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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
7.4
8.5
$40
You might get better from a hole in the wall, but you’d miss out on this vibe

Sometimes you lose your sense of perspective when you hit up against restaurant concepts that are just inherently a shitload of fun. Tricked-out nouvelle Southwestern/Mexican is one of those concepts. How can you argue with good margaritas made with plenty of chile-de-arbol-spiked tequila? With a lovely outdoor patio and a bustling-to-the-bursting-point interior, or a festive open kitchen? With a private “mole room,” in deep, burnished reds and browns?

Nuestra Cocina’s menu changes seasonally, but you might start with a good salad… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
7.0
$20
A tiny, intensely popular spot serving intense flavors on the cheap

Call us persnickety, but we’re always encouraged when a Middle Eastern restaurant doesn’t refer to itself “Mediterranean,” which is a nebulous and often inaccurate cuisine type. It usually refers to the dishes of lands once covered by the southern penumbra of the Ottoman Empire, but it can technically include cuisines that are now totally distinct, like Moroccan, Italian, and Greek.

What these misleadingly named eateries are usually referring to is a menu much like the one at Nicholas, a mostly Lebanese… [More]