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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. And two May openings are garnering some serious buzz: Andy Ricker's hotly anticipated Sen Yai, and the comfortable neighborhood spot Old Salt.


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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. The Fireside

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801 NW 23rd St
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 477-9505
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NW 23rd's famous Music Millenium space gets a new fired-up tenant in the form of The Fireside, a solid neighborhood restaurant where most dishes arrive to the table with perfectly applied grilled marks. The upscale take on campfire food produces dishes like a pork shank with beans; pan-fried trout; and a refreshing farro-and-sunchoke salad (get it with smoked trout). And the theme carries over into Sue Erickson's cocktail list, as well, in drinks like the smoky, mezcal-driven "Backyard Grillin'" and the uniquely mushroomy "Foragers 'Tail."

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. The Fireside

801 NW 23rd St, Portland, OR 97210
NW 23rd's famous Music Millenium space gets a new fired-up tenant in the form of The Fireside, a solid neighborhood restaurant where most dishes arrive to the table with perfectly applied grilled marks. The upscale take on campfire food produces dishes like a pork shank with beans; pan-fried trout; and a refreshing farro-and-sunchoke salad (get it with smoked trout). And the theme carries over into Sue Erickson's cocktail list, as well, in drinks like the smoky, mezcal-driven "Backyard Grillin'" and the uniquely mushroomy "Foragers 'Tail."
801 NW 23rd St
Portland, OR 97210

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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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