As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. This year, we asked the group eight questions, and all will be answered by the time we turn off the lights on Thursday. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted and unedited herein:
Image of Broder (on SE Division) courtesy Banana Wonder
Q: What was the best food neighborhood in 2010?
Mike Thelin - Writer, Brand Developer, Food-smart man about town: Division/Clinton. How can you beat a neighborhood with Pok Pok, Nuestra Cocina, Broder, and Little T's? You can't.
Tony Perez - Restaurant Critic, Portland Mercury: By this time next year, NE might have it in the bag (Ben Meyer and Andy Ricker adding to what Micah Camden and John Gorham already have going?) but, for now, I still think Southeast holds the title.
Nick Zukin - Resident Fat-Ass Food Blogger & Restaurateur: 82nd Ave Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexican, and Salvadoran.
Peter Szymczak - Editor, Northwest Palate: Southeast.
Karen Brooks - Dining Editor, Portland Monthly: North Portland.
Ben Waterhouse - Editor, Willamette Week: Still Southeast Division St.
Don Bourassa - Senior Community Manager, Yelp Portland: SE Portland continues to reign supreme, especially with the addition of some really high-quality cart contenders at Good Food Here (like Crème de la Crème) and Division’s new pods.
Byron Beck, Team Eater: Downtown between SW Yamhill St. and NW Davis St.
Allison Jones, Team Eater: N Williams/Mississippi (Tasty n' Sons, Lincoln, Eat Oyster Bar, Lovely's Fifty-Fifty, Bar Bar, Sol Pops and Ruby Jewel brick-and-mortars, and Mississippi Marketplace, arguably the best cart pod in town) though Belmont is definitely having a moment.
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