Memorable Food for 2005 – a random list of random things in random order.
Pizza – Apizza Scholls. Runner up, Basilico (which just closed)
Coffee House – Albina Press
Bean Roasters – Ristretto Roasters and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Desserts – Gotham Tavern and Park Kitchen. Note that the pastry chef just left Gotham for Balvo, and the Park Kitchen pastry chef is taking a break from the business.
Lebanese – Karam Restaurant
Sushi – Restaurant Murata
Chinese – Wong’s King Seafood
Mexican – Nuestra Cocina
Greek – Eleni’s
Best comfort/American food – Fife
Favorite ‘hole in the wall’ – Pok Pok Thai
Best new restaurants for 2005 – Gotham Building Tavern and Siam Society
General breakfast place – Zells
Best hamburger – Café Castagna
Best place to be sinful – Sahagun Chocolates
Entrée of 2005 that made me want to bow to the chef – Pork Three-Ways at Paley’s Place. Runner up, Surf and Turf Trout at Gotham Building Tavern and Pork three-ways with watermelon sauce at Park Kitchen.
Favorite breakfast – chilaquiles with eggs, corn tortilla chips, salsa roja, cotija, and cilantro at Gotham Building Tavern.
Favorite dive bar – Lowbrow Lounge
Favorite classy bar – Vault Martini
Dessert of 2005 that made me want to get up and hug the chef – a donut at Park Kitchen
Restaurants I’ll really miss – Basilico, Upstairs Bistro breakfasts
Place with most potential that has yet to achieve it – Nostrana, D.F. in the Pearl
Most improved food – Saucebox
Worst service experience – Saucebox
Best service experience – Paley’s Place
Places I go when I’m not ‘working’:
¿Por Qué No? Taqueria
Pok Pok Thai
Albina Press, Ristretto Roasters, Stumptown Coffeehouses
(In the interest of full-disclosure, the owners of Ristretto Roasters are friends of mine, but that did not influence my judgment. It will, however, keep me from reviewing their shop.)
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