Arts and Culture

Best Alt-Country Band

Winner:

Fruition

fruitionband.com

The cream of the crop in a city filled with string bands, Fruition has been delighting crowds with its bluegrass-meets-honky tonk sound for seven years and counting.

Runner-Up:

Richmond Fontaine

richmondfontaine.com

Honorable mention:

Denver

denvertheband.com

Best Comedy Night

Winner:

Open Mic Night @ Helium

1510 SE 9th Ave / 888.643.8669

heliumcomedy.com/portland

Open mic nights can be a mixed bag, but not at Helium, where performers are selected by a random lottery to entertain Portlanders every Tuesday night.

Runner-Up:

Midnight Mass at Funhouse Lounge

2432 SE 11th Ave / 503.841.6734

funhouselounge.com

Honorable mention:

The Lez Stand Up Show

5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd / 503.477.9477

curiouscomedy.org/events/lez-stand-up

Best Dance Company

Winner

Northwest Dance Project

211 NE 10th Ave. / 503.421.7434

nwdanceproject.org

Northwest Dance Project—which has created over 160 original contemporary ballets since opening doors in 2004—is dedicated to making ballet accessible and affecting for aficionados and beginners alike.

Runner-up:

Oregon Ballet Theatre

818 SE 6th Ave. / 503.227.0977

obt.org

Honorable mention:

BodyVox

1201 NW 17th Ave. / 503.229.0627

bodyvox.com

Best Dance Studio

Winner:

Northwest Dance Project

211 NE 10th Ave. / 503.421.7434

nwdanceproject.org

Northwest Dance Project's new studios in the booming central NE district are spacious, light, and bright—like a gallery where the moving bodies are the art.

Runner-up:

BodyVox

1201 NW 17th Ave. / 503.229.0627

bodyvox.com

Honorable mention:

AWOL Dance Collective

513 NE Schuyler St / 503.351.5182

awoldance.org

Best Hip Hop Artist

Winner:

Cool Nutz

facebook.com/CoolNutz

The Mayor of Portland Hip Hop finally gets his due. His latest release, #BRUH, came out to rave reviews earlier this year.

Runner-up:

Mic Crenshaw

miccrenshaw.com

Honorable mention:

Illmaculate

illmac.com

Best Indie Rock Band

Winner:

Typhoon

wearetyphoon.com

The readers' Best Indie Rock Band is more of an indie rock orchestra with its 12—count 'em TWELVE—members. Typhoon is a marriage of complimentary and contrasting sounds with frontman Kyle Morton's confessional vocals set against orchestral grandiosity. 

Runner-up:

And And And

andandand.bandcamp.com

Honorable mention:

Summer Cannibals

summercannibals.bandcamp.com

Best Jazz Artist

Winner:

Esperanza Spalding

esperanzaspalding.com

The bluesy, soulful Portlander holds the distinction of being the first jazz artist to snag the Grammy for Best New Artist.

Runner-up

Mel Brown

www.melbrownjazzcamp.com

Honorable mention:

Blue Cranes

bluecranesmusic.com

Best Live Music Venue

Winner:

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave / 503.288.3895

mississippistudios.com

Edging Doug Fir by a whisker, the church-turned-music venue prides itself on being built, owned and operated by artists for artists. Oh, and the acoustics are arguably the best in town.

Runner-Up:

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St / 503.231.9663

www.dougfirlounge.com

Honorable mention:

Aladdin

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave / 503.234.9694

www.aladdin-theater.com

Best Local Comedian

Winner:

Amy Miller

amymillercomedy.com

Comedian, podcaster, Willamette Week contributor and Dolly Parton aficionado Amy Miller takes home the top prize as funniest Portlander IRL (in real life) and OTI (on the internet).

Runner-up:

Ian Karmel

iankarmel.com

Honorable mention:

Bri Pruett

bripruett.com

Best Local Record Label

Winner:

Kill Rock Stars

killrockstars.com

Founded in 1991, Kill Rock Stars is one of the few female-run record labels in the country. KRS has produced albums for many notable Portland acts, including Elliott Smith and Sleater-Kinney.

Runner-up:

Tender Loving Empire

Multiple Locations.

tenderlovingempire.com

Honorable mention:

Party Damage Records

partydamagerecords.com

Best Music Festival

Winner:

Pickathon

16581 SE Hagen Rd, Happy Valley, OR.

pickathon.com

Portland's rustic—and best—small-scale music festival brings a healthy blend of roots, folk and indie rock out to Pendarvis Farms in Happy Valley every summer. (It has also recently reached an agreement to continue at least 10 more years at this location.)  

Runner-up:

MusicFestNW

musicfestnw.com

Honorable mention:

Project Pabst

projectpabst.com

Best New Year's Eve Event

Winner:

Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave. / 503.226.2811

portlandartmuseum.org

At one of the Portland most elegant venues, the Portland Art Museum's Inspire Truth aims to be a more transformational experience than the usual drunk and debaucherous New Year's Eve—though rest assured, there will still be plenty of both.

Runner-up

80s Video Dance Attack

videodanceattack.com

Honorable mention:

Curious Comedy Theater's New Year's Eve Extravaganza

5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd / 503.477.9477 curiouscomedy.org

Best Outdoor
Music Venue

Winner:

McMenamins Edgefield

2126 SW Halsey St. / 503.669.8610

mcmenamins.com/54-edgefield-home

Music country meets flavor country to form one of Portland's finest day trips at McMenamins historic 74-acre farm-turned-concert venue-gastropub-and-hotel.

Runner-up:

Cathedral Park

N Edison St and Pittsburg Ave

Honorable mention

Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Rd / 503.226.1561

oregonzoo.org

Best Place to Buy Art

Winner:

Portland Saturday Market

Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 2 SW Naito Pkwy / 503.241.4188

portlandsaturdaymarket.com

This Portland institution is the premier spot to pick up wood carvings, toys, goblin masks, juggling sticks and other artsy errata every Saturday and Sunday from late February through Christmastime. 

Runner-up:

Crafty Wonderland

craftywonderland.com

Honorable mention:

Last Thursday

1476 NE Alberta St. 

lastthursdayonalberta.com

Best Place to See Free Music

Winner:

Laurelthirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan / 503.232.1504

laurelthirst.com

Between its impressive daily live music offerings, 18 tap handles and varied clientele, this eastside watering hole is far more than just a punny name.

Runner-up:

Rontoms

600 E Burnside St. / 503.236.4536

Honorable mention:

Music Millennium

3158 E Burnside St / 503.862.8826

musicmillenium.com

Best Place to See Theater

Winner:

Portland Center Stage

128 NW Eleventh Ave. / 503.445.3700

pcs.org

Founded as the northern sibling of Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1988, PCS takes the center stage for this reader ranking of Portland theater venues.

Runner-up:

Keller Auditorium

222 SW Clay St / 503.248.4335

portland5.com/keller-auditorium

Honorable mention

Artists Repertory Theatre

1515 SW Morrison St. / 503.241.1278

artistsrep.org 

Best Recording
Studio

Winner:

Jackpot Recording

2420 SE 50th Ave. / 503.239.5389

jackpotrecording.com

Jackpot!, where the likes of the Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney and Sonic Youth (among many others) have recorded, was founded by local legend/recording engineer and Tape Op magazine head honcho Larry 'Lars' Crane.

Runner-up:

Haywire Recording

SE Powell Blvd / 503.775.7795

haywirerecording.com

Honorable mention:

The Rock 'n' Roll B&B

Sauvie Island / 971.275.6795

facebook.com/RocknRollbnb

Best Rock/Metal Band

Winner: 

Red Fang

redfang.net

"Sludgefeast," "pseudo-Cthulu," "Viking mammoths," and "sharpened meat hook," are but a few of the phrases Willamette Week has used to describe the readers' choice for Best Metal Band.

Runner-up:

Gaytheist

gaytheist.net

Honorable mention:

Black Pussy

facebook.com/lessinfomoremojo

Best Spoken Word/Storyteller

Winner:

B. Frayn Masters

backfencepdx.com

This Angeleno brought some stories with her to Portland. Now she hosts and produces Back Fence PDX to bring local storytellers to the stage in packed houses. The only rules: No lies, no notes and no memorization.

Runner-up:

Kevin Sampsell

kevinsampsell.com

Honorable mention:

Elliott Resnick

Best Visual Artist

Winner:

Mona Superhero

monasuperhero.com

An artist who works exclusively in the field of duct tape, Mona Superhero's work has popped up in many places, including a cover of Willamette Week last fall.

Runner-up

Sienna Morris

fleetingstates.com

Honorable mention:

Annie Murphy

ghostcatcomics.blogspot.com

Local Businesses and Services

Best Animal Rescue

Winner:

Oregon Humane Society

1067 NE Columbia Blvd. / 503.285.7722

oregonhumane.org

"End Petlessness" is the rallying cry of this nonprofit that helps 11,000 pets each and every year. One of BOP's top 3 overall vote-getters.

Runner Up:

Pixie Project

510 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. / 503.542.3432

pixieproject.org

Honorable Mention:

CAT

14175 SW Galbreath Dr, Sherwood, Ore. / 503.925.8903

catadoptionteam.org

Best Auto Repair

Winner:

Hawthorne Auto Clinic

4307 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.234.2119

hawthorneauto.com

An auto shop that guarantees same day service for most car troubles, will give you Trimet passes for those hours when you are car-less and will comment on your Yelp review of the shop, whether you want it to or not.

Runner Up:

Tom Dwyer Automotive

530 SE Tenino St. / 503.230.2300

tomdwyer.com

Honorable Mention:

Green Drop Garage

1417 SE 9th Ave. / 503.236.7767

greendropgarage.com

Best Bank/Credit Union

Winner:

OnPoint Community Credit

Multiple locations.

onpointcu.com

What began as the Portland Teachers Credit Union over 80 years ago is now the largest community-owned financial institution in the state.

Runner Up:

Umpqua

Multiple locations.

umpquabank.com

Honorable Mention:

Advantis

Multiple locations.

advantiscu.org

Best Bookstore

Winner:

Powell's City of Books

1005 W Burnside St. / 503.228.4651

powells.com

The largest independent new and used bookstore in the world is both a tourist destination and a hub for locals. Whether you're looking for a bestseller or an out-of-print Forgotten Realms novel, odds are you'll find it here.

