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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 month, four new restaurants make the list: Two offer food custom-made to accompany a couple of beers (Stammtisch, KOi DStreet), while two are prepared to provide the hangover brunch (breakfast tacos at Uno Mas, fried chicken doughnuts at Blue Star Donuts).


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Stammtisch

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401 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 206-7983
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The charming Spints Alehouse space has been taken over by bar impresario Dan Hart (of N. Mississippi's Prost! and Interurban), who transforms it into an altar to German beer. The taplist features beer often difficult to find in the U.S., and St. Jack alum Graham Chaney spearheads the German comfort-food menu (maultaschen, bratwurst, wienerschnitzel). Of course, because this is a bar, there's also familiar forms of drinking food: a pub burger, house-made pretzels, and curry ketchup fries.

2. Uno Mas Taquiza

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1914 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
Oswaldo Bibiano's micro-restaurant Uno Mas (located in the Ocean complex) grows into a full-size concept on W. Burnside, offering the familiar line-up of tacos, plus two key additions: a full bar and breakfast tacos on weekends. The restaurant's close proximity to Providence Park makes it an essential pre-game spot.

3. Blue Star Donuts

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3549 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 477-9635
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Portland, y'all love your doughnuts. Blue Star Donuts has debuted its second location on the busy SE Hawthorne thoroughfare, offering two upgrades from its flagship downtown shop: A fried-chicken-topped doughnut (served with a packet of Frank's on the side), and its conceptual opposite, vegan doughnuts. The latter should make their way to the West End location soon and are available in many flavors; the fried chicken, however, is a Hawthorne specialty.

4. KOi Fusion

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3040 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 889-0422
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Bo Kwon's cultishly beloved chainlet of Korean taco trucks and stationary kiosks now has a sit-down flagship. Dubbed KOi DStreet, the spot promises to experiment with even more Korean/American mash-ups, like bacon-wrapped hot dogs (topped with kimchi), a Korean Reuben, and a bulgogi-stuffed cheesesteak.

5. Kachka

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720 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-0059
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Portland/Vancouver's local Russian population has come out of the woodwork to celebrate the opening of Kachka, Bonnie and Israel Morales' toast to the vodka-fueled zakuski tradition. Order up the "zakuski experience" for tastes of the cold menu (unfolding in a variety of cured, smoked, pickled, and salted fishes), then savor a bowl of comforting dumplings.

6. Reverend's BBQ

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7712 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR
The team that "Portlandized" the steakhouse (at Laurelhurst Market) returns with another meaty venture: This time, a family friendly neighborhood barbecue spot tucked away in Sellwood. Familiar LM items — fried chicken, house-made sausages — make the trip, but here, the meat comes smoked, rolls of paper towels top tables, saucing is DIY: slather ribs and brisket with your choice of four regionally based barbecue sauces.

7. Nong's Khao Man Gai

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609 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 740-2907
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Eater 38 stalwart Nong's Khao Man Gai has fiiiinally opened a proper sit-down space where Hainan chicken devotees can sit and linger over their places of chicken-and-rice and soup. As of yesterday, the restaurant's liquor license has kicked in — meaning beer is now available — and chef/empire builder Nong Poonsukwattana further sweetens the deal with KMG soft-serve ice cream.

8. Pine State Biscuits

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1100 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
At long last, fans of Portland's iconic Pine State Biscuits have an east side location to line up in front of: The SE Division restaurant is currently open for breakfast and lunch, serving up fried chicken biscuit sandwiches and fried clubs, but plans are to extend into evening hours (featuring booze) soon.

9. Lang Baan

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6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 344-2564
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Earl Ninsom's 24-seat Langbaan is hidden behind his popular Thai spot PaaDee, but it's no speakeasy. Here, Ninsom and his co-chefs offer a comforting, friendly take on "back of house" dining, inviting all guests to sit in on a family meal. It's a gussied-up family meal, to be sure: Each dinner features a 11-12 course rotating chef's tasting menu (available at $40 and $60 price points), with otherwise rare dishes like muu, sai, lin yaang and Asian pennywort-and-lobster salad.

10. Angel Face

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14 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
John Taboada's long-awaited neighborhood bar Angel Face opened its doors very quietly, but quickly amassed crowds drawn to its charming space (with hand-painted "wallpaper") and equally alluring menu: Pair a glass of bubbly with a dozen oysters, boudin blanc with crisp fries, and assemble-it-yourself steak tartare. Want to nerd out over drinks? Acclaimed barman Kelley Swenson shakes up a literal do-it-yourself menu, crafting whatever the guest's heart desires. [Photo]

11. Tamale Boy

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1764 Northeast Dekum Street
Portland, OR 97211
After years operating a mobile food cart and catering company (under the name Mayahuel Catering), Jaime "Tamale Boy" Soltero has opened a brick-and-mortar tamale spot serving both banana leaf and cornhusk tamales. The menu keeps it simple: fillings are slow-simmered and flavorful, with plates accented by refried beans and pickled onions.

12. Frice Pastry & Philippe's Bread

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4082 N Williams
Portland, OR
A pair of ringers team up for this dual bakery space on N. Williams: St. Jack's award-winning pastry chef Alissa Frice gets more room to play, presenting beautifully plated caramelized apple bavarians and matcha-and-yuzu chiboust (fret not, favorites from Frice's St. Jack patisserie menu remain, including caneles, madelines, and macarons). One counter over, baker Philippe Garcia's eponymous bakery stocks shelves with baguettes, olive thyme loaves, and croissants.

