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Between Boise and Bend

The others have said it all:

http://www.bendbrewpubs.com/the-bend-...

Jun 23, 2014
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Yamhill/Walla Walla

We've done it both ways, and it really only depends on how much staying in one place matters to you. One day in Yakima will do it. Figure 2 or 3 days in Prosser/Tri-Cities and the wineries in between; there are a LOT of good wineries there. Time in W-W depends on how much you want to spend, it's overall pricier than the other areas. Be sure to get the Yakima Valley tour guide: http://wineyakimavalley.org/

May 02, 2014
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Birthday dinner in Bend?

Well, last night's experience at Anthony's wasn't that great, which reminded me that they have their ups and downs. When the Bend Anthony's is good, they are very good, but sometimes they can just be ordinary. Just so you know.

Even after past discussions w management, the variations continue.

Oct 18, 2013
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Bend for breakfast

McKay Cottage. Probably a wait, large portions, excellent.

http://themckaycottage.com/menu

Oct 18, 2013
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Birthday dinner in Bend?

Agree with all of this post, x haven't tried Sbandati. For some reason, our better experiences at Pine Tavern have been for lunch.

Anthony's doesn't get the respect it deserves, simply because it's a small chain. Their Pier 66 flagship on Elliot Bay in Seattle is IMO a destination restaurant.

Sep 24, 2013
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Birthday dinner in Bend?

From what you have said, you will like either Ariana or Brickhouse. Ariana the elegant farmhouse, and Brickhouse the kinda cool industrial. Either is excellent and their menus are on line.

Ariana's carpaccio or calamari appetizers are to die for, and the rest likely are as well, but I haven't tried them.

Haven't been to Jackalope, or Blacksmith in a long time, and Blacksmith has gone through some evolutions. Not a bad thing, but old data may be old.

Cork was excellent, but the replacements haven't been of interest.

Sep 21, 2013
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Birthday dinner in Bend?

You haven't said anything about price range, type of food, etc. Lotsa choices in Bend.

Sep 18, 2013
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Looking for Unique/Unforgettable Seafood/local beer experiences for July road trip leaving Seattle and driving down the Oregon Coast

Xinh's is a cut above excellent, but only open for dinner. Amazing preparation and flavors.

Don't be surprised that River View Diner is just barely a shack. Superb BBQ oysters and other stuff.

May 26, 2013
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Liquor Privatization in Washington

(1) There are a couple of threads in the Spirits section of Chowhounds, and those who profess to have specific knowledge say that it's GG.

(2) A couple of friends who are vodka snobs swear that it's GG.

Other than that, I overstated "IS" in my response. Wish there was such a list.....

Jul 04, 2012
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Liquor Privatization in Washington

Don't know about the tequila, but the Costco vodka IS Grey Goose.

Jul 02, 2012
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Liquor Privatization in Washington

But without the added tax....

Jun 12, 2012
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Best places for Oysters on Olympic Peninsula

yeah, Xinh's is worth a side trip. Large portions, too.

Apr 17, 2012
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Best places for Oysters on Olympic Peninsula

Not really, altho you are right about the best commercial sites. We lived on a boat for five years, based out of Sidney, BC. Almost anywhere we anchored, we would dinghy ashore and then gather oysters, in water so cold it required insulated boots.

octobercat is going to have a great time if he finds the right spots.

Mar 12, 2012
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Best places for Oysters on Olympic Peninsula

Oysters on the half shell. Sometimes I look at my notes and forget what it means, too.

Mar 12, 2012
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Best places for Oysters on Olympic Peninsula

South Bend WA calls itself The Oyster Capital of the World, and you might do a search to find more. The town is not what one would call a destination resort, but in the middle of town on Hwy 101 is a dump called River View Dining. There's a large home made wood fired barrel out front with logs - not briquettes or whatever - for fuel. The best BBQ oysters I've ever had, and I've had them raw and cooked every way imaginable for over 30 years, from Tomales Bay to Desolation Sound BC.

We were blasting thru town and didn't make time to try the OOTHS, but the owner/chef is a sauce/oyster genius.

Can't rec a place to stay. Would like to hear where you go and how the oysters were.

Mar 09, 2012
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Food recs in the Bend-Sisters-La Pine-Crater Lake area?

Bend Brewing has GREAT fish & chips.

Aug 26, 2011
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Food recs in the Bend-Sisters-La Pine-Crater Lake area?

There are a number of good restaurants, but none that meet your criteria. You might look here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798727

Aug 21, 2011
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Chowhound Recs in Bend?

This may be too late, but: Ariana.

