Unlike basketball players attempting baseball careers and singer/songwriters trying out acting in Hallmark movies, Afuri manages to be excellent at a number of things. Their signature yuzu shio bowl is some of the best ramen in the city, but their menu also includes small plates, rolls, and sashimi - all of which we like a lot. Plus, they have vegan options like the Hazelnut Tantanmen, with a miso base flavored with the local nut, plus vegetables, and miso-cashew crumbles. It’s all served in a super modern and sleek space that’s just as great for a solo dinner at the bar as it is for a group of people who reject the premise that soups can’t be shared.
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Kachka is a Southeast restaurant that serves excellent Russian food and more vodka than you’d ever expect to drink in one sitting.
Olympia Provisions SE
Olympia Provisions cures all of their meat products in-house and is the perfect Southeast spot to split some charcuterie and cheese between meals.
Nostrana is a Southeast Italian spot with a big patio, Neapolitan pizza you cut with scissors, and an excellent Happy Hour at 9pm every night.
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Nong's Khao Man Gai
Nong’s Khao Man Gai serves chicken and rice, along with a few other Thai dishes and fun cocktails, at their Southeast brick-and-mortar location.
Ken's Artisan Pizza
Ken’s Artisan Pizza opened when pizza night at Ken’s Artisan Bakery got too popular. Come here any night for excellent pizza and desserts.
Eem is one of Portland’s coolest restaurants and is worth the inevitable wait for a menu full of interesting hybrid dishes and “vacation drinks.”
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