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The 38 Essential Portland Restaurants, July 2011

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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.

This time around, the 38 bids farewell to Lucky Strike, Kenny & Zuke's, Red Onion, and Ken's Artisan — not because they aren't great spots, but simply because time keeps moving on. Also dropping off the list is Tanuki, thanks to a (temporary) shutter that puts it out of commission for the time being.

That's the bad news. The good: A quartet of new spots have proved their mettle over the past six months, and Eater would like to welcome St. Jack, Grain & Gristle, Aviary, and Little Big Burger to the dancefloor. And making a comeback: DOC returns to the list after dropping off a year ago. All of these changes are reflected in random order here.

And, just in case, rather than a stage-4 meltdown over our having excluded your favorite restaurant from the list, wouldn't it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion?

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pok Pok

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3226 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

2. Bunk Sandwiches

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621 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

3. Biwa

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215 SE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

4. The Country Cat

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7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

5. St. Jack

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2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 360-1281
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6. Paley's

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1204 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97210

7. Bamboo Sushi

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310 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-5255
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8. Screen Door

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2337 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 542-0880

9. Podnah's Pit

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1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

10. DOC

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5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 946-8592
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11. Toro Bravo

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120 NE Russell St
Portland, OR 97212

12. Ocean City

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3016 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

13. Park Kitchen

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422 NW 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 223-7275
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14. Nostrana

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1401 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

15. Simpatica (Brunch)

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828 SE Ash St
Portland, OR 97214

16. Evoe

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3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

17. Metrovino

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1139 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

18. Beaker & Flask

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720 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-8180
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19. Grain & Gristle

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1473 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 298-5007
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20. Tabla

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200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

21. Olympic Provisions

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107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

22. Bar Avignon

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2138 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 517-0808
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23. Apizza Scholls

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4741 SE Salmon St-Hawthorne Blvd Alley
Portland, OR 97214

24. Broder Cafe

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2508 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

25. Ha & VL

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2738 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

26. Aviary

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1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 287-2400
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27. Ned Ludd

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3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

28. Castagna

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1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

29. Little Big Burger

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122 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 274-9008
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30. Genoa Restaurant

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2832 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 238-1464
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31. Clyde Common

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1014 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97205

32. Beast

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5425 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 841-6968
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33. Grüner Restaurant

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527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-7163
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34. Jade Teahouse & Patisserie

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7912 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 477-8985
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35. Le Pigeon

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738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

36. Laurelhurst Market

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3155 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 206-3099
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37. Lincoln

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 288-6200
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38. Tasty N Sons

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

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1. Pok Pok

3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

3226 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

2. Bunk Sandwiches

621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

621 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

3. Biwa

215 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

215 SE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

4. The Country Cat

7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

5. St. Jack

2039 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

6. Paley's

1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97210

1204 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97210

7. Bamboo Sushi

310 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

310 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

8. Screen Door

2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

2337 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Podnah's Pit

1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211

1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

10. DOC

5519 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

11. Toro Bravo

120 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212

120 NE Russell St
Portland, OR 97212

12. Ocean City

3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266