I'm not sure why this survey question didn't get more responses. Perhaps only 284 of you like a quiet dinner. I know restaurant psychologists say that a noisy restaurant not only makes people feel like they are part of something, but also tends to make diners eat faster, which helps turn table. Anyway, here are the … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: The Best Restaurant for a Quiet Conversation
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.
Where do we go when we are looking for ingredients to make that special meal? With 50% of the vote, your first choice is clear. The next three were very close. I'm glad to see Foster & Dobbs move way up the list this year. 568 votes cast: 1. City Market/Pastaworks - 50% of the vote! 3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd., … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Gourmet Food Store
This is another category that I find interesting. If nothing else, I can compare the results to my own experiences. In 2010, the awards went to Clyde Common, Nostrana and Bluehour. This year Bluehour was way down the list, so they are doing something right. Nostrana has soared even higher above the rest. Out of 338 … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Lousy Service in What is Otherwise a Good Restaurant
This category is a landslide every year; I don't know why I bother. I'm not going to waste your time with hyperbole - you'll get plenty of that with my review. As far as the winner goes, the only negative comments I have heard out of all the survey questions this year is that service can be an issue. I've never … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Place to Get Barbecue in Portland
I love this question. Though I inevitably get nasty letters for including it, I think it is a good predictor of the Portland restaurant scene, and I love to watch how various restaurants come and go over the years. I also appreciate how difficult it must be for a restaurant to change a damaged reputation. Case in … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: This Restaurant is Coasting on its Reputation
Last year the survey order was Autentica, Por Que No & Nuestra Cocina. This year things swapped around, with a new restaurant in the mix. Though the category received 1096 votes, the lower-ranked restaurants individually received more votes. This dilutes the pool a bit, and shows that we have more of what PFD … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Mexican Restaurant in Portland
Where do we go to get our fish? The top four choices received the bulk of the votes, but the number one answer had a clear majority. New Seasons also did quite well, moving up from previous years. I've never heard of Flying Fish Company - it sounds like I need to pay them a visit. I always get my fish at Newman's. Out … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Place to Buy Fish in Portland
Where do we like to buy our meat? At least 400 people didn't vote at all, so I'm thinking quite a few just pick up their chops at a grocery store such as Safeway - they don't know what they're. But those who visit the butchery definitely have strong opinions. Here are the results of the survey question, who is the best … [Read more...] about Reader Survey 2012: Best Butcher in Portland