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Eater PDX Heatmap: Where to Eat Now

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Restaurant obsessives always want to know what's new and what's hot. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering the pillars and provocateurs that make Portland's dining scene unique, it's not a chronicle of the "it" (ie, newest) places of the moment.

Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change often to continually highlight where the food-focused crowds are flocking to this very second. There has been a flurry of new openings lately, so this month we've said goodbye to a few relative old-timers. In their place we welcomed six new hotspots: the reborn Alameda Cafe, wood-fired Fire and Stone, cozy Le Vieux, Mexican rotisserie Pollo Norte, south waterfront gastropub The Groaning Board, and new French bistro Verdigris.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bamboo Izakaya

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1409 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 889-0336
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Bamboo Sushi's parent group has branched out into izakaya territory with the opening of this 64-seat temple to Japanese drinking food. Robata grills burn traditional binchō-tan, a charcoal made from oak, turning out charred skewers of cruelty- and hormone-free meats, and sustainable seafood. A tight menu of small plates includes savory Japanese pancakes (okonomiyaki), and a wagyu beef burger. The weekend brunch skews more "American with Asian accents." And a large selection of sake, sochu, Japanese whiskey, and Asian-inflected cocktails make it a proper drinking den. In spring, they'll open a second location in the West End.

2. Muscadine

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1465 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97211
At this 40-seat Southern breakfast and lunch spot, you can chow down on fried chicken and tangy braised collard greens as early as 8 a.m. But those craving more traditional breakfast can opt for the andouille omelettes, powdered-sugar-dusted beignets, and fluffy biscuits made from White Lily flour smothered in gravy. Chef/owner Laura Rhoman, an eighth-generation Mississippi native, takes the food of her homeland seriously, and it shows.

3. All-Way

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615 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 299-6666
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In November, Peter Bro's All-Way opened in the former Red Coach space Downtown, slinging In-N-Out inspired burgers, plus fried chicken or fish, beer, fries, onion rings, and housemade sodas until 11 p.m. seven days a week. The burgers have proved so popular, they're now on the menu at Bro's Savoy Tavern. Milkshakes and ice cream still haven't arrived (come on!), but they're on their way.

4. Kyra's Bake Shop

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599 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
For years, Kyra Bussanich's customers had nowhere to sit to enjoy their gluten-free pastries. Her shop was that small. But in November it moved around the corner to a bigger space, and now offers 35 seats and an expanded menu offering cafe fare like soups, salads, quiche by the slice, and sandwiches made with house-made gluten-free bread.

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2150 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 395-4742
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Nancye Benson, proprietor of the pioneering Moxie Rx food cart and former pastry chef of Woodsman Tavern, opened her own cafe in North Portland in early November, transforming the former Atomic Pizza space into a light-filled place to linger over pastries, small plates and desserts. Benson has also stocked a small but well-curated selection of artisan items in the same vein as those carried at The Woodsman Market, where she was the culinary director.

6. New American

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2103 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
Two former Higgins alums took over the former Mextiza space and opened a slow-food-fast restaurant in mid-November. Locally sourced ingredients and seasonal dishes can be ordered and purchased online and picked up to take home. Or you can dine in and let them wash the dishes, too. The cornerstone of the menu is the churrasco grill, which puts out rotisserie chickens and marinated grass-fed tri-tip from Carmen Ranch carved to order. Guests mix and match from the menu of side dishes and salads to complete the meal, whether it's for one person or four.

7. Tasty 'N Sons

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 621-1400
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A comparative old-timer in the Portland food scene, Tasty N Alder lands on the Heat Map for its recently revamped space and menu. The restaurant feels more urban and the menu has a tighter focus emphasizing "Chesapeake-style" fish and shellfish dishes, a mix-and-match "Mains and Two" section, plus set specials each day, like bouillabaise on Friday, and chicken and waffles on Sunday.

8. Alameda Cafe

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4641 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 284-5314
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Cameron Addy, the former chef de cuisine of Ava Gene's and Papa Haydn and former owner of Belly, purchased the 30-year-old cafe with partners and has given it new life. He remodeled the dining room and kitchen and completely overhauled the menu, giving it a Mediterranean focus with occasional Southern influences. The dish of the moment? Barley risotto with creamed leeks, winter squash, chanterelles and crispy shallots. There's a decadent, Southern-tinged brunch on weekends, and he'll be launching weekday breakfast and lunch in mid-January.

9. Fire+Stone

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3707 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97212
The new wood-fired venture from Jeff Smalley (former baker at Grand Central and New Seasons) and Ken's Artisan Pizza alum Joey Alvarez is the hottest ticket on NE Fremont. The menu features a small selection of salads, Italian appetizers like arancini, and entrees like roast chicken and braised shortribs. But the half-dozen or so pizzas are the stars. The crust is built on Smalley's levain dough and properly blistered in the wood oven.

