Fork it over: Best overall local restaurant

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For best overall local restaurant, popular South Fork Public House took the first prize.

Shanna Taylor, assistant manager of the restaurant, said they try to keep South Fork local and provide a family-friendly atmosphere. The food is locally sourced and the industrial-esque look gives it a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

“Here, we consider ourselves one big family,” Taylor said. “The people coming in are part of that family.”

The Black Cypress Bar and Kitchen on Main Street took second place with its Mediterranean–style dishes and urban atmosphere. Chef – Owner Nick Pitsilionis said that they strive for locally-sourced food and offer menu items that wouldn’t be seen at other places. Most of the restaurant’s food is rooted in Mediterranean, Greek, and Italian flavors.

“We wanna make a warm, happy, lively space,” Pitsilionis said. “We don’t want it to be intrusive … just a pace unique to the building.”

Finally, third place goes to Paradise Creek Brewery. Marketing Director Scott Mackey described the restaurant as an upscale hybrid between a bar and a restaurant, with the inclusion of a full bar and smokehouse barbecue style menu. The restaurant is housed in a building that was formerly a post office built in 1930.

“I think the general feeling that I’ve gotten from people … is that they’re really happy there’s a place like Paradise Creek here in Pullman,” Mackey said. “It’s a unique spot you can’t find anywhere else.”

Reporting by Catherine Kruse