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Portland Chefs' Favorite Restaurants, Mapped

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For years, Portland's accomplished chefs, from the renowned Vitaly Paley, to precise pastry chef Kristen D. Murrey of Maurice, have shared their favorite restaurants in an Eater series called Dining Confidential, and this map features a catered list of the best Dining Confidentials from the past two years to reveal these accomplished chefs' secret spots all in one place. The map will also be continually updated moving forward, as more of Portland's critically acclaimed chefs share their go-to restaurants.

With Dining Confidentials, every kind of dining establishment, from taco stands, to upscale restaurants specialized in modernist fine dining, is on the table, and you'll find a mix of noodle bars, sushi spots, sandwich shops, and more below. For the full articles, head to the Dining Confidential section of Eater Portland.

Want to know where a particular chef eats? Give a shoutout to your favorite chefs in the comments for consideration for future Dining Confidentials. And note, as with nearly all Eater Portland maps, the restaurants on this map are not ranked. They are organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. MeKha

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6846 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 719-4584
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Nong Poonsukwattana of Nong's Khao Man Gai gets her noodles at MeKha noodle bar and cafe. "I always get the No. 10A, dry. Its dry noodles come with a little bowl of soup," says Poonsukwattana, "and my favorite part is that little bowl of soup. Make sure they give you little pieces of pork bones in there." Poonsukwattana also recommends the chrysanthemum leaves that come in a plate of bean sprouts with the soup. "It's my new favorite," she says. Once you've got the bowl, Poonsukwattana recommends mixing it together first and testing it before adding the condiments. Note there's a second MeKha location at 4912 SE Division St.

[Photo: Facebook/Mehka]

2. Angel Food and Fun Mexican Restaurant

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5135 NE 60th Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 287-7909
Ava Gene's chef-owner Joshua McFadden gets his Mexican plates at Angel Food and Fun. "Every time I go in there, I eat a gajillion tacos, but I always get a torta to go for later," he says. The chicken, steak, and braised pork tacos are all fair game, as are the "great" tamales and "awesome" empanadas.

[Photo: Yelp/Duane P.]

3. Swiss Hibiscus

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4950 NE 14th
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 477-9224
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Gabe Rosen and Kina Voelz of Biwa and Noraneko are big fans of "mom-and-pop places where there isn't a restaurant-scene vibe," and one of their favorites is the Swiss-Hawaiian fare at Swiss Hibiscus. "They serve delicious goulash, spätzle, schnitzel, rösti, and kartoffelsalat. The deserts are also very good — and not too sweet."

[Photo: Yelp/Kunhyuk K.]

4. Mirakutei

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536 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 467-7501
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For Colin and Holly Howard, who owned the now-closed Oso Market & Bar, Mirakutei holds a a special place — especially its black cod. "We ate here the night we got engaged," Colin and Holly tell Eater, "and practically teared up over the black cod. The glaze is darkly flavored with a light smokiness to it. The meat of the cod is so light and buttery. The simplicity of the space and the professionalism of the kitchen staff let you know how important the quality of the menu is here."

[Photo: Yelp/Douglas C.]

5. Bar Avignon

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2138 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 517-0808
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Renata owners Sandra and Nick Arnerich love eating at Bar Avignon with their kids. "They have a great wine list that's super approachable," says Sandra, "with a by-the-glass list that's well thought out. As for the food, it's comforting, simple, and it's exactly what I want when I don't want to cook. They recommend the mussels as well as the roasted chicken, especially during tomato season when it often comes atop panzanella.

[Photo: Facebook/Bar Avignon]

6. C Bar

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2880 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 230-8808
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The Country Cat's Adam and Jackie Sappington dig C Bar for a "weekend burger, fries, and pinball" with the kids. "Our boys grab their quarters and go into the pinball room, and we get a cocktail and have a minute to chat. And the burger is a straight-up, no-B.S. burger." And the best thing at C Bar, according to the Sappingtons? The friendly service.

[Photo: Facebook/C Bar]

7. Steakadelphia

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5835 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 788-7141
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When Muscadine's Laura Rhoman goes for the cheesesteaks, it's at Steakadelphia. "My order is always the provolone Philly. I really haven't found a comparable cheesesteak in town. It doesn't come with a side, but I always get fries. I think with a soda and decent tip, my total is exactly $13."

[Photo: Facebook/Steakadelphia]

8. Best Baguette

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8303 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97523
(503) 788-3098
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Scott Snyder, the former chef-owner of now-shuttered Levant, goes to Best Baguette for fast and cheap Vietnamese sandwiches and bubble teas. "My favorite is the Best Baguette Special banh mi," he says. It comes with pâte, ham, pork and head cheese, along with all the usual fixings. Best Baguette has a second location at 3635 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton.

[Photo: Yelp/John S.]