10. Le Vieux

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1937 Northwest 23rd Place
Portland, OR 97210
Just before the new year, transplant chefs Annette Yang and Brian Leitner opened Le Vieux, the cozy dinner house in the former Noisette space. Their aim is to charm you with a warm, relaxed interior and seasonal, rotating, semi-themed menus that change every few weeks, ambling through various Old World Mediterranean cuisines. The opening menu features Moroccan touches — think lamb tagine. But the next winter menu has a French streak, with dishes like pot au feu and cassoulet. And, as befits a neighborhood joint, they offer a casual weekend brunch.

11. Pollo Norte

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5427 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 287-0669
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Chefs Kelly Shelton (Luce, Clarklewis, Genoa) and Ryan Gibson (Rontoms, Taqueria Nueva and DF) along with Shelton's business-minded brother Wade, quietly opened Pollo Norte in early December. But the venture inspired by Mexico City's popular neighborhood chicken shops couldn't fly under the radar long. It's already earned a rabid following for its take-out ready free-range chickens cooked on a Mexican rotisserie grill. To go with the birds, there are tortillas, salsa, and five Mexican-inspired sides, including crave-inducing pinto beans stewed with pork and chiles; potatoes roasted in pan drippings; and tangy cabbage slaw.

12. The Groaning Board

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3500 Southwest River Parkway
Portland, OR 97239
Cory Chunn, former chef de cuisine at Lincoln, is energizing the South Waterfront with this newly opened gastropub. The menu is all about "comfort food with a twist." There are inventive dishes like a corned beef tongue sandwich with cornichon-caper relish and gruyere; a salad with grumolo chicory, boquerones, and crunchy bits of cornbread. But there's also more straightforward options like burgers made from house-ground meat, and chicken pot pie topped with house-made puff pastry. To drink, there are six taps running local beers, plus about 10 more in bottles, and eight wines. Creating the specialty cocktails behind the bar is Steve Boccadoro, formerly the lead bartender at Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas, who's also an Oregon Culinary grad.

13. Verdigris

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1315 Northeast Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97212
Chef Johnny Nunn (Five-0-Three in West Linn, Ringside Fish, Brasserie Montmartre) and his wife, Kristina, were aching to open a neighborhood spot of their own. They found the perfect place near their own home, opening Verdigris in early December. There, Nunn reimagines the French bistro, offering classics like beef bourguignon alongside contemporary French dishes like ahi tuna pot au feu with mushroom dashi, beets, and pears. On weekends, it turns into a cozy brunch spot offering sandwiches like croque madame on housemade brioche, plus bigger plates like ricotta pancakes with butternut compote, and poached eggs with smoked cod potato cakes, trout roe and hollandaise.

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1. Bamboo Izakaya

1409 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Bamboo Sushi's parent group has branched out into izakaya territory with the opening of this 64-seat temple to Japanese drinking food. Robata grills burn traditional binchō-tan, a charcoal made from oak, turning out charred skewers of cruelty- and hormone-free meats, and sustainable seafood. A tight menu of small plates includes savory Japanese pancakes (okonomiyaki), and a wagyu beef burger. The weekend brunch skews more "American with Asian accents." And a large selection of sake, sochu, Japanese whiskey, and Asian-inflected cocktails make it a proper drinking den. In spring, they'll open a second location in the West End.
1409 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

2. Muscadine

1465 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR 97211
At this 40-seat Southern breakfast and lunch spot, you can chow down on fried chicken and tangy braised collard greens as early as 8 a.m. But those craving more traditional breakfast can opt for the andouille omelettes, powdered-sugar-dusted beignets, and fluffy biscuits made from White Lily flour smothered in gravy. Chef/owner Laura Rhoman, an eighth-generation Mississippi native, takes the food of her homeland seriously, and it shows.
1465 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97211

3. All-Way

615 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
In November, Peter Bro's All-Way opened in the former Red Coach space Downtown, slinging In-N-Out inspired burgers, plus fried chicken or fish, beer, fries, onion rings, and housemade sodas until 11 p.m. seven days a week. The burgers have proved so popular, they're now on the menu at Bro's Savoy Tavern. Milkshakes and ice cream still haven't arrived (come on!), but they're on their way.
615 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

4. Kyra's Bake Shop

599 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
For years, Kyra Bussanich's customers had nowhere to sit to enjoy their gluten-free pastries. Her shop was that small. But in November it moved around the corner to a bigger space, and now offers 35 seats and an expanded menu offering cafe fare like soups, salads, quiche by the slice, and sandwiches made with house-made gluten-free bread.
599 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

5. milk glass mrkt

2150 N. Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217
Nancye Benson, proprietor of the pioneering Moxie Rx food cart and former pastry chef of Woodsman Tavern, opened her own cafe in North Portland in early November, transforming the former Atomic Pizza space into a light-filled place to linger over pastries, small plates and desserts. Benson has also stocked a small but well-curated selection of artisan items in the same vein as those carried at The Woodsman Market, where she was the culinary director.
2150 N. Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217

