Paella Ataula with prawns, mussels, clams and calamari.

Ataula | Now Open

In late summer, Michelin-trained Barcelona native (and Portland newcomer) Jose Chesa unfurled a menu of tapas with a modern twist, backed by house-cured salmon, dangerously drinkable sangria, sumptuous paella, a Spanish-inspired brunch, and moderate prices. 1818 NW 23rd Pl 

La Taq | Now Open

Podnah’s Pit barbecue maestro Rodney Muirhead expands next door with hand-pressed tortillas heaped with smoked brisket, refried-bean chalupa burgers, and other Tex-Mex bites to match a wide selection of tequila and mezcal. 1625 NE Killingsworth St

Boxer Ramen | Now Open

The newest installation in local restaurateur Micah Camden’s stable of food franchises (so far, burgers, doughnuts, and sushi have fueled his expanding empire) is a 30-seat ramen bar inside the West End’s swanky Union Way. 1035 SW Stark St

MÅurice | November

Celebrated pastry chef Kristen Murray brings her restaurant vision to life with a tiny eatery serving sweet and savory pastries, soups, salads, and lefse wraps by day, and composed, whimsical desserts by night. 921 SW Oak St 

Davenport | November

Beloved Evoe chef Kevin Gibson will take his market-driven European cuisine in a fresh direction, led by casual plates of fresh fish, hand-cut pasta, seasonal vegetables, and affordable wines in the former June space. 2215 E Burnside St  

Trifecta Tavern NovEMBER

Ken Forkish’s dream tavern and experimental bakery will pair fresh-baked loaves with platters of oysters, steak frites, and pimento double cheeseburgers, washed down with sips from a serious tap list and Forkish’s personal collection of Italian vintages and Oregon pinots. 726 SE Sixth Ave 

Name tbd December

By late December 2013, chef Aaron Barnett’s Lyonnaise bouchon plans to expand to the west side with a 90-seat restaurant and bar housing an extensive Oregon-centric raw seafood selection, from geoduck salad to razor clams, and affordable French drinking snacks like garlic sausage with lentils. 1610 NW 23rd Ave

Broder Nord | NoW OPEN

In the famed wood-rich quarters that once housed Gotham Tavern, Broder (Peter Bro’s popular Southeast brunch spot) will spin off with Swedish seafood traditions, a takeout breakfast-lunch counter, and a Scandinavian market of jams, fresh fruits, and wooden bords. 2240 N Interstate Ave

This article appeared in the November 2013 issue of Portland Monthly.
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