Runner Up:

Annie Bloom's

7834 SW Capitol Hwy. / 503.246.0053

annieblooms.com

Honorable Mention:

Reading Frenzy

3628 N Mississippi Ave. / 971.271.8044

readingfrenzy.com

Best Bottle Shop

Winner:

Belmont Station

4500 SE Stark St. / 503.232.8538

belmont-station.com

1,200+ bottles of beer on the wall. 1,200+ bottles of beer. Take one down, pass it around and 1,200+ bottles of beer left on the wall. (Also over 20 beers on tap.) 

Runner Up:

Beermongers

1125 SE Division St. / 503.234.6012

thebeermongers.com

Honorable Mention:

Imperial Taproom & Bottleshop

3090 SE Division St. / 971.302.6899

imperialbottleshop.com

Best CD/Record Store

Winner:

Music Millennium

3158 E Burnside St. / 503.231.8926

musicmillennium.com

Portland's oldest, most storied and per WW readers, best record store is looking to add a bar and cafe for shoppers looking for rare finds amidst its vast collection of vinyl.

Runner Up:

Everyday Music

Multiple locations.

everydaymusic.com

Honorable Mention:

Mississippi Records

5202 N Albina Ave. / 503.282.2990

Best Chocolatier

Winner:

Moonstruck Chocolate

Multiple locations.

moonstruckchocolate.com

Founded in 1993, Moonstruck is a chocolatier dedicated to making fine, handcrafted chocolate with locally sourced ingredients. By which we mean, they make chocolate with Oregon liquor.

Runner Up:

Alma

140 NE 28th Ave. / 503.517.0262

almachocolate.com

Honorable Mention:

Missionary Chocolates

2712 NE Glisan St. / 503.206.8439

issionarychocolates.com

Best Clothing Re-Sale Store

Winner:

Buffalo Exchange

Multiple locations.

buffaloexchange.com

Sure, Buffalo Exchange is a national chain, but its goods are locally sourced and it usually has some quirky t-shirts and good finds for the dedicated vintage shopper.

Runner Up:

Goodwill

Multiple locations.

meetgoodwill.org

Honorable Mention:

Rerun

707 NE Fremont St. / 503.517.3786

portlandrerun.com

Best Doggie Daycare

Winner:

Virginia Woof

1520 W Burnside St. / 503.224.5455

virginiawoof.com

Virginia Woof, Portland's punniest doggie daycare, accepts applications from only the finest, most upstanding, vaccinated, spayed or neutered canines in the city.

Runner Up:

Sniff Dog Hotel

1828 NW Raleigh St. / 503.208.2366

sniffdoghotel.com

Honorable Mention:

Lexi Dog

Multiple locations.

lexidog.com

Best Eyeglass Shop

Winner:

Eyes On Broadway

2300 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

(503) 284-2300

eyesonbroadway.com

Eyes on Broadway separates itself from the pack with comprehensive eye care six days a week.  Plus, they're really friendly and have a long history of giving back to the community via support for non-profits.

Runner Up:

Myoptic

Multipe locations.

pdxeyes.com

Honorable Mention

Blink

2719 SE 21st Ave. / 503.546.2565

blinkpdx.com

Best Ethnic Market

Winner:

Uwajimaya

10500 SW Beaverton Hullsday Hwy / 503.643.4512

uwajimaya.com

Much like Fubonn, its larger cousin in SE, Uwajimaya is an Asian foods mega market.  Row upon row of pho fixings, various chili pastes, Japanese candies, fresh seafood and produce, beer and sake make for a colorful, whirlwind shopping experience.

Runner Up:

Fubonn

2850 SE 82nd Ave. / 503.517.8899

fubonn.com

Honorable Mention:

Barbur World Foods

9845 SW Barbur Blvd. / 503.244.0670

worldfoodsportland.com

Best Flower Shop

Winner:

Sammy's Flowers

2280 NW Glisan St. / 503.222.9759

sammysflowers.com

Sammy's has been brightening the city's days, adding vibrancy to its weddings, and helping Portlanders get laid with its wide selection and same-day flower delivery for over 20 years.

Runner Up:

New Seasons Market

Multiple locations.

newseasonsmarket.com

Honorable Mention:

Solabee

902 SW Morrison St. / 503.307.2758

solabeeflowers.com

Best Farmers Market

Winner:

PSU Farmers Market

SW Park & Montgomery

portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/psu/

It seems only fitting that the state's largest urban college plays host to a bustling farmer's market. Grab a hot italian sausage from Salumeria di Carlo and wander about these packed park blocks.

Runner Up:

Hollywood Farmers Market

4420 NE Hancock St. / 503.709.7403

hollywoodfarmersmarket.org

Honorable Mention:

Woodstock Farmers Market

4600 SE Woodstock Blvd. / 503.771.6731

woodstockmarketpdx.com

Best Frame Shop

Winner

I've Been Framed

Multiple locations.

ivebeenframedpdx.com

Bob Brisack was not an artist when he created what is now I've Been Framed decades ago. He still isn't—and his son Rob runs the store now—but that didn't stop him from making one of the city's more diverse selections of frames and art supplies, both salvaged and new. 

Runner Up:

Beard's Framing

Multiple locations.

beards.com

Honorable Mention

Luke's Frame Shop

2707 SE Belmont St. / 503.845.6090

lukesframeshop.com

Best Furniture Store

Winner:

Lounge Lizard

1310 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.232.7575

facebook.com/LoungeLizardVintageFurniture

This Southeast shop with an exceptional collection of moderately priced —and sometimes unique!— vintage furniture narrowly edged out Ikea and their vote-inducing Swedish meatballs. So good on you, WW readers.

Runner Up:

Ikea

Multiple locations.

ikea.com

Honorable Mention:

City Liquidators

823 SE 3rd Ave. / 503.230.7716

cityliquidators.com

Best Garden Supply/Nursery

Winner:

Portland Nursery

Multiple locations.

portlandnursery.com

In the “no-brainer” department, Portland Nursery is everyone’s go-to for yard bling.  Their selection of healthy plants, trees, and all manner of fresh foliage is a mecca for Rose City green thumbs.

Runner Up:

Al's Garden Center

Multiple locations.

als-gardencenter.com

Honorable Mention:

Garden Fever

3433 NE 24th Ave. / 503.287.3200

gardenfever.com

Best Grocery Store

Winner:

New Seasons Market

Multiple locations.

newseasonsmarket.com

This Raleigh Hills-born, eco-conscious grocer has an excellent beer selection, a vast array of locally sourced goods and a butcher that earned an honorable mention in the Best Meat Counter category.  

Runner Up:

Trader Joe's

Multiple locations.

traderjoes.com

Honorable Mention:

Fred Meyer

Multiple locations.

fredmeyer.com

Best Hotel

Winner:

ACE

1022 SW Stark St. / 503.228.2277

acehotel.com/portland

From the claw foot tubs to the old analog TVs with Nintendo, Portland's ACE rivals any property in the ever-expanding hotel empire.  Plus, Clyde Common right off the lobby is a hell of a spot to send friends from out of town for dinner and drinks.

Runner Up:

Hotel deLuxe

729 SW 15th Ave. / 503.219.2094

hoteldeluxeportland.com

Honorable Mention:

Hotel Monaco

506 SW Washington St. / 503.222.0001

monaco-portland.com

Best Jewelry Store

Winner:

Gilt

720 NW 23rd Ave. / 503.226.0629

giltjewelry.com

Gilt boasts one of the larger collections of locally curated jewelry in the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on vintage engagement rings and estate wedding bands.  For 20 years, this boutique has been bringing the bling.

Runner Up:

betsy & iya

2403 NW Thurman St. / 503.227.5482

betsyandiya.com

Honorable Mention:

Gold Door

1434 SE 37th Ave. / 503.232.6069

thegolddoor.com

Best Kitchen Store

Winner:

Kitchen Kaboodle

Multiple locations.

kitchenkaboodle.com

Portland's Kitchen Kaboodle isn't like most kitchen supplies stores. It sells similar wares, to be sure, but it also runs Nespresso cup recycling programs and proudly displays employee-drawn sidewalk signs with Neil Diamond imploring people to shop local.

Runner Up:

Mirador

2106 SE Division St. / 503.231.5175

miradorkitchenandhome.com

Honorable Mention:

Portland Homestead Supply

8012 SE 13th Ave. / 503.233.8691

homesteadsupplyco.com

Best Leather Goods

Winner:

Oregon Leather Company

110 NW 2nd Ave. / 503.228.4105

oregonleatherco.com

The appeal of Oregon Leather Company isn't just the nice selection of leather clothes and riding gear—although there is plenty of that—it's in the large array of tools for the leather hobbyist also for sale. 

Runner Up:

Tanner Goods

1308 W Burnside St. / 503.222.2774

tannergoods.com

Honorable Mention:

Orox Leather Co.

450 NW Couch St. / 503.954.2593

oroxleather.com

Best Meat Counter

Winner:

Gartner's Country Meat Market

7450 NE Killingsworth St. / 503.252.7801

gartnersmeats.com

Gartner's is the kind of butcher where the meat case stretches across nearly the entire building. It gets packed—it can feel like a DMV at times—but the wait is always worth it. 

Runner Up:

Laurelhurst Market & Butcher Shop

3155 E Burnside St. / 503.206.3097

laurelhurstmarket.com

Honorable Mention:

New Seasons Market

Multiple locations.

newseasonsmarket.com

Best Men's Boutique 

Winner:

Boys Fort

902 SW Morrison St. / 503.567.1015

boysfort.com

The eclectically curated, self-professed "manthropology" boutique is catered towards the manchild in all of us, be it a "BOYS TOWN" badge or a collection of pinned and framed butterflies.

Runner Up:

Threads Count

1536 NW 23rd Ave. / 503.224.0506

threadscount.us

Honorable Mention:

Mario's

Multiple locations.

marios.com

Best Motorcycle

Winner

See See Motorcycles

1642 NE Sandy Blvd. / 503.894.9566

seeseemotorcycles.com

This combination motorcycle accessory / coffee shop is both the Best Motorcycle Shop in Portland and the Most Portland Motorcycle Shop in Portland.  Damned fine lattes, no motorcycles.  Further proof that this is an unscientific poll.

