Here are the Things WW Declared “The Best” in the Last 12 Months

From the best bagels to the best ski season Mount Hood has had since Obama was a Senator—we love hot takes.

(Thomas Teal)

Best Place to Sled in Portland

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)

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

February 21, 2017

Best Fish Cakes and Beef Patties We've Had in This City

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

May 2, 2017

Best Way to Give Ourselves a Fighting Chance Against the Big Quake

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

Jan. 3, 2017

Best Little Strip Club in Portland

(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)

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

December 13, 2016

Best-Looking Movie About How Women Think by a Male Filmmaker

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

December 27, 2016

Best "Old Reliable" Band at Treefort

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."

March 29, 2017

Best Drinking Roof for People Watching

(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."

May 10, 2017

Best Movie Theater Food

(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

Best Money Portland Ever Spent

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)

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

Best Mac 'n' Cheese to Eat When You're Stoned

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


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

Best Eggnog

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)

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

October 28, 2016

Best Burrito Filling Known to Man

(WW staff)

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

May 1, 2017

Best Bougie Taco Spot in the Southeast


(Cait Pearson)

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

August 16, 2016

Best Way To Watch a Meteor Shower

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

Best Butcher-Shop Rib-Eye in Portland

(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."

May 30, 2017

Best Beer Buyer in Portland on One Very Beery Day in March

(Thomas Teal)

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

March 7, 2017

Best Doner Kebabs in Portland

(Emily Joan Greene)

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

Apr 6, 2017

Best Sporting Event in the World

The Olympics. Duh.

August 3, 2016

Oregon's Best Brewpub Burger With Beef From a Local Ranch

(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

Hottest and Best Chinese Food in Portland

(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

Best Ice Cream-Themed Ice-Cream Parlor

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

August 18, 2016

Best Dolmas, Ever

(Kayla Sprint)

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

October 28, 2016

Best Spazz-Out at PDX Pop Now

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

July 28, 2016

Best Little Garage Brewery in Gresham

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

February 28, 2017

Best German Brewery in Portland

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

September 28, 2016

Best Ski Season Mount Hood Has Had Since Obama Was a Senator

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

The one that just ended. Mazel!

February 7, 2017

Best New Cider Made in Oregon This Year

(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)

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.

May 23, 2017

Best Detroit-Style Pizza

(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)

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

The Best Natural Wine List for 500 Miles

(Thomas Teal)

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

September 6, 2017

The Best Hazy Hoppy Beers Anywhere in the World Right Now

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

February 28, 2017

Best New Hazy IPA not Brewed on Alberta

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

March 14, 2017

Best Band for This Particular Moment

(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."

March 15, 2017

Best Bar Pizza Portland Has Ever Seen

(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."

May 23, 2017

Best Grape Beer We've Ever Had

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."

February 28, 2017

Finest Peruvian Food Portland Has Ever Known

(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)

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.)

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

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