These are the two Portland restaurants America can’t afford to lose, says Esquire
The pandemic has already claimed several restaurants that Portland could hardly imagine living without.
It could be worse, however, and it certainly is could get worse before it’s all over.
For now, however, we should learn from the losses we have already incurred so as to never take any institution for granted. This is the basic idea behind SquireThe recently published list of “100 Restaurants America Cannot Afford To Lose”. And two Portland restaurants are included among them.
One is Nong’s Khao Man Gai, whose main course is one of Portland’s enduring classics.
“It looks simple on the plate: poached chicken, white rice, cucumber slices, a sauce, a soup,” writes reviewer Jeff Gordinier. “But every bite reveals the care she and her team have put into it, and having lunch here leaves you feeling what it feels like after eating matzo dumpling soup at a reliable restaurant: fed. “
The other, Han Oak, by Peter Cho, is newer to the landscape, but only took three years to become a local staple and inspire effusive essays from national food writers.
“Han Oak blends into the Cho family’s backyard, and a meal there has the laid-back vibe of a family reunion around a picnic table,” writes Gordinier. “The thought of never being able to return to Han Oak hurts my heart.”
(Maybe don’t tell Gordinier that Han Oak isn’t open just yet. But let him know that Cho has another business coming up.)
Check out the full list here.
Related: The benchmarks that we have lost.