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. The Dime Store (pictured above)
837 SW 11th Ave., 228-1866, dimestorepdx.com.
The legendary Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop is gone, but the food is way, way better now. Get the heirloom tomato BLT on wheat with a fried egg on top.
2. Kim Jong Grillin’
4606 SE Division St., 929-0522.
Han Ly Hwang’s cart is back in action with their killer bibim boxes, no to mention a Vietnamese-Korean-American three-way of a Sabrett hot dog loaded with pickled mango sweetness and daikon kimchee spice on a toasted banh mi bun.
3. Old Salt
5027 NE 42nd Ave., 971-255-0167, oldsaltpdx.com.
Stop by the butcher shop for $5-a- pound grass-fed hamburger meat from a lone cow for the last cookout of summer. Or drop $25 on the restaurant’s chef’s-choice meal.
4. The Blue Goose
2725 SE Ankeny St., 235-2222.
Had the green chile cheeseburger? Good. Now try the beastly burro with braised pork shoulder.
5. Pizza Maria
3060 SE Division St., 971-303-7000, pizzamariapdx.com.
Maria’s simple marinara pie is the best on Division, with leopard-spotted crust and bright sauce.
Previous Hot Plates:
September 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