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March 24th, 2015 4:29 pm WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

holy-moly08IMAGE: Rachelle Hacmac

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. Holy Mole

Southeast 33rd Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard, 347-4270.

Our 2015 Food Cart of the Year serves mole from scratch with more than 30 different ingredients.


2. Gastro Mania

Northwest Quimby Street and 19th Avenue (Q19 pod), 750-8451.

Alexander Nenchev makes the best damn gyros we’ve had in Portland, with fresh-grilled lamb.

GASTRO MANIA
IMAGE: Rachelle Hacmac

 


3. Buki

2880 SE Division St., 360-931-1541.

Welcome to Portland’s only takoyaki cart, serving steaming hot octopus balls festooned with a savory brown sauce and a sprinkling of seaweed and bonito flakes.

OH, BALLS: A boat of fish-flake-topped takoyaki.
IMAGE: Adam Wickham

 

 

4. Stoopid Burger

3441 N Vancouver Ave., 971-801-4180.

The cart’s marquee “Stupid Burger” consists of an almost unmanageable amount of sustenance, and even the  ostensibly virtuous black-bean-and-corn Smart Burger, imported from New Seasons—along with the majority of the cart’s ingredients—somehow manages to feel as if it weighs 3 pounds. It’s real food, for real people, who are real drunk or hungry. And we love it.

Vancouver Ave's Stoopid Burger, with owner John Hunt
IMAGE: Will Corwin

 


5. Kim Jong Grillin’

4606 SE Division St., 929-0522.

The first bite of that KJG Dog is an explosion of sensory stimuli: The crunch of the Binh Minh Bakery baguette is a prelude to the snap of the footlong grilled Sabrett dog, the subdued sweetness of the pickled mango slices and the spice of the kimchee.

PUT AN EGG ON IT: The bibim box with short ribs.
IMAGE: leahnash.com

 



Previous Hot Plates:

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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