Runner Up:

Latus Harley Davidson

870 E Berkeley St. / 503.249.8653

latus-hd.com

Honorable Mention:

MotoCorsa

2170 NW Wilson St. / 503.292.7488

motocorsa.com

Best Movie Theater

Winner:

Hollywood Theatre

4122 NE Sandy Blvd. / 503.493.1128

hollywoodtheatre.org

Maybe it's the ornate 1920s era architecture. Or maybe it's the beer. Or maybe it's the recently installed, breathtaking 70mm projection. Whatever it is, we in Portland are lucky to have the Hollywood.

Runner Up:

Living Room Theaters

341 SW 10th Ave. / 971.222.2010

livingroomtheaters.com

Honorable Mention:

Laurelhurst Theater

2735 E Burnside St. / 503.232.5511

laurelhursttheater.com

Best Musical Instrument Store

Winner:

Trade Up Music

Multiple locations.

tradeupmusic.com

Sell your old guitbox, buy a new one or maybe trade it in for a different, better axe—trade up, if you will— at one of Trade Up's two Portland locations. Maybe sign up for some uke lessons while you're at it.

Runner Up:

Portland Music Co.

Multiple locations.

portlandmusiccompany.com

Honorable Mention:

Artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.232.8845

artichokemusic.org

Best Pet Store

Winner

Pets on Broadway

2762 NE Broadway St. / 503.282.5824

petsonbroadway.com

Portland's largest independent pet store doesn't sell dogs or cats, but it's got everything to keep your buddies happy and healthy. Hedgehog instead of a dog? Pets on Broadway's got you covered there, too.

Runner Up:

Healthy Pets Northwest

Multiple locations.

healthypetsnw.com

Honorable Mention:

Meat for Dogs and Cats

2244 E Burnside St. / 503.236.6971

meatforcatsanddogs.com

Best Real Estate Agent

Winner:

Heather Lamkins

971.255.9868

pdxrealestatebroker.com  

teamlamkins@gmail.com

Heather Lamkins is a wardrobe stylist and thrift store treasure hunter with a BFA-turned-principal real estate broker for Portland's Think Real Estate.

Runner Up:

Beth Kellan

6443 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy / 503.525.6684

bethkellan.com

Honorable Mention:

Rachel Freed

503.432.8126

urbannestpdx.com/rachel-freed/

Best Realtor (Company)

Winner:

Living Room Realty

Multiple locations. / 503.719.5588

livingroomre.com

Living Room Realty is a local real estate company serving Portland, Oregon's North Coast, and Vancouver, Washington. Whether you want to buy, sell, or rent, Living Room Realty can help you make room to live.

Runner Up:

Think Real Estate

2923 NE Broadway St. / 503.847.2722

think-portland.com

Honorable Mention:

Urban Nest Realty

Multiple locations. / 503.432.8126

urbannestpdx.com

Best Sex Toy Store

Winner:

She Bop

Multiple locations.

sheboptheshop.com

This sex-positive, female-friendly, all-inclusive sex shop draws its name from Cyndi Lauper's ode to sex and masturbation because she bop, he bop and we bop.

Runner Up:

Spartacus Leathers

300 SW 12th Ave. / 503.224.2604

spartacusleathers.com

Honorable Mention:

Fantacy 

Multiple Locations 

fantacyforadultsonly.com 

Best Skate Shop

Winner:

Cal Skate

210 NW 6th Ave. / 503.248.0495

calsk8.com

Founded in 1976, Cal Skate Skateboards is the oldest skate shop on the planet.  Or at least in Portland.  It is rumored that a baby Tony Hawk spontaneously appeared on their doorstep.

Runner Up:

Rip City Skate

3213 NE Sandy Blvd. / 503.208.3793

ripcityboardshop.com

Honorable Mention:

Daddies Board Shop

5909 NE 80th Ave. / 503.281.5123

daddiesboardshop.com

Best Shoe Store

Winner:

Imelda's Shoes and Louie's Shoes for Men

3426 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.233.7476

imeldas.com

Looking for some two-toned Cushe Shakras? Maybe some Birkenstocks? Or how about a pair of good, old-fashioned walnut oxfords? You'll find them somewhere around Imelda's crowded floor of designer footwear.

Runner Up:

Clogs-N-More

6809 SE Milwaukie Ave. / 503.233.4146

clogsnmore.com

Honorable Mention:

pedX Shoes

2005 NE Alberta St. / 503.460.0760

pedxshoes.com

Best Smoke Shop

Winner:

Rich's Cigar Store

820 SW Alder St. / 503.228.1700

richscigarstore.com

In an era when more and more people are vaping or smoking newly legal weed, WW readers went with a throwback for Best Smoke Shop: Rich's Cigars & Magazines with its well-stocked humidor and ornate tobacco pipes.

Runner Up:

Third Eye Shoppe

3950 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.232.3393

3rdeyeshoppe.com

Honorable Mention:

Mary Jane's House of Glass

Multiple locations.

maryjaneshouseofglass.net

Best Summer Camp

Winner:

Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls

5340 N Interstate Ave. / 503.445.4991

girlsrockcamp.org

This camp is about more than just teaching girls how to rock out—though there's a LOT of rock happening, to be sure—it's about building self-esteem and giving girls a voice in this male-dominated (and oft misogynistic) genre.

Runner Up:

Trackers Earth

4617 SE Milwaukie Ave. / 503.345.3312

trackerspdx.com

Honorable Mention:

OMSI Camps and Classes

Location varies.

http://programs.omsi.edu/camps-and-classes

Best Tattoo Artist

Winner:

Cheyenne Sawyer

Sawyer has been honing his signature style—a blend of traditional tattoowork, naturalistic images and Native American iconography with vibrant colors—for over 20 years in Portland. Currently at Atlas Tattoo.

Runner Up:

Alice Kendall

Wonderland Tattoo

Honorable Mention:

Alice Carrier

Wonderland Tattoo

Best Tattoo Shop

Winner:

Atlas Tattoo

4543 N Albina Ave. / 503.281.7499

www.atlastattoo.com

Best Tattoo Artist Cheyenne Sawyer works here along with other noted Portland tattooers to form an all-star crew. You'll need to schedule an appointment way in advance or be prepared to wait in line for a walk-in on Sundays.

Runner Up:

Wonderland Tattoo

7036 SE 52nd Ave. / 971.254.4352

www.wonderlandpdx.com

Honorable Mention:

Oddball Tattoo

2716 SE 21st Ave. / 503.231.1344

www.oddballstudios.com

Best Toy Store

Winner:

Finnegan's Toys and Gifts

820 SW Washington St. / 503.221.0306

www.finneganstoys.com

Train sets, LEGOs, a copy of the Punk Rock Writers Journals, a three-story dollhouse with a solar paneled roof…if you're not careful, your inner child might just get lost in the rows upon rows of colorful boxes at the largest independent toy store in the Pacific Northwest.

Runner Up:

Thinker Toys

7784 SW Capitol Hwy. / 503.245.3936

www.thinkertoysoregon.com

Honorable Mention:

Kid at Heart Toys

3445 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.231.2954

www.kidsathearttoys.com

Best Wine Shop

Winner:

Blackbird Wine Shop

4323 NE Fremont St. / 503.282.1887

blackbirdwine.com

Wine is often paired with cheese. It is, however, not often paired with "Atomic" cheese as it is at Blackbird. Owner Andy Diaz is also one of the few wine connoisseurs who genuinely loves rosés, leading to an impressive selection.

Runner Up:

Vino

137 SE 28th Ave. / 503.235.8485

www.vinobuys.com

Honorable Mention:

Division Wines

3564 SE Division St. / 234.7281

www.divisionwines.com

Best Women's Boutique

Winner:

Paloma Clothing

6316 SW Capitol Hwy. / 503.246.3417

www.palomaclothing.com

The majority of the clothing lines carried in this Hillsdale boutique are made in the USA using eco-friendly means. Paloma Clothing's friendliness is not limited to the ecosystem, mind you, it also mails thank you cards to its reliable customers.

Runner Up:

Sloan Boutique

Multiple locations.

www.sloanpdx.com

Honorable Mention:

XtaBay

2515 SE Clinton St. / 230.2899

xtabayvintage.com

Best Veterinary Practice

Winner:

Mt. Tabor Veterinary Care

4246 SE Belmont St. / 503.200.5555

www.mttaborvetcare.com

Let's be real here: Nobody likes going to the vet. But Mt. Tabor makes it as pleasant as it can be for all parties involved, be it covering medications in easy cheese for the dog or a cup of french press coffee for you.

Runner Up:

Rose City Veterinary Hospital

809 SE Powell Blvd. / 503.232.3105

rosecityvet.com

Honorable Mention:

Fremont Veterinary Clinic

5055 NE Fremont St. / 503.282.0991

fremontvet.com

Food and Drink

Best Bagel

Winner:

Bowery Bagel

310 NW Broadway / 227-6674

bowerybagels.com

Genuine N.Y.-style bagels from a transplanted New Yorker, now delivered by bicycle to your door in genuine Portland style.

Runner-up:

Spielman Bagels

2128 SE Division St. / 467-0600

spielmanbagels.com

Honorable mention:

Kenny & Zuke's

2376 NW Thurman St. / 954.1737

kennyandzukes.com/bagelworks

Best Banh Mi

Winner:

Best Baguette

8308 SE Powell Blvd. / 788-3098

thebestbaguette.com

Portland's outer Southeast drive-thru banh mi shop offers one of the largest, most sensibly priced selections of these delectable Vietnamese sandwiches.

Runner-up:

Lardo

Multiple locations.

lardosandwiches.com

Honorable mention:

Luc Lac

835 SW 2nd Ave. / 222-0047

luclackitchen.com


Best BBQ

Winner:

Podnah's Pit

1625 NE Killingsworth St. / 281-3700

podnahspit.com

Tex-Mex meets Tex 'cue at this beloved Portland standard-bearer on Killingsworth. Keep it slow and low, Rodney.

Runner-up:

Russell St. BBQ

325 NE Russell St. / 528-8224

russellstreetbbq.com

Honorable mention:

Smokehouse 21

413 NW 21st Ave. / 971-373-8990

smokehouse21.com


Best Bloody Mary

Winner:

Tasty n Sons

3808 N Williams Ave., Suite 3 / 621-1400

tastynsons.com

Chef John Gorham's popular brunch joint doesn't just have one killer bloody mary, it has an entire menu of them. Want some jerky or aquavit in your mary? Tasty n Sons is way ahead of you.

