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Updating the Eater PDX HeatMap: Where to Eat Now

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Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, etc., and more often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" (ie, newest) places of the moment.

Thus, we offer the Eater HeatMap, which will change often to continually highlight where the food-focused crowds are flocking to at this very second. Three recent openings — in two of Portland's hottest restaurant neighborhoods — are garnering some serious buzz: the mostly pasta Grassa, seafood spot Block + Tackle, and the just-opened Roman Candle Bakery.


2013 HeatMap Updates:
1/3/2013: Added: Ava Gene's, Verde Cocina en la Perla
2/7/2013: Added: Tasty N Alder, Raven & Rose
3/7/2013: Added: Levant, Racion, Kingdom of Roosevelt, Tarad
4/4/2013: Added: The Fireside
5/2/2013: Added: din din Supper Club, Sok Sab Bai
6/6/2013: Added: Sen Yai, Old Salt Marketplace
7/11/2013: Added: Roman Candle Bakery, Block + Tackle, Grassa

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1. Roman Candle Bakery

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3373 Southeast Division Street
Portland, OR 97202

This hotly anticipated bakery by Stumptown mastermind Duane Sorenson literally opened a couple days ago, and already this warm SE Division spot has inspired many a food-porn money shot. So far, the cases are filled with breads and pastries by Lovejoy Bakers alum Dan Griffin, with plans to roll out pizza bianca in the coming weeks.

2. Block + Tackle

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3113 Southeast Division Street
Portland, OR 97202

Chef Trent Pierce pulls a switcheroo at his Division spot Wafu, transforming the space and concept into a casual seafood restaurant that celebrates his Oregon roots. The result is an American take on seafood, elevated: hot crab dip is re-imagined as a light interpretation of Wafu's crab roll; seafood "charcuterie" arrives in the form of marlin rillettes and mussels cured in pimenton.

3. Grassa

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1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

Like at his familiar sandwich spot Lardo, Rick Genarelli debuts a similarly fast-casual take, this time on fresh pasta. The menu features impressively varied and well-executed takes on carbonara (with a perfected cracked egg), gigli (simply cracked pepper and cheese), and chitarra (with squid ink, octopus, and chorizo).

4. Sen Yai

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3384 Southeast Division Street
Portland, OR 97202

Andy Ricker takes his familiar approach to Thai cooking — authentic, unexpected, and street-influenced — and applies it to the humble noodle, devoting an entire menu to stir-fried and soup-stewed iterations of the dish. As expected, the place is already packed, and bonus points for its large outdoor patio, a perfect spot for summertime day-drinking.

5. Old Salt Marketplace

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5027 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(971) 255-0167
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The team behind NE's comfortable bar Grain & Gristle joins forces with Pastaworks alum Tray Satterfield to bring a similar homey spot to the Cully neighborhood. Chef Tim Wastell churns out simple-yet-hearty dishes from the open-hearth kitchen; meanwhile, the lunchtime deli offers sandwiches and salads crafted from house-butchered and cured meats.

6. din din supper club

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920 Northeast Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97232

Courtney Sproule's always meticulously planned, always surprising series of "din din" supperclub dinners now have a permanent brick-and-mortar home. But the concept — rotating themed dinner parties — remains the same, with the even calendar shifting every few weeks. The spot also provides a charming site for a leisurely weekend brunch.

7. Sok Sab Bai

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2625 SE 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 255-0292
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Beloved food cart Sok Sab Bai upgrades to a full-on restaurant allowing chef Nyno Thol to expand his menu of Cambodian classics. Cart favorites like steamed buns, chicken plates, and flavorful bowls of soup remain; new items include pan-fried bass, pork chops, and rotating specials.

8. Levant

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2448 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-2322
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Chef Scott Snyder fills a hole in the local culinary scene with Levant, a restaurant that combines "Arabesque" influences (from Turkey, Palestine, North Africa) with French techniques and fine-dining aesthetics. Share plates like stuffed grilled squid with chickpeas and a dessert of kanafeh and a smoky roasted pear sorbet; you'll want to hog entrees like a rose-scented duck breast and a plate of lamb served four ways.

9. Ración

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1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 276-8008
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Tabla alum Anthony Cafiero branches out with his first restaurant, the 18-seat Ración, and the spot allows his modernist sensibilities to emerge in playful-yet-accessible dishes like cauliflower panna cotta and sous-vide egg with ​hazelnut romesco. There's one five-course tasting menu available nightly, though a separate section of "modernist tapas" is available a la carte in the lounge.

10. The Kingdom of Roosevelt

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2035 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 477-9286
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Thistle chef Eric Bechard makes a splashy return to Portland with his diminutive Kingdom of Roosevelt, which features an adventurous, foraged menu teeming with game animals. Vegans need not apply, but rich flavors abound: Dive into Bechard's corn dumplings and sprouted rye porridge, "forager's pie," and pickled elk tongue.

11. Tarad Thai Market and Restaurant

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601 SE Morrison st.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-4102
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Part market, mostly restaurant, the adorable Tarad features a Chaing Mai native in the kitchen, dishing up savory steamed buns, traditional noodle dishes, and regional specialties like yum look chin salads and guay tiew kua aai (a refreshing noodles-and-romaine dish). Bonus points: The kitchen doesn't shy away from spice when asked, and spot is open until 3a.m. on weekends to sate those drunken khao soi gai cravings.

