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Portland Could Lose Downtown Food Cart Pods; The Hottest Restaurants in Portland Right Now

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Chef Maya Lovelace of the Mae Pop-Up
Chef Maya Lovelace of the Mae Pop-Up
Joshua Chang

DOWNTOWN—Over the weekend, the Goodman family unveiled its plans to develop eleven downtown parking lots, and local food cart blogger Brett Burmeister quickly pointed out that three of these parking lots are home to food cart pods—and some of the city's most popular, in fact. The city hasn't approved the Goodman family's development plan, called The Ankeny Blocks, but if it does, SW 2nd and Stark, SW 3rd and Washington, and SW 5th and Stark—home to Portland's first food cart pod—would be displaced.

HEATMAP—This update brings seven new restaurants to the Heatmap, with five departing. Restaurants continue to open in new neighborhoods, so you'll find newly-added Mama San Soul Shack and Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, two hot establishments nowhere near the city center. Also, February 2016 marks the return of Besaw's, one of the city's oldest restaurants.

POP-UPSLooking for the best Portland pop-ups to try now? Since tracking these temporary eateries can be tricky, use this guide to find the hottest pop-ups in the city. You'll find dates, locations, and the inside scoop on how to snag a reservation.

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