Reader Survey 2013: The Best Desserts in Portland

Pix Patisserie pastry

Amelie at Pix Patisserie

The top three in our survey results this year parrot the 2012 survey, but many of the other restaurants failed to rise above the pack. In spite of their move and the elimination of a second restaurant Pix Pâtisserie remains at the top of the list.

In 2012 the order was: Pix, Papa Haydn, Salt & Straw, The Sugar Cube, Paley’s Place, Ruby Jewel, Random Order, Rimsky Korsacoffee House, Le Pigeon, Pambiche placed above the pack. Here are the five which rose to the top in 2013.

Out of  896 votes cast:

1. Pix Pâtisserie – 21% of the vote – 2225 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214 Map  (503) 271-7166 Fri – Sat 2pm – 2am, Sun – Thurs 2pm – midnight

2. Papa Haydn – 13%

  •  701 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210  Map  (503) 228-7317  Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 10 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 12 am, Sun 10 am – 9 pm
  • 5829 Southeast Milwaukie Ave., Portland, OR 97202  Map  (503) 232-9440‎ Mon-Thu 11:30 am – 10 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 12 am, Sun 10 am – 9 pm

3. Salt & Straw – 10%  My Review

  • 2035 NE Alberta St., Portland OR 97211  Map  (503) 208-3867  11 am – 11 pm daily.
  • 838 NW 23rd Ave, Portland OR 97210  Map (971) 271-8168  7 am – 11 pm daily.
  • 3345 SE Division St. Portland 97202 Map (503)208-2054  11 am – 11 pm daily.

4. Wildwood 5% 1221 NW 21st Ave, Portland 97209. Map  (503) 248-9663. Lunch: Mon – Sat 11:30 – 2:30, Nightly 5:30 pm – 10 pm.

5. Random Order Coffeehouse & Bakery – 4%  1800 Northeast Alberta Street  Portland, OR 97211  Map  (971) 340-6995 Tue – Sun 6:30 am – 11 pm. Mon 6:30 am – 8pm

My favorites – I like everything here except for Papa Haydn. I prefer desserts from full service restaurants – Aviary, Levant, Wildwood, Paley’s Place all come to mind. Rimsky is a fun place to take people for its quirkiness (not food).

Your thoughts are welcome

  1. Sarah says

    My favorite desserts in the city are from Petite Provence. Their well crafted and detailed desserts are economic and truly works of art – for example the lemon graffiti with it’s six layers of chocolate, lemon curd, hazelnut crunch, vanilla mousse, etc. is fantastic!

  2. Beth says

    For many years, (way too many), I ate and raved about and ate the pie at Random Order. For a while I seriously had a daily habit, and not to only the pie, but at one time the best ever blueberry muffins. I tried and tried to copy their recipe at home; got close but no cigar. And I have to admit with some guilt that I once brought their brandied peach pie to a party and passed it off as my own. Oh so sadly I have to say that I am surprised to see them on this list. For over a year, closer to two, their pie just does not even pass as decent. The rim of the crust is often dry, and hard and flavorless and the crust bottom doughy and undercooked. The fillings just don’t seem to taste like they used to; either overcooked and many times barely cooked. Every few months I stop in hoping to be pleasantly surprised and just can’t believe what they are serving. Yesterday was no exception. I was right by there, so I got a slice of the spiced pumpkin and the salted pecan to go. I’ve probably said too much and I will say no more except that my compost is all the more richer this holiday season.

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