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2015 Readers’ Choice Awards winners are revealed

Check out the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions — as voted by you — in the 2015 Coast Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards!

Published on January 28, 2016 8:00AM


Welcome to the 2015 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 Columbia-Pacific region.

This year, we endeavored to make this awards contest bigger and better than ever.

Inside these pages, 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.

Elsewhere on CoastWeekend.com, you can find the full list of winners, runners-up and honorable mentions.

Some categories were close races: Winners of Best Brewpub, Best Barista, Best Gift Shop, Best Pizza and Best Wine Shop were all only a vote or two ahead of the runners-up.

And then there were winners who swept their categories. Coast Community Radio, Bow Picker Fish and Chips, Astoria Sunday Market, Columbia River Maritime Museum and Lum’s Auto Center all won their respective categories by more than 130 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 from Nov. 18 to Dec. 19. 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, Cannon Beach Gazette and Coast Marketplace, 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 from voters as they came in.

Oregon voters totaled over 900, and Washington voters totaled 282 — both amounts are higher than last year. A handful of votes arrived from California and Texas, and there was a smattering of voters from farther away, including Michigan, Indiana, Hawaii, Alaska, Virginia, Idaho, Arizona and New York.

We’ve very pleased at having increased voter turnout and can only hope for an even bigger contest next year.

As always, we loved the feedback voters provided. More than one person told us to keep up the good work.

Others suggested future categories for next year. We like to keep voters on their toes and switch up categories slightly from year to year. And we want to know how we can make this contest better. Let us know by emailing me at rsedlak@dailyastorian.com

— Rebecca Sedlak, Coast Weekend editor

BUSINESS

Best Antique Store

1. Vintage Hardware, Astoria

2. Phog Bounders Antique Mall, Astoria

3. Found, Cannon Beach

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 Barbershop

1. Eleventh Street Barber, Astoria

2. Frank’s Barber Shop, Astoria

3. The Clipper Station, Warrenton / Reef’s Barber Shop, Astoria (tie)

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, Astoria

3. Warrenton KIA, Warrenton

Best Customer Service

1. Frite & Scoop, Astoria

2. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

3. T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

Best Dance Studio

1. Maddox Dance Studio

2. Astoria Arts & Movement Center

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. Home Depot, Warrenton

Best Gift Shop

1. A Gypsy’s Whimsy Herbal Apothecary, Astoria

2. Farmhouse Funk, Astoria

3. Finn Ware, Astoria

Best Grocery Store

1. Astoria Co-op Grocery, Astoria

2. Fred Meyer, Warrenton

3. Mainstreet Market, Warrenton

Best Gym

1. Astoria Aquatic Center, Astoria

2. Astoria Full Fitness, Astoria

3. Snap Fitness, Long Beach

Best Hair Salon

1. Salon Verve, Astoria

2. Salon Boheme, Astoria

3. Azure Salon and Spa, Ilwaco

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. Adrift Hotel, Long Beach

3. Hotel Elliott, Astoria

Best Radio Station

1. Coast Community Radio KMUN 91.9 FM

2. KRKZ Hits 94.3 FM Chinook / Astoria

3. KLMY Clammy 99.7 FM Long Beach

Best Real Estate Business

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

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. Mossy Tech, Astoria

2. Mike’s Computer Repair, Long Beach

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

Best Theater

1. Columbian Theater, Astoria

2. Liberty Theater, Astoria

3. Astoria Gateway Cinema

Best Thrift Shop

1. Deja Vu, Astoria

2. Goodwill, Warrenton

3. Coast Rehabilitation Services Thrift Store, Astoria

Best Yoga

1. RiverZen Yoga, Astoria

2. The Hot Spot Yoga and Massage, Warrenton

3. Yoga Namaste, Astoria

DINING

Best Asian Food

1. Nisa’s Thai Kitchen, Warrenton

2. Himani Indian Cuisine, Astoria

3. Golden Star Restaurant, Astoria

Best Bakery

1. Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe, Astoria

2. Danish Maid Bakery, Astoria

3. Cottage Bakery, Long Beach

Best Bar

1. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

2. Inferno Lounge, Astoria

3. Buoy Beer Co, Astoria

Best Barista

1. Kristy Cross, The Rusty Cup, Astoria

2. Micha Cameron-Lattek, Street 14 Cafe, Astoria

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

Best Bartender

1. Cory Teubner, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

2. Katrina Dawson, T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

3. Andrea Mazzarella, Albatross & Co., Astoria

Best Breakfast Spot

1. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

2. Columbian Cafe, Astoria

3. Street 14 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. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

3. Portway Tavern, Astoria

Best Catering

1. Baked Alaska, Astoria

2. The Cove Restaurant, Long Beach

3. Uptown Cafe, Warrenton

Best Chef

1. Micheal Lalewicz, The Depot, Seaview

2. Sean Whittaker, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

3. Andrew Catalano, Street 14 Cafe, Astoria

Best Clam Chowder

1. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

2. Dooger’s Seafood & Grill, Warrenton

3. Buoy Beer Co, Astoria

Best Coffee

1. Street 14 Cafe, Astoria

2. 3 Cups Coffee House, Astoria

3. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

Best Desserts

1. Frite & Scoop, Astoria

2. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

3. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

Best Fine Dining

1. The Depot Restaurant, Seaview

2. Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria

3. T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

Best Fish and Chips

1. The Bow Picker, Astoria

2. The Ship Inn, Astoria

3. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

Best Happy Hour

1. Baked Alaska, Astoria

2. T. Paul’s Supper Club, Astoria

3. Silver Salmon Grille, Astoria

Best Latin Food

1. La Cabana de Raya, Astoria

2. The Rio Cafe, Astoria

3. Tacos El Catrin, Warrenton

Best Lunch Spot

1. T. Paul’s Urban Cafe, Astoria

2. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

3. Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Astoria

Best Pizza

1. Fort George Brewery, Astoria

2. Fultano’s Pizza, Astoria

3. Baked Alaska, Astoria

Best Restaurant for Kids

1. Pig N Pancake (all)

2. Buoy Beer Co., Astoria

3. Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe, Astoria

Best Server

1. Zackery O’Connor, Fort George Brewery, Astoria

2. Jean-Marc Bourgouin, 42nd Street Cafe, Seaview

3. Chad Hartley, Baked Alaska, Astoria

Best Wine Shop

1. The Wine Shack, Cannon Beach

2. The Cellar on 10th, Astoria

3. The Wine & Beer Haus, Seaside

ACTIVITIES

Best Birdwatching Site

1. Astoria Riverwalk

2. Fort Stevens State Park

3. The Beach

Best Cheap Date

1. Columbian Theater, Astoria

2. The Beach

3. Astoria Riverfront Trolley

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

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. Saddle Mountain

Best Local Festival

1. Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival

2. Festival of Dark Arts, Fort George Brewery, Astoria

3. Astoria Regatta

Best Local Sports Team

1. Astoria High School Fishermen, Football

2. Shanghaied Roller Dolls roller derby team

3. Astoria High School Fishermen, Pizazz Dance Team

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

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

Best Place for a Picnic

1. The Beach

2. Astoria Column

2. Coffenbury Lake, Fort Stevens State Park

Best Place to Walk

1. Astoria Riverwalk

2. The Beach

3. Discovery Trail, Long Beach Peninsula

Best Place to Watch Fireworks

1. Astoria Riverwalk

2. My house

3. Long Beach Boardwalk

Best Tourist Attraction

1. Astoria Column

2. The Beach

3. Astoria Trolley



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