Top Pick 2012, Nominations

This is the time of year that we nominate our favorite Salem area restaurant for our Restaurant of the Year poll. This year, we have decided to change it up a bit. Instead of it being the Restaurant of the Year 2011, we are going to call it the Top Pick 2012. How it works will be the same. Nominate your favorite restaurants in the comment section of this post. The restaurants with the most nominations will be put on a poll and voted on by readers of this site. Nominations will be counted on midnight January 4th. You may nominate as many restaurants as you like. Here is a list of the past winners:
2010 La Capitale
2009 Word of Mouth
2008 La Hacienda
2007 Apizza(Stayton)
Good luck to all the restaurants.

44 comments:

KandN said...

Here's my list:
Willamette Burger Co.
Willamette Noodle Co.
Broken Bread
Venti's
Andaluz

DeeDeeDiner said...

My top picks are:
Crooked House Bistro
Silver Grille
Broken Bread
DaVinci's
La Capitale
Marco Polo
Tong King

Chuck Bradley said...

I had to categorize.

Crooked House Bistro (Fine dining)
Broken Bread (Locavore)
Davinci’s (Italian)
Mercado San Francisco (Authentic Mexican)
Los Baez (Ameri-Mex)
John’s (Chinese)
Red Ginger (Thai)
Vietnam Restaurant (Vietnamese)
Roth’s Vista (Deli Sandwiches)
Boone’s Treasury (Pub Grub)
Josey’s (Americana Diner)

Anonymous said...

Venti's
Andaluz
Marco Polo
Star of India
Christo's

Amecameca said...

Andaluz
Rainbow Chinese Restaurant
Los Temos
Plaza Morelia
Mercado San Francisco
Chula Vista Taqueria
Vietnam Restaurant
E-San Thai Cuisine
Smile BBQ

Jia said...

Fuji Rice Time (for sushi, not cooked food)
Red Ginger
Wild Pear
Love Love Teriyaki (South Salem)

Chuck Bradley said...

Jia, Thank you. How could I have possibly omitted Love Love Teriyaki in Sunnyslope?

Anonymous said...

Andaluz
Gamberetti's
Cafe 22
Word of Mouth

Anonymous said...

Venti's
Thai Beer
Straight From New York
Original Pancake House
Broadway Coffee
Adams Rib
Wild Pear
Andaluz

Anonymous said...

love love teriyaki
word of mouth
orupa
willamette burger

Anonymous said...

Word of Mouth
Busick Court
Gamberetti's
Willamette Burger Company

Anonymous said...

Word of Mouth
Maddie and Mommas
Joseys

Anonymous said...

Taj Mahal is my favorite place to eat in Salem, hands down.

eriesisgod said...

Willamette noodle co.

Amy said...

Word of Mouth
Wild Pear

Anonymous said...

Andaluz

Anonymous said...

Andaluz
Christo's
Wild Pear
Word of Mouth

Anonymous said...

Venti's!!!!

Anonymous said...

Word of Mouth

Anonymous said...

Word of Mouth
Ventis
Jr's Taqueria

OregonMaiden said...

Crooked House Bistro
La Capitale
DaVinci's
Red Ginger

Anonymous said...

Saigon Restaurant
Andaluz
Word of Mouth
Thailand Restaurant
Adams
Broadway Coffee

Anonymous said...

I like a lot of places. Christos, SFNY pizza, Andaluz, Saigon, Jonathans, Jr's Tacos, Davincis, Word of Mouth, Crooked House.

But restaurant of the year? That is a little more complicated.

- Christos did a great remodel of the lounge next door and has really contributed a nice place to go out for date night. Pizza is usually very good - esp when the owner is cooking and the service has improved.

- SNFY pizza is an old 20 yr favorite and they expanded to Portland this year which I thought was pretty exciting. We've hear very good things from relatives on the new location. They manage to be a fast and very affordable option for our busy sports family.

- Andaluz consistently gives a unique experience and brings something very different to the dining scene. Love the small plates concept and the ability to taste many different things. Lots of good cooking going on here.

My sole vote goes to Andaluz since I really think they are bringing something very different and exciting.

Anonymous said...

Adam's Rib
Andaluz

Stephanie Matlock Allen said...

Andaluz
Wild Pear
Joel Palmer House
Saigon
Sweet Papaya fro-yo ;-)

Stephanie Matlock Allen said...

And how could I forget Cascade Baking Co.? Best soup & sandwiches in town (and pastries, of course!).

Anonymous said...

Jonathan's.. Best service in town.. Love the bar atmosphere and small bites menu.

Anonymous said...

Broken Bread
Andaluz
Davinci

Anonymous said...

I hate to suggest this one, for selfish reasons--if it wins, it will be harder to get in.
But here goes....Crooked House Bistro

Chuck Bradley said...

I have to add just one more. (Maybe) In the Sub/Hoagie/Hero/Grinder/Po’ Boy category, The Sub Shop in Keizer has gotta be the clear winner.

Salem Man said...

Willamette Noodle is solid on every visit. They support local, including this site.
Venti's, the new place is rockin.
Word of Mouth, dominates breakfast.
Lang Xang, take out king.
French Press, crepes are great.
SFNY, best pizza in Oregon.

Anonymous said...

Willamette Noodle
Willamette Burger
Davinci's
Gamberetti's
Venti's
(Honorable mentions to past winners Word of Mouth and LaCapitale!)Haven't tried Broken Bread yet...

Anonymous said...

In my opinion Crooked House Bistro is heads and shoulders above most of the area restaurants. Silver Grille and Davinci's are close behind.
Dennis

dinnersforwinners said...

Andaluz
Red Ginger
Seven Brides Tap Room
Bread Board
Saigon Restaurant

-guitar4me

Nate Rafn said...

I think The Bread Board should be on the list. They have really done well with their new building, and they've done good things for the community and local farmers' markets. They have my vote!

Anonymous said...

Lum Yuen

Anonymous said...

marco polo!

Stone Soup Bistro said...

I agree Marco Polo!

Anonymous said...

Crooked House Bistro
Silver Grille
Andaluz
Christo's Pizzeria

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love Crooked House Bistro! They're my fave. Hard on their heels would be votes for La Capitale and Silver Grille.

Happy New Year's Eve y'all!
Carole D

Melina Tomson said...

Crooked House Bistro
Andaluz

My top two faves in town. La Cap is a really close third though.

Anonymous said...

La Capitale
Wild Pear
Amadeus
Caruso’s
Painters Hall Café
Andaluz
La Margarita Express
Fuji Rice Time

Anonymous said...

Andaluz!

Anonymous said...

Wild Pear, The Grub Shack, Saigon,