Eat This Now

Where to Eat This Week: October 17–23

Chile crab at Happy Dragon and poppy seed gougères at St. Jack are your required eating for the week.

By Eat Beat Team October 17, 2018

Chile crab at Happy Dragon

Image: Kelly Clarke

Crack into Happy Dragon’s chile crab

When Happy Dragon—a beloved family-run restaurant previously located in Independence, Oregon—moved to Portland’s NE 82nd Avenue earlier this month (h/t to EaterPDX for the head's up), the Feng family brought their traditional Cantonese fare and tanks of live Dungeness crab with them. Pull on a pair of rubber gloves (thoughtfully provided by the restaurant), grab a pair of shell crackers, and tear into sweet-fleshed whole crab, chopped and stir-fried to order with heady house-made ginger-garlic-chile sauce. It’s crushingly addictive.

Pop poppy seed gougères at St. Jack

Northwest Portland’s bastion of free-thinking French cooking dresses up the classic cheese puff with honey-butter magic. The piping-hot gougères are baked with funky gruyere, dotted with poppy seeds, and drizzled with honey. Jam a spoonful of squash butter (literally sweet, roasted squash cut with butter) inside for a sweet-savory mouthful.

Eat the breakfast of champions at Oui Presse

Is there anything that hits the comfort spot more squarely than perfect poached eggs over a thick, crispy toast slab from Ken’s Artisan Bakery? (The answer is no.) Chase it with an oven-fresh chocolate chip cookie—one of the best in the city. If this speaks to you, we’ve got the place, with a cute little café counter to boot.  

Fold choriqueso tacos at Little Conejo

The Vancouver spot’s Portland food cart satellite turns out a number of excellent, filling-heavy tacos, but our favorite might be the “choriqueso”—stringy cheese fried in sweet, spicy chorizo sausage and frizzled into crunchy lace. The greasy comfort is folded into earthy, house-made blue corn tortillas and showered with cilantro. Grab napkins.

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