Dining Guide

These Are Portland’s 50 Essential Sit-Down Restaurants Right Now

Hungry? Here are top picks from Portland Monthly editors.

10/12/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Hometown Pride

James Beard Awards 2017: Oregon Dominates NW Semifinalists

The lauded award foundation names 19 Beaver State notables.

02/15/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

The Long Play

PODCAST: Behind the Scenes of Portland Monthly’s Best Restaurants Issue

Every year, we devote an issue to the city’s best new restaurants. How does the madness (and magic) happen? Our food team hashes it out.

10/24/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Best Restaurants 2016: Supahardcore

Portland’s Best “Supahardcore” Japanese: Nodoguro

From pop-up beginnings to a Zen-vintage space on Belmont, the champion of “Supahardcore” Japanese doubles down.

10/10/2016 By Karen Brooks

FIRST LOOK

Inside Southeast Hawthorne’s Poke Mon

Eat Beat has the inside scoop on the poke-centric eatery, with make-your-own bowls and local toppers, Choi’s Kimchi to Ota Tofu.

07/07/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

FIRST LOOK

Nodoguro’s Lauded Japanese Dinners Begin New Chapter on SE Belmont

Portland Monthly’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year reopens May 18 in the former Genoa space. Eat Beat has the first peek inside.

05/18/2016 By Karen Brooks

BOOK REVIEW

Portland Chef Ryan Roadhouse Guest Stars in Questlove’s Wild New Food Book

The famed hip-hop drummer and food explorer reboots the food conversation with Somethingtofoodabout. One of his biggest muses? Nodoguro, PoMo’s Restaurant of the Year 2015. 

04/12/2016 By Karen Brooks

WORD OF MOUTH

Han Oak Plays with Korean Cuisine, 180 Fries Up Spanish Xurros, and More to Check Out in April

From Peter Cho’s inventive prix fixe dinners to Jose Chesa’s pastry and paella, Portland Monthly food critic Karen Brooks dishes on the obsessions of the month.

03/25/2016 By Karen Brooks

BREAKING NEWS

Nodoguro to Open Brick-and-Mortar in Former Genoa Space in April

Pop-up artists Ryan and Elena Roadhouse find a home for their creative Japanese cuisine, hard-core sushi nights, and new mini menu backroom.

03/01/2016 By Karen Brooks

BREAKING NEWS

Peter Cho Launches Han Oak—a Prix Fixe Korean Barbecue Spot and Chef Residency Hub Behind the Ocean

The chef morphs his planned Stray Birds brick-and-mortar into a multipurpose cook space dedicated to chef collaborations, special events, and—coming soon—Korean brunch(!).

01/25/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Year in Review

Karen Brooks’s Best Portland Dishes 2015

Portland Monthly’s food critic on the dishes that defined the year.

12/29/2015 By Karen Brooks

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Nodoguro Relocating to Stray Birds Space in NE Portland

Come January, the inventive Japanese tasting menu restaurant will hold court in one of the city’s most hidden, magical spaces. (Get ready for the 21-course “super hardcore” dinners.)

12/22/2015 By Karen Brooks

HOMETOWN PRIDE

The Washington Post Names Portland America’s Best Food City

After a two-month quest to find the nation’s best food city, food critic Tom Sietsema makes a case for the Rose City. Sorry, Seattle (a no-show) and D.C. (ranked no. 9!)

12/21/2015 By Eat Beat Team

BEST RESTAURANTS

Portland Monthly's Restaurant of the Year: Nodoguro

A posse of playfully intense foodies reimagine Japanese food, one feast at a time.

10/09/2015 By Karen Brooks

BREAKING NEWS

Sushi Lovers, Listen Up: Nodoguro Adds a Second Night

At Southeast Portland’s house of casual Japanese cool, sushi heaven is no longer reserved for Sunday.

09/24/2015 By Karen Brooks

WORD OF MOUTH

3 Things You Must Eat in Portland This March

Portland Monthly food critic Karen Brooks dishes on the restaurants, obsessions, and under-the-radar finds of the month.

03/02/2015 By Karen Brooks

PDX FEASTING

Portland's 10 Best Restaurants of 2014

Unrestaurants. Microcuisines. Ultra-personal food experiences. Welcome to the next frontier of Portland dining.

11/03/2014 By Karen Brooks