Portland’s Best New Restaurants, March 2022

Shan htamin, or pounded red rice, at Rangoon Bistro.

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As a city full of turnover and comfortably on the cutting edge of cuisine, Portland sees restaurants open with regularity, hoping to make a splash in a city that’s brimming with talent for its size. However, some of these newcomers are quickly becoming the talk of the town, among food writers or neighborhood regulars looking for something special.

The pandemic has been particularly brutal for the restaurant industry: the lingering presence of COVID-19 has forced chefs and restaurateurs to think twice, creating entirely new business models with very little capital. Some people, who had big restaurant plans in 2020, had to push back their opening dates. However, those who were able to open often created experiences and dishes that stayed creative during a bleak and exhausting time.

So, we present the Eater Heatmap, which covers some of the exciting restaurants that have opened in the past six months. Do you know a place that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing pdx@eater.com.

Note: Health experts consider eating out to be a high-risk activity for unvaccinated people; this may pose a risk to vaccinees, especially in areas with high COVID transmission.

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To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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