Runner-up:

Genies Cafe

1101 SE Division St. / 445-9777

geniesdivision.com

Honorable mention:

Holman's Restaurant

15 SE 28th Ave. / 231-1093

Best Bread

Winner:

Grand Central Bakery

Multiple locations.

grandcentralbakery.com

If GCB were just a cafe slinging breakfast sandwiches and scones instead of a bakery, it would still be packed every day. But it is a bakery. One hell of a bakery.

Runner-up:

Dave's Killer Bread

5209 SE International Way / 335-8077

daveskillerbread.com

Honorable mention:

Ken's Artisan Bakery

338 NW 21st Ave. / 248-2202

kensartisan.com


Best Brunch

Winner:

Tasty n Sons

3808 N Williams Ave., Suite 3 / 621-1400

tastynsons.com

Which came first: the best bloody mary in Portland or the best brunch? Tasty n Sons offers the most complimentary pair of awards in this year's Best of Portland tally.

Runner-up:

Screen Door

2337 E Burnside St. / 542-0880

screendoorrestaurant.com

Honorable mention:

Broder

2508 SE Clinton St. / 736-3333

broderpdx.com


Best Burger

Winner:

Killer Burger

Multiple locations.

killerburger.biz

Bacon. A burger patty. Some sauce. Some more bacon. There aren't any secrets to Killer Burger's success, just a hell of a lot of juicy, gut-busting goodness.

Runner-up:

Little Big Burger

Multiple locations.

littlebigburger.com

Honorable mention:

Tabor Tavern

5325 E Burnside St. / 208-3544

tabortavern.com


Best Burrito

Winner:

Los Gorditos

Multiple locations.

losgorditospdx.com

Gigantic, inexpensive burritos are a blessed dime a dozen in this town. Los Gorditos separates itself from this loaded file by providing the finest vegan and vegetarian options in Portland.

Runner-up:

La Bonita

Multiple locations.

labonitarestaraunt.net

Honorable mention:

Robo Taco

607 SE Morrison St. / 232-3707

robotacopdx.com

Best Chef

Winner:

Naomi Pomeroy

The 2014 James Beard winner is famous for the six-course prix fixe meals at Beast, but Portlanders can also hop across the street and treat themselves to her bar snacks at Expatriate.

Runner-up:

Gregory Gourdet

Honorable mention:

John Gorham


Best Chowder

Winner:

Mo's

Portland International Airport / 493-7458

moschowder.com

The much-beloved chowder chain finally opened up shop in Portland after nearly 70 years of feeding locals, tourists, Paul Newman and RFK alike along the Oregon Coast. The catch: It's literally at PDX, but a true layover luxury.

Runner-up:

Jake's Famous Crawfish

401 SW 12th Ave. / 226-1419

mccormickandschmicks.com

Honorable mention:

Ox

2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. / 284-3366

oxpdx.com


Best Delivery

Winner:

Hot Lips Pizza

Multiple locations.

hotlipspizza.com

Portland's venerable (since 1984!) pizza place and fruit soda maker now has enough locations throughout the city to deliver to most neighborhoods.

Runner-up:

Sizzle Pie

Two locations on Burnside Street / 234-7437

sizzlepie.com

Honorable mention:

Pizzicato Pizza

Multiple locations.

pizzicatopizza.com

Best Doughnut

Winner:

Blue Star DONUTS

Multiple locations.

bluestardonuts.com

Blue Star's doughnuts—made fresh daily from brioche dough that takes 18 hours to make!—may sound daunting or hoity-toity at first, but you can actually taste the love.

Runner-up:

Pips Original

4759 NE Fremont St., Suite C / 206-8692

pipsoriginal.com

Honorable mention:

Voodoo Doughnut

Multiple locations.

voodoodoughnut.com


Best Ethiopian

Winner:

Queen of Sheba

2413 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. / 287-6302

queenofsheba.biz

At nearly 20 years old, Queen of Sheba is more than the city's most established Ethiopian restaurant: It's a culinary institution in its own right.

Runner-up:

Bete-Lukas

2504 SE 50th Ave., Suite D / 477-8778

bete-lukas.com

Honorable mention:

Dalo's Kitchen

1533 NE Alberta St. / 740.0313

dalos-kitchen.com

Best Fish & Chips

Winner:

Horse Brass

4534 SE Belmont St. / 232-2202

horsebrass.com

The English-style pub that WW readers selected as the city's best Irish pub has also perfected this deep-fried staple of English pub cuisine. Pass the malt vinegar, please.

Runner-up:

The Frying Scotsman

9 SW Alder St. / 706-3841

thefryingscotsmanpdx.com

Honorable mention:

Hawthorne Fish House 

4343 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 548-4434

hawthornefishhouse.com


Best Food & Drink Festival

Winner:

Oregon Brewers Festival

oregonbrewfest.com

In a city filled to the brim with booze and drinking festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival is the sudsiest of them all. One hundred and five beers in the summer sun? You voted a resounding "Yes, please!"

Runner-up:

Bite of Oregon

biteoforegon.com

Honorable mention:

Feast

feastportland.com


Best Food Cart

Winner:

Nong's Khao Man Gai

Multiple locations. / 971-255-3480

khaomangai.com

While the menu has expanded, you want the khao man gai—a chicken-and-rice dish from Bangkok with Chinese origins—simple and borderline perfect. Show up before 1 pm and the chicken comes with skin. You want that, too.

Runner-up:

Koi Fusion

Multiple locations.

koifusionpdx.com

Honorable mention:

Grilled Cheese Grill

1027 NE Alberta St. / 206-8959

grilledcheesegrill.com


Best Food-Cart Pod

Winner:

SW 10th and Alder

When you're hungry and life is making you hungrier, you can always go downtown. Just listen to the sizzle of the food carts of the city. Linger on the sidewalk where the menu signs are pretty. How can you lose?

Runner-up:

Cartlandia

8145 SE 82nd Ave. / 358-7873

cartlandia.com

Honorable mention:

Cartopia

1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd.


Best Frozen Yogurt

Winner:

Eb & Bean

1425 NE Broadway / 281-6081

ebandbean.com 

Where fro-yo becomes more than a healthy alternative to ice cream: It becomes an artisanal delight all its own.

Runner-up:

Swirl

3538 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 235-0422

swirl-frozenyogurt.com

Honorable mention:

Nectar Frozen Yogurt

Multiple locations.

nectarfroyo.com

Best Gluten-Free Restaurant

Winner:

Harlow

3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 971-255-0138

harlowpdx.com

Wheat-o-phobes rejoice! The menu at Harlow, Prasad's bowl-driven sister restaurant, includes items like pasta, mac and cheese, and veggie burgers. There's not an ounce of gluten in any of them. Even the tap list skews gluten-free.

Runner-up:

Blossoming Lotus

1713 NE 15th Ave. / 228-0048

blpdx.com

Honorable mention:

Cultured Caveman

Multiple locations.

culturedcavemanpdx.com


Best Hot Pot

Winner:

Hot Pot City

1975 SW 1st Ave. / 224-6696

We cannot stress this enough: ALL YOU CAN EAT HOT POT, with the freshest and most varied ingredients and broths in town.

Runner-up:

Toji Korean Grill House

4615 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 232-8998

tojikoreangrillhouse.com

Honorable mention:

Beijing Hot Pot

2768 SE 82nd Ave. / 774-2525

thebeijinghotpot.com

Best Ice Cream

Winner:

Salt & Straw

Multiple locations.

saltandstraw.com

What can be said about this farm-to-cone operation that hasn't already been said by Willamette Week, Bon Appetit, and The Wall Street Journal? It's fantastic ice cream.

Runner-up:

Ruby Jewel

Multiple locations.

rubyjewel.com

Honorable mention:

Fifty Licks

2021 SE Clinton St. / 954-294-8868

fifty-licks.com


Best Indian

Winner:

Bollywood Theater

Multiple locations.

bollywoodtheaterpdx.com

Chef Troy MacLarty introduced Portland to the street food of India—kati rolls and Goan-Portuguese hybrid food—you don't find at most Indian restaurants stateside.

Runner-up:

Swagat

2074 NW Lovejoy St. / 227-4300

swagat.com

Honorable mention

Namaste

Multiple locations.

namasteindiancuisine.com

Best Irish Pub

Winner:

Horse Brass

4534 SE Belmont St. / 232-2202

horsebrass.com

Willamette Week readers decided—really?—that the very best Irish pub is, in fact, one that is not Irish at all. Great taps, darts and fish and chips.  Not Irish.

Runner-up:

Kells

Multiple locations.

kellsirish.com

Honorable mention:

Biddy McGraw's

6000 NE Glisan St. / 233-1178

biddymcgraws.com


Best Italian

Winner:

Nostrana

1401 SE Morrison St. / 234-2427

nostrana.com

Perennial James Beard finalist Cathy Whims' regional Italian restaurant has been one of the city's premier eateries since it opened its doors a decade ago.

Runner-up:

Ava Gene's

3377 SE Division St. / 971-229-0571

avagenes.com

Honorable mention:

Piazza Italia

1129 NW Johnson St. / 478-0619

piazzaportland.com


Best Izakaya

Winner:

Biwa

215 SE 9th Ave. / 239-8830

biwarestaurant.com

Biwa offers the best burger you'll find at perhaps any izakaya restaurant, not just in Portland.

Runner-up:

Tanuki

8029 SE Stark St.

tanukipdx.com

Honorable mention:

Miho Izakaya

4057 N Interstate Ave. / 719-6152

mihopdx.com

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Winner:

Slappy Cakes

4246 SE Belmont St. / 477-4805

slappycakes.com

Order a squeeze bottle of batter, a bloody mary pitcher and bond with your kids over make-your-own pancakes.  Slappy Cakes FTW!

Runner-up:

Laughing Planet

Multiple locations.

laughingplanetcafe.com

Honorable mention

Hopworks

2944 SE Powell Blvd. / 232-4677

hopworksbeer.com 

Best Late-Night Menu

Winner:

Montage

301 SE Morrison St. / 234-1234

montageportland.com

Montage didn't just win this category because it serves food until 2 am most nights—4 am on weekends—it's that Cajun-Creole food is perfectly designed for being three sheets to the wind.

Runner-up:

Luc Lac

835 SW 2nd Ave. / 222-0047

luclackitchen.com

Honorable mention:

Original Hotcake House

1002 SE Powell Blvd. / 236-7402

hotcakehouse.com


Best Local Coffee House

Winner:

Stumptown

Multiple locations.

stumptowncoffee.com

Portland's own Stumptown—now also in Seattle, New York and L.A.—is kind of like Starbucks if the latter had a soul and/or good coffee.

