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The 38 Essential Portland Restaurants, July 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 highly elite 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, after much reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, the 38 bids farewell to Ocean City and Clyde Common in order to make room for Tienda Santa Cruz (representing an underrepresented cuisine and neighborhood) and the Woodsman Tavern (which has maintained its buzz since opening late last year). These changes are reflected in totally random order here.

And, just in case, rather than a stage-four 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. Le Pigeon

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738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

2. Aviary

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1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Tasty N Sons

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. Natural Selection

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3033 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-5883
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5. Pok Pok

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3226 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

6. St. Jack

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2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 360-1281
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7. Tanuki

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8029 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 477-6030
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8. Bunk Sandwiches

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621 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

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1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

10. Biwa

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215 SE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

11. The Country Cat

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7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

12. Nong's Khao Man Gai

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609 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214

13. Screen Door

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2337 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 542-0880
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14. Bamboo Sushi

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310 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-5255
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15. Podnah's Pit

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1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

16. DOC

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

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120 NE Russell St
Portland, OR 97212

18. The Woodsman Tavern

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4537 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(971) 373-8264
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19. Evoe

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3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

20. Paley's Place

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1204 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

21. Park Kitchen

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422 NW 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 223-7275
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22. Ned Ludd

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3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

23. Broder Cafe

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2508 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

24. Ha & VL

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2738 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

25. Nostrana

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1401 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

26. Tienda Santa Cruz 2

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8630 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 289-2005

27. Grain & Gristle

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

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200 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

29. Apizza Scholls

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SE Hawthorne Blvd-Holly St Alley
Portland, OR 97214

30. Grüner

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527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-7163
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31. Olympic Provisions

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107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

32. Beast

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5425 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 841-6968
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33. Jade Teahouse & Patisserie

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7912 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 477-8985
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34. Castagna

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1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

35. Beaker & Flask

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720 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-8180
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36. Laurelhurst Market

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

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2832 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 238-1464
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38. Andina

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1314 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209

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1. Le Pigeon

738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

2. Aviary

1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Tasty N Sons

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. Natural Selection

3033 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

3033 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

5. Pok Pok

3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

3226 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

6. St. Jack

2039 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

7. Tanuki

8029 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

8029 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

8. Bunk Sandwiches

621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

621 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

10. Biwa

215 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

215 SE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

11. The Country Cat

7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

12. Nong's Khao Man Gai

609 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214