Also, Scanlon's has a new menu concept. Haven't tried it, but may be what you are looking for. To see the menu etc, start at the "Athletic Club of Bend" website.

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Scanlon's
61615 Athletic Club Dr, Bend, OR 97702

Jul 30, 2011
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Foodie Honeymoon: San Juan Islands vs. Tofino, BC

You will need to consider transportation to maximize foodie opportunities. And since it is a honeymoon, fun transportation. Like the train from Seattle to Vancouver BC (a foodie paradise, check the BC board), ferry from Vancouver to Victoria, high speed ferry from Victoria to Seattle. Getting to Tofino will eat up a lot of dining time, and you won't see any islands to speak of. Another return from Victoria option is Victoria (Sidney) to Anacortes, winding thru the San Juans. If you don't want to travel that much, Seattle and Vancouver will meet any foodie wish.

Apr 28, 2011
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Xinh's Shelton Wa. - Still Good?

It has been a year since we were last there - we live in Oregon - but over the prior five years or so, it was consistently excellent as to both food and service. I doubt that has changed.

Mar 24, 2011
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Request Restaurant Recommendations for Oregon Road Trip

Don't believe the mantra that the only good food in Central Oregon is in Bend. In Redmond you will be more than pleasantly surprised at the quality of food, and reasonable prices, at Diego's, Coyote Ranch, Chloe's, Madaline's, Brickhouse, ... I'm sure I missed somewhere.

Each of the above has an excellent chef preparing food in uninspired surroundings - except maybe Brickhouse, which did a pretty fancy remodeling before opening a year or two ago.

Tonight, at Madeline's: Two martini's - poured as doubles - one lobster pasta entreé, one catfish entreé with an excellent sauce that I confess I can't identify, and baked potato (side plate of butter, sour cream, chives, bacon, shredded cheddar). Chips and salsa when you sit down; as I said, the ambiance disavowes the quality of the food and service. $39 + tip.

It's good to live near Redmond OR.

The address below for Brickhouse: right street address, but Redmond, not Metolius.

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Coyote Ranch
1368 S Highway 97, Redmond, OR 97756

Brickhouse
412 6th St, Redmond, OR 97756

Aug 26, 2010
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Oregon Wine Country - Pinots

The Dundee area is as good as any to stay for touring the valley. And The Painted Lady in Dundee is tops for a Chowhound: http://www.thepaintedladyrestaurant.com/

For the wineries: http://www.willamettewines.com/

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Painted Lady
201 S College St, Newberg, OR 97132

Jun 28, 2010
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Bend and Sisters

Previous recs haven't changed, EXCEPT that Cork, 28, Staccato and Firehouse Red have closed. All of the spots are being reopened under new everything; you will have to check back closer to your visit, to see how the new places are doing.

The area has some very nice restaurants, more than the population has been able to support in the current economy.

Jun 28, 2010
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Long Weekend in Bend

You will not be disappointed at Ariana...

Feb 13, 2010
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

Long Weekend in Bend

Search for Bend on Chowhounds for the last couple years. The top restaurants - Cork, etc - haven't essentally changed. Volo closed and Zydeco took the spot, so their space is now as nice as the food. Merenda was reopened by the previous employees as 900 Wall. We haven't been to Blacksmith since a very mediocre experience years ago, but they have always been better at promotion than execution.

Feb 13, 2010
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

slider buns-seattle

True, King's Hawaiian buns are perfect for sliders.

Jan 27, 2010
Steve K in Greater Seattle

Hood River, The Dalles update?

Are the Kaze portion sizes the same as at Hakatomon? Thanks for the info.

Jan 14, 2010
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

wine and dine tour around Wash. state

For the best, most reasonably priced wines and wineries, IMO the Prosser-Benton City-Tri Cities grouping can't be beat. The only problem is the lack of "3 star" restaurants, but it's getting better. At the very least, if you're going to drive from Seattle to Walla Walla take a look at what you can experience on the way.

Dec 26, 2009
Steve K in Pacific Northwest

PDX - slider buns?

A number of grocers carry King's Hawaiian buns. Perfect for sliders.

Nov 17, 2009
Steve K in Metro Portland

Bend and Sisters

Ariana's and Zydeco are still tops; haven't been to Cork for some time.

What you said about Jen's Garden is correct. Chloe's in Sisters: havent been (apparently need to get out of the house) but when they were in Redmond, they were excellent.

If they get to Redmond: Diego's, Coyote Ranch (looks ordinary, good food), or Brickhouse.

Oct 05, 2009
Steve K in Pacific Northwest