To some people, the sides that are served with barbecue are almost as important as the meat. Barbecue is heavily regionalized: just look at the differences between cornbread recipes from different areas of the country. Order a plate and you’ll get a choice of two sides; the selection makes me feel like I’m back at a … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #18 Podnah’s Pit
Best of Portland 2012!
These are our Reader's choices for 2012 from our survey of over 1000 readers! You'll find their top choices by type of cuisine and more. Categories include Best Pizza, Best Italian, Best Mexican, Best Beer Bar, Best Cheesemonger, Best Place to Dine with Children, and many more.
21. Olympic Provisions - As unpretentious as the restaurant itself, the menu is quite small: a few simple starters such as raw oysters, olives and fried filberts, a couple of handsome salads, and above all an enormous bowl of soup. The pork and chickpea version is almost a light meal, and the potato-sorrel soup in a … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #21 Olympic Provisions
Ken's Artisan Pizza always places in the number one or two slot in our yearly reader survey for Best Pizza for good reason. The pizza choices range from basic, such as the most common margherita with tomato sauce and, mozzarella and basil; the more authentic margherita with a pile of arugula on top, to the extra spicy … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #23 Ken’s Artisan Pizza
DOC restaurant always seems to fly under the radar, but they produce good food in a unique environment. Walk through the kitchen to enter the dining room, and once you sit down, most of the 20 or so chairs have a great view of the chef in action. Resist the urge to stir a pot, and join the rest of the party. There is … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #24 DOC
Bamboo Sushi is not your ordinary sushi restaurant. Not only is the fish much better than average, but they have garnered national praise for being the first certified, sustainable sushi restaurant in the world. They take great pains to follow the endangered species guidelines on the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Blue … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #22 Bamboo Sushi
The Luddites were 19th-century English textile artisans, who violently protested against the machinery introduced during the Industrial Revolution. Chef Jason French pays homage to their mascot, Ned Ludd, for whom the movement was named, and cooks everything from a wood-fired oven. No other source of heat is used; it's … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #19 Ned Ludd
A few notes: On the annual survey, 30 restaurants received substantially more votes that the other nominations. For that reason, I'll limit this list to those. They are listed in reverse, by number of votes received. The top ten will be in their own special post. 25.Wafu – Trent Pierce, previously chef of the … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Restaurant in Portland #25-30
In spite of the shaky economy, it seems that more restaurants have opened in Portland this year than in the last 2-3 years combined. The list contains new takes on many interesting cuisines: Argentinian, French, Mexican, Asian, vegetarian* and even one which is dabbling in molecular gastronomy. I'm encouraged by our … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best New Restaurants in Portland Oregon