I stumbled across this while looking for information on a local chef the other day. It is a Chef and Restaurant database: “ChefDb.com is an ongoing project aimed at documenting the history of chefs, restaurants, and restaurateurs from around the world.” Not many Portland entries yet, but a ton from some cities. A great resource for employers and writers; I hope it spreads.
For those out of the loop, the Willamette Week Annual Restaurant Guide 2006 came out today. Things I really like:
- It’s small; easy to keep in the car.
- I didn‘t get hours and hours of usage on my website from the Willamette Week domain, reading every review I’ve written, just before the guide went to press. That was someone else. (Cough… major paper in town… cough Oregonian)
- Some nice photos, though no glossy web tie in.
- Overall, I like the new format and think they did a good job, though…
Some of the reviews make me wonder if they have been to the establishment lately. “Echo is finally hitting its stride”? I think not. I HAVE been there recently.
It has some restaurants that are just tired. It would be nice to see a guide just covering what really are the best restaurants in the city, rather than trying to reach a goal like, the 100 best. Do we really need to cover places like Alexis, or Red Star? Under Everett Street Bistro they say, “Too bad some of the food here doesn’t measure up to the stellar space”. So are they rating spaces, or food? And Gracies… this is the place Roger Porter slaughtered last week, yet is a WW feature. I have to say, I’ve eaten there… and disagree with Roger too. I think he was being overly nice. Still, thank goodness it got that C+ from The Oregonian!
You can read the guide online here (link no longer valid)
Interestingly enough, I’ve been to all but 11 restaurants in the guide. Heck, I could finish them off in a week. I wonder how many folks go through and eat at all of them.