James Beard Semifinalists 2013 Announced

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As every year about this time, the James Beard Foundation announced its huge list of semifinalists for the 2013 Restaurant and Chef awards. While the list includes plenty of local chefs and restaurants, no Portland restaurants are nominated in the "Best Restaurant" section. Note that Portland also did not get any … [Read more...]

Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #1-11

Toro Bravo

1. Toro Bravo - Everyday Spanish food is about quality and fresh ingredients, simply prepared. This is rustic food, meant for downing as tapas and accompaniments to glasses of Spanish Rosado or pitchers of Sangria. This is food to relax over, to nibble at, and to share with friends. The Toro Bravo menu starts with … [Read more...]

Reader Survey 2012: Where to Eat on a First Date

Toro Bravo Portland

For me, first dates are a tricky thing. I don't want to go overboard and spend a bunch of money unless I'm pretty sure we are going to hit it off. I don't want somewhere that is so loud and distracting that we can't get to know each other. Then there's the food. A sense of adventure, especially in all things food, is … [Read more...]

Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant for a Steak

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Not many surprises in the Best Steak group this year. The percentage points by which the top two won are double the 2011 score. Even El Gaucho which is quite expensive  is up by 4%. OX, the new restaurant on NE MLK has taken a huge share for only being in business a few months. Sometimes that can happen because a place … [Read more...]