9. Beijing Hot Pot

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2768 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 774-2525
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Beijing Hot Pot is the go-to Chinese food restaurant for John and Renee Gorham of Tasty and Sons and Toro Bravo fame. "There is nothing hip or trendy about Beijing Hot Pot — that's why we love it," they say. "It serves healthy, honest, simple food prepared with love. It's not a good place if you're in a hurry, because it's literally operated by one or two people." The Gorhams' favorite order is a broth that's one side spicy and one side mild, and they recommend ordering the combination with handmade noodles and adding on the dumplings. Forgo the cocktail program for the "chrysanthemum tea drink" or inexpensive beer.

[Photo: Yelp/Don B.]

1. MeKha

6846 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
Nong Poonsukwattana of Nong's Khao Man Gai gets her noodles at MeKha noodle bar and cafe. "I always get the No. 10A, dry. Its dry noodles come with a little bowl of soup," says Poonsukwattana, "and my favorite part is that little bowl of soup. Make sure they give you little pieces of pork bones in there." Poonsukwattana also recommends the chrysanthemum leaves that come in a plate of bean sprouts with the soup. "It's my new favorite," she says. Once you've got the bowl, Poonsukwattana recommends mixing it together first and testing it before adding the condiments. Note there's a second MeKha location at 4912 SE Division St.

[Photo: Facebook/Mehka]

6846 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

2. Angel Food and Fun Mexican Restaurant

5135 NE 60th Ave, Portland, OR 97218
Ava Gene's chef-owner Joshua McFadden gets his Mexican plates at Angel Food and Fun. "Every time I go in there, I eat a gajillion tacos, but I always get a torta to go for later," he says. The chicken, steak, and braised pork tacos are all fair game, as are the "great" tamales and "awesome" empanadas.

[Photo: Yelp/Duane P.]

5135 NE 60th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

3. Swiss Hibiscus

4950 NE 14th, Portland, OR 97211
Gabe Rosen and Kina Voelz of Biwa and Noraneko are big fans of "mom-and-pop places where there isn't a restaurant-scene vibe," and one of their favorites is the Swiss-Hawaiian fare at Swiss Hibiscus. "They serve delicious goulash, spätzle, schnitzel, rösti, and kartoffelsalat. The deserts are also very good — and not too sweet."

[Photo: Yelp/Kunhyuk K.]

4950 NE 14th
Portland, OR 97211

4. Mirakutei

536 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
For Colin and Holly Howard, who owned the now-closed Oso Market & Bar, Mirakutei holds a a special place — especially its black cod. "We ate here the night we got engaged," Colin and Holly tell Eater, "and practically teared up over the black cod. The glaze is darkly flavored with a light smokiness to it. The meat of the cod is so light and buttery. The simplicity of the space and the professionalism of the kitchen staff let you know how important the quality of the menu is here."

[Photo: Yelp/Douglas C.]

536 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Bar Avignon

2138 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Renata owners Sandra and Nick Arnerich love eating at Bar Avignon with their kids. "They have a great wine list that's super approachable," says Sandra, "with a by-the-glass list that's well thought out. As for the food, it's comforting, simple, and it's exactly what I want when I don't want to cook. They recommend the mussels as well as the roasted chicken, especially during tomato season when it often comes atop panzanella.

[Photo: Facebook/Bar Avignon]

2138 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

6. C Bar

2880 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR 97202
The Country Cat's Adam and Jackie Sappington dig C Bar for a "weekend burger, fries, and pinball" with the kids. "Our boys grab their quarters and go into the pinball room, and we get a cocktail and have a minute to chat. And the burger is a straight-up, no-B.S. burger." And the best thing at C Bar, according to the Sappingtons? The friendly service.

[Photo: Facebook/C Bar]

2880 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202

7. Steakadelphia

5835 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
When Muscadine's Laura Rhoman goes for the cheesesteaks, it's at Steakadelphia. "My order is always the provolone Philly. I really haven't found a comparable cheesesteak in town. It doesn't come with a side, but I always get fries. I think with a soda and decent tip, my total is exactly $13."

[Photo: Facebook/Steakadelphia]

5835 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

8. Best Baguette

8303 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97523
Scott Snyder, the former chef-owner of now-shuttered Levant, goes to Best Baguette for fast and cheap Vietnamese sandwiches and bubble teas. "My favorite is the Best Baguette Special banh mi," he says. It comes with pâte, ham, pork and head cheese, along with all the usual fixings. Best Baguette has a second location at 3635 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton.

[Photo: Yelp/John S.]

8303 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97523

9. Beijing Hot Pot

2768 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
Beijing Hot Pot is the go-to Chinese food restaurant for John and Renee Gorham of Tasty and Sons and Toro Bravo fame. "There is nothing hip or trendy about Beijing Hot Pot — that's why we love it," they say. "It serves healthy, honest, simple food prepared with love. It's not a good place if you're in a hurry, because it's literally operated by one or two people." The Gorhams' favorite order is a broth that's one side spicy and one side mild, and they recommend ordering the combination with handmade noodles and adding on the dumplings. Forgo the cocktail program for the "chrysanthemum tea drink" or inexpensive beer.

[Photo: Yelp/Don B.]

2768 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

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