Best Restaurants 2016: Repeat Offenders

Four Portland Dishes We Ate Over and Over and Over Again in 2016

Fried catfish to porridge (no, really), we just can’t get enough.

By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Kelly Clarke October 10, 2016 Published in the November 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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Arrosto Chicken

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Arrosto Chicken

The best thing at Providore Fine foods on NE Sandy—even better than the mini oyster bar and overflowing produce stand—might be Arrosto, a tiny rotisserie chicken takeout window serving super-juicy, lemon-rosemary oil-rubbed chicken, KFC-style, in buckets. It comes with creamy, fat-basted Yukon golds and electric-orange Calabrian chile sauce for dipping. 2340 NE Sandy Blvd, —BT

Lovely's Fifty Fifty Pizza

Lovely’s nightly pies are unassuming marvels of unorthodox toppings, sourdough crust, and extreme seasonality, chased by some very, very good ice cream. When available, there’s no resisting the roasted potato pie, recently landscaped with sage, caramelized onions, a farm egg, and grassy, buttery Saint Servais cheese. 4039 N Mississippi Ave, —KB

Vivienne Breakfast Porridge

The city’s premier bowl of oatmeal hides in this pretty little café snugged next to the Hollywood Theatre. Toppings, from pickled strawberries to curls of toasted coconut, change with the seasons, but a toothsome mingle of salted oats and toasted quinoa, creamy with half-and-half and barely sweetened with brown sugar, is always a sure thing. 4128 NE Sandy Blvd, —KC

Muscadine Fried Catfish

This relaxed house of regional Southern cooking excels at everything from criminally creamy Anson Mills grits to behemoth smoked pig fritters. But sample chef Laura Rhoman’s catfish and you’ll be ruined for other fried sea creatures forever. Buttermilk-brined and tossed in cornmeal, each hot-from-the-fryer bite is a moist, flaky stunner—nary a hint of the soggy, muddy-flavored fish lumps that often pass for catfish in this town. 1465 NE Prescott St, Ste F, —KC

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