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 pinchos, which are “little bites.” These are as simple as a … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #1-11
Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurants in Portland #1-11
These are the results for the first eleven best restaurants from our 2012 Reader Survey. You'll find our readers top choices for the Portland metro area.
Just about everyone who reads local food magazines has seen this photo of Naomi Pomeroy of Beast. One of the creators of Gotham Tavern, Ripe Family Supper and clarklewis, she is the stuff of local legend. In 2009 Naomi opened Beast, modeled somewhat on her experience with Ripe. Through her travails, she has developed a quiet strength which shows in her food and in the way she … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #12 Beast
Tabla may feel like a local, neighborhood restaurant, but it strives to be something more. Located on the NE corner of Davis and NE 28th, it has plenty of windows for a bright airy feel. The space is long and thin, a full bar taking up a good part of the north side, and a large open kitchen in the back. For the spectator among us, there is a chef’s counter that puts you in the … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #13 Tabla
20. OX restaurant is a temple to “the wood-fired grilling tradition of Argentina, and with it, the culinary heritage of Spain, France and Italy”. Opened in early 2012 by Quiñónez and Greg Denton, Ox has shot to the top of Portland's “must visit” restaurants, and placed number one on my 2012 Best New Restaurant List.On a recent warm summer evening, I ordered two … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #20 OX
Genoa, revamped in 2009, has a completely new look and feel from the original location. Anyone familiar with the original layout, will be startled by the change in décor. The front of the restaurant is welcoming and airy, with a lush, modern feel, soft lighting and a fireplace warming both the ambiance and the room. Sound absorbing materials, as well as the wide spacing between … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #17 Genoa