Portland food is changing as fast as the city itself. Fresh thinkers and young chefs are ditching Stumptown staples—pork gutbombs, wood-fired DIY, the shabbiest of chic—for global flavors, lighter dishes, and vivacious, polished rooms. No single “restaurant of the year” captured 2016. So we didn’t name one. Instead, the year is defined by two brand-new rising stars and 10 dynamic destinations changing the way we eat (oh, and one life-altering tube of fried dough). Your mission: enjoy—and explore.
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