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Chicken and rice at Nong's Khao Man Gai

Image: Jess Johnson

Podnah’s Pit

Chef Rodney Muirhead provides unequivocal testimony to Texas’s BBQ prowess. Hit up Lamb Thursdays, when ribs and shoulders are slow-smoked with garlic and coriander to gamey perfection.

Tasty n Sons

The renowned brunch spot eschews plain old eggs to order in favor of international intrigue: the house flagship Middle Eastern shakshuka, for instance, or Burmese red pork stew.

Nong’s Khao Man Gai

Portland’s food-cart queen creates the best Thai chicken and rice you can imagine, bundled old-school-style in butcher paper.

Salt & Straw

Every year, the ice cream mini-empire shakes up a new version of its Happy B-Day Elvis: a King-pleasing trio of bacon, banana, and peanut butter. Game changer!

Paley’s Place

This bastion of Northwest culinary ambition juggles its house classics—perfect Manila clams with chorizo, say, or exquisite bone marrow towers knee-deep in red wine sauce and escargot—with mad creativity.

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Paley's Place

$$$ Pacific Northwest 1204 NW 21st Ave

In 1995, Kimberly and Vitaly Paley bailed from New York’s restaurant world for Portland, where they invested in farmers, not décor, and helped jumpstart a ne...

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Salt & Straw Ice Cream

$ Dessert Multiple Locations

Cousins Kim and Tyler Malek tapped the local spirit of craft, collaboration, and crazy flavors to challenge expectations of what an ice cream parlor might lo...

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Nong’s Khao Man Gai

$ Thai Multiple Locations

Nong’s Khao Man Gai's brick-and-mortar Thai restaurant offers the food cart queen's chicken and rice dish on SE Ankeny.

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Tasty n Sons

$$ American, Breakfast / Brunch, Mediterranean 3808 N Williams Ave, Suite C

At John Gorham’s globe-trotting family-style brunch and dinner spot, you’ll find new ways to love eggs: fried with a cheddar biscuit, over-easy atop spicy No...

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Podnah's Pit Barbecue

$$ Barbecue 1625 NE Killingsworth St

Any questions about the Lone Star State’s culinary greatness? With unforgettable piles of pork ribs, red chili, and homemade cornbread, Podnah chef (and Texa...