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The 38 Essential Portland Restaurants, October 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 Tabla, Beaker & Flask, Park Kitchen, and Jade Patisserie. That's the bad news. The good? They depart in order to make room for Ox (NE MLK's uber-buzzy Argentine grill, which debuted in April), Smallwares (a spicy small-plates spot in a neighborhood with few upscale options), the Bent Brick (Park Kitchen's more experimental younger brother), and Nuestra Cocina (a longtime neighborhood favorite that just happens to serve an otherwise underrepresented cuisine). 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. Ned Ludd

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3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

2. Tasty N Sons

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

3. Pok Pok

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3226 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

4. Le Pigeon

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738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Aviary

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1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 946-8592
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7. Natural Selection

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3033 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-5883
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8. Olympic Provisions

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107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Tanuki

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

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621 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

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1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 284-3366

13. Biwa

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215 SE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

14. The Country Cat

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7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

15. Nong's Khao Man Gai

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609 SE Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97214

16. Screen Door

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2337 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 542-0880
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17. Bamboo Sushi

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310 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-5255
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18. St. Jack

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2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 360-1281
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19. Podnah's Pit

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1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

20. Toro Bravo

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120 NE Russell St
Portland, OR 97212

21. The Woodsman Tavern

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

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3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

23. Paley's Place

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1204 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

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. Smallwares

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4605 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

27. Genoa

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2832 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 238-1464
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28. Tienda Santa Cruz 2

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

29. Grain & Gristle

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1473 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 298-5007
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30. Grüner

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

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1401 SE Morrison 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. Nuestra Cocina

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2135 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

34. Castagna

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1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

35. Laurelhurst Market

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3155 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 206-3099
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36. Apizza Scholls

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SE Hawthorne Blvd-Holly St Alley
Portland, OR 97214

37. The Bent Brick

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1639 NW Marshall St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 688-1655

38. Andina

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1314 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209

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1. Ned Ludd

3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

2. Tasty N Sons

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

3. Pok Pok

3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
3226 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

4. Le Pigeon

738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

5. Aviary

1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
1733 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

6. DOC

5519 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

7. Natural Selection

3033 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
3033 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

8. Olympic Provisions

107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214
107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Tanuki

8029 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
8029 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

10. Bunk Sandwiches

621 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
621 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Portobello Vegan Trattoria

1125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
1125 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

12. Ox

2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212