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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. This time around, please welcome SE Division Italian restaurant Ava Gene's and the Pearl District location of Verde Cocina.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tasty N Alder

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580 Southwest 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
John Gorham expands his popular Tasty N Sons concept with the just-opened downtown spot Tasty N Alder. Right now, just brunch is available — and staples like shakshuka and Burmese pork stew are absent from the downtown menu. But chef Kyle Prewitt gets to explore other world flavors in equally comforting dishes like schnitzel and bibimbop with bacon and eggs.

2. 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.

3. 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 al dente pasta, pork osso busco, and surprising vegetable dishes. Also: a cocktail menu by Woodsman Tavern's Evan Zimmerman.

4. 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. Chef Noe Garcia's popular huevos rancheros and gringas are on offer; in addition to ceviches, mole, and squash-stuffed quesadillas.

5. Blue Star Donuts

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1237 Southwest Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 265-8410
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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).

6. Portland Penny Diner

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410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 228-7222
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The casual little sister to Vitaly Paley's upscale downtown spot Imperial, the Portland Penny Diner feeds nearby lunch crowds with flatbread sandwiches, salads, and a playful soda-fountain-inspired cocktail menu.

7. The Tannery

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5425 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97215
Caleb McBee transforms his Skin & Bones Bistro into a bar that still provides upscale eats in a casual, neighborhood setting. Pair a craft cocktail with an order of duck wings, shepard's pie, or the Monte Cristo sandwich.

8. Lardo West

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1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-2490
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Just like his Lardo Hawthorne location, chef Rick Gencarelli offers porchetta, mortadella, and smoked coppa sandwiches at this casual spot (which also flaunts a killer tap list).

9. Trigger

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128 NE Russell Street
Portland, OR 97212
The rock-n-roll-leaning Bunk Sandwiches team offers its version of Tex-Mex in the space under the Wonder Ballroom. As to be expected from Bunk-Mex, queso comes pimped out with brisket ends, giant margaritas arrive with Corona bottles submerged, and tacos offer twists like fried chicken sandwiched between the tortillas.

1. Tasty N Alder

580 Southwest 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
John Gorham expands his popular Tasty N Sons concept with the just-opened downtown spot Tasty N Alder. Right now, just brunch is available — and staples like shakshuka and Burmese pork stew are absent from the downtown menu. But chef Kyle Prewitt gets to explore other world flavors in equally comforting dishes like schnitzel and bibimbop with bacon and eggs.
580 Southwest 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

2. 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.
1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

3. 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 al dente pasta, pork osso busco, and surprising vegetable dishes. Also: a cocktail menu by Woodsman Tavern's Evan Zimmerman.
3377 SE Division
Portland, OR 97214

4. 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. Chef Noe Garcia's popular huevos rancheros and gringas are on offer; in addition to ceviches, mole, and squash-stuffed quesadillas.
524 NW 14th
Portland, OR 97209

5. Blue Star Donuts

1237 Southwest Washington Street, 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).
1237 Southwest Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205

6. Portland Penny Diner

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97204
The casual little sister to Vitaly Paley's upscale downtown spot Imperial, the Portland Penny Diner feeds nearby lunch crowds with flatbread sandwiches, salads, and a playful soda-fountain-inspired cocktail menu.
410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97204

7. The Tannery

5425 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97215
Caleb McBee transforms his Skin & Bones Bistro into a bar that still provides upscale eats in a casual, neighborhood setting. Pair a craft cocktail with an order of duck wings, shepard's pie, or the Monte Cristo sandwich.
5425 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97215

8. Lardo West

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205
Just like his Lardo Hawthorne location, chef Rick Gencarelli offers porchetta, mortadella, and smoked coppa sandwiches at this casual spot (which also flaunts a killer tap list).
1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

9. Trigger

128 NE Russell Street, Portland, OR 97212
The rock-n-roll-leaning Bunk Sandwiches team offers its version of Tex-Mex in the space under the Wonder Ballroom. As to be expected from Bunk-Mex, queso comes pimped out with brisket ends, giant margaritas arrive with Corona bottles submerged, and tacos offer twists like fried chicken sandwiched between the tortillas.
128 NE Russell Street
Portland, OR 97212

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