12. Tasty 'N Alder

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580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 621-9251
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John Gorham expands his popular Tasty N Sons concept with the just-opened downtown spot Tasty N Alder. At brunch, chef Kyle Prewitt gets to explore world flavors in comforting dishes like Korean fried chicken (they put an egg on it) and bibimbop with bacon and eggs. Dinner service leans toward a steakhouse vibe, with clams Casino, bacon-wrapped shrimp cocktail, and several cuts available by the half or whole portion.

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1. Roman Candle Bakery

3373 Southeast Division Street, Portland, OR 97202

This hotly anticipated bakery by Stumptown mastermind Duane Sorenson literally opened a couple days ago, and already this warm SE Division spot has inspired many a food-porn money shot. So far, the cases are filled with breads and pastries by Lovejoy Bakers alum Dan Griffin, with plans to roll out pizza bianca in the coming weeks.

3373 Southeast Division Street
Portland, OR 97202

2. Block + Tackle

3113 Southeast Division Street, Portland, OR 97202

Chef Trent Pierce pulls a switcheroo at his Division spot Wafu, transforming the space and concept into a casual seafood restaurant that celebrates his Oregon roots. The result is an American take on seafood, elevated: hot crab dip is re-imagined as a light interpretation of Wafu's crab roll; seafood "charcuterie" arrives in the form of marlin rillettes and mussels cured in pimenton.

3113 Southeast Division Street
Portland, OR 97202

3. Grassa

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

Like at his familiar sandwich spot Lardo, Rick Genarelli debuts a similarly fast-casual take, this time on fresh pasta. The menu features impressively varied and well-executed takes on carbonara (with a perfected cracked egg), gigli (simply cracked pepper and cheese), and chitarra (with squid ink, octopus, and chorizo).

1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

4. Sen Yai

3384 Southeast Division Street, Portland, OR 97202

Andy Ricker takes his familiar approach to Thai cooking — authentic, unexpected, and street-influenced — and applies it to the humble noodle, devoting an entire menu to stir-fried and soup-stewed iterations of the dish. As expected, the place is already packed, and bonus points for its large outdoor patio, a perfect spot for summertime day-drinking.

3384 Southeast Division Street
Portland, OR 97202

5. Old Salt Marketplace

5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

The team behind NE's comfortable bar Grain & Gristle joins forces with Pastaworks alum Tray Satterfield to bring a similar homey spot to the Cully neighborhood. Chef Tim Wastell churns out simple-yet-hearty dishes from the open-hearth kitchen; meanwhile, the lunchtime deli offers sandwiches and salads crafted from house-butchered and cured meats.

5027 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

6. din din supper club

920 Northeast Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97232

Courtney Sproule's always meticulously planned, always surprising series of "din din" supperclub dinners now have a permanent brick-and-mortar home. But the concept — rotating themed dinner parties — remains the same, with the even calendar shifting every few weeks. The spot also provides a charming site for a leisurely weekend brunch.

920 Northeast Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97232

7. Sok Sab Bai

2625 SE 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Beloved food cart Sok Sab Bai upgrades to a full-on restaurant allowing chef Nyno Thol to expand his menu of Cambodian classics. Cart favorites like steamed buns, chicken plates, and flavorful bowls of soup remain; new items include pan-fried bass, pork chops, and rotating specials.

2625 SE 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97202

8. Levant

2448 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214

Chef Scott Snyder fills a hole in the local culinary scene with Levant, a restaurant that combines "Arabesque" influences (from Turkey, Palestine, North Africa) with French techniques and fine-dining aesthetics. Share plates like stuffed grilled squid with chickpeas and a dessert of kanafeh and a smoky roasted pear sorbet; you'll want to hog entrees like a rose-scented duck breast and a plate of lamb served four ways.

2448 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214

9. Ración

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

Tabla alum Anthony Cafiero branches out with his first restaurant, the 18-seat Ración, and the spot allows his modernist sensibilities to emerge in playful-yet-accessible dishes like cauliflower panna cotta and sous-vide egg with ​hazelnut romesco. There's one five-course tasting menu available nightly, though a separate section of "modernist tapas" is available a la carte in the lounge.

1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

10. The Kingdom of Roosevelt

2035 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Thistle chef Eric Bechard makes a splashy return to Portland with his diminutive Kingdom of Roosevelt, which features an adventurous, foraged menu teeming with game animals. Vegans need not apply, but rich flavors abound: Dive into Bechard's corn dumplings and sprouted rye porridge, "forager's pie," and pickled elk tongue.

2035 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

11. Tarad Thai Market and Restaurant

601 SE Morrison st., Portland, OR 97214

Part market, mostly restaurant, the adorable Tarad features a Chaing Mai native in the kitchen, dishing up savory steamed buns, traditional noodle dishes, and regional specialties like yum look chin salads and guay tiew kua aai (a refreshing noodles-and-romaine dish). Bonus points: The kitchen doesn't shy away from spice when asked, and spot is open until 3a.m. on weekends to sate those drunken khao soi gai cravings.

601 SE Morrison st.
Portland, OR 97214

12. Tasty 'N Alder

580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

John Gorham expands his popular Tasty N Sons concept with the just-opened downtown spot Tasty N Alder. At brunch, chef Kyle Prewitt gets to explore world flavors in comforting dishes like Korean fried chicken (they put an egg on it) and bibimbop with bacon and eggs. Dinner service leans toward a steakhouse vibe, with clams Casino, bacon-wrapped shrimp cocktail, and several cuts available by the half or whole portion.

580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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