I've been using Ilford Multigrade IV - Portfolio (or whatever the heck it's called - I rarely look at the packages anymore) for some time now. I *love* the "Pearl" surface.
There has been a sort of "mini shortage" of the stuff here in the Boston area ... apparently a few others agree with me.
One thing I have noticed about the Ilford Papers - there seems to be a very good uniformity of grades (at least the different emulsion layers that make up the grades) and exposure speeds between lots and sizes ... far more uniformity than I've seen with other papers.
So ... there you go ... *I* like Ilford ... and I drive a Ford Taurus.