Reader Survey: Best of 2011!

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  • 2011 Reader’s Survey: The Best Restaurants in Portland! Ribbon Prize AwardThe 2012 results will be posted shortly! Here are the results of the reader survey of the best restaurants in Portland. The total number of votes was a bit daunting, but I narrowed them down to a group which stood far above the rest. Within each of the three groups, the votes were very close. The tally dropped off dramatically at that point, so I’m limiting the results to the top 18. You can see all of the survey ... Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Bakery Chausson au PommeThe results here are a bit unexpected for me. Over the past year it seems like all the talk has been about Little T, but the competition was baked by Ken’s Artisan Bakery. Out of 1020 votes: Ken’s Artisan Bakery – 338 Northwest 21st Avenue, Portland OR 97214 – (503) 248-2202 Map. 17% of the vote. Little T American Baker – 2600 Southeast Division St., Portland, OR 97202-1253 (503) 238-3458 Map 13% of the vote. Pearl Bakery – 102 Northwest 9th Ave., Portland, ... Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Bar Food Squash Blossoms - Photo Tim RothOut of 472 votes cast: Bunk Bar – 13% of the votes. 1028 SE Water Ave, Suite 130 Portland, OR 97214 (503) 894-9708 Map Beaker & Flask – 9%.  720 Southeast Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97214 (503) 235-8180 Map Slow Bar -8.9%. 533 Southeast Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97214. (503) 230-7767 Map Honorable mention: Victory Bar, Cassidy’s My vote went to Bunk Bar. It’s just the right food for me when I’m out drinking. You can see all the “Best of Portland” results here. Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Barbeque Podnah's BBQ PortlandWe all knew who is going to come out on top in this 2011 reader poll for best barbeque, but I asked because I was curious to see who would come in second place. You have spoken, and am just going to keep my mouth shut. I should note that it was a VERY distant second, and the percentages for third were so far below as to be meaningless. It would be nice to have a few more ... Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Beer Bar BeerI’m more of a fan of the hard stuff than I am beer, so didn’t vote on this one myself. However, I am an anomaly – Portlander’s love their beer! Out of 750 votes cast: Horse Brass -13% of the vote. 4534 Southeast Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215 (503) 232-2202 Map Saraveza – 11%. 1004 North Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217 (503) 206-4252 Map Bailey’s Tap Room – 6%. 213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR (503) 295-1004 ‎Map Honorable mention: a tie for 4th place ... Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Brunch in Portland Tasty N Alder  You knew it was coming – a landslide vote for “Best Brunch” that won’t surprise anyone. However, since brunch is such a popular meal in this town, I thought I’d list all the top votes that were significantly above the others.   Out of 974 votes cast: Tasty N Sons -25% of the total votes. 4.1%. 3808 North Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227 (503) 621-1400 Map Screen Door -12%. 2337 East Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214 (503) 542-0880 Map Simpatica -6%. 828 Southeast ... Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Chinese Restaurant in Portland Ocean City SeafoodWe are finally starting to get some restaurants that, while they may not be fantastic, are certainly better than anything we had a few years ago. If you are into Sichuan food, Lucky Strike is the best in town. Wong’s King remains popular for dim sum, though I think there are better, especially if you are willing to head over to Beaverton. Ocean City is very popular with seafood lovers, but also has many traditional Chinese dishes too. ... Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Coffeehouse in Portland Coffee BeansLast year Stumptown Coffee Roasters won by a significant margin. This year, Barista Coffeehouse surged and came very close to tying their score, with only 1% of the vote separating them. When you factor in the number of Stumptown stores versus the two Barista locations, it’s a pretty impressive showing. Ristretto Roasters bumped up to tie Coffeehouse NW for 3rd place. Out of 826 votes: Stumptown Coffee Roasters – 15% of the vote. Many locations – see website. Map Barista –  ... Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Desserts Paley's Place Dessert. Photo John VallsI split this category into two parts: restaurant desserts, and places that primarily serve desserts. Out of 924 votes: Restaurants were a fairly tight vote: Paley’s Place – I agree.  1204 Northwest 21st Ave. Portland, OR 97209 Map (503) 243-2403 My review. Nostrana – 1401 Southeast Morrison St. Portland, Oregon 97214 (503) 234-2427 Map. My review Castagna – 1752 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214. Map (503) 231-7373 Honorable mention: Tabla   Dessert focused businesses: Pix Patisserie – 3901 North Williams Ave. Portland, OR 97227 (503) 282-6539 ... Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Group Dining Toro BravoThis pretty much fell along the lines of whatever restaurants in town have a group table, and are reasonably priced. Not sure why I even asked this question, though number 2 was a surprise. Out of 556 votes: Toro Bravo – 120 NE Russell St., Portland. Map (503) 281-4464  My review. Andina – 1314 Northwest Glisan Street, Portland, OR Map (503) 228-9535 You can read my review here. Clyde Common – 1014 Southwest Stark St., Portland, OR 97205 Map (503) 228-3333 My review. Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Hamburger in Portland Tasty N Sons BurgerIn 2010, Cafe Castagna ran roughshod over the competition for best hamburger. Slow Bar came in 2nd, and Carafe, Higgins and Castagna tied for 3rd. This year Cafe Castagna once again stomped the other choices, but interestingly, the other restaurants all have opened in the last year. Out of 1020 votes cast: Cafe Castagna -11% of the total. 1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214. (503) 231-9959 Map Grüner – 5%. 527 Southwest 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97205(503) 241-7163 Map Foster Burger – ... Read post
  • Survey 2011: Best Happy Hour in Portland Beer at Horse Brass PubThis vote restored some of my faith in readers picking some of the more interesting places in town rather than the most popular. I’m rather surprised by the outcome. Although we got a good number of votes, there was a huge spread in the number of restaurants nominated, which meant only a few had enough to stand out. Out of 716 votes, a tie for first place! Tanuki Izakaya -413 Northwest 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209 (503) 241-7667 Map Clyde ... Read post