Jumping right into the results, Portland’s dining scene is heating up this year, with newcomers spanning the city; Over on Division Street newcomers like the mid-priced Italian Cibo, 30-seat seafooder Roe and Mexican Xico (in the Glasswood Building) have joined Portland’s hottest Restaurant Row with Pok Pok, Nuestra Cocina and The Woodsman Tavern nearby. This year’s Top Newcomer, Lardo, is a former food truck gone brick-and-mortar with two locations (in Hawthorne and West End), with impressive pork sandwiches and an even more impressive food score – 28 on our 30 point scale! Rounding out the top five rated newcomers are an eclectic mix of restaurants focusing on ethnic cuisines: Dar Salam (Mid Eastern) in Alberta, Jerusalem Cafe (Mediterranean) in Belmont, Central Eastside’s Double Dragon (Vietnamese) and Bollywood Theater (Indian), also in Alberta.
When it comes to the top rated restaurants in our major categories, Newberg’s The Painted Lady proves it’s very much worth the drive, as it sweeps top honors for Food, Decor and Service with near perfect scores of 29 out of 30 for Food and Service, while Gustav’s wins for Most Popular restaurant and McMenamins is named Most Popular Chain.
In a city well-known for its microbrews, wine bars are gaining ground among Portland’s nightlife, with Sauvage and Southeast Wine Collective among the newest in the city. Of course, for great brews, check out Horse Brass Pub, Hop & Vine and Saraveza, the Survey’s top-rated beer specialists, as well as notable microbreweries Deschutes and Widmer Brothers. Top-rated nightspots include arcade/bar Ground Kontrol (Atmosphere), cocktail bar Kask (Decor, Service) and dance club Crystal Ballroom (Popularity).
Among our other categories, popular shopping destinations include well-known brands like Nike and hometown brand Columbia Sportswear, but for “all things Oregon” surveyors voted Made in Oregon the Most Popular in the city. The retail shopping scene has also spread to the West End, where men’s and women’s boutiques Blackbird, Parallel and Frances May call the neighborhood home, as well as a new outpost of Animal Traffic.
When it comes to what to see and do in Portland, survey voters suggest driving east to witness the “breathtaking” 620-foot Multnomah Falls, voted both Top Appeal and Most Popular among all attractions. Back in the city, standouts include the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, Powell’s City of Books and the Portland Farmers Market, where browsing the variety of vendors has become ritual for many locals.
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