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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. In a flurry of new restaurant and bar openings, this month sees four new additions to the list: Two familiar faces with new dining rooms (Pine State Biscuits and Nong's Khao Man Gai), a neighborhood barbecue joint with an impressive pedigree (Reverend's BBQ), and one of Portland's most anticipated openings, finally come to life (Kachka). And all those new drinking options? Fret not, an update of Eater's handy Booze Map is also coming soon.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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]

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Restaurant St Jack

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1610 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 360-1281
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With the abrupt and unfortunate closure of its original SE location, St. Jack's new NW digs are now front-and-center, and thankfully, still serving chef Aaron Barnett's menu of updated Lyonnaise classics and lighter twists. A larger kitchen (and bar, and dining room) give Barnett and bar manager John Salas more room to play: expect a much-expanded cheese selection, entrees like oxtail bourguignon, and lamb shoulder confit.

10. Pépé le Moko

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407 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 546-8537
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Nate Tilden and Jeffrey Morgenthaler's bunker bar Pepe Le Moko was approximately 29 months in the making, and now, it's finally open, serving everything you'd want if trapped in an underground bunker: raw oysters, bocadillos, and boozy cocktails. The spot's sense of humor emerges in its drink menu, which re-imagines the shitty drinks of your youth — Grasshoppers, Long Island Iced Teas — as craft cocktails. [Photo]

11. Bollywood Theater

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3010 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

The second outpost of Troy MacLarty's Indian street-food spot has debuted on SE Division, flaunting a major seating upgrade (it should be patio season soon) and small retail space selling Indian spice mixes and ingredients. But Bollywood's familiar, dynamic menu remains: order up MacLarty's paneer kati rolls, pav bhaji, and bhel puri.

12. The American Local

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3003 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 954-2687
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Chef Chris Whaley and owner Jenny Nickolaus take risks with their eclectic menu at the American Local (it's described as "New West drinking food"), but the risks pay off. Expect blood orange and miso with your Brussels sprouts, shaved foie gras on your poutine, and wasabi leaves and corn nuts atop salmon carpaccio.

13. Taqueria Nueve (T9)

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727 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

Nearly six years after its closure in 2008, Billy Schumaker has resurrected his beloved Mexican restaurant in the former Beaker & Flask space, bringing back familiar favorites like wild boar tacos, ceviche, and strawberry margaritas. Entrees prove more satisfying than the a la carte tacos: a rich chicken mole and bowl of caldo de mariscos provide high comfort.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Restaurant St Jack

1610 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

With the abrupt and unfortunate closure of its original SE location, St. Jack's new NW digs are now front-and-center, and thankfully, still serving chef Aaron Barnett's menu of updated Lyonnaise classics and lighter twists. A larger kitchen (and bar, and dining room) give Barnett and bar manager John Salas more room to play: expect a much-expanded cheese selection, entrees like oxtail bourguignon, and lamb shoulder confit.

1610 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

10. Pépé le Moko

407 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Nate Tilden and Jeffrey Morgenthaler's bunker bar Pepe Le Moko was approximately 29 months in the making, and now, it's finally open, serving everything you'd want if trapped in an underground bunker: raw oysters, bocadillos, and boozy cocktails. The spot's sense of humor emerges in its drink menu, which re-imagines the shitty drinks of your youth — Grasshoppers, Long Island Iced Teas — as craft cocktails. [Photo]

407 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

11. Bollywood Theater

3010 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

The second outpost of Troy MacLarty's Indian street-food spot has debuted on SE Division, flaunting a major seating upgrade (it should be patio season soon) and small retail space selling Indian spice mixes and ingredients. But Bollywood's familiar, dynamic menu remains: order up MacLarty's paneer kati rolls, pav bhaji, and bhel puri.

3010 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

12. The American Local

3003 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Chef Chris Whaley and owner Jenny Nickolaus take risks with their eclectic menu at the American Local (it's described as "New West drinking food"), but the risks pay off. Expect blood orange and miso with your Brussels sprouts, shaved foie gras on your poutine, and wasabi leaves and corn nuts atop salmon carpaccio.

3003 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

13. Taqueria Nueve (T9)

727 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

Nearly six years after its closure in 2008, Billy Schumaker has resurrected his beloved Mexican restaurant in the former Beaker & Flask space, bringing back familiar favorites like wild boar tacos, ceviche, and strawberry margaritas. Entrees prove more satisfying than the a la carte tacos: a rich chicken mole and bowl of caldo de mariscos provide high comfort.

727 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

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