Runner-up:

Case Study

Multiple locations. 

casestudycoffee.com

Honorable mention:

Barista

Multiple locations.

baristapdx.com


Best Local Coffee Roaster

Winner

Stumptown

Multiple locations.

stumptowncoffee.com

Stumptown roasts its beans every day and offers to deliver this fresh roast to your door every two weeks.

Runner-up:

Coava

2631 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 894-8134

coavacoffee.com

Honorable mention:

Heart

537 SW 12th Ave. / 224-0036

heartroasters.com

Best Local
Distillery

Winner:

New Deal Distillery

900 SE Salmon St. / 234-2513

newdealdistillery.com

One of Portland's oldest distilleries, New Deal shows the world just how great chocolate-infused vodka and dry gin can be. Also, drink Hot Monkey pepper-flavored vodka.

Runner-up:

Eastside Distilling

1512 SE 7th Ave. / 926-7060

eastsidedistilling.com

Honorable mention:

Clear Creek Distillery

2389 NW Wilson St. / 248-9470

clearcreekdistillery.com


Best Margarita

Winner

Por Que No?

Multiple locations.

porquenotacos.com

Por Que No? joins Tasty n Sons as a two-category winner for best style of cuisine (Mexican) and the drink that goes with said food—in this case its delicious, thirst-quenching margaritas.

Runner-up:

Casa del Matador

Multiple locations.

matadorrestaurants.com

Honorable mention:

Nuestra Cocina

2135 SE Division St. / 232-2135

nuestracocina.com


Best Mediterranean

Winner:

Nicholas Restaurant

Multiple locations.

nicholasrestaurant.com

Nicholas has been Portland's go-to Mediterranean restaurant since it first opened up as a mom-and-pop pizza joint in 1986. It gradually added more and more Lebanese items to the menu until the city was hooked. Try the mezza.

Runner-up:

Mediterranean Exploration Company

333 NW 13th Ave. / 222-0906

mediterraneanexplorationcompany.com

Honorable mention:

Tarboush

3257 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 235-3277

tarboushbistro.com


Best Mexican Food

Winner:

Por Que No?

Multiple locations.

porquenotacos.com

Portlanders agree: Bryan Steelman's recreation of the taco feast he experienced in Morelia, Mexico, is worth waiting in a line around the block for.

Runner-up:

Nuestra Cocina

2135 SE Division St. / 232-2135

nuestracocina.com

Honorable mention:

Cha Cha Cha

Multiple locations.

chachachapdx.com

Best New
Restaurant

Winner:

Harlow

3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 971-255-0138

harlowpdx.com

Gluten is out, and Harlow is in. The bowl-focused, gluten-free eatery opened its doors to a salivating public last year.

Runner-up:

Kachka

720 SE Grand Ave. / 235-0059

kachkapdx.com

Honorable mention:

Pollo Norte

5427 NE 42nd Ave. / 287-0669

pollonorte.com


Best Omelet

Winner:

Mother's Bistro & Bar

212 SW Stark St. / 464-1122

mothersbistro.com

This classic downtown brunch spot's omelet special changes daily. The only things you can be sure of is that it will have three eggs, it will be delicious, and it will be as close to a home-cooked meal as you'll find in town.

Runner-up:

Zell's Cafe

1300 SE Morrison St. / 239-0196

zellscafe.com

Honorable mention

Gravy

3957 N Mississippi Ave. / 287-8800

eatatgravy.com


Best Pad Thai

Winner:

Pad Thai Kitchen

2309 SE Belmont St. / 232-8766

Pad Thai, like pizza, still tastes amazing reheated the next day. Pad Thai Kitchen understands this. That's why it serves you enough for tonight and tomorrow morning.

Runner-up:

Cha'Ba Thai

Multiple locations.

chabathaipdx.com

Honorable mention:

Sen Yai 

3384 SE Division St. / 236-3573

pokpoksenyai.com


Best Patio

Winner:

White Owl Social Club

1305 SE 8th Ave. / 236-9672 

whiteowlsocialclub.com

The White Owl's enormous patio boasts 6,000 square feet of dog-friendly space, and is continually teeming with beautiful people enjoying high-quality refreshments and food. The bar/music venue is a real jewel on Distillery Row.

Runner-up:

Roadside Attraction

1000 SE 12th Ave. / 233-0743

Honorable mention:

Rontoms

600 E Burnside St. / 236-4536


Best Pho

Winner:

Luc Lac

835 SW 2nd Ave / 222-0047

luclackitchen.com

It seems only fitting that this chic descendant of Pho PDX that offers a nice cocktail list with its spiced beef broth also wins the reader poll for Best Pho in Portland.

Runner-up:

Pho Hung

4717 SE Powell Blvd. / 775-3170

Honorable mention:

Pho Van

1919 SE 82nd Ave. / 788-5244

phovanrestaurant.com


Best Pizza

Winner

Apizza Scholls

4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 233-1286

apizzascholls.com

If there's one thing Willamette Week readers, the arts and culture staff and Anthony Bourdain can agree on, it's that Apizza Scholls is the best pizza in Portland.

Runner-up:

Sizzle Pie

Two locations on Burnside / 234-7437

sizzlepie.com

Honorable mention:

Life of Pie

3632 N Williams Ave. / 719-7321

lifeofpiepizza.com

Best Place to Eat Sustainably

Winner:

Bamboo Sushi

Multiple locations.

bamboosushi.com

A lot of restaurants talk about their sustainable practices, but not all of them will give you a pamphlet from an aquarium telling you exactly which seafood can be eaten sustainably at this time of year. Bamboo Sushi does.

Runner-up:

People's Food Co-op

3029 SE 21st Ave. / 674-2642

peoples.coop

Honorable mention:

Blossoming Lotus

1713 NE 15th Ave. / 228-0048

blpdx.com


Best Portland Brewery

Winner:

Breakside Brewery

820 NE Dekum St. (or 5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie) / 719-6475

breakside.com

Best Brewery in this suds-filled city is a difficult choice. In a way, they're all winners. In another, more accurate way, Breakside Brewery, which took home the gold medal from Denver's Great American Beer Festival in the competitive IPA category last year, has the hardware to prove it.

Runner-up:

Hopworks Urban Brewery

2944 SE Powell Blvd. / 232-4677

hopworksbeer.com 

Honorable mention:

Deschutes Brewery

210 NW 11th Ave. / 296-4906

deschutesbrewery.com


Best Restaurant

Winner:

Pok Pok

3226 SE Division St. / 232-1387

pokpokpdx.com

Pok Pok is the steel-toed boot at the tip of Andy Ricker's culinary empire.  Though other entities make appearances here (Sen Yai's honorable mention for Best Pad Thai, Pok Pok's runner-up for Best Wings), it's the flagship that brings home the trophy in this prestigious category. 

Runner-up:

Andina

1314 NW Glisan St. / 228-9535

andinarestaurant.com

Honorable mention

Ox

2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. / 284-3366

oxpdx.com


Best Sandwich Shop

Winner

Bunk Sandwiches

Multiple locations.

bunksandwiches.com

Bunk Sandwiches doesn't just make kickass sandwiches—that Cubano!—they're everywhere you want to be. Its sandwiches—named after "Bunk" Moreland from The Wire—can be had at indie-rock venues, Wonder Ballroom and the Moda Center, among others.

Runner-up:

Lardo

Multiple locations.

lardosandwiches.com

Honorable mention:

East Side Delicatessen

Multiple locations.

pdxdeli.com


Best Sausage

Winner:

Olympia Provisions

Multiple locations.

olympiaprovisions.com

The beloved charcuterie and salumeria has recently changed one letter in its name. Thank God that's the only thing it's changing.  

Runner-up:

Otto's Sausage Kitchen

4138 SE Woodstock Blvd. / 771-6714

ottossausage.com

Honorable mention:

Edelweiss

3119 SE 12th Ave. / 238-4411

edelweissdeli.com


Best Smoothie/Juice Bar

Winner

KURE Juice Bar

Multiple locations.

kurejuicebar.com

Between the smoothies, oatmeal and acai bowls, Kure is an all-purpose healthy eat-and-drink stop.  Recommended:  the Sex Panther.

Runner-up:

Canteen

2816 SE Stark St. / 922-1858

canteenpdx.com

Honorable mention:

Greenleaf Juicing Company

810 NW 12th Ave. / 971-271-8988

greenleafjuice.com


Best SteakHouse

Winner

RingSide

2165 W Burnside St. / 223-1513

ringsidesteakhouse.com

Ringside has been serving steaks to Portlanders long enough that the late James Beard himself is said to have called its onion rings the best he'd ever had.  Oh, and the steaks? Dry-aged, glazed with butter and cooked to perfection.

Runner-up:

Laurelhurst Market

3155 E Burnside St. / 206-3097

laurelhurstmarket.com

Honorable mention:

Ox

2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. / 284-3366

oxpdx.com

Best Strip Club Food

Winner:

Acropolis Steakhouse

8325 SE McLoughlin Blvd. / 231-9611

acropolispdx.com

We like to think of Acropolis as a five-star steakhouse where people just happen to also take their clothes off. Also see: salad bar. Wait, salad bar?

Runner-up:

Casa Diablo

2839 NW St. Helens Road / 222-6600

casadiablo.com

Honorable mention (tie):

Lucky Devil Lounge

633 SE Powell Blvd. / 206-7350

luckydevillounge.com

Sassy's

927 SE Morrison St. / 231-1606

sassysbar.com


Best Sushi

Winner:

Bamboo Sushi

Multiple locations.

bamboosushi.com

Eating at the world's first certified-sustainable sushi restaurant means that the standout chef's sashimi sampler will always be fresh and in season. Easily Portland's most creative (and popular) sushi destination. 

Runner-up:

Mio Sushi

Multiple locations.

miosushi.com

Honorable mention:

Yoko's Japanese Restaurant

2878 SE Gladstone St. / 736-9228


Best Taqueria

Winner:

Por Que No?

Multiple locations.

porquenotacos.com

Por Que No? scores the hat trick (Best Mexican, Best Margaritas, Best Taqueria) in the inaugural Best of Portland poll. DO believe the hype.

