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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
7.2
9.0
$35
Have a soul-soothing, hangover-curing, vegan-nourishing, sake-educating good time

Izakaya is becoming all the rage in Portland, much to our glee. Not only do we have the authentically divey bars like Tanuki and the accessible, clean places like Syun in Hillsboro, but now there is a smart, modern, upscale version. Where those other two serve inarguably delicious and transportive dishes that call to mind foggy stumbles at midnight through Okinawan streets, Biwa answers Portland’s yearning for all the comfort foods from its latitudinal neighbor, noodles, kimchi, yaki, and all.

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From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
4.5
$15
The best tacos in the Portland area, where you least expect them

Those iconic hand-painted signs, the signals of regional authenticity, decorate the expanses of cheap-looking glass that separate this unknown, underappreciated Mexican restaurant from the Tigard strip-mall parking lots that surround it. “Estilo Jalisco,” says one of the paintings—indicating the style of Mexico’s Jalisco state, home to Guadalajara, where the torta ahogada (drowned sandwich)—listed on the menu here as “hogada”—is king. It’s served on a bolillo (baguette-ish roll), stuffed with chunks of juicy roast pork, and bathed in a spicy tomato-and-chile… [More]