It’s day three of the Eater Awards, a celebration of new culinary talent within Eater sites across the world. Of the five categories, each will have two sets of winners: an editor’s choice and a reader’s choice. The latter is up to you, with 24-hour voting periods for each category each day this week. All the winners will be announced on December 5. Diners have voted for the Restaurant of the Year and the Chef of the Year, so now it’s on to the last of the three universal categories across all of Eater: Design of the Year.
Design of the Year celebrates restaurants that opened or went through major remodels within the last year. This year’s nominees are all stunners with distinct aesthetics, from the glitzy backlit bar of Enoteca Nostrana to the veritable jungle within Hey Love. Take a look below:
The high-ceilinged, gasp-inspiring interior of Nostrana’s sibling wine bar, Enoteca Nostrana, incorporates some touches of the bold and polarizing Memphis Group design style with the natural wood touches emblematic of Oregon architecture and interior design. Its show-stopping two-story wine case, chameleon-walled bathroom, and playful champagne-cage bar stools make it one of the most glitzy-glammy spots to drink natural wine in town.
Tucked into the corner of the Jupiter Next Hotel, tropical bar and restaurant Hey Love uses a combination of concretes and grays with climbing live greenery to create an urban jungle within perpetually-rainy Portland. Vintage ‘60s and ‘70s touches, combined with the truly wild number of plants, gives it fern bar vibes — a revitalization Portland can easily get behind.
Palomar’s ‘60s-Havana vibes make it an oasis on industrial inner SE Division, with its palm-frond wallpaper, strawberry-daiquiri-pink chairs, and gold-flecked tables. Its bright-red mounted fans only add to the fantasy, as if a Portland bar would need any sort of breeze. Paired with blended drinks or pineapple gin, Palomar’s ambience is simply transportive.
The twilight blues and custard yellows of Canard only add to the brightness of the tiny restaurant space, and designer Mark Annen only upped the darling with his crescent of a marble-topped bar. Its pops of light from vintage fixtures highlight mounted maps and art, adding to the understated, nouveau bistro aesthetic.
The original Kachka location, while tiny, evoked an intentional homeyness chef-owner Bonnie Morales attempted to create in her influential Slavic restaurant, but when the restaurant moved into its new, breathtakingly large space, she captured that feeling with whimsical, creative touches: Above the main dining room, a model of Morales’ great-grandparents’ house mounted on chicken feet looms over the tables, a nod to the famous children’s tale of Baba Yaga, and art and posters throughout the restaurant come from Belarus, where Morales has family roots.
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