramen.com.

You want the mushroom ramen with two-way chasyu and egg at Biwa’s new ramen-ya spinoff on an industrial corner by the train tracks. $.


3. Bing Mi

JIAN BING ME: The delicious Chinese crepes.
IMAGE: Olivia Tsefalas

Southwest 9th Avenue and Alder Street, bingmiportland.com.

Jian bing is the quintessential Chinese street food, but until now could not be found in Portland. They’re crepes folded around a cracker, not to mention a riot of ferment and sweet heat. $.


4. Higgins Bar

1239 SW Broadway, 222-9070, higginsportland.com. 

 Portland’s perfect power lunch: a pint of Fred and a burger made with grass-fed beef served on a house-baked bun with blue cheese dripping onto the side salad. $$.


5. Bang Bang PDX

Courtesy Bang Bang FB

4727 NE Fremont St., 287-3846, bangbangpdx.com.

Genoa alum Adam Kaplan serves up quirky Thai drinking food, from pungent curries to tendon puffs that are like pork rinds but better. $$.


Previous Hot Plates:

April 29: 1. Smokehouse Tavern 2. Bing Mi 3. Batter 4. Bang Bang PDX 5. The People's Pig

April 21: 1. Noraneko 2. Apizza Scholls 3. Bamboo Sushi 4. Smokehouse Tavern 5. Dog Town

April 7: 1. Apizza Scholls 2. Fire and Stone 3. Holy Mole 4. Smokehouse Tavern 5. The People’s Pig

Mar. 25: 1. Holy Mole 2. Gastro Mania 3. Buki 4. Stoopid Burger 5. Kim Jong Grillin’

Mar. 4: 1. Farina Bakery 2. Fire and Stone 3. Boke Bowl West 4. Tammy’s Pho 5. Daddy D’s BBQ

Feb. 11: 1. Canteen 2. Taste of Poland 3. Tapalaya 4. Muscadine 5. Verdigris

Feb. 4: 1. Stoopid Burger 2. Tapalaya 3. Muscadine 4. The Conquistador 5. Pollo Norte

Jan. 28: 1. Muscadine 2. Tapalaya 3. Tacos Chavez 4. Devil’s Dill 5. Pollo Norte

Jan. 21: 1. Stella Taco 2. Pollo Norte 3. HK Cafe 4. Umai 5. Eb & Bean

Jan 14: 1. HK Cafe 2. Muscadine 3. Trifecta 4. Umai 5. Eb & Bean

Jan. 7: 1. Stella Taco 2. Pollo Norte 3. Smallwares 4. Eb & Bean 5Umai

Dec. 31: 1. Stella Taco 2. Smallwares 3. Umai 4. Haan Ghin 5. HK Cafe

Dec. 241. Smallwares 2. Stella Taco 3. Umai 4. Boxer Ramen 5HK Cafe

Dec. 10: 1. Smallwares 2. Acadia 3. Haan Ghin 4. Zaatar 5. Chongqinq Huo Guo 

Dec. 3 1. Haan Ghin 2. Zaatar 3. Chongqinq Huo Guo 4. Buki 5. Beaverton Sub Station

Nov. 26: 1. Smallwares 2. Chongqinq Huo Guo  3. Buki 4. Beaverton Sub Station 5. Bamboo Izakaya

Nov. 19 1. Beaverton Sub Station 2. Broder Nord 3. Chongqing Huo Guo 4. Zaatar 5. Bamboo Izakaya

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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