The Groaning Board
Drew Tyson
Pizzeria Otto
Drew Tyson
Drew Tyson
Boise Fry Company
All-Way
Boke Bowl
Drew Tyson
Apizza Scholls
Pips & Bounce
Drew Tyson
Love Belizean
Muscadine
Drew Tyson
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1. The Groaning Board 3500 SW River Pkwy, Portland, OR 97239 (South Waterfront)

One of the neighborhoods to keep an eye on, the South Waterfront is slowly starting to come into its own as all those condos begin to fill. The locals’ have wanted a nicer establishment and the former chef de cuisine of Lincoln has come to answer their prayers.

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2. Le Vieux 1937 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

Le Vieux ditches the white tablecloths for a tin ceiling and a wood stove. The menu still hints at French, but the owners promise rotating themed-menus with seasonal ingredients.

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3. Pollo Norte 5427 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

Pollo Norte took Portland by storm with its focused and simple menu featuring Mexico City-inspired rotisserie chicken, with people clamoring to get one of the limited birds on offer each day. What could be so great about just chicken? For starters, the poultry here is local and free-range (everything tastes better when it didn't live exclusively in a cage). Secondly, they brine the birds in lime and achiote chile, Mexican sea salt, and cane sugar. Thirdly, it's just beautifully simple. The birds, sold by the half and whole, come with fresh tortillas and cabbage, and can be paired with a limited selection of sides including roasted potatoes, bacon-spiked pinto beans, and two kinds of salsa. This second location, with more room and an outdoor patio for pecking at chicken bones, has helped ease some of the demand.

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4. Pizzeria Otto 6708 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97213 (Ne Portland)

The gusto of their pizza promises good things to come. Once they find the right ration of sauce, cheese, and other toppings, and figure out the ordering system, expect this place to start popping up on a few "best of" lists.

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5. New American 2103 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

Styled as modern family takeout spot, New American is step ahead of the others because it offers mobile ordering and even lets you pay from from your computer or phone. What exactly are you getting with said phone? Well, the menu reflects its location and is filled with seasonal Pacific Northwest comfort food.

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6. All-Way 615 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

All-Way, just opened this month Downtown. Fluffy buns, quarter pound patties, and that fast food but not fast food-style will soon be a favorite spot for a quick lunch.

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7. Verdigris 1315 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212

Chef Johnny Nunn, formerly of Ringside Fish and Brasserie Montmartre, takes on his first solo venture on NE Fremont with Verdigris, a simple 36-seat dining room for French-inspired fare. Formerly a wine shop, the candle-lit space is intimate and simple with hanging chandeliers and rows of four-tops, appropriate for the sleepy neighborhood nestled between Irvington and the buzzier North. The food is conservative, taking a traditional approach in dinnertime dishes like chicken pot pie with Oregon truffles, pork confit, beef Bourguignon, and steak frites. Brunch here is worth getting out of bed for, with dishes like croque madame, Maine lobster hash and a maple-smoked trout plate drawing a fanbase.

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8. Apizza Scholls 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215 (Montavilla)

This Hawthorne pizza shop is so focused on making you the perfect pie that if they run out of dough, they'll close early if they have to, to preserve the quality of their ingredients. Serving up quality pies rooted in Neapolitan tradition, Apizza goes heavy on the cheese, generous with the sauce, and hearty on the toppings.

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9. milk glass mrkt 2150 N. Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217 (Overlook)

A breakfast and lunch cafe from the former pastry chef of Woodsman Tavern, Milk Glass features confident baking and possibly the best fried egg sandwiches in town. It’s also a neighborhood market selling local artisan goods.

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10. Muscadine 1465 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

This Southern breakfast and lunch spot offers New Orleans-style beignets, biscuits & gravy, and fried chicken. Also, thanks to a nice array of morning cocktails, you can start your day off like they apparently do in Louisiana. And then move immediately to Louisiana.