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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. Two April openings are garnering some serious buzz: Sok Sab Bai and din din Supper Club.


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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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. And Sproule plans to launch a daily lunch/brunch service very soon.

2. 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.

3. 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."

4. Levant

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2448 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-2322
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Chef Scott Snyder fills a whole 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Raven & Rose

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1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 719-6680
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Most of the buzz seems reserved for Raven & Rose's upstairs cocktail bar (and indeed, it's often packed to the gills on weekends), but don't overlook the downstairs dining room, where chef David Padberg churns out simple-but-flavorful plates. Rabbit is served "two ways" with biscuits and creamed kale; mussels hit the oven with fennel sausage.

10. Ava Gene's

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3377 SE Division
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 229-0571
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The newest spot by Stumptown's Duane Sorenson, the Italian-by-New-York Ava Gene's, is drawing crowds for chef Joshua McFadden's polished take on Italian food. Order up the perfectly al dente pasta, pork osso busco, and surprising vegetable dishes. Also: a cocktail menu by Woodsman Tavern's Evan Zimmerman and desserts by Clare Gordon draw raves.

11. Verde Cocina en la Perla

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524 NW 14th
Portland, OR 97209

Farmer's market favorite Verde Cocina opens a brick-and-mortar location in the Pearl, offering hearty and healthy interpretations of Mexican food. For brunch, chef Noe Garcia's popular huevos rancheros and gringas are on offer; dinner features deft takes on ceviches, mole, and seasonally stuffed quesadillas.

12. Blue Star Donuts

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Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 265-8410

One of the buzziest recent openings, somewhat surprisingly for this doughnut-happy town, is Micah Camden's Blue Star Donuts, which takes a from-scratch approach to deep-fried dough. Expect unique, house-made glazes (blueberry bourbon basil!) and savory options (like a doughnut topped with fried chicken).

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1. 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. And Sproule plans to launch a daily lunch/brunch service very soon.

920 Northeast Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97232

2. 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

3. 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

4. Levant

2448 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214

Chef Scott Snyder fills a whole 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Raven & Rose

1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Most of the buzz seems reserved for Raven & Rose's upstairs cocktail bar (and indeed, it's often packed to the gills on weekends), but don't overlook the downstairs dining room, where chef David Padberg churns out simple-but-flavorful plates. Rabbit is served "two ways" with biscuits and creamed kale; mussels hit the oven with fennel sausage.

1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

10. Ava Gene's

3377 SE Division, Portland, OR 97214

The newest spot by Stumptown's Duane Sorenson, the Italian-by-New-York Ava Gene's, is drawing crowds for chef Joshua McFadden's polished take on Italian food. Order up the perfectly al dente pasta, pork osso busco, and surprising vegetable dishes. Also: a cocktail menu by Woodsman Tavern's Evan Zimmerman and desserts by Clare Gordon draw raves.

3377 SE Division
Portland, OR 97214

11. Verde Cocina en la Perla

524 NW 14th, Portland, OR 97209

Farmer's market favorite Verde Cocina opens a brick-and-mortar location in the Pearl, offering hearty and healthy interpretations of Mexican food. For brunch, chef Noe Garcia's popular huevos rancheros and gringas are on offer; dinner features deft takes on ceviches, mole, and seasonally stuffed quesadillas.

524 NW 14th
Portland, OR 97209

12. Blue Star Donuts

Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

One of the buzziest recent openings, somewhat surprisingly for this doughnut-happy town, is Micah Camden's Blue Star Donuts, which takes a from-scratch approach to deep-fried dough. Expect unique, house-made glazes (blueberry bourbon basil!) and savory options (like a doughnut topped with fried chicken).

Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

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