1. Stammtisch

401 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
The charming Spints Alehouse space has been taken over by bar impresario Dan Hart (of N. Mississippi's Prost! and Interurban), who transforms it into an altar to German beer. The taplist features beer often difficult to find in the U.S., and St. Jack alum Graham Chaney spearheads the German comfort-food menu (maultaschen, bratwurst, wienerschnitzel). Of course, because this is a bar, there's also familiar forms of drinking food: a pub burger, house-made pretzels, and curry ketchup fries.
401 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

2. Uno Mas Taquiza

1914 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Oswaldo Bibiano's micro-restaurant Uno Mas (located in the Ocean complex) grows into a full-size concept on W. Burnside, offering the familiar line-up of tacos, plus two key additions: a full bar and breakfast tacos on weekends. The restaurant's close proximity to Providence Park makes it an essential pre-game spot.
1914 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209

3. Blue Star Donuts

3549 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214
Portland, y'all love your doughnuts. Blue Star Donuts has debuted its second location on the busy SE Hawthorne thoroughfare, offering two upgrades from its flagship downtown shop: A fried-chicken-topped doughnut (served with a packet of Frank's on the side), and its conceptual opposite, vegan doughnuts. The latter should make their way to the West End location soon and are available in many flavors; the fried chicken, however, is a Hawthorne specialty.
3549 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214

4. KOi Fusion

3040 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Bo Kwon's cultishly beloved chainlet of Korean taco trucks and stationary kiosks now has a sit-down flagship. Dubbed KOi DStreet, the spot promises to experiment with even more Korean/American mash-ups, like bacon-wrapped hot dogs (topped with kimchi), a Korean Reuben, and a bulgogi-stuffed cheesesteak.
3040 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

5. Kachka

720 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Portland/Vancouver's local Russian population has come out of the woodwork to celebrate the opening of Kachka, Bonnie and Israel Morales' toast to the vodka-fueled zakuski tradition. Order up the "zakuski experience" for tastes of the cold menu (unfolding in a variety of cured, smoked, pickled, and salted fishes), then savor a bowl of comforting dumplings.
720 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

6. Reverend's BBQ

7712 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR
The team that "Portlandized" the steakhouse (at Laurelhurst Market) returns with another meaty venture: This time, a family friendly neighborhood barbecue spot tucked away in Sellwood. Familiar LM items — fried chicken, house-made sausages — make the trip, but here, the meat comes smoked, rolls of paper towels top tables, saucing is DIY: slather ribs and brisket with your choice of four regionally based barbecue sauces.
7712 SE 13th Ave
Portland, OR

7. Nong's Khao Man Gai

609 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214, Portland, OR 97214
Eater 38 stalwart Nong's Khao Man Gai has fiiiinally opened a proper sit-down space where Hainan chicken devotees can sit and linger over their places of chicken-and-rice and soup. As of yesterday, the restaurant's liquor license has kicked in — meaning beer is now available — and chef/empire builder Nong Poonsukwattana further sweetens the deal with KMG soft-serve ice cream.
609 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214
Portland, OR 97214

8. Pine State Biscuits

1100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
At long last, fans of Portland's iconic Pine State Biscuits have an east side location to line up in front of: The SE Division restaurant is currently open for breakfast and lunch, serving up fried chicken biscuit sandwiches and fried clubs, but plans are to extend into evening hours (featuring booze) soon.
1100 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

9. Lang Baan

6 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Earl Ninsom's 24-seat Langbaan is hidden behind his popular Thai spot PaaDee, but it's no speakeasy. Here, Ninsom and his co-chefs offer a comforting, friendly take on "back of house" dining, inviting all guests to sit in on a family meal. It's a gussied-up family meal, to be sure: Each dinner features a 11-12 course rotating chef's tasting menu (available at $40 and $60 price points), with otherwise rare dishes like muu, sai, lin yaang and Asian pennywort-and-lobster salad.
6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

10. Angel Face

14 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
John Taboada's long-awaited neighborhood bar Angel Face opened its doors very quietly, but quickly amassed crowds drawn to its charming space (with hand-painted "wallpaper") and equally alluring menu: Pair a glass of bubbly with a dozen oysters, boudin blanc with crisp fries, and assemble-it-yourself steak tartare. Want to nerd out over drinks? Acclaimed barman Kelley Swenson shakes up a literal do-it-yourself menu, crafting whatever the guest's heart desires. [Photo]
14 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

11. Tamale Boy

1764 Northeast Dekum Street, Portland, OR 97211
After years operating a mobile food cart and catering company (under the name Mayahuel Catering), Jaime "Tamale Boy" Soltero has opened a brick-and-mortar tamale spot serving both banana leaf and cornhusk tamales. The menu keeps it simple: fillings are slow-simmered and flavorful, with plates accented by refried beans and pickled onions.
1764 Northeast Dekum Street
Portland, OR 97211

12. Frice Pastry & Philippe's Bread

4082 N Williams, Portland, OR
A pair of ringers team up for this dual bakery space on N. Williams: St. Jack's award-winning pastry chef Alissa Frice gets more room to play, presenting beautifully plated caramelized apple bavarians and matcha-and-yuzu chiboust (fret not, favorites from Frice's St. Jack patisserie menu remain, including caneles, madelines, and macarons). One counter over, baker Philippe Garcia's eponymous bakery stocks shelves with baguettes, olive thyme loaves, and croissants.
4082 N Williams
Portland, OR

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