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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 three new additions to the list: a hotly anticipated resurrection (Taqueria Nueve), a casual Italian spot (Nonna), and an expansion that brings new life to Old Town (Mi Mero Mole).


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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]

4. MÅURICE

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921 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 224-9921
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Kristen D. Murray's hotly anticipated "pastry luncheonette" Maurice opened its doors just before the holiday, offering both sweet and savory plates seemingly designed for ladies-who-lunch in mind. The daytime menu straddles breakfast/brunch with lefse gravlax, tartines, and a stocked pastry case; evenings see focus shift to plated desserts paired with wine and cocktails.

5. Tilt

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1355 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 894-9528
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NoPo's burger joint Tilt opens a Pearl District location that feels like a high-energy food hall: Guests can navigate to the nook of their choice, whether the bar, lunch counter, or pastry case/coffee bar. But Tilt retains its "blue-collar" Swan Island concept by sticking to the basics: cultishly beloved burgers, comforting biscuits, and pie, which can now be paired with local beer or tons of whiskey.

6. 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, and an eat-how-you-like menu highlighting roasted veggies, haute bar snacks, and meaty plates of rabbit fricassee and steak frites.

7. Davenport

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2215 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-8747
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Celebrated chef Kevin Gibson famously worked magic in Evoe's non-existent kitchen, so it's no surprise that crowds are flocking to his new restaurant Davenport, where Gibson finally has the proper prep space, stovetop, and brand-new pasta machine to create his seasonal plates. Early standouts include a duck breast with Brussels sprouts and pomegranate; and anything that leans vaguely Eastern European.

8. Broder Nord

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2240 N. Interstate Blvd
Portland, OR 97227
Peter Bro's insanely popular Scandinavian brunch spot Broder expands with a comparatively expansive second location. Those used to waiting in line for aebleskiver and Broder's breakfast boards will find the menu familiar; the restaurant's anticipated, seafood-focused dinner menu is still in the works.

9. The Sudra

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2333 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 302-6002
The newest "microrestaurant" in the Ocean complex, the Sudra (by the same folks behind vegan food cart Sonny Bowl) offers a delicious take on Indian food — that just happens to be vegan. Plates arrive heaped with chickpea "cutlets," lentil dosas, and tahini-dressed kale.

10. Boxer Ramen

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1035 sw stark st
Portland, OR
Micah Camden's much-anticipated Boxer Ramen cultivated strong pre-opening buzz thanks to weeks' worth of preview/soft opening dinners that introduced diners to Camden's untraditional take on ramen and Japanese snacks. The appropriately named spicy miso broth is dotted with Parmesan and chili flake for extra richness; drinkers of the shockingly cheap $4, 22-ounce Sapporos will appreciate the okonomiyaki tater tots. Be warned: it's cash only.

11. Burrasca

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SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR
It opened back in early fall (before the winter cold put a damper on cart eating), but weather be damned, Pod 28's Florentine food cart Burrasca is accumulating major heat for owner Paolo Calamai's house-baked bread, pasta, and the inzimino stew. The latter's getting serious props from PoMo as "one of Portland's best cart dishes." [Photo]

12. La Taq

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1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
Podnah's pitboss Rodney Muirhead opens his take on a playful Mexican cantina, with an emphasis on queso, tacos, and the drinks that best accompany them. Muirhead's expertise with meats shines through in dishes like brisket enchiladas, carne asada tacos, and rib tips in broth; onetime Beaker bartender Kevin Ludwig, meanwhile, shakes up his signature carrot margarita.

13. Multnomah Whisky Library

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1124 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 764-9374
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Certainly one of the buzziest bar openings in memory, the Multnomah Whiskey Library has nursed long lines and wait times seemingly since day one. The crowds are flocking for two reasons: 1) the gorgeously appointed room and 2) you know, the some-1,500 bottles of booze that line the walls.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. MÅURICE

921 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205
Kristen D. Murray's hotly anticipated "pastry luncheonette" Maurice opened its doors just before the holiday, offering both sweet and savory plates seemingly designed for ladies-who-lunch in mind. The daytime menu straddles breakfast/brunch with lefse gravlax, tartines, and a stocked pastry case; evenings see focus shift to plated desserts paired with wine and cocktails.
921 SW Oak St
Portland, OR 97205

5. Tilt

1355 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
NoPo's burger joint Tilt opens a Pearl District location that feels like a high-energy food hall: Guests can navigate to the nook of their choice, whether the bar, lunch counter, or pastry case/coffee bar. But Tilt retains its "blue-collar" Swan Island concept by sticking to the basics: cultishly beloved burgers, comforting biscuits, and pie, which can now be paired with local beer or tons of whiskey.
1355 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209

6. 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, 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

7. Davenport

2215 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
Celebrated chef Kevin Gibson famously worked magic in Evoe's non-existent kitchen, so it's no surprise that crowds are flocking to his new restaurant Davenport, where Gibson finally has the proper prep space, stovetop, and brand-new pasta machine to create his seasonal plates. Early standouts include a duck breast with Brussels sprouts and pomegranate; and anything that leans vaguely Eastern European.
2215 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214

8. Broder Nord

2240 N. Interstate Blvd, Portland, OR 97227
Peter Bro's insanely popular Scandinavian brunch spot Broder expands with a comparatively expansive second location. Those used to waiting in line for aebleskiver and Broder's breakfast boards will find the menu familiar; the restaurant's anticipated, seafood-focused dinner menu is still in the works.
2240 N. Interstate Blvd
Portland, OR 97227

9. The Sudra

2333 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232
The newest "microrestaurant" in the Ocean complex, the Sudra (by the same folks behind vegan food cart Sonny Bowl) offers a delicious take on Indian food — that just happens to be vegan. Plates arrive heaped with chickpea "cutlets," lentil dosas, and tahini-dressed kale.
2333 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232

10. Boxer Ramen

1035 sw stark st, Portland, OR
Micah Camden's much-anticipated Boxer Ramen cultivated strong pre-opening buzz thanks to weeks' worth of preview/soft opening dinners that introduced diners to Camden's untraditional take on ramen and Japanese snacks. The appropriately named spicy miso broth is dotted with Parmesan and chili flake for extra richness; drinkers of the shockingly cheap $4, 22-ounce Sapporos will appreciate the okonomiyaki tater tots. Be warned: it's cash only.
1035 sw stark st
Portland, OR

11. Burrasca

SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR
It opened back in early fall (before the winter cold put a damper on cart eating), but weather be damned, Pod 28's Florentine food cart Burrasca is accumulating major heat for owner Paolo Calamai's house-baked bread, pasta, and the inzimino stew. The latter's getting serious props from PoMo as "one of Portland's best cart dishes." [Photo]
SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR

12. La Taq

1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211
Podnah's pitboss Rodney Muirhead opens his take on a playful Mexican cantina, with an emphasis on queso, tacos, and the drinks that best accompany them. Muirhead's expertise with meats shines through in dishes like brisket enchiladas, carne asada tacos, and rib tips in broth; onetime Beaker bartender Kevin Ludwig, meanwhile, shakes up his signature carrot margarita.
1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

13. Multnomah Whisky Library

1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
Certainly one of the buzziest bar openings in memory, the Multnomah Whiskey Library has nursed long lines and wait times seemingly since day one. The crowds are flocking for two reasons: 1) the gorgeously appointed room and 2) you know, the some-1,500 bottles of booze that line the walls.
1124 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

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