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Castagna: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 231-7373, castagnarestaurant.com [MODERN GARDEN] Under chef Justin Woodward, the elegant, modernist-leaning Castagna is as good as it's ever been.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Pok Pok: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
3226 SE Division St., 232-1387, pokpokpdx.com. [THAI ROYALTY] Less than 10 years ago, Andy Ricker was a guy in a shack on sleepy Division Street slinging transcendent Thai-   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Szechuan Chef: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
5331 SW Macadam Ave., 227-3136, szechuanchef.us [MEET THE HEAT] Szechuan Chef is all kinds of unlikely. Not only is it excellent food in the demilitarized zone of southwest   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Tarad Thai: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
601 SE Morrison St., 234-4102, taradpdx.com [NEXT-TIER THAI] Remember why you're here: damn good renditions of several Thai standards, a few offerings with a little added    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Top Five Restaurants of 2014: Number 3, Ataula

A new best tapas in town.


Restaurant Guide
Ataula celebrated its one-year anniversary in late August, with flamenco music and dance. The packed house was rollicking, which says a lot since this was a Wednesday night in the barely noticea   More
 
Sunday, October 12, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

The Taco Trail

¿Donde debemos comer en Woodburn?


Food Reviews & Stories
Woodburn wears a lot of sombreros. Shoppers stop at the town north of Salem for its outlet mall. Gearheads go for the drag strip. Foodniks know the majority-Latino town as the state’s mecca of   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN, NICK ZUKIN

Second Rodeo

Rodney Muirhead’s La Taq rides herd.


Food Reviews & Stories
Grub-wise, Texas is best known for two things. First, there’s barbecue, which the Lone Star State does better than anyone. Second, there’s that vaguely defined cuisine de gringo known as “   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Bravo Barcelona

Ataula is the best westside Spanish joint in a generation.


Food Reviews & Stories
Let’s not call Ataula, the 3-month-old rookie venture from Barcelona-born chef Jose Chesa, a “neighborhood restaurant.” To my ear, that’s code for mediocrity, the kind of place you’d vis   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Restaurant Guide 2013: Aviary


Restaurant Guide
1733 NE Alberta St., 287-2400, aviarypdx.com. [JOY OF FLIGHT] The 2011 fire that clipped the wings of this fast-ascending Northeast Portland gem is now a bad and distant memory. The three-headed    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

Restaurant Guide 2013: Chennai Masala


Restaurant Guide
 2088 NW Stucki Ave., Hillsboro, 531-9500, chennaimasala.net. [HILLSBORDOSA] Finding Indian food in Portland proper that hasn’t been dumbed down for the locals can be a challenge. Instead,   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN
 

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