Mount Tabor, specifically the spot "above the second reservoir where you can find the perfect mix of families and teenagers not so slyly drinking beers and using anything from kiddie pools to cardboard to bomb down the hill."

January 11, 2017

Best Bagels

(Sam Gehrke)
(Sam Gehrke)

Bundy's Bagels, made by obsessive workaholic Joel Bundy, who "thinks about quitting every day."

The ones at new pop-up Jamaican Taste, cooked by former Bostonian Robert Bryant.

May 2, 2017

Build a disaster preparedness kit. "You'll want to spread supplies across multiple locations—and in your car, which will be in multiple locations."

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

Sassy's, where the "casual vibe" and $2.50 craft pints till 7 pm add up to a situation where you're "likely to find at least one woman for every two men."

May 23, 2017

Best Tonkotsu Ramen

Marukin (Thomas Teal)
Marukin (Thomas Teal)

The version at Marukin, whose flavor "is like an elephant riding a unicycle, terrifying and amazing in the bigness of its balance."

The Neon Demon, whose director, Nicholas Winding Refn, "seems to think women will fuck, kill and eat one another to appease Hollywood's gatekeepers."

Thee Oh Sees on the Woods Stage. IMAGE: Bridget Baker.
Thee Oh Sees on the Woods Stage. IMAGE: Bridget Baker.

Thee Oh Sees, whose singer-guitarist John Dwyer likes to "whip his hair around," "hold his guitar like a rifle," and "talk shit about PBR."

(Henry Crommet)
(Henry Crommet)

The one at 10 Barrel in the Pearl, which lets you look down on "upscale W+K employees, suburban boutique shoppers and terribly fit Pearl clubgoers."

(Henry Cromett)
(Henry Cromett)

The Academy Theater's hot-plate Flying Pie pizza, which is "the best hype- and theme-free pizza shop in Portland."

May 30, 2017

Powell Butte Nature Park, which also represents the "best moonrise, best lover's lane, [and] best spot to smoke weed outdoors."

June 14, 2017

Best Acai Bowl

(Julian Alexander)
(Julian Alexander)

The "orange-pink, silky-smooth acai blend" of the Summer Breeze Bowl at Nob Hill's KIVA, which "literally and figuratively towers over the competition.

January 3, 2017

Velveeta Shells & Cheese, which we prized for its premixed cheese product. "Converting to that Velveeta life means you'll never forget to leave the store with needed milk and butter."

February 7, 2017

Best Beer Hang in Vancouver

(Loowit)
(Loowit)

Downtown Vancouver brewery Loowit, whose excellent taste in arcade games "either reflects the quality of Loowit's beer or shows you just how much time employees spend back there amid the tanks."

February 28, 2017

The nog at New Seasons: "Serve this with confidence and a stack of cheese from the discount remnant bin and you've got yourself one hell of a holiday party."

December 20, 2016

Best Pizza

(Shaun Daley)
(Shaun Daley)

Apizza Scholls, to whom "no legitimate challenger has ever emerged. Whenever someone says otherwise, feel free to politely ignore the rest of their opinions."

(WW staff)
(WW staff)

Machaca, as prepared at a place called Carolina's in South Phoenix.

xico

(Cait Pearson)
(Cait Pearson)

Xico, which we said "served margaritas in a sea of margs."

In case facing "where the least possible number of trees or hills will block your view" isn't an obvious enough tip for looking at celestial missiles, we had a team from the Meteor Society confirm it. Science rules!

August 8, 2016

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

Painted Hills, as it turns out. Quoth one of our tasters: "This steak is the ugliest, it is the fattiest and it is the best."

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

Connecticut native Jim Bonomo at Tin Bucket, whose list was "like Christmas morning."

(Emily Joan Greene)
(Emily Joan Greene)

The spit-roasted lamb sammies at California-based Spitz: "Thank you, Turks, thank you, Germans, thank you, Angelenos."

The Olympics. Duh.

(Terminal Gravity, Jeff Addico)
(Terminal Gravity, Jeff Addico)

Terminal Gravity, in Enterprise, Ore., whose burgers are made from beef "descended from the cattle the Spanish turned loose on the open range upward of 500 years ago."

March 2, 2017

(Joe Riedl)
(Joe Riedl)

Well—in Beaverton, anyway. It's at Taste of Sichuan, whose Swimming Fire Fish is "only, like, the fourth-craziest thing on the menu."

October 27, 2016

Cool Moon, whose Spicy Thai Peanut scoop is "weird done right."

August 18, 2016

Best Dolmas, Ever

(Kayla Sprint)
(Kayla Sprint)

They're at Hawthorne Lebanese spot TarBoush, "tart and spicy and sweet all at once."

Consumer, who sings "like Jim Carrey doing karaoke in The Cable Guy."

Hop Haus, whose wastewater-engineer brewer makes "a real clean beer, every time."

"Whatever you said, you're wrong. There isn't one."

The sunny slopes at Mount Hood Meadows. (Brenda Emil/MountHoodMeadows)
The sunny slopes at Mount Hood Meadows. (Brenda Emil/MountHoodMeadows)

The one that just ended. Mazel!

(courtesy of 1859 Ciders)
(courtesy of 1859 Ciders)

1859's Hunter's Moon, aged for eight months in eight different tanks, using eight different yeast strains.

June 20, 2017

Best Scumbag Breakfast

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

The perfectly portioned, expertly seasoned breakfast special at Yur's—$6 for eggs, country potatoes, toast and a choice of side meat, served up in the morning with a $1.75 PBR.

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

It can be found Tuesdays at East Glisan Pizza Lounge, a "traditional red-top with a hearty, deep red sauce made special for this pie that's applied in careful rows atop a thick blend of mozzarella and brick cheese."

February 7, 2017

Best Dad at MusicfestNW

(Daniel Cole)
(Daniel Cole)

Ice Cube. "Yes, at age 47, Ice Cube is as embarrassing as your own father. And if you ask him, he'd surely tell you he doesn't give a fuck."

August 31, 2016

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

It was at Killingsworth Street wine bar Dame, whose sommelier just left to go work at Holdfast.

The ones at Alberta Street brewery Great Notion—including Juice Jr., our 2017 Beer of the Year.

Breakside's Something Wicked, which is "as soft as beer gets, with a body that has the yellow fuzziness of an old beach photo."

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

Lithics, our Best New Band 2017, which sounds like "mutant disco made for actual mutants, played by the last humans left in the sewers after the coming Trumpocalypse."

(Julian Alexander)
(Julian Alexander)

Associated, in the former space of hip-hop pizzeria P.R.E.A.M. This makes the experience bittersweet for "anyone who wants to see this city become aesthetically diverse, instead of continuing as one big cracker factory churning out whimsy and woolen caps."

Upright's Oregon Native, which "tastes somehow like both beer and natural wine at once, a merger of Oregon's two great fermenting traditions in a way that does justice to both."

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

It was at Southwest Portland's Paiche, our 2016 Restaurant of the Year—now open only from 7 am to noon, with a slimmed-down menu.

October 27, 2016

Best Burger

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

The plainest rendition of the burger at Grain and Gristle, whose beef "comes from a line of Herefords cultivated since 1856 at Oregon's Hawley Ranch."

March 22, 2017

Best Star Wars Movie

(courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd.)
(courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Rogue One, which is about "everyday people trying to justify, morally and practically, their roles in the struggles against an overwhelming, evil adversary." Sound familiar?

December 13, 2016