A Moment, Please
Before we begin, let us reflect upon how tremendously fortunate we are to be eating here, in Portland, at this moment in time. Twenty years ago, I would have been hard-pressed to name a dozen excellent restaurants in this city, let alone a hundred. But now, for reasons I do not entirely understand—some happy confluence of climate, idealism and cheap commercial real estate—our culinary culture rivals any city in the nation. It is astonishing. With that in mind, we present to you the only comprehensive guide to our city’s embarrassment of gustatory riches. Since July, Willamette Week reviewers have been busy eating our way from Sellwood to St. Johns in search of the very best restaurants in the city. This volume is the fruit of our heart-taxing, belt-stretching labor. I hope you will find it of use. Here’s how it works.
The Restaurant of the Year: Our favorite new restaurant, beginning here.
The Listings: Our favorite restaurants, organized alphabetically. Unless otherwise noted, all restaurants are wheelchair-accessible. Hours and prices are accurate as of Oct. 1, 2010, but may change. Call before you go. We asked the chef at each restaurant (those who would pick up the phone, anyway) to name his or her favorite item on the menu. Each restaurant is assigned a dollar rating, referring to the cost of most entrees on the menu:
Inexpensive: Less than $10
Very expensive: Over $30
The Features: In addition to the usual reviews, we’ve included a guide to getting the best wine for your dollar ; a survey of the city’s best cheese courses; our top picks of the city’s food carts , brunches and cheap eats; a brief summary of the best places to eat elsewhere in Oregon; guides to neighborhoods by local food professionals; Portland’s best burgers and even more.
But What About... Don’t see your favorite restaurant here? It may be so new that we haven’t had a chance to review it—there’s an incomplete list of new and coming-soon restaurants here. Also, be sure to check out our annual Cheap Eats and Devour guides to inexpensive eateries and specialty markets on wweek.com. Or maybe we’ve never heard of it—send your suggestions for additions to the guide to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll check them out for next year.
Enough talking. Let’s eat!
Photo by Lincoln Barbour
Editor: Ben Waterhouse
Writers: Bruce Bauer, Ruth Brown, Kelly Clarke, Liz Crain, Sarah Davidson, Hannah Feldman, Aaron Furmanek, Caitlin Giddings, Angie Jabine, Casey Jarman, Michael Mannheimer, Kat Merck, Hanna Neuschwander, Aaron Mesh, Becky Ohlsen, Brian Panganiban, Tami Parr, James Pitkin, Deeda Schroeder, Beth Slovic, Ethan Smith, Henry Stern, Chris Stamm, Ben Waterhouse, Jonanna Widner
Copy chief: Kat Merck
Copy editors: Matt Buckingham, Peggy Perdue, Sarah Smith
Art director: Carolyn Richardson
Illustrator: Mia Nolting
Photographers: Roger Bong, Cameron Browne, Rachelle Hacmac, Darryl James, Vivian Johnson, Leah Nash, Chris Ryan, Taylor Schefstrom
Cover image: Lincoln Barbour/Wonderful Machine
Cover location: Clyde Common
Ad design: Soma Honkanen, Adam Krueger
Publisher: Richard H. Meeker