6. New American

2103 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
Two former Higgins alums took over the former Mextiza space and opened a slow-food-fast restaurant in mid-November. Locally sourced ingredients and seasonal dishes can be ordered and purchased online and picked up to take home. Or you can dine in and let them wash the dishes, too. The cornerstone of the menu is the churrasco grill, which puts out rotisserie chickens and marinated grass-fed tri-tip from Carmen Ranch carved to order. Guests mix and match from the menu of side dishes and salads to complete the meal, whether it's for one person or four.
2103 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

7. Tasty 'N Sons

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
A comparative old-timer in the Portland food scene, Tasty N Alder lands on the Heat Map for its recently revamped space and menu. The restaurant feels more urban and the menu has a tighter focus emphasizing "Chesapeake-style" fish and shellfish dishes, a mix-and-match "Mains and Two" section, plus set specials each day, like bouillabaise on Friday, and chicken and waffles on Sunday.
3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

8. Alameda Cafe

4641 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
Cameron Addy, the former chef de cuisine of Ava Gene's and Papa Haydn and former owner of Belly, purchased the 30-year-old cafe with partners and has given it new life. He remodeled the dining room and kitchen and completely overhauled the menu, giving it a Mediterranean focus with occasional Southern influences. The dish of the moment? Barley risotto with creamed leeks, winter squash, chanterelles and crispy shallots. There's a decadent, Southern-tinged brunch on weekends, and he'll be launching weekday breakfast and lunch in mid-January.
4641 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

9. Fire+Stone

3707 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212
The new wood-fired venture from Jeff Smalley (former baker at Grand Central and New Seasons) and Ken's Artisan Pizza alum Joey Alvarez is the hottest ticket on NE Fremont. The menu features a small selection of salads, Italian appetizers like arancini, and entrees like roast chicken and braised shortribs. But the half-dozen or so pizzas are the stars. The crust is built on Smalley's levain dough and properly blistered in the wood oven.
3707 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97212

10. Le Vieux

1937 Northwest 23rd Place, Portland, OR 97210
Just before the new year, transplant chefs Annette Yang and Brian Leitner opened Le Vieux, the cozy dinner house in the former Noisette space. Their aim is to charm you with a warm, relaxed interior and seasonal, rotating, semi-themed menus that change every few weeks, ambling through various Old World Mediterranean cuisines. The opening menu features Moroccan touches — think lamb tagine. But the next winter menu has a French streak, with dishes like pot au feu and cassoulet. And, as befits a neighborhood joint, they offer a casual weekend brunch.
1937 Northwest 23rd Place
Portland, OR 97210

11. Pollo Norte

5427 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218
Chefs Kelly Shelton (Luce, Clarklewis, Genoa) and Ryan Gibson (Rontoms, Taqueria Nueva and DF) along with Shelton's business-minded brother Wade, quietly opened Pollo Norte in early December. But the venture inspired by Mexico City's popular neighborhood chicken shops couldn't fly under the radar long. It's already earned a rabid following for its take-out ready free-range chickens cooked on a Mexican rotisserie grill. To go with the birds, there are tortillas, salsa, and five Mexican-inspired sides, including crave-inducing pinto beans stewed with pork and chiles; potatoes roasted in pan drippings; and tangy cabbage slaw.
5427 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

12. The Groaning Board

3500 Southwest River Parkway, Portland, OR 97239
Cory Chunn, former chef de cuisine at Lincoln, is energizing the South Waterfront with this newly opened gastropub. The menu is all about "comfort food with a twist." There are inventive dishes like a corned beef tongue sandwich with cornichon-caper relish and gruyere; a salad with grumolo chicory, boquerones, and crunchy bits of cornbread. But there's also more straightforward options like burgers made from house-ground meat, and chicken pot pie topped with house-made puff pastry. To drink, there are six taps running local beers, plus about 10 more in bottles, and eight wines. Creating the specialty cocktails behind the bar is Steve Boccadoro, formerly the lead bartender at Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas, who's also an Oregon Culinary grad.
3500 Southwest River Parkway
Portland, OR 97239

13. Verdigris

1315 Northeast Fremont Street, Portland, OR 97212
Chef Johnny Nunn (Five-0-Three in West Linn, Ringside Fish, Brasserie Montmartre) and his wife, Kristina, were aching to open a neighborhood spot of their own. They found the perfect place near their own home, opening Verdigris in early December. There, Nunn reimagines the French bistro, offering classics like beef bourguignon alongside contemporary French dishes like ahi tuna pot au feu with mushroom dashi, beets, and pears. On weekends, it turns into a cozy brunch spot offering sandwiches like croque madame on housemade brioche, plus bigger plates like ricotta pancakes with butternut compote, and poached eggs with smoked cod potato cakes, trout roe and hollandaise.
1315 Northeast Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97212

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