Reader’s Choice Awards 2012

Thousands of votes were cast recently in over 50 categories including Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink,
Businesses, and People.  


Presenting Sponsor:

Premier Sponsors:

Union Bank
T.D. Wang Advertising Group
Vulcan, Inc.

Table Sponsors:

General Biodiesel
King 5 Television
Puget Sound License Agency
Kin On Community Health Care


Arts & Entertainment

  1. Favorite Local Artist: Alan Lau
  2. Favorite Local Author/Writer: Dori Jones Yang
  3. Favorite Local Bookstore: Elliot Bay Book Company
  4. Favorite Local Hip Hop Artist: GOWE (Gifted on West East)
  5. Favorite Local Photographer: Dean Wong
  6. Favorite Northwest Blog: Jagged Noodles

Nightlife & Recreation

  1. Favorite Happy Hour: Bush Garden Restaurant
  2. Favorite Karaoke Hotspot: Bush Garden Restaurant
  3. Favorite Casino to Indulge: Snoqualmie Casino
  4. Favorite Weekend Hangout Spot: International District

Food & Drink

  1. Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant: Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant
  2. Favorite Thai Restaurant: Thai Curry Simple
  3. Favorite Indian Restaurant: Cedar’s Restaurant on Brooklyn
  4. Favorite Coffee Shop/Tea House: Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee House
  5. Favorite Bubble Tea Café: Oasis Tea Zone
  6. Best Sushi Restaurant: Maneki Japanese Restaurant
  7. Best Korean BBQ Restaurant: Palace BBQ Korean Bar & Grill
  8. Best Dim Sum: Jade Garden
  9. Favorite Local Chef: Tom Douglas
  10. Favorite Bakery: Fuji Bakery
  11. Favorite Chinese Restaurant: Tea Palace Restaurant & Banquet
  12. Favorite Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant: Duk Li Dim Sum
  13. Favorite Winery: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

People & Places

  1. Favorite Local Journalist: Lori Matsukawa, KING 5 News Anchor and Reporter
  2. Favorite Empowered Youth: Monique Phung
  3. Favorite Mentor: Ron Chew
  4. Favorite Volunteer: Robin Park
  5. Favorite Local Political Figure: City of Seattle Councilmember Bruce Harrell
  6. Favorite Activist or Engaged Citizen: Al Sugiyama, founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Career Alternatives (CCA)
  7. Favorite Philanthropist: Bill Gates
  8. Favorite Entrepreneur/Business Owner: Tomio Moriguchi, Chairman of Uwajimaya
  9. Favorite Local Sports Figure: Félix Hernández, pitcher for Seattle Mariners
  10. Favorite Annual Asian Event You Most Look Forward To: Chinatown International District Dragon Fest
  11. Favorite Northwest Neighborhood: Chinatown/ID
  12. Favorite Executive Director of a Non Profit: Diane Narasaki, Executive Director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)
  13. Favorite CEO: Yale Wong, CEO and Founder of General Biodiesel
  14. Most Inspirational Speaker: Ron Sims, former King County Executive
  15. Favorite Doctor/Nurse: Dr. Kenneth E. Mayeda, MD

Businesses & Services

  1. Favorite Corporate Giver to Asian American Causes: Boeing
  2. Favorite Mom & Pop Business: Phnom Penh Noodle House
  3. Favorite Health Organization/Business: International Community Health Services (ICHS)
  4. Favorite Community Center: Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)
  5. Favorite Asian Owned Green Business: General Biodiesel
  6. Favorite API Senior Organization: Kin On Community Health Care
  7. Favorite Professional Association: National Association of Asian American Professionals-Seattle (NAAAP-Seattle)
  8. Favorite API Youth Organization: WAPI Seattle
  9. Favorite Student Group/Association: Filipino American Student Association (FASA sa UW)
  10. Favorite API Media Outlet: International Examiner
  11. Favorite Cultural Preservation Institution: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
  12. Favorite API Advocacy Organization: OCA of Greater Seattle


Winners gathered to enjoy  the 2012 Reader’s Choice-winning restaurant food and entertainment.  The 3rd annual Northwest Asian Pacific American Reader’s Choice Awards was held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Mount Baker Community Club from 5:30 p.m.  to 8 p.m.