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The 38 Essential Portland Restaurants, January 2012

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It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

In October, we added the all-vegetarian Alberta spot Natural Selection, and to this edition, we offer up its meat-filled, salty and spicy conceptual opposite: Tanuki, which resurfaced on SE Stark after cross-town move (that saw its popular menu remain intact).

(To take a trip down memory lane and see the changes the 38 underwent this time last year, check the January 2011 edition, which saw nine newcomers.)
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For more Eater 38 guides updated today across the Eater Universe, head over to Eater National.

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Pok Pok

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Bunk Sandwiches

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The Country Cat

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St. Jack

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Paley's Place

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Bamboo Sushi

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Screen Door

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Podnah's Pit

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Toro Bravo

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Ocean City

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Park Kitchen

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Nostrana

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Simpatica (Brunch)

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Metrovino

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Beaker & Flask

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Grain & Gristle

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Olympic Provisions

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Apizza Scholls

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Broder Cafe

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Ha & VL

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Ned Ludd

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Castagna

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Little Big Burger

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Clyde Common

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Grüner

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Jade Teahouse & Patisserie

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Le Pigeon

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Natural Selection

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Laurelhurst Market

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Lincoln

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Tasty N Sons

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