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The downside of watching food shows during quarantine: There's no way of knowing when you'll actually be able to visit the places you're drooling over as you watch them on TV. Not so with the first episode of Eater's Guide to the World, which premiered today on Hulu and is devoted to some of the best restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. (Fun fact, it's also narrated by Maya Rudolph.) For when you inevitably get hungry watching it, we've rounded up all of the spots featured in the show below, almost all of which are still open for takeout or dine-in service, even though filming took place pre-COVID. Read on to find out how to get your hands on masterful soba noodles, perfectly succulent Korean fried chicken wings, and a bitchin' fish sandwich.
This Thai barbecue restaurant from Earl Ninsom, Eric Nelson, and Matt Vicedomini received no shortage of local acclaim after its opening last year (in addition to nabbing the top spot in the Mercury's roundup of best new restaurants, it was also chosen as Restaurant of the Year by The Oregonian and Portland Monthly), so it's no surprise that it also features prominently in Eater's Guide to the World. As Andrea Damewood wrote for the Merc, "Eem is the restaurant equivalent of Lizzo: infectious, critically and commercially acclaimed, and addictive AF. You cannot go wrong in ordering, from the hot fried cauliflower to the divine brisket in white curry to the fried rice with burnt ends. And both the cocktails and mocktails are some of the best in town—my favorite piña colada, made with coffee and salt to keep it from being too cloying, is on the menu again."
Open for outdoor dining (covered and heated patio), call-ahead pickup, and Caviar delivery