Today, the Oregonian released its list of "Portland's 101 best restaurants of 2016," naming Le Pigeon, the decade-old restaurant headed by two-time James Beard Award-winning chef, Gabriel Rucker, the Best Restaurant of 2016. Le Pigeon was also the O's best restaurant of 2015.
This marks the second year lead restaurant critic Michael Russell has chosen the O's best restaurant of the year. Russell qualifies his pick with Rucker's "culinary associations," like "how a carrot can be like steak"; the "intelligent, genial, and polished" service; and "by the dining room, bathed in a glow reflected from the kitchen's gleaming copper hood." Russell also points out how regularly the menu is updated, having found an almost entirely new menu of creative dishes ten days after dining at the restaurant.
Other notable movers and shakers on the list: Castagna appears at #2 and less-than-one-year-old Coquine appears at #11. If all goes ahead as last year, the O should announce its Restaurant of the Year shortly.