Runner-up:

Robo Taco

607 SE Morrison St. / 232-3707

robotacopdx.com

Honorable mention:

Mi Mero Mole

Multiple locations.

mmmtacospdx.com


Best Tallboy

Winner:

Rainier

rainierbeer.com

Huge upset here! Is it possible Rainier has unseated Pabst as Portland's favorite affordable refreshment? Or were you just trying to be contrarian? It's owned by the same company these days, so drink up friends, the joke's on you.

Runner-up:

Tecate

heinekenusa.com/brands

Honorable mention:

Pabst

pabstblueribbon.com


Best Tea House

Winner:

Townshend's Tea

Multiple locations.

townshendstea.com

What began as a project to craft a loose-leaf teahouse with the vibe of a casual coffeehouse at the University of Oregon quad is now thriving in five locations.

Runner-up:

The Tao of Tea

Multiple locations.

taooftea.com

Honorable mention:

Tea Chai Te

Multiple locations.

teachaite.com


Best Urban Winery

Winner

Hip Chicks Do Wine

4510 SE 23rd Ave. / 234-3790

hipchicksdowine.com

Why head out to rural wine country when you can just swing on by this industrial warehouse-turned-winery? Run by wine goddess Laurie Lewis and wine maven Renee Neely, HCDW is the oldest urban winery in Portland.

Runner-up:

SE Wine Collective

2425 SE 35th Place / 208-2061

sewinecollective.com

Honorable mention:

Coopers Hall

404 SE 6th Ave. / 719-7000

coopershall.com


Best Vegan Restaurant

Winner:

Blossoming Lotus

1713 NE 15th Ave. / 228-0048

blpdx.com

Blossoming Lotus prides itself on taking dishes from all across the globe and making them vegan and/or live and raw if possible. Meat-free? That's a given. Gluten-free? That's a perk. Soy-free? Blossoming Lotus can accommodate that, too.

Runner-up:

Bye and Bye

1011 NE Alberta St.

thebyeandbye.com

Honorable mention:

Harlow

3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 971-255-0138

harlowpdx.com


Best Wings

Winner:

Fire on the Mountain

Multiple locations.

portlandwings.com

Wings are great with beer. Wings are great with sports. Wings are also great on their own. So gather 'round and rejoice, Portland, for these fabulous fryers have 12 killer sauces, three locations, a brewery and a joint at the Moda. 

Runner-up:

Pok Pok

3226 SE Division St. / 232-1387

pokpokpdx.com

Honorable mention:

NEPO 42

5403 NE 42nd Ave. / 288-8080

nepo42.com


Health and Body

Best Acupuncturist

Winner:

Working Class Acupuncture

Multiple locations.

workingclassacupuncture.org

Working Class' mission is to make this ancient Chinese treatment available and affordable to everyone. Acupuncture treatments are on a sliding scale of $15-$35, depending on how you feel comfortable paying.

Runner-up:

Colleen Donnelly Acupuncture

10490 SW Eastridge St. / 503.705.1812

portlandacupuncturenow.com

Honorable mention:

Caveman Medicine

503.939.9592

cavemanmedicine.net

Best Barbershop

Winner:

Bishop's

Multiple locations.

bishopsbs.com

By winning both Best Barbershop and Best Hair Salon, Bishop's has staked its claim as Portland's go-to hair place. 

Runner-up:

Modern Man

Multiple locations.

themodernmanpdx.com

Honorable mention:

Rudy's Barbershop

Multiple locations.

rudysbarbershop.com

Best Chiropractor

Winner:

Peter E. Leitner

522 NW 12th Ave. / 503.227.2886

pdxdc.net

Leitner combines a deep understanding of therapeutic massage and Jungian psychology to improve clients health and mental well-being at his practice in the Pearl.

Runner-up:

Portland Chiropractic Group

2031 E Burnside St. / 503.224.2100

portlandchiropracticgroup.com

Honorable mention:

Bridgetown Chiropractic

Multiple locations. / 503.490.5647

bridgetownchiropractic.com

Best Crossfit

Winner:

CrossFit503

6050 SW Macadam Ave. / 503.564.8708

crossfit503.com

Looking to get swoll in the 503? More ripped than you've ever been?  To become the physical manifestation of Shreddie Van Halen? That's what cross fit, and more specifically, CrossFit503 is all about.

Runner-up:

CrossFit Portland

418 NE 8th Ave. / 503.939.4839

crossfitportland.com

Honorable mention:

Crossfit X Factor

2202 NW Roosevelt St. / 503.830.9700

crossfitxfactor.com

Best Dentist

Winner:

Laurelhurst Dentistry

2520 E Burnside St. / 503.233.3622

laurelhurstdentistry.com

Picking the best in a category that you hope to only visit once or twice a year can be difficult. However, Laurelhurst Dentistry ended up with as many votes as the Runner-up and Honorable mention combined, likely due to its friendly staff, state-of-the-art technology and policy of being up-front about costs.

Runner-up:

Willamette Dental

Multiple locations. / 1.855.433.6825

willamettedental.com

Honorable mention:

Gentle Dental

Multiple locations.

gentle1.com

Best Gym

Winner

24 Hour Fitness

Literally everywhere.

www.24hourfitness.com

When it comes to determining the best gym, convenience might be the single most important factor. Or at least, that's how we're rationalizing WW readers picking the largest gym and fitness center chain in the world as Portland's best gym.

Runner-up:

Vive Fitness

4023 NE Hancock St. 

vivefitnesspdx.com

Honorable mention:

Loprinzi's

2414 SE 41st Ave. / 503.232.8311

loprinzisgym.com

Best Hair Salon

Winner:

Bishop's

Multiple locations.

bishopsbs.com

In true Portland fashion, WW readers pick the place that'll give you a beer—a Session lager, in this case—while your friendly stylist touches up your undercut or turns your Audrey Hepburn purple.

Runner-up:

Aveda Institute

325 NW 13th Ave. / 503.294.6000

avedapdx.com

Honorable mention:

New Vintage Beauty Lounge

3864 N Mississippi Ave. / 503.327.8442

newvintagebeautylounge.com

Best Massage

Winner:

Classic Body Restoration

107 SE Washington St. / 503.239.2639

cbrpdx.com

From the Greco-Roman statue on the logo to its deceptively strong masseurs, Classic Body Restoration promises that this experience will be anything but another foo foo massage.

Runner-up:

The DragonTree Holistic Day Spa

2768 NW Thurman St. / 503.221.4123

thedragontree.com

Honorable mention:

Blooming Moon Wellness Spa

1920 N Killingsworth St. / 971.279.2757

bloomingmoonspa.com

Best Naturopath

Winner:

Dr. Suzanne Scopes

316 NE 28th Ave. / 503.230.0812

drscopesnaturalhealthcare.com

Dr. Scopes is interested in more than just helping people get healthier. She's about helping people be more comfortable in their own skin, be they clients or the people she works with while volunteering at Outside In's transgender services.

Runner-up:

Satya Ambrose, ND

16144 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr, Happy Valley, Ore. / 503.658.7715

sunnysidecocare.com/#!satya-ambrose/cfz1

Honorable mention:

Bloom Natural Healthcare

125 NE Killingsworth St. / 503.223.3741

bloomnaturalhealthcare.com

Best Pilates Studio

Winner:

Pacific NW Pilates

5201 SW Westgate Dr. / 503.292.4409

pacificnwpilates.com

Pacific NW Pilates is where aspiring Pilates instructors go to gain certification and where savvy Portland Pilates enthusiasts go to get a solid workout in refreshingly small, intimate classes.

Runner-up:

barre3

Multiple locations.

barre3.com

Honorable mention:

Studio Blue Pilates

Multiple locations.

studiobluepdx.com

Best Rock Gym

Winner:

The Circuit Bouldering Gym

Multiple locations.

thecircuitgym.com

With three locations sprinkled throughout the city and surrounding metro area, The Circuit is for Portlanders eager to climb up, down and around different rock faces without leaving city limits. It's family friendly enough to get your kids hooked, too.

Runner-up:

Portland Rock Gym

21 NE 12th Ave. / 503.232.8310

portlandrockgym.com

Honorable mention:

Planet Granite

1405 NW 14th Ave. / 503. 477.5666

planetgranite.com

Best Waxing Salon

Winner:

Urban Waxx

Multiple locations.

urbanwaxx.com

Summer's here, and Portlanders are showing more skin all around. Whether you want to reshape your eyebrows or get your speedo zone cleaned up before the Big Float, the all-female staffed Urban Waxx is here to help with your unsightly body hair.

Runner-up:

Sugar Me

1313 NE Fremont St. / 503.287.4901

sugarmeportland.com

Honorable mention:

Wax On Spa

Multiple locations.

waxon.com

Best Yoga Studio

Winner:

People's Yoga

Multiple locations.

thepeoplesyoga.org

Yoga is more than an exercise, it's a way of life for many Portlanders. Unfortunately, as anyone who has signed up for Bikram classes knows, it can be pricey. People's Yoga was created to make yoga affordable and accessible to the people.

Runner-up:

Yo Yo Yogi

1306 NW Hoyt St. / 503.688.5120

yoyoyogi.com

Honorable mention:

Yoga Shala of Portland

3808 N Williams Ave. / 503.963.9642 

yogashalapdx.com


Media and Personalities

Best Meteorologist

Winner:

Matt Zaffino 

KGW

Whether we're curious if it'll be nice at the Coast, or if we can expect another month of Qatari weather, Portlanders still turn to Matt Zaffino as our most trusted weather-talking guy.  Clean sweep of TV categories for KGW.

Runner-up:

Rhonda Shelby 

KATU

Honorable mention

Andy Carson 

KPTV

Best Local Podcast

Winner:

Live Wire Radio

3606 N Mississippi Ave. / 503.548.4920

livewireradio.org

Live Wire Radio, which is taped in front of live studio audience at Revolution Hall, is kind of like A Prairie Home Companion's younger, more entertaining half-sister who left the Midwest for the artisanal quirk of Portland.

Runner-up:

Kick Ass Oregon History

orhistory.com

Honorable mention:

Funemployment Radio

funemploymentradio.com

Best Local TV Newscast

Winner:

KGW

The local NBC affiliate and platform for Blazer bullhorn John Canzano continues bringing the bald-faced truth to the people of Portlanders, whether it's an exclusive scoop or an embarrassing selfie fail caught on live TV.

