We asked, and you delivered. The fourth annual Bend Magazine Readers Choice awards are in, and let us just start by saying, thank you. Bend is fueled by passionate individuals who strive every day to make this cool mountain town even cooler by breaking out of the box and trying new things. In a year that was anything but easy for local businesses, our community never faltered. Central Oregonians of every creed and background stepped up to support the innovators and the hard workers that make this place so special. Here is our chance to recognize some of your favorites, voted for by you in our Readers Choice contest.
Four categories. 199 contenders. Two weeks of voting. 39,161 votes. Thirty-one winners. Most votes in a single category: best breakfast. Followed in total vote counts by best bakery/dessert, best brewery, best coffee and best burger. Most hotly contested category: best brewery. An active town like this needs the fuel to adventure, and that explains why we get so excited about food and beverages, namely craft beer. But that’s not all—the best places for toys, bikes, fly fishing gear, hair styling and items for our four-legged friends can be found in these pages, and more. Read on to see which places Bendites named their favorite, and be sure to support all of the local businesses that provide our community with so much.
Food & Beverage
Brewery: Crux Fermentation Project | Burger: Dandy’s Drive-In | Bakery: Sparrow Bakery | Happy Hour: 900 Wall | Wine List: Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails | Tacos: El Sancho Taco Shop | Breakfast: McKay Cottage Restaurant | Outdoor Dining: Bend Brewing Company | Coffee: Backporch Coffee Roasters | Cocktails: The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin | Sushi: 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar | Pizza: Pizza Mondo | Food Truck: Barrio | Date Night: Ariana | Takeout: Wild Rose Thai
Florist: Donner Flower Shop | Plant Shop: Somewhere That’s Green | Toy Store: Leapin’ Lizards | Bike Shop: Hutch’s Bicycles | Jewelry Store: Silverado | Women’s Clothing: Vanilla Urban Threads | Men’s Clothing: REVOLVR Menswear | Grocery Store: Newport Avenue Market | Ski/Snowboard Shop: Powder House
Adventure & Self Care
Staycation: McMenamins Old St. Francis School | Spa: Anjou Spa| Hair Salon: Tangerine | Golf Course: Tetherow Resort | Tour Company: Wanderlust Tours | Fly Shop: Bend Fly Shop | Trivia: Silver Moon Brewing | Gym/Workout Spot: Juniper Swim & Fitness Center