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2016 Readers’ Choice Awards winners are revealed

Check out the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions — as voted by you — in the 2016 Coast Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards!

Published on January 26, 2017 8:05AM

Last changed on January 26, 2017 8:28AM

Welcome to the 2016 Coast Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards!

At the end of every year, we ask Coast Weekend readers and the general public to vote for their favorite businesses, restaurants and activities in the region.

Elsewhere on Coastweekend.com, you’ll find profiles on many of the winners. We couldn’t do profiles on every winner, but that only gives us more to strive for next year. It’s our goal to continue growing this contest in the future.

Some categories were close races: Winners of Best Breakfast Spot, Best Fine Dining, Best Cheap Date, Best Server, Best Burger and Best Live Theater were all only a vote or two ahead of the runners-up.

And then there were winners who swept their categories. Vintage Hardware, Lum’s Auto Center, Astoria Sunday Market, Coast Community Radio, The Bow Picker and Columbia River Maritime Museum all won their categories by more than 160 votes each — and some by quite a bit more.

Each winning business or organization receives a certificate; you might see them proudly on display around the region.

Voting took place Nov. 16 to Dec. 11. Like every year, each person who registered to vote could only fill out one ballot. In addition to running print ballots in Coast Weekend, Seaside Signal and Cannon Beach Gazette, we also ran a seeded online ballot. The seeded entries were based on winners, runners-up and other top votes from past years; plus, we monitored voting to see who was earning votes throughout the contest, and we added write-in entries as they came in.

Oregon voters totaled over 800, and Washington voters totaled over 300. A handful of votes arrived from California and Texas, and there was a smattering of voters from farther away, including Michigan, South Carolina, Ohio, New York, Alaska, Hawaii, Utah and Florida.