Runner-up:

KATU

Honorable mention:

FOX 12

Best Professional Athlete

Winner

Damian Lillard

Portland Trailblazers

The All-Star sharpshooter and creator of #DameFace just inked a 5-year, $125 million extension.  Look for him to throw the lob to Plumlee early and often come this November.  Also: if you have a problem with the runner-up and Honorable mention selections here, talk to Neil Olshey. 

Runner-up:

LaMarcus Aldridge

San Antonio Spurs

Honorable mention

Robin Lopez

New York Basketball Knicks

Best Local Radio Show

Winner:

Daria, Mitch & Ted

105.1 The Buzz

All the feverish excitement, awkward pauses and joy that Portlanders need to maintain their sanity during the daily commute.

Runner-up:

Morning Session with Derek Smith

KMHD

Honorable mention:

The Future of What

XRAY.fm & Kill Rock Stars

Best Radio Personality

Winner:

Daria 

105.1 The Buzz

Portland's radio queen—and occasional play actor—continues to hold an iron grip over any and all radio personality polls.  A Woody Allen brain in a bombshell frame?  Works for us.

Runner-up

Gustav 

94/7

Honorable mention

Carl Wolfson

107.1 XRAY

Best Radio Station (Music)

Winner:

107.1 XRAY

xray.fm

The upstart non-profit has become the voice of progressive radio in Portland, giving a voice to Best Radio Personality Honorable mention Carl Wolfson and former mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith.  Also: spinning a great mix of eclectic music programming with a variety of cool specialty shows hosted by local tastemakers.

Runner-up:

KMHD Jazz

Honorable mention:

94/7 KNRK

Nightlife

Best Bar

Winner:

White Owl Social Club

1305 SE 8th Ave. / 503.236.9672

whiteowlsocialclub.com

Whether you're looking to have some S'mores by the fire pit or maybe just kick back and a have beer with your best friend on this expansive, dog-friendly patio, White Owl Social Club is Portland's favorite place to socialize and imbibe this summer.

Runner-up:

Rum Club

720 SE Sandy Blvd. / 503.265.8807

rumclubpdx.com

Honorable mention:

Victory

3652 SE Division St. / 503.236.8755

thevictorybar.com

Best Cocktail Lounge

Winner:

Secret Society

116 NE Russell St. / 503.493.3600

secretsociety.net 

The decor and accoutrements in this converted 1907 Victorian house take one back to a simpler, more elegant time when well-to-do Oregonians ducked into secret lounges to get liquored up.

Runner-up:

Rum Club

720 SE Sandy Blvd. / 503.265.8807

rumclubpdx.com

Honorable mention:

The Teardrop Lounge

1015 NW Everett St. / 503.445.8109

teardroplounge.com

Best Bartender

Winner:

Amy Snyder (Devils Point)

Amy Snyder is many things. She's a fashion designer. She's a go-go dancer. She's also just been voted the best bartender in Portland!  Roll on up to Devils Point and find out what she's slinging tonight!

Runner-up:

Tony (Gladstone Street Pub)

Honorable mention:

Jeffrey Morgenthaler (Clyde Common)

Best Beer Selection on Tap

Winner:

Apex

1216 SE Division St. / 503.273.9227

apexbar.com

A lot of places in Portland have 20 fantastic beers on tap. Some even have 30. And then there's Apex. This cash-only suds shop on Division has 50 delicious, sometimes rare craft brews on tap and also features one of our finer tap house patios.

Runner-up:

Green Dragon

928 SE 9th Ave. / 503.517.0660

pdxgreendragon.com

Honorable mention:

Bailey's Taproom

213 SW Broadway / 503.295.1004

baileystaproom.com

Best Date Bar

Winner:

Sapphire Hotel

5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.232.6333

thesapphirehotel.com

The deep red walls and dim lighting make the Sapphire Hotel an intimate setting for dates, with the ghost of its lusty past as a brothel hanging in the air.  Nice food and fresh cocktails all add up to brown chicken / brown cow.

Runner-up:

Secret Society

116 NE Russell St. / 503.493.3600

secretsociety.net 

Honorable mention:

Gold Dust Meridian

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.239.1143

golddustmeridian.com

Best Dive Bar

Winner:

Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St. / 503.235.5690

Club 21 is the rare dive bar that looks a ski lodge on the interior and a wizard's hut on the outside. This bar, one of Portland's favorite watering holes since 1958, has a healthy mix of punk rock, cheap beer and pinball. Like all dives should.

Runner-up:

Low Brow Lounge

1036 NW Hoyt St. / 503.226.0200

facebook.com/lowbrowlounge

Honorable mention

Reel M Inn

2430 SE Division St / 503.231.3880

Best DJ

Winner:

DJ Wicked

justplainterror.com

Kirk Kirkpatrick, stage name DJ Wicked, is a member of the old guard of Portland Hip Hop. The fiercely independent vinyl purist has been spinning in this town for over two decades, and joins Cool Nutz as two of the city's underground stalwarts walking away with hardware this year. 

Runner-up:

Cooky Parker

facebook.com/pages/DJ-Cooky-Parker

Honorable mention:

DJ Gregarious

djgregarious.com

Best Happy Hour

Winner:

Gold Dust Meridian

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.239.1143

golddustmeridian.com

At the GDM, happy hour runs from 2pm until 8 pm every day of the week. That's 42 hours of good times.  Bubbly mac and cheese, salty deviled eggs, crispy wings and a notoriously heavy-handed bar staff make for a brilliant happy hour indeed.

Runner-up:

Aalto Lounge

3356 SE Belmont St. / 503.235.6041

aaltolounge.com

Honorable mention:

Bartini

2108 NW Glisan St. / 503.224.7919

bartinipdx.com

Best Karaoke

Winner:

Voicebox Karaoke

2112 NW Hoyt St. / 503.303.8220

voiceboxpdx.com

Some karaoke places put singers on a stage. Others have them singing on the floor with the lay people. Voicebox has a more intimate solution: private suites. You can sing with just your friends, loved ones and people who won't mind you belting out "Let It Go" one or two more times.

Runner-up:

Chopsticks Express

Multiple locations.

chopstickskaraoke.com

Honorable mention:

Alibi

4024 N Interstate Ave. / 503.287.5335

alibiportland.com

Best LGBT Bar

Winner:

Crush

1400 SE Morrison St. / 503.235.8150

crushbar.com

From the monthly Bi Bar event to the three different gendered bathrooms, Crush aims to be friendly and welcoming to all patrons. You're going to meet a lot of different people here. You're also going to have a blast.

Runner-up:

CC Slaughter's

219 NW Davis St. / 503.248.9135

ccslaughterspdx.com

Honorable mention:

Temporary Lesbian Bar @ Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave. / 503.288.3231

mississippipizza.com

Best New Bar

Winner:

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St. / 503.754.7782

theliquorstorepdx.com

Willamette Week's runner-up for best bar in this year's Bar Guide walks away with the readers' pick for Portland's Best New Bar.  Might be time to go and see for yourself.

Runner-up:

10 Barrel Brewery

1411 NW Flanders St. / 503.224.1700

10barrel.com

Honorable mention:

Jackknife

614 Southwest 11th Avenue

jackknifepdx.com

Best Place to Dance

Winner:

Holocene

1001 SE Morrison St. / 503.239.7639

holocene.org

This sprawling eastside warehouse is Portland's unquestioned champion of the clubbing and EDM scene.  It's definitely for the cool kids, but is welcoming and fun for all — don't be intimidated to get down.  

Runner-up:

Goodfoot Lounge

2845 SE Stark St. / 503.239.9292

thegoodfoot.com

Honorable mention:

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St. / 503.225.0047

mcmenamins.com/CrystalBallroom

Best Place to Play Darts

Winner

Horse Brass Pub

4534 SE Belmont St. / 503.232.2202

horsebrass.com

It's only natural that the city's Best Irish Pub and maker of BOP-winning fish & chips also has a killer darts setup. Snag a Guinness—or maybe a better beer—and challenge a stranger to a round of cricket, even if you're only going to add more dents to the wall.

Runner-up:

The Moon and Sixpence

2014 NE 42nd Ave. / 503.288.7802

Honorable mention

Lucky Labrador

Multiple locations.

luckylab.com

Best Place to Play Ping Pong

Winner:

Pips & Bounce

833 SE Belmont St. / 503.928.4664

pipsandbounce.com

After a few years of bouncing around with pop up ping pong parties, Michael and Eugene Jung finally opened up this ping pong playground in Belmont. WW readers approve of the ping pong and drinks business model.

Runner-up:

Rontoms

600 E Burnside St. / 503.236.4536

Honorable mention:

The Nest

2715 SE Belmont St. / 503.764.9023

Best Place to Play Shuffleboard

Winner:

Speakeasy Tavern

609 SE Taylor St. / 503.234.8991

gils-speakeasy.com

Shuffleboard is no longer only the sport of septuagenarians on cruise ships. With its crowded floors, greasy snacks and affordable beer, Gil's Speakeasy has all the necessary components for a great shuffleboard experience.

Runner-up:

Life of Riley Tavern

300 NW 10th Ave. / 503.224.1680

lifeofrileytavern.com

Honorable mention:

Blitz

Multiple locations.

blitzsportspubs.com

Best Place to Play Pinball

Winner

Ground Kontrol

511 NW Couch St. / 503.796.9364

groundkontrol.com

Pinball machines are more than a way to have a good time, they're collectors items, windows into a forgotten time. At least, that's what you'll feel as you wander around the 80s and 90s themed collection on the second floor at Ground Kontrol.

Runner-up:

C Bar

2880 SE Gladstone St. / 503.230.8808

cbarportland.com

Honorable mention:

Goodfoot Lounge

2845 SE Stark St. / 503.239.9292

thegoodfoot.com

Best Place to Shoot Pool

Winner:

Goodfoot Lounge

2845 SE Stark St. / 503.239.9292

thegoodfoot.com

Goodfoot is a bustling bar and music venue but savvy Portlanders also flock here for its cheap—and often free—pool.  Dancing with a pool cue in one hand and a beverage in the other is highly encouraged.

Runner-up:

Sam's Billiards

1845 NE 41st Ave. / 503.282.8266

portlandpoolhall.com

Honorable mention:

Rialto Poolroom Bar & Cafe

529 SW 4th Ave. / 503.228.7605

rialtopoolroom.com

Best Sports Bar

Winner:

Spirit of 77

500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. / 503.232.9977

spiritof77bar.com

This hallowed Blazers bar is named after the greatest moment in Portland's athletic city, an all-too-welcome reminder after this offseason of attrition. Also, beer, pop-a-shot, and epic nachos.

