For giving us Langbaan's vivid clam and mussel curry; Holdfast Dining's dainty cornbread madeleine crowned by a square of luscious honeycomb; and many other incredible bites served in the most unusual places, Portland's pop-up dining scene is, collectively, The Oregonian's 2014 Restaurant of the Year.
Seriously? Newcomers: American Local is rocking it hard, Ataula seems to be everyone's darling, Davenport is very well-liked about town...and this is what they came up with. At least Ataula and Davenport are mentioned on their 'also ran' page.
I'll just leave you with the same comment I posted on their FB page:
An ongoing dinner program in the same space week after week or month after month or a fine dining option in the back room of the same owners' restaurant is now a pop up? No, I don't think so. Especially if the folks doing it don't even call it that. Wow...just so disappointing. All of the amazing restaurants in town and they just threw this chance to recognize one of them away. No wonder we'd rather read about our own restaurants in the New York Times...they do a better job covering them.