— Rebecca Sedlak, Coast Weekend editor


Best Antique Store

1. Vintage Hardware, Astoria

2. Farmhouse Funk, Astoria

3. Phog Bounders, Astoria

Best Art Gallery

1. RiverSea Gallery, Astoria

2. Imogen Gallery, Astoria

3. Don Nisbett Crewhouse Gallery, Ilwaco

Best Automotive Shop

1. Jim Varner’s Automotive, Astoria

2. Lum’s Auto Center, Warrenton

3. Box K Auto Repair, Seaview

Best Barber / Hair Salon

1. Eleventh Street Barber, Astoria

2. Salon Boheme, Astoria

3. Azure Salon and Spa, Ilwaco

Best Bookstore

1. Lucy’s Books, Astoria

2. Godfather’s Books, Astoria

3. Time Enough Books, Ilwaco

Best Car Dealership

1. Lum’s Auto Center, Warrenton

2. Astoria Ford, Warrenton

3. Warrenton KIA, Warrenton

Best Customer Service

1. Street 14 Cafe, Astoria

2. Frite & Scoop, Astoria

3. Costco Wholesale, Warrenton

Best Dance Studio

1. Astoria Arts & Movement Center

2. Maddox Dance Studio

3. Encore Dance Studio

Best Day Spa

1. Malama Day Spa, Astoria

2. Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria

3. Prana Wellness Center, Astoria

Best Florist

1. Bloomin’ Crazy Floral, Astoria

2. Erickson Floral Company, Astoria

3. Artistic Bouquets & More, Seaview

Best Garden Center

1. Brim’s Farm & Garden, Astoria

2. Dennis’ 7 Dees, Seaside

3. Basket Case Greenhouse, Long Beach

Best Gift Shop

1. A Gypsy’s Whimsy Herbal Apothecary, Astoria

2. Finn Ware, Astoria

3. Maiden Astoria, Astoria

Best Grocery Store

1. Astoria Co-op Grocery, Astoria

2. Fred Meyer, Warrenton

3. Costco, Warrenton

Best Gym

1. Astoria Aquatic Center

2. Snap Fitness, Long Beach

3. Astoria Full Fitness

Best Home Improvement Store

1. City Lumber, Astoria

2. Home Depot, Warrenton

3. Vintage Hardware, Astoria

Best Hotel

1. The Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria

2. Hotel Elliott, Astoria

3. Adrift Hotel, Long Beach

Best Live Theater

1. Astor Street Opry Company

2. Liberty Theater, Astoria

3. Coaster Theatre, Cannon Beach

Best Radio Station

1. Coast Community Radio KMUN 91.9 FM

2. KLMY Clammy 99.7 FM Long Beach

3. KRKZ Hits 94.3 FM Chinook / Astoria

Best Real Estate Business

1. RE/MAX River & Sea, Astoria/Gearhart

2. Windermere Real Estate, Astoria

3. Lighthouse Realty, Long Beach

Best Seafood Market

1. Warrenton Deep Sea Crab & Fish Market, Warrenton

2. Northwest Wild Products, Astoria

3. Bell Buoy Seafood Market, Seaside

Best Tech/Computer Repair

1. MossyTech, Astoria

2. Mike’s Computer Repair, Long Beach

3. Ben’s Computer Store, Inc., Warrenton

Best Thrift Shop

1. Deja Vu, Astoria

2. Goodwill, Warrenton

3. Coast Rehabilitation Services Thrift Store, Astoria

Best Yoga

1. RiverZen Yoga, Astoria

2. Astoria Arts & Movement Center, Astoria

3. Seaside Yoga, Seaside


Best Asian Food

1. Nisa’s Thai Kitchen, Warrenton

2. Himani Indian Cuisine, Astoria

3. Golden Star Restaurant, Astoria / Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro (tie)

Best Bakery

1. Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe, Astoria

2. Cottage Bakery, Long Beach

3. Street 14 Cafe, Astoria

Best Bar

1. Inferno Lounge, Astoria

2. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

3. Astoria Coffehouse & Bistro / Buoy Beer Co, Astoria (tie)

Best Barista

1. Kristy Cross, The Rusty Cup, Astoria

2. Casey Brewe Palmgren, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

3. Kat Zaro, Street 14 Cafe, Astoria

Best Bartender

1. Cory Teubner, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

2. Jeany Potter, Merry Time Bar & Grill, Astoria

3. Rich Ewing, Inferno Lounge, Astoria

Best Breakfast Spot

1. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

2. Street 14 Coffee, Astoria

3. Columbian Cafe, Astoria

Best Brewpub

1. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

2. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

3. North Jetty Brewing, Seaview

Best Burger

1. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

2. Portway Taver, Astoria

3. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

Best Catering

1. Baked Alaska, Astoria

2. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

3. Silver Salmon, Astoria

Best Chef

1. Andrew Catalano, Street 14 Cafe, Astoria

2. Micheal Lalewicz, The Depot, Seaview

3. Alec Evans, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

Best Clam Chowder

1. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

2. Buoy Beer Co, Astoria

3. Dooger’s Seafood & Grill, Warrenton

Best Coffee

1. Street 14 Cafe, Astoria

2. 3 Cups Coffee House, Astoria

3. Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, Cannon Beach

Best Desserts

1. Frite & Scoop, Astoria

2. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

3. T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

Best Fine Dining

1. Carruthers, Astoria

2. The Depot Restaurant, Astoria

3. Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria

Best Fish and Chips

1. The Bow Picker, Astoria

2. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

3. The Ship Inn, Astoria

Best Happy Hour

1. T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

2. Baked Alaska, Astoria

3. Carruthers, Astoria

Best Lunch Spot

1. T. Paul’s Urban Cafe, Astoria

2. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

3. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro

Best Mexican Food

1. La Cabana de Raya, Astoria

2. Tacos El Catrin, Warrenton

3. The Stand, Seaside

Best Pizza

1. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

2. Fultano’s Pizza, Astoria

3. Baked Alaska, Astoria

Best Restaurant for Kids

1. Pig N Pancake, Astoria

2. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

3. The Lost Roo, Long Beach

Best Server

1. Jean-Marc Bourgouin, Carruthers, Astoria

2. Allyx O’Connor, Street 14 Cafe, Astoria

3. Aaron Crockett, T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

Best Wine Shop

1. The Cellar on 10th, Astoria

2. WineKraft, Astoria

3. The Wine & Beer Haus, Seaside


Best Birdwatching Site

1. Astoria Riverwalk

2. Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

3. Fort Stevens State Park

Best Cheap Date

1. The Beach

2. Columbian Theater, Astoria

3. Astoria Second Saturday Art Walk

Best Farmers Market

1. Astoria Sunday Market

2. River People Farmers Market, Astoria

3. Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco

Best Golf Course

1. Astoria Golf and Country Club, Warrenton

2. Peninsula Golf Course, Long Beach

3. Highlands Golf Club, Gearhart

Best Hiking Trail

1. Fort to Sea Trail

2. Discovery Trail, Long Beach Peninsula

3. Cape Disappointment State Park trails, Ilwaco

Best Local Festival

1. Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival, Astoria

2. Washington State International Kite Festival, Long Beach

3. Pacific Northwest Brew Cup, Astoria

Best Local Sports Team

1. Astoria High School Fishermen, Football

2. Ilwaco High School Fishermen, Football

3. Astoria High School Fishermen, Baseball

Best Museum

1. Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria

2. Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco

3. Flavel House Museum, Astoria

Best Music Venue

1. Liberty Theater, Astoria

2. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

3. Voodoo Room / Columbian Theater, Astoria

Best Neighborhood Park

1. Tapiola and Astoria Skate Park, Astoria

2. Shively Park, Astoria / Garden of Surging Waves, Astoria (tie)

3. Fred Lindstrom Memorial Park (Peter Pan Park), Astoria

Best Place to Walk

1. Astoria Riverwalk

2. The Beach

3. Discovery Trail, Long Beach Peninsula

Best Tourist Attraction

1. Astoria Column

2. The Beach

3. Astoria’s breweries


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