Runner-up:

Blitz

Multiple locations.

blitzsportspubs.com

Honorable mention:

Claudia's Sports Pub & Grill

3006 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.232.1744

claudiaspub.com

Best Strip Club

Winner:

Sassy's

927 SE Morrison St. / 503.231.1606

sassysbar.com

Somewhere between watching the acrobatic maneuvers of a heavily tattooed dancer and sipping on one of the 30 craft beers on tap, you'll realize that Sassy's isn't just the best strip club in town. It's one of Portland's best bars period.

Runner-up:

Devil's Point

5305 SE Foster Rd. / 503.774.4513

devilspoint.net

Honorable mention:

Casa Diablo

2839 NW St Helens Rd. / 503.222.6600

casadiablo.com

Best Stripper

Winner:

Pixie 

Devils Point

Portland's most popular stripper graces the stage at Devils Point, long known for especially acrobatic dancers.  We weren't able to catch Pixie in person before press time, but it's safe to say she knows her way around a pole. 

Runner-up:

Elle 

Lucky Devil

Honorable mention:

Sasha Meow

Best Trivia Night

Winner:

Geeks Who Drink

All over town / 303.532.4737

facebook.com/GeeksPDX

Geeks Who Drink is a Denver-based company predicated on a revolutionary concept: Smart people like to get drunk and prove it.  Visit their Facebook page for a full list of bars and events. 

Runner-up:

Quizissippi @ Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave. / 503.288.3231

facebook.com/Quizissippi

Honorable mention:

ShanRock's Triviology

shanrockstrivia.com


Active and Outdoors

Best Bike Shop

Winner:

River City Bicycles

706 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. / 503.233.5973

rivercitybicycles.com

Between the free tune-ups, upstairs test track and the vast selection—including a nearby outlet— River City Bicycles has been Portland's one-stop bike mecca for over 20 years.

Runner-up:

Bike Gallery

12345 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton / 503.641.2580

bikegallery.com

Honorable mention:

Velo Cult

1969 NE 42nd Ave. / 503.922.2012

velocult.com

Best Bike Trail

Winner:

Springwater Corridor Trail

A 40-mile loop of endless paved biking sprawl that doubles as a scenic shortcut through and around Southeast.  

Runner-up:

Forest Park

West of downtown Portland / 503.823.4492

forestparkconservancy.org

Honorable mention:

Banks-Vernonia Trail

Best Dog Park

Winner:

1000 Acres

Crown Point Hwy, Troutdale / 503.695.2372

True to its name, 1000 Acre Dog Park gives your best friend a vast space to play and explore, including access to the Sandy River.

Runner-up:

Mount Tabor Park

SE Salmon Way / 503.823.2525

Honorable mention:

Laurelhurst Park

3756 SE Oak St. / 503.823.2525

Best Family Outing

Winner:

Oregon Coast

There are countless ways to enjoy the Oregon Coast. You can peep exotic aquatic creatures in tide pools, drink beer while crabbing off a dock in Newport, blaze over wind-swept sand dunes in a roaring dune buggy…Calgon, take me away.

Runner-up:

Hood River

Honorable mention:

Multnomah Falls

www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls

Best Golf Course

Winner:

Eastmoreland

2425 SE Bybee Blvd. / 503.775.2900

eastmorelandgolfcourse.com

At nearly 100 years old, Eastmoreland is Portland's first public golf course, and remains one of our most challenging.  Side note: A PBR, basket of fries, and a bucket of balls at the range is a great afternoon getaway, too.

Runner-up:

Pumpkin Ridge - Ghost Creek

12930 NW Old Pumpkin Ridge Rd, North Plains, OR / 503.647.4747

pumpkinridge.com/ghost-creek

Honorable mention:

Glendoveer

14015 NE Glisan St. / 503.253.7507

playglendoveer.com

Best Hiking Trail

Winner:

Forest Park

West of downtown Portland / 503.823.4492

forestparkconservancy.org

The Wildwood Trail is over 30 miles of meandering, breathtaking goodness.  Just try not to get Blair Witch spooked when you stumble upon the ominous stone house.

Runner-up:

Eagle Creek

oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Eagle_Creek_Trailhead

Honorable mention:

Dog Mountain

oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Dog_Mountain_Hike

Best Local Sports Store/Outdoor Outfitter

Winner:

Next Adventure

426 SE Grand Ave. / 503.233.0706

nextadventure.net

Next Adventure is, of course, Portland's premiere alternative sports and outdoor store.  What separates them from the rest is that they take disc golf just as seriously as hiking, climbing or other ostensibly weightier activities — they'll treat you the same if you're or a car camper or planning an expedition to Everest.

Runner-up:

REI

Multiple locations.

rei.com

Honorable mention:

Andy and Bax Sporting Goods

324 SE Grand Ave. / 503.234.7538

andyandbax.com

Best Park

Winner:

Forest Park

West of downtown Portland / 503.823.4492

forestparkconservancy.org

This beautiful park overlooks the city while connecting to the Oregon Zoo, OHSU, Pittock Mansion and other landmarks of the wooded West Hills.

Runner-up:

Mount Tabor Park

SE Salmon Way / 503.823.2525

Honorable mention:

Laurelhurst Park

3756 SE Oak St. / 503.823.2525

Best Running Event

Winner:

Hood to Coast

6441 SW Canyon Ct. / 503.292.4626

hoodtocoast.com

Approximately 200 miles of sweat, blood and tears stand between Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood and coastal Seaside, but that hasn't stopped this Herculean 12-person relay from becoming one of the most popular runs in the land. 

Runner-up:

Shamrock Run

shamrockrunportland.com

Honorable mention:

Bridge to Brews

terrapinevents.com/event/bridge-to-brews-portland-8k-10k-run/

Best Running Store

Winner:

Portland Running Company

800 SE Grand Ave. / 503.232.8077

portlandrunningcompany.com

Portland Running Company goes above and beyond selling excellent athletic shoes. Shoe fit is important, but PRC also makes sure the shoes fit your running style and provide support where you need it.

Runner-up:

Foot Traffic

Multiple locations.

foottraffic.us

Honorable mention:

Fleet Feet Sports PDX - Fit Right

2258 NW Raleigh St. / 503.525.2122

fleetfeetsports.com

Best Running Trail

Winner:

Forest Park

West of downtown Portland / 503.823.4492

forestparkconservancy.org

Apparently, Willamette Week readers really like Forest Park. So much so that this category's Runner-up is also in Forest Park.  It's a big park, ok?

Runner-up:

Wildwood Trail

Honorable mention:

Tryon Creek State Park

11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. / 503.636.4398

tryonfriends.org

Best Skatepark

Winner:

Burnside Skatepark

SE 2nd Ave

Portlanders' favorite illegally built—now city-approved—skatepark under the Burnside Bridge. Even if you haven't been here in person, you'll probably recognize it from the video games.

Runner-up:

Gabriel Park

SW Vermont St & SW 45th Ave. / 503.823.2525

Honorable mention:

Pier Park

10325 N Lombard St. / 503.823.7529

Best Swimming Spot

Winner:

Sauvie Island

sauvieisland.org

Once a prime hooch-smuggling spot during Prohibition, Sauvie Island remains a popular place for Portlanders to dive into the Columbia, now somewhat cancer fish-free!

Runner-up:

Sandy River

Honorable mention:

Clackamas River


Marijuana

Best Bud Tender

Winner

Jeremy Plumb / Farma

916 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.206.4357

farmapdx.com

As mentioned in WW's annual weed issue earlier this year, Farma's Jeremy Plumb is a bundle of frenetic energy bursting at the seams with cannabis knowledge. He created the popular Cinex strain. 

Runner-up:

Yazmine / Collective Awakenings

9823 NE Sandy Blvd. / 503.206.9070

collectiveawakenings.com 

Honorable mention:

Camilla / Human Collective

9220 SW Barbur Blvd / 503.208.3042

humancollective.org

Best Cannabis-Infused Product

Winner:

Elbe's Edibles

faceboom.com/elbesedibles

Elbe's butter-based edibles are those tasty treats you find at most dispensaries. The green stars are a helpful measure of strength: that bomb bowl of chili will set you up for a chill evening; that tangy lemon bar is going to get you high as an elephant's eye.

Runner-up:

True North Extracts

truenorthextracts.com

Honorable mention:

The Balm from Portland Premium

portlandpremium.com

Best Head Shop

Winner

Third Eye Shoppe

3950 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.232.3393

3rdeyeshoppe.com

Co-founded by legendary weed activist Jack Herer, Third Eye has in many ways been preparing for this day. This psychedelically painted home-turned-head shop on Hawthorne certainly looks like the physical manifestation of low-key stoner heaven.

Runner-up:

Mary Jane's House of Glass

Multiple locations.

maryjaneshouseofglass.net

Honorable mention:

Mellow Mood

Multiple locations.

mellowmood.com

Best Marijuana Strain

Winner:

Blue Dream

A pleasant hybrid of the Blueberry and Haze strains, WW readers' pick for best strain finds that crowd-pleasing middle ground between the cerebral high of the sativa and full body mellow of the indica.

Runner-up:

OG Kush

Honorable mention:

Sour Diesel

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Winner:

Farma

916 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.206.4357

farmapdx.com

This Best Dispensary nod is helped by the services of Best Bud Tender, Jeremy Plumb. Out on Portland's original cannabis corridor, Farma lives up to its name in stressing the medical and technical aspects of Oregon's newly legal green.

Runner-up:

The Human Collective

9220 SW Barbur Blvd / 503.208.3042

humancollective.org

Nectar Cannabis

Multiple locations.

nectarpdx.com 

Best Vape Shop

Winner:

Third Eye

3950 SE Hawthorne Blvd. / 503.232.3393

3rdeyeshoppe.com

The House that Jack Built is an all-purpose smoker's hardware store winning both Best Head Shop and best place to buy smoke-free tools to get blazed.

Runner-up:

Five Zero Trees

10209 SE Division St. / 971.242.8492

fivezerotrees.com

Honorable mention:

Merwin's Vape & Vintage

3611 SE Division St. / 503.235.3533

merwinsvape.com