It's day four of the Eater Awards, which means the polls are now closed for restaurant of the year, chef of the year, and bartender of the year, and today we focus on Portland's hottest restaurant to open in the past 12 months. Which restaurant is So Hot Right Now? Weigh in by voting below, and on Monday, November 16, Eater will present the 2015 Eater Awards, our sixth annual celebration of all that's made the restaurant world run — and run wild — in the past 12 months.
This year's nominees are: Farm Spirit, La Moule, Nomad.PDX, PREAM, and Taylor Railworks. Farm Spirit pushed vegan fine dining into new territory, with reservations sold like sporting-event tickets and multi-course meals showcasing vegan's decadent side. La Moule brought the moules-frites bar to Portland, with a flirtatious menu of mussels, steak tartare, and chicken liver pâté that practically demands intimacy. Perched above Shift Drinks, Nomad.PDX settled in to produce some of the most precise and inventive fine-dining cuisine all year. PREAM developed a—dare we say it—refined take on pizza and gangster rap, fusing tomato leaf, red onion agrodolce, and Beastie Boys samples. And Taylor Railworks gave chef Erik Van Kley a stage for his brand of upscale American cuisine, which comes with adeptly borrowed influences from around the globe.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Portland for each of five major categories. Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.