News of Clark County: The Washington Post's Bombshell Article!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

A Washington Post writer treads treacherous territory with a controversial bombshell of an exposé.  No, this is not about D.C. politics, this is about something far more critical to our identity as a civilized culture - food!  

Yes, Tom Sietsema wrote "The 10 Best Food Cities in America" and actually dared to rank them in order - rating many smaller cities higher than better-known metropolitan culinary standards. (Hint: Portland was ranked #1, New York #8, and Seattle didn't make the cut!) As you can expect, it has sparked backlash from loyal food fanatics who felt slighted by his (admittedly subjective) findings.

Although published in 2015, the writer is still defending his choices based on his three-month gastronomical journey across this country. Unlike Guy Fieri's titular "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives", he expanded his criteria beyond restaurants and bars to food carts, farmers markets, even grocery stores to experience a true sense of the city's food culture.  He interviewed chefs, food critics, merchants, and diners in each city to uncover the best, and lesser-known examples of "creativity, community and tradition" in the local food scene.

His review of Portland names some of our favorite places, including healthy fast-food Burgerville and New Seasons Market (both are also located across the Columbia River in Clark County, Washington) - regional treasures that feature locally-sourced fresh produce and fruit, meats, and seafood. He credits a produce clerk with introducing him to the odd-shaped but wonderful honeysuckle fruit. He also cites examples of food varieties available in the immediate area - including 300 styles of truffles, and berries "so delicate, they don't leave the state". 

However you rate it, with amazing ingredients, and a generation of accomplished chefs, (both pros and amateurs), the area offers an abundance of wonderful food experiences.


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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb and Bernie, I have spend lots of time in restaurant and Baltimore area has some great  food.  Sorry never been to Portland or Seattle before.

Mar 07, 2017 07:59 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Will, Batimore does have some classic places - especially for seafood and crabs! 

Mar 07, 2017 08:04 AM #2
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Debb, congratulations on Portland being ranked Number ONE !!!  

I do detect a slight bias as The Post once again is oblivious to "Flyover Country" in the Heartland.  ^_~

You should celebrate Portland's #1 ranking by treating your inamarato to dinner in Portland!

Mar 07, 2017 08:14 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is why the publish lists, to generate comments. It's like when I see the top Western movies rates and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is rated number one. I respond with The Searchers you idiot, but of course that is my opinion. Personally I love Seattle and San Francisco for great places to eat, just like New York.

Mar 07, 2017 08:22 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

We all have different palates, and I am glad the critic agreed with your choices.  I am intrigued by the truffles he mentioned.  Happy Tuesday,  A

Mar 07, 2017 08:52 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Congratulations to Portland. I'm less of an afficianado of US cities than European cities, where I do have specific ones in mind as being the top.

Mar 07, 2017 09:36 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Oh my God, how could he go where others fear to tread Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Mar 07, 2017 10:02 AM #7
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb and Bernie, I have always wanted to visit Portland after seeing a show on Travel Channel about the food. I remember this article from the Post but it was fun to go back now and read comments on it. I am sure you enjoy having Portland so close by!

Mar 07, 2017 10:50 AM #8
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Bernie and Debb, you are lucky to live so close to Portland. Reading about food is much better than politics.

Mar 07, 2017 12:28 PM #9
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Debb-We will have to check some of these out when I visit again. Now Dorie Dillard would beg to differ most likely as she does a weekly foodie Friday in Austin.

Mar 07, 2017 12:29 PM #10
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb & Bernie - I saw that article and wouldn't argue. When Mary and I lived out that way, we always looked forward to our trips to Portland, and great food was usually at the top of our list.

Mar 07, 2017 01:48 PM #11
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Debb how great is it that you live so close to Portland!  I haven't been to Portland in many years but when I get there we'll have to dine at some of those great places together!

Mar 07, 2017 02:58 PM #12
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debb,  my foodies days are behind me since I changed my eating habits.  Food has become a way of life ... that might sound strange because we need to eat to survive ... but food these days is far beyond that ... it has become an experience. 

Mar 07, 2017 03:28 PM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks to all for your inciteful coments.  Yes, we are lucky to live in a region that offers such great, healty food.  I'll be visiting your blogs later this morning to catch up with you and comment!

Mar 08, 2017 09:09 AM #14
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

So interesting to see what different writers of food like or don't like, Debb...Providence has been rated in the top 10 in the country by a number of top magazines and if you love Italian and nouveau cuisine it is amazing...Portland I will need to try since I am such a foodie!!

Mar 25, 2017 09:02 AM #15
April Swenson
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers - Ocean Shores, WA
CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate

Well, it is just his opinion, but he did not rank them without investigation. Good job Portland for scoring #1.

Apr 09, 2017 09:36 PM #16
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