You know what’s good? Hearty French beef stew. You know what’s even better? Bo Kho, a rich Vietnamese beef stew swimming with carrots and stalks of lemongrass, amped up with a sweet-and-spicy mix of Asian flavors, from star anise to five-spice powder. Each mixing bowl–size order at this humble Northeast Portland standby comes with a mini baguette for proper dunking. The friendly, utilitarian spot's exhaustive list of aromatic, deeply-flavored pho vats and vermicelli rice noodle bowls heaped with charred shrimp, spring rolls, and grilled pork are neighborhood go-to meals, but, if it’s any colder than 58 degrees outside you should be eating that bo kho right now.