While you were busy making a list, checking it twice, and probably binge watching The Wire (now in glorious HD!), Portland was still opening sweet new bars and restaurants, at least 19 of 'em in fact, ranging from dim sum and Mexican-chicken spots, to burger slingers and fancy Frenchtaurants. Feast your your eyes...

The Groaning Board

The Groaning Board

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.
 

Le Vieux

Northwest
Taking over the former Noisette space, 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.

Drew Tyson

Pollo Norte

Killingsworth
Get Mexican-inspired, free-range rotisserie chicken out of an old laundromat. It's served with cabbage cooked in the drippings and your choice of classic sides with homemade tortillas and salsas. It's a small space so they encourage takeout but they do offer micheladas if you stay.

Pizzeria Otto

Pizzeria Otto

Roseway
Although this addition to the wood-fired pizza craze that took over our fair city has yet to crack into our list of the top pizzas in the city, 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 lists.

Drew Tyson

New American

Killingsworth
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.

Drew Tyson

The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop

Goose Hollow
Another new bar that focuses on a wide array of taps and a plethora of bottles, The Civic’s home near the Timber’s stadium is sure to be a boon come spring. The space is airy with vaulted ceilings and exposed concrete. Five flat-screens adorn the walls. But the best part? Free pretzels!

Boise Fry Company

Boise Fry Company

Goose Hollow
Located almost next door to The Civic, Boise Fry is the first outpost of the popular hand-cut French fry company outside of, where else, Idaho. Look for five different cuts with a wide variety of seasonings and sauces. Burgers are served “on the side.”

All-Way

All-Way

Downtown
We already let you in on this one when we named it one of the city’s best new burgers, so make no mistake, this self-proclaimed In-N-Out copycat is going to be around for a long time.
 

Fry Guy

Sellwood
Cutting his teeth at the decadent sandwich haven Lardo, Alex McGillivray decided he knew what this city needed: poutine. His little cart in Sellwood is pushing out creative takes on gravy-dominated French fries, as well as other fried delights like crispy Brussels sprouts, kale chips, and cauliflower.

Boke Bowl

Boke Bowl’s Weekend Dim Sum

Northwest
Another restaurant that has been open for a hot minute but recently added a dining period, Boke Bowl West is now offering their take on dim sum (something we’re definitely fans of). Look for hum bao, har gao, and Korean hot wings.

Drew Tyson

Verdigris

Sabin
Chef Johnny Nunn’s first venture on his own is a thirty-six seat former wine shop in a sleepy neighborhood nestled between Irvington and the hipster North. Coming from more corporate affairs such as RingSide Fish House and Brasserie Montmartre, the chef is sticking with casual French… for now. He is ready to adapt though, quickly adding weekend brunch after opening.
 

Tea Bar

Killingsworth
Being a town of connoisseurs, it’s a bit of a surprise that we don’t have more dedicated tea shops. That may change with the addition of this airy new space in North Portland. With more than 30 varieties of tea, special tea lattes, and the promise of homemade bubble tea come spring, perhaps we’re on the verge of a new Renaissance. Now where’d we put our coffee?

Apizza Scholls

Apizza Scholls' Weekend Lunch

Hawthorne
Okay, so it’s not necessarily a new opening, but the fact that one of the best pizzas in town, nay, one of the best pizzas in the country, just started offering weekend lunch is a big deal.

Pips & Bounce

Pips & Bounce

Buckman
You might be used to ponying up a few bucks to rent a pool table with your friends, but how about ping pong by the half hour? That’s the strategy at this new bar on Belmont, where the little balls litter the floor like it's a frat house garage. Not only are there a dozen ping pong tables, but its also got a full service bar and kitchen offering everything from light snacks to a full dinner.

Drew Tyson

Milk Glass Mrkt

Killingsworth
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.
 

Thai Bloom NW

Northwest
Enough of Portland encroaching on the suburbs, now the suburbs are expanding into Portland! Beaverton’s Thai Bloom tapped the old Typhoon chef to lead this project. It’s typical Thai fare with one important twist: all-day happy hour on Sunday!

Love Belizean

Love Belizean

Downtown
It’s the Portland dream to open a food cart, sell out daily, launch a successfully funded Kickstarter, and open a brick-and-mortar. Located just around the corner from its original location, the small restaurant offers Caribbean favorites like Belizean chicken, stewed beans, plus daily specials.

Muscadine

Muscadine

Sabin
Thanks to good ol’ fashioned down-home cookin’ from the old Slappy Cakes chef, Muscadine is putting out one of our favorite breakfasts right now.

Drew Tyson

Fat Head’s Brewery

The Pearl
Hailing from Cleveland, Fat Head’s Brewery took over a massive space in the Pearl, and it's looking to challenge the local boozeries with a wide variety of house-made beers and cheap vittles. The suds are what you’d expect from a place with trademarked slogans and the food comes in large portions. Don't be surprised if it's packed during football games.

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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

Get Mexican-inspired, free-range rotisserie chicken out of an old laundromat. It's served with cabbage cooked in the drippings and your choice of classic sides with homemade tortillas and salsas. It's a small space so they encourage takeout but they do offer micheladas if you stay.

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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’s first venture on his own is a thirty-six seat former wine shop in a sleepy neighborhood nestled between Irvington and the hipster North. Coming from more corporate affairs such as RingSide Fish House and Brasserie Montmartre, the chef is sticking with casual French… for now.

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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.

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