The roadside assistance company American Automobile Association announced its annual list of the nation's best restaurants and hotels today. After giving the now-closed Noisette Four Diamonds in 2014, AAA appears to have given up on Portland for 2015 and doesn't include a single Portland restaurant.
That said, AAA does include two Oregon restaurants. The Painted Lady in Newberg continues its impressive run—really, a full-on stampede—receiving AAA's Four Diamond ranking for the fifth year in a row. Also receiving Four Diamond status—and for the first time—is Lincoln City's The Bay House.
Owned by Stephen Wilson, The Bay House serves a seafood-centric menu under the direction of executive chef Kevin Ryan. Ryan interned at the restaurant in high school and took over the kitchen in 2012. Menu items include pork belly served with parmesan polenta, quail egg, and salted caramel apple butter, and Muscovy Duck Confit, with black beans, roasted squash, parsnips, frisee, and carrot-cardamom purée.