Raindrops on Roses – Best of Eugene staff picks are a few of Eugene Weekly’s own favorite things

Now that we’ve got Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things” stuck in your head, let’s talk about Eugene Weekly’s favorite things — our staff picks to pair with our annual reader’s choice Best Of contest.

In our Best Of Eugene issue, all the winners are voted on, and so chosen by you — the readers. But the staff picks issue is where EW comes up with some of our favorite things that made Lane County a fun place to live this year. — Henry Houston

Best Punk rock drag band

Best Food cart pod community 

Best Eugene diner people forget is actually a diner

Best Former funeral parlor and questionably haunted coffee shop

Best Eugene-based pro wrestling brothers

Best place to get dog food and enjoy a rural vibe

Best New downtown beer bar and bottle shop 

Best German food on the coast (never mind the former politics)

Best Salad greens

Best Place to embark on the adventure to get dinner and beers with toddlers who are no longer cute to anyone else 

Best Bowling alley for upscale food

Best Vinyl pop-up