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Eugene Weekly : 10.20.05

 

2005-2006 Winners:
Big Fish, Small Pond
Sex Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll
Art & Other Pretensions
Consumer Temples
Forkin' Good
Staff Picks

Forkin' Good

BEST ASIAN:

RING OF FIRE

2nd: Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

3rd: Maple Garden


Sweet Life Pâtisserie, Best Bakery

BEST BAKERY:

SWEET LIFE PÂTISSERIE

2nd: Eugene City Bakery

3rd: Metropol Bakery

BEST BBQ:

HOLE IN THE WALL BBQ

2nd: Papa's Soul Food Kitchen & BBQ

3rd: BBQ King


Hole InThe Wall BBQ, Best BBQ

Never mind all the vegetarianism going on in this town, Hole in the Wall is the place for those of us who sometimes crave a nice barbecued hunk of meat. This place offers some killer pulled pork along with the usual BBQ delicacies like ribs, chicken and briskets of beef. They also claim to have wonderful salads for your animal loving friends.

BEST COFFEE:

FULL CITY COFFEE ROASTERS, 13TH ST. LOCATION

2nd: The Beanery

3rd: Dutch Bros.

Full City Coffee Roasters 13th Street Location, Best Coffee

EW talked to Lisa Truelove, manager of Full City-13th Street.

Coffee or espresso? Coffee, because I can take longer to drink it.

With cream or black? Black.

Muffin or scone? Umm… scone.

Regular or decaf? REGULAR.

Would you rather be a cowboy or a pirate? (Laughs) Cowboy! You get to be out on the open range.

Why do you think Full City deserves to win? We serve quality coffee unmatched by anyone in town.

BEST ITALIAN:

BEPPE & GIANNI'S TRATTORIA

2nd: Ambrosia

3rd: Mazzi's


BEST MEAL UNDER $7:

LAUGHING PLANET CAFÉ

2nd: Burrito Boy

3rd: Keystone Café


Eugene must love this restaurant because they won in more than one category. But they only get one darn write-up. See "Best Veggie-Friendly."

BEST MEXICAN / LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT:

Red Agave, Best Mexican/Latin American

RED AGAVE

2nd: Taco Loco

3rd: Los Jarritos

The chicken enchilada at Red Agave is addicting. The red sauce is laced with top secret ingredients, but General Manager Brian Hebb swears, "It's all legal and over-the-counter." The restaurant sets itself apart from other Latin American fare by using Northwest-grown produce in its dishes. The meats, vegetables and fruits are fresh and the style is original.

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN:

CAFÉ SORIAH

2nd: Poppi's Anatolia

3rd: Taste of India


BEST NEW RESTAURANT:

Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, Best New Restaurant

SWEET BASIL THAI CUISINE

2nd: Laughing Planet Café

3rd: Mezza Luna Pizzeria

It's not surprising that Sweet Basil won this award during its first year of existence on Pearl Street. Owner Kuraya Chulacharit has been popping up authentic Thai restaurants all over Oregon, including her Springfield establishment Kuraya. "We have been doing very well since its opening," she said. The staff claims to offer the most beautiful presentation of food in town. One manager claims that the food itself is almost art. The chefs are all from Thailand and offer monthly specials to keep the menu fresh. This month's specials include halibut, hot spring rolls, pumpkin tempura and vegetable bean sauce.

BEST NORTHWEST:

Marché, Best Northwest Restaurant

MARCHÉ

2nd: Koho Bistro

3rd: McMenamins North Bank

BEST OUTDOOR SEATING:

McMENAMINS NORTH BANK, McMENAMINS HIGH STREET

2nd: Café Soriah

3rd: Cornucopia

BEST PIZZA:

PIZZA RESEARCH INSTITUTE

2nd: Pegasus Pizza

3rd: Bene Gourmet Pizza


BEST SUSHI:

SHIKI JAPANESE CUISINE

2nd: Sushi Station

3rd: Misako


Shiki, Best Sushi

The chefs at Shiki take special care when creating dishes for their Eugenean patrons. The cuisine is a fusion of traditional Japanese dishes with a Western style that helps those unfamiliar with sushi to gain an appreciation. "We try to make the majority of the items more welcoming to those people who are not familiarized or are not really enjoying traditional Japanese cuisine," says manager Yoshi Kikuchi. The chefs concern themselves with the selection of ingredients and suppliers to ensure that each dish tastes fresh and looks magical. "Our best advantage is that we have very skilled Japanese chefs who know about the ingredients and how they can turn those ingredients into something that is unique without losing much of the flavor," says Kikuchi. Shiki does offer 20 different kinds of sake and many completely traditional Japanese dishes as well.

BEST THAI:

CHAO PRA YA THAI CUISINE

2nd: Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

3rd: Ring of Fire

Laughing Planet, Best Veggie Friendly & Best Meal Under $7

BEST VEGGIE-FRIENDLY:

LAUGHING PLANET CAFÉ

2nd: Morning Glory Café

3rd: Keystone Café


Laughing Planet's name comes from the idea that eating healthy foods will make the planet feel better as a whole. The menu backs it up with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options and a colorful seating area decorated with offbeat art. "We're definitely different than any other place in town," says General Manager Steve Mertz. Mertz also promises great service to go along with the comfortable atmosphere. "We just try to get food out quickly and it's whole foods too," he says. "Whole foods served quickly."