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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 sees four-and-a-half new additions to the list: A team of pastry counters (Frice Pastry and Philippe's Bread), the long-anticipated bar by Navarre and Luce's John Taboada (Angel Face), a popular cart gone brick-and-mortar (Tamale Boy), and a tasting-menu Thai spot hidden behind a bookcase (Langbaan).


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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]

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Restaurant St Jack

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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.

6. 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]

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Nonna

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5515 Northeast 30th Avenue
Portland, OR 97211
Longtime DOC chef Jobie Bailey is in the kitchen at this sister restaurant, a much more casual accompaniment to DOC's elegant tasting menus. Seafood dishes and vegetable sides are the standouts: Brussels sprouts with lemon cream; beets with a smoky ricotta; whole-grilled trout slathered in salmoriglio.

11. Mi Mero Mole

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32 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR
(971) 266-8575
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The second outpost of Nick Zukin and Pablo Portilla's guisados spot brings a much-needed new lunch option to Old Town. As with the flagship SE Division location, guisados — Mexican stews and stir-frys — arrive in diners' choice of tacos, gabacho bowls, and tortas (among other options). The restaurant's in "slow roll out" mode, but expect a full bar and evening service in the coming weeks. [Photo]

12. MÅURICE

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921 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 224-9921
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Kristen D. Murray's all-white "pastry luncheonette" offers both sweet and savory plates seemingly designed for ladies-who-lunch in mind (a recent review called the charming space "Pinterest-ready"). But Murray's menu shows serious depth under that stark white surface: On the savory side, order up the lefse with gravlax and roe and a currant and rosemary scone to accompany coffee, while Murray's sweets consistently surprise (especially at Meyer lemon pudding cake).

13. Trifecta Tavern and Bakery

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726 SE 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Easily the most anticipated opening of fall 2013, Ken Forkish's Trifecta Tavern defines what a "baker's restaurant" is supposed to be: wood-fired, welcoming, and seamlessly incorporating bread into many of the tavern dishes. Forkish captures the "big city tavern" vibe with an extensive cocktail menu focusing on classics, a half-dozen takes on oysters and/or clams (including the decadent, hollandaise-topped "Oysters Trifecta"), and an eat-how-you-like menu highlighting roasted veggies, haute bar snacks, and meaty plates of rabbit fricassee and steak frites.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.
727 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

10. Nonna

5515 Northeast 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211
Longtime DOC chef Jobie Bailey is in the kitchen at this sister restaurant, a much more casual accompaniment to DOC's elegant tasting menus. Seafood dishes and vegetable sides are the standouts: Brussels sprouts with lemon cream; beets with a smoky ricotta; whole-grilled trout slathered in salmoriglio.
5515 Northeast 30th Avenue
Portland, OR 97211

11. Mi Mero Mole

32 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR
The second outpost of Nick Zukin and Pablo Portilla's guisados spot brings a much-needed new lunch option to Old Town. As with the flagship SE Division location, guisados — Mexican stews and stir-frys — arrive in diners' choice of tacos, gabacho bowls, and tortas (among other options). The restaurant's in "slow roll out" mode, but expect a full bar and evening service in the coming weeks. [Photo]
32 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR

12. MÅURICE

921 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205
Kristen D. Murray's all-white "pastry luncheonette" offers both sweet and savory plates seemingly designed for ladies-who-lunch in mind (a recent review called the charming space "Pinterest-ready"). But Murray's menu shows serious depth under that stark white surface: On the savory side, order up the lefse with gravlax and roe and a currant and rosemary scone to accompany coffee, while Murray's sweets consistently surprise (especially at Meyer lemon pudding cake).
921 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205

13. Trifecta Tavern and Bakery

726 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Easily the most anticipated opening of fall 2013, Ken Forkish's Trifecta Tavern defines what a "baker's restaurant" is supposed to be: wood-fired, welcoming, and seamlessly incorporating bread into many of the tavern dishes. Forkish captures the "big city tavern" vibe with an extensive cocktail menu focusing on classics, a half-dozen takes on oysters and/or clams (including the decadent, hollandaise-topped "Oysters Trifecta"), and an eat-how-you-like menu highlighting roasted veggies, haute bar snacks, and meaty plates of rabbit fricassee and steak frites.
726 SE 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

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