Nominate the "Eat Salem Restaurant of the Year 2008"

It's been a tough year for restaurants in Salem, with the gas prices skyrocketing and customers penny pinching. Through it all, we were able to get some good meals and discover new places to eat in Salem. Now it's time to nominate your favorite eateries for "Eat Salem Restaurant of the Year 2008." It's easy to do. Just leave the names of all your favorite restaurants in the comment section of this post. On December 19th, we will take the most nominated restaurants from this post and allow the readers to vote for their favorite one. The restaurant with the most votes by January 1st, will be named the winner. Some time in January, we'll meet up at the winning restaurant for a meal. I'll start with my nominations.

Straight From New York Pizza...great pizza
La Hacienda...Mexican
Lanxang...Thai
Buster's...kid's favorite
Queen of Tarts...wife's favorite
White's...breakfast favorite
Roth's...favorite donuts

32 comments:

KandN said...

Christo's...great pizza
La Hacienda...Mexican
Marco Polo...International
Thompson's...pub favorite
Amadeus...date night and lunch favorite
Sassy Onion...breakfast favorite
Cascade Baking Co...bread favorite

Anonymous said...

Marco Polo

so delicious!

Anonymous said...

Thai Beer
Sushi Kyo
Wild Pear
Cascade Baking Co.
Christo's
Los Dos Hermanos

amanda said...

Big foot best burger

Lisa Anne said...

Christos,
Amadeus,
Marco Polo,
La Hacienda,
Willamette Valley Noodle Company

Lisa Anne said...

Oh! I forgot Cascade Baking Company! YUMMY!!!!

CommandrKetchup said...

Original Roadhouse Grill - BBQ Potato Skins
'nuff said

Straight From NY Pizza - Wizards of Pizza

Fast Eddies Pizza - Excellent

susan said...

Red Ginger in Keizer is the best thai food in the Salem/Keizer area. It's in the old Caruso's building. Definately worth a try!

Anonymous said...

Thai Beer - best Thai
Little Cannoli Bakery - best dessert
La Perla - best Mexican
Willamette Noodle Co. - best Italian
Bentley's - best for date night and happy hour eats

Anonymous said...

Rice Time

riggity said...

christo's pizza.

Anonymous said...

Little Cannoli!!-- Best Dessert, hidden gem
DaVinci's-- happy hour appetizers, ambiance for date
Rice Time-- sushi, lunches
Thai Cuisine--Thai in Keizer
Padington's-- whole pizza
SFNY-- pizza slice
Los Dos Hermanos-- Mexican/Central American
Morton's-- northwest and local cuisine, special occasion dining
Thompsons/McMenamins-- delicious burgers and fries, especially in summer outside, tasty pub food and drinks though service is spotty
Original Pancake House-- breakfast (sadly, Busick Court went downhill several years ago)

Overrated: Bentleys (nice decor but food overpriced for quality)
Underrated: McGraths (not much ambiance but very good, reasonably priced food from local chain)

Anonymous said...

SFNY best pizza outside of Brooklyn

Wild Pear best Deli around

DaVinci's Best place for a date night

La Hacienda Real Best value for the $ and really good food.

Just this fat kids 2 cents

Brian

Anonymous said...

Chipotle- best Mexican!

DCE said...

SFNY Pizza. Yum!
Chads Diner. Best breakfast!

Anonymous said...

Pizza: SFNY or Christos (depending on mood /
type of pizza desired)
Mexican: La Margarita Express
Breakfast: Court Street Dairy Lunch
Lunch: Fuji Ricetime / Wild Pear
Dessert: Little Cannoli
Happy Hour: Jonathan's
Drinks and appetizers: Brown's Towne Lounge
Coffee: Salem's Latte / IKE Box
Looking forward to trying: Word of Mouth (bistro) and La Capitale (French)

Anonymous said...

SFNY- Best Pizza
Sushi Kyo - Best Place to get a healthy, cheap lunch (and it's fun!)
Willamette Noodle Company - Best Overall, Best Italian!!!
Busters - Had the BEST BBQ :( so sad
Kwan's - Best Asian
Coffee - Gov. Cup, makes the BEST coffee ever
Busick Court - Best Breakfast
Wild Pear - really fantastic quiche...and soup

Anonymous said...

christo's best pizza assuming can't vote for apizza again mexican is los baez dessert is easy konditeri used to be cannoli but that has gone way downhill lately best breakfast is chads

Anonymous said...

I gotta vote for SFNY Pizza. We formerly only had one place to get a great slice - downtown - and it was hard to get to. Now there are three and the one by the Little Road house is open late.

the little Canolli is the best dessert.

Davinci's is best cocktail hangout.

Scott S said...

Venti's
Brown's Town Lounge

Anonymous said...

I vote for Marco Polo! It's the best. Even people from Portland drive down to eat there!

Leah said...

Cristo's - Best Pizza
Thai Beer - Best Asian
Muchas Gracias - best fast food
Venti's - best lunch
Wild Pear - best Local cuisine

Anonymous said...

Marco Polo: Best overall
Christo's: Best Pizza (SFNY a close second)
Governor's Cup: Best Coffee
Off Center Cafe: Best Breakfast
La Perla and Hacienda Real: Best Mexican

Anonymous said...

Best Burger: Burger Basket..yum!!
Mexican: La Hacienda, love that stuff that comes with the chips.
Best happy hour: Best Little Roadhouse
Very excited for: Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro (17th and State, The owner owned and cooked at Busick in the 90's when it was exceptional)

Anonymous said...

La Primavera (West Salem)....best Mexican
Willamette Noodle Company....best pasta
Wild Pear....best deli
Wild Pear.....best happy hour
Younge's Teriyaki....best teriyaki/sushi/service
SFNY....best pizza
Gov Cup....best coffee/tea

Anonymous said...

Best Pizza in town is Walery's. It will get you a mention on KBZY :).

Anonymous said...

Best Pizza: Christo's
Best Mexican: Hacienda Real
Best Asian: Marco Polo
Best Date: Da Vinci
Best Fast Food: Muchas Garcias

DON AND FAMILY said...

FOR THE FRESHEST, HOT OFF THE GRILL, HOMEMADE TASTING FOOD IN TOWN, WE VOTE FOR THE RITZ DINER ON S. LANCASTER DR. AND JOSEY'S ON PINE ST. THAT'S WHERE YOU WANT TO GO. THEY MAKE THE BEST CHICKEN FRIED STEAK! YUMMO!!!

Anonymous said...

it may just be squeaking in the 2008 category, but the new restaurant on 17th near state (used to be cravings, and dragonfly and green house cafe before that) is hands down the best breakfast in this entire region. It opened on the 15th, and honestly, as a major foodie, their corned beef hash and eggs breakfast is the absolute best breakfast I have had anywhere, ever.
Check it out and give some support to these guys, you will be amazed.

Anonymous said...

Chinns. There is nothing better than Chinns. FOREVER CHINNS CHINNS CHINNS CHINNS CHINNS.


CHINNS.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know anything about the new Battlecreek Clubhouse Grill, in the new strip mall across from Guentner's?

Anonymous said...

Best breakfeast has to go to Josey's. Quality homemade food with big portions and reasonable prices. Always want to go back weekly if I can afford it.