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December 9th, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

dish_smallwares_4105RICE IS NICE: Congee with Chinese sausage, granola, egg and scallion. - IMAGE: chrisryanphoto.com

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. Smallwares

4605 NE Fremont St., 971-229-0995.

Ever had ramen for breakfast? Smallwares' beef meatball ramen opens your sinuses with horseradish and then fills them with uber-beefy broth.


2. Acadia

1303 NE Fremont St., 249-5001, creolapdx.com.

Adam Higgs' head-on barbecue shrimp is a seafood version of Chex party mix and crazy good, especially when you suck the heads.

SURPRISE CATCH: A soft-shell crab from Acadia, the restaurant that provided the best new finds during a month of fish food.
IMAGE: James Rexroad


3. Haan Ghin

Southwest Park Avenue and Harrison Street (on PSU campus).

Haan Ghin's trademark mii gai is brilliant: a sweet-sour egg noodle vermicelli crisped up with fried shallot and chicken skin. Terrific.

OH MII GAI: Haan Ghin’s trademark dish, with banana-leaf-wrapped coconut rice.
IMAGE: Jason DeSomer

 

4. Zaatar

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

Tony Karam's baba ghanoush has as much smoke as many pork shanks.

MEZZ DISPENSER: Zaatar’s mezza plate comes with six vegetarian dishes and a pile of meat.
IMAGE: Daniel Cole

 

5. Chongqinq Huo Guo 

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

This soup spot doesn't dull its spicy broth for Western palates. Get a half-and-half spicy and mild broth.

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

 

Previous Hot Plates:

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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