The five best places to get food this week
3601 SE Division St. 11:30 am to 2 pm lunch, 4:30 pm to 8 pm dinner Thursday-Saturday, 11:30 am to 6 pm Sunday.
When he dreamed of opening a loncheria in 2018, David Lizaola imagined serving classic lonches jaliscans on a birote enriched with lime and beer. When he couldn’t find a birote in Portland, he turned to ciabatta – and while it might not be traditional, it’s still pretty darn good. In the Hot Oli, Lizaola gives her pork loin an adobado treatment by massaging the cuts with a blend of guajillo pepper, herbs, allium and warming spices. It’s a perfect sandwich.
At Shady Pines, 5240 NE 42nd Ave. From noon to 8 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
A fully vegan food basket center in Portland seems like a no-brainer, and the popularity of Shady Pines backs it up: Even in the late afternoon to midweek, there’s usually a constant flow of people taking food. hearty vegan meals. Dirty lettuce is arguably the pod’s biggest hit. The Mississippi Transplant serves seitan versions of signature dishes like barbecued ribs and fried chicken with a rotating range of classic southern sides.
Pandemic Portland has more smash burgers than donuts these days, and one of the best comes from Monster Smash. The OG Smash Burger is served on a Dos Hermanos brioche bun, along with two 2.5-ounce patties of Fulton Provisions 80/20 grass-fed beef. Homemade pickles lean toward spicy bread and butter, while Loverde’s “Monster Sauce” is classic Thousand Island style, mostly ketchup and mayonnaise, with yellow mustard and seasonings.
At the Bear Paw Inn, 3237 SE Milwaukie Ave., jerryspizzapdx.com. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, pre-order only.
It’s easier to get hold of Jerry’s Pizza these days than it used to be. That’s not to say it’s raining pies, though. Now operating out of the small kitchen at the Bear Paw Inn, it’s still a one-man job. Don’t expect to order at the bar: Jerry’s has a ticket sale once a week. The draw for many of its patrons is the taste of home, but even those who didn’t eat Chicago pizza growing up still find something nostalgic about the thin crust, slightly sweet sauce, salty pepperoni and sausages tinted with fennel.
It’s Hanukkah all year round at Killingsworth Station or, at least, a reasonable facsimile of the Lower East Side of New York City. The Wagon Pod is where Aaron Tomasko and Rachel Brashear serve up luscious potato pancakes, along with knishes, kugel, kasha glaze, and East Coast candy. The crispy, chewy latkes are fried to order and come with a traditional accompaniment of sour cream and applesauce.