FOOD CART POD

Winner: Portland Mercado

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7238 SE Foster Rd., portlandmercado.org
Outer southeast’s Latin-themed food cart pod is your favorite food cart pod winner for the second time. Tucking into a plate of ropa vieja from Que Bolá?, carne asada from Adelas or any of the other delicious offerings from the carts is the main draw, but Portland Mercado also wins major points for hosting family-friendly events.

MOST WELCOMING COFFEE SHOP

Winner: Jim & Patty’s Coffee People

Multiple locations; jimandpattys.com
Jim & Patty’s might just be the ultimate neighborhood hangout — except, of course, that people trek from all over the city to sprawl on their comfy couches, excavate the stash of toys in the play corner and, of course, munch on their decadent and justly famous sour cream coffee cake.

Top 5

Know Thy Food Cooperative

Maplewood Coffee & Tea

Papaccino’s Coffee House & Cereal Bar

Posies Bakery & Cafe

The New Deal Cafe

PIZZA

Winner: Pizzicato Pizza

Multiple locations; pizzicatopizza.com
With 15 locations in the Portland metro area, you’re never too far away from a Pizzicato. And that’s a good thing — our kids never say no to a slice of their pizza. But we especially appreciate Pizzicato’s Dough for Dollars fundraiser program, which gave $120,000 to local schools last year.

Top 5

Hotlips Pizza

Out of this World Pizza and Play

Pietro’s Pizza

Pizza Schmizza

Sizzle Pie

BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT 

Winner: Laughing Planet Café

Multiple locations; laughingplanetcafe.com
Laughing Planet, with its nine metro area locations, gets so many things right, from their healthy and gently priced kid options to the now-iconic tabletop dinosaurs for kids to play with while they wait for their food. Bravo for a deserved repeat win in this competitive (and delicious!) category.

Top 5

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

Poa Cafe

The Oregon Public House

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company

DOUGHNUTS

Winner: Pip’s Original Doughnuts

4759 NE Fremont St., facebook.com/PipsOriginal
Owners Nate and Jamie Snell built their business on the premise of giving back — like with their free birthday dozen giveaway. Their social media feed is also chock-full of gratitude for customers, their employees and other local small business. And then there are the doughnuts themselves — the addictive little bites of happiness for which we can all be grateful.

Top 5

Annie’s Donut Shop and Coco Donuts & Coffee (tie)

Blue Star Donuts + Coffee

Doe Donuts

Sesame Donuts

Voodoo Doughnut

CUPCAKES, CAKES AND COOKIES

Winner: Saint Cupcake

Multiple locations; saintcupcake.com
From chocolate on chocolate to toasted coconut, repeat winner Saint Cupcake offers more than 15 tempting varieties of cupcakes to choose from. And with storefronts in nearly every quadrant, they make it easy for working parents to pick up celebration goodies for a midweek birthday.

Top 5

Baker & Spice/The Cakery and FAT Cupcake (tie)

Cupcake Jones

JaCiva’s Bakery & Chocolatier

Kyra’s Bake Shop

Toadstool Cupcakes

BEST BRUNCH

Winner: Slappy Cakes

4246 SE Belmont St., slappycakes.com
Sure, you could stay home and make your own pancakes. But isn’t it more fun to venture out to Slappy Cakes, where they have every topping under the sun, many different flavors of batter and the chance for you and the kids to get artistic in the shape of your cake?

Winner: Salt & Straw

Multiple locations; saltandstraw.com
For our Portland kids, a celebratory cone often means a trip to Salt & Straw. You can almost feel sorry for them that the bar for ice cream is set to such a high level at such an early age. After all each lick incorporates culinary alchemy and just a little bit of magic — how else can you explain why seemingly uncomplimentary flavors taste so so good together?

Top 5

Cloud City Ice Cream

Eb & Bean

Fifty Licks Ice Cream

Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge

Ruby Jewel

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