Drew Tyson
Shut Up and Eat
Drew Tyson
The American Local
Mi Mero Mole
Maurice
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1. Life of Pie 3632 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Williamsvancouver)

Life of Pie could easily take the, uh, cake, for NoPo’s go-to pizza joint: the sauce is tangy and sweet, crust appropriately charred and chewy.

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2. The American Local 3003 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

Though a modern izakaya is not exactly what you’d expect from a place called The American Local, the food delivers. Expect everything from octopus skewers to grit cakes, fresh-baked Parker house rolls to shrimp-fried quinoa.

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3. Taqueria Nueve (T9) 727 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214 (East Portland)

A successful Kickstarter campaign funded this little taco joint. Located in the rapidly evolving area tentatively called “south eastside industrial” this spot can credit itself for inspiring Portland’s taco craze.

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4. Mi Mero Mole 32 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Old Townchina Town)

A tribute to the street food of Mexico, Mi Mero Mole by Nick Zukin (of Kenny & Zuke's) has upped the Chinatown taco game... and just about everyone has noticed. Guisados are what the place is about, a Mexican City concept translating to "a stew, stir-fry, or filling," and you can select the kind you want from a chalkboard on the orange wall. Count on a meat, seafood, vegetarian, and vegan option that can be poured into corn tortilla tacos, served as a plate with rice and beans, rolled into a burrito, or grilled into a quesadilla. Boundaries are pushed with adventerous meat options like tongue, rabbit, and blood sausage, which are always better with a margarita from the fast-casual dining room's bar.

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5. Maurice 921 SW Oak, Portland, OR 97205

Chef Kristen Murray is bringing the PDX what her team is calling a "pastry luncheonette".

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6. Shut Up and Eat 3848 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

Known for its meatball sub and Broad Street Bomber cheesesteak, Shut Up and Eat is a sandwich shop favorite in Southeast Portland. Go for a bacon, egg, and cheese in the morning or stop by later and choose from their extensive list of unique lunchtime offerings.