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Need "new" places for lunch

Not a lunch spot but you said you like Asian. We went to Expatriate last Sunday and were blown away by the (pretty substantial) bar bites. Check out the menu...

Nov 28, 2013
zenon5 in Metro Portland

game meat in portland or salem?

Fitt's Seafood in Salem often carries game. Worth a call.

Nov 28, 2013
zenon5 in Metro Portland

One night in Salem. . .

I begin to worry that I sound like a broken record. Still I have to recommend The Crooked House Bistro. Salem has other nice restaurants but Crooked House is the only one I'm aware of that could hold it's own in a major market. I gather from your handle that you are a wine lover and Bernard always has something I enjoy. His selections are either excellent local pinots or French.
To the point that you might consider Portland I can only reply that we love the Portland dining scene but friends come from there to enjoy the food and ambiance at Crooked House with us and are invariably pleased that they do.
I understand that there's little incentive to come to Salem but I'd love to hear the impressions of someone else who spends an evening with Bernard and his family. Please consider giving them a try and let us know what you think.
I'd encourage others to make the trip and see what I mean....

Apr 04, 2013
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Seattle/Oregon Trip

Yachats is one of our very favorite places on the coast. Dining options are limited but just fine for relaxed evenings out. Nothing there is going to make you want to give up your favorite spots at home. We try to go to Heidi's at least once. Heidi and Will have a nice homey style and her specials are usually quite, well, special. Low key but very nice. LunaSea is a pretty good fish shack. The guy who operates it has a fishing boat and knows what's fresh.
If we decide we want to get back in the car we head up to Newport to Saffron Salmon on the bay front. Always good food in a more upscale (but still pleasantly coastal) atmosphere. Of late we've gone for lunches so we can enjoy the lovely view of the bay.
We spent last weekend in Ashland (about 10 miles south of Medford) and had two lovely meals. Amuse in Ashland always puts a smile on our faces. Food and service are very good and make for a great evening. We usually go there before a play so don't know how a full relaxed evening might play out. Speedy but very nice.
Then there's New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro in Talent. Apparently you either love it or hate it. We love it! Last Friday night we had a stellar meal and evening. I had a savory flan with beets in a lemon sauce, a fabulous sausage dish, and dessert for about $35. Amazing! We always let Vernon pair the wines and he does an outstanding job. It seems like I always learn something about food, wine, or other aspects of the good life when I go to Sammy's. I'd say that if you're go with the flow folks who want a great experience you really should try it. If you really want to be amused I'd recommend reading some of the extraordinarily mixed reviews before you make up your mind though:).
Have a great trip and let us know what you try.

Mar 12, 2013
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Dinner in Salem

I guess it depends on what you're looking for. Haven't been to Roberts crossing but Da Vinci and Christos are very different experiences. One is great pizza and the other is good Italian. I know that our go to spot in Salem continues to be the Crooked House Bistro. Wonderful French country style food with a great wine list at a variety of price points. It's a lovely experience and I recommend it whole heartedly. Other spots to consider might include La Capitale and Orupa, but we take our guests to see Bernard at the Crooked House.
Please let us know where you end up and how the evening goes!

Feb 04, 2013
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

One last decision

I can't speak to dinner service at Imperial but want to add that we spent a lovely couple of hours at the bar Sunday afternoon. Our foursome tried the New Money, the Imperial Fizz, the Exit Through the Gift Shop and, for good measure, a Hemmingway Daiquiri. They were all executed beautifully by the very personable and knowledgable bartender. The New Money in particular hit it out of the park and the large cube of ice that minimized dilution of the drink added to the experience. Just had bar bites but they were tasty and the burger that was served to the person next to me looked great! It's great to have another Sunday afternoon drinks option downtown and we'll most definitely be back! Sure hope others give this venue a chance and form their own opinions :).

Nov 21, 2012
zenon5 in Metro Portland

wolf brand canned chili

I saw some at a Grocery Outlet recently. Can't remember which one.

Oct 01, 2012
zenon5 in San Francisco Bay Area

Yachats or Astoria restaurants?

Yachats:
We like LunaSea for fresh fish. Guy owns his own fishing boat! Darned good crab cocktails and usually a fresh fish special at dinner. Avoid their fried stuff.
Heidi's Delicatessan for lunch or dinner. Italian (ish). Nice folks who usually put out a pretty good dinner special. Will has compiled a few local and Italian wines and Heidi's pies and cobblers really shouldn't be missed, especially with summer fruits in season.
Yachats is pretty down-home but we enjoy both of these places.
Saffron Salmon a little further up the road in Newport always makes us very happy as well and comes with a great bay view.

Sep 11, 2012
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Help a solo woman in Portland reconfigure her list, because it's not working (researched)

Metrovino.
Still good food, good drinks, good wine. Usually good for some conversation as well if desired.

Aug 01, 2012
zenon5 in Metro Portland

Grocery Outlet, July 2012

GS,
There is a Grocery Outlet in Bellingham. You need to check them out!

Jul 27, 2012
zenon5 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recs for a great bar in SF for 21st birthday?

We took our son to Cantina and Heaven's Dog for his 21st. Sat at the bar and let them know what was up. He was treated royally and had a great first legal experience. Likewise took our daughter to Cantina where Duggan the owner and the bartender competed to please her palate. She's still talking about it.
My advice would be to go early so you can have a conversation with the person behind the bar. They will vie to make your first experience memorable!
Congratulations!!

Jul 10, 2012
zenon5 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visiting the Willamette Valley for the first time in September !!!

Wow,
Not getting much of a response, are you. Perhaps this needs to be brought over to the Pacific Northwest thread. There are some pretty well informed responses on this topic from past inquiries. The consensus is that most better restaurants are concentrated around McMinnville and Dundee and I wouldn't argue that point. I'm just not familiar with those options.
We live in Salem and take out of area visitors to two restaurants both of which I can heartily recommend. One is The Joel Palmer House in Dayton. They specialize in fungi, mushrooms and now truffles. It's unique and really is representative of the finest local cuisine. Folks from other parts of the country always respond very favorably when we take them there. Pretty spendy but pretty good.
Our favorite spot though is The Crooked House Bistro in West Salem. We've known the owner and chef for quite some time now. It's a cozy spot with a menu that changes constantly. Bernard takes tremendous (and justified) pride in his restaurant. It's more than a meal; more like a quick trip to a small spot in France. We spend two to three hours savoring several courses and the general ambiance and hospitality. He's got a small but lovely selection of wines from France and from the Oregon wine country. I don't know why he doesn't get more attention on this forum except that he's in Salem, a town not generally noted for exceptional casual French country style dining.
Maybe this will get the ball rolling :).
Hope you have a great visit. September will be a wonderful time to visit our area!

May 07, 2012
zenon5 in Metro Portland

Help! Need a memorable anniversary dinner!

+1 On Teatro Zinzanni. Very entertaining show. The food is high-end banquet style but if you're looking for a really hilarious entertaining evening you'll find it there. Let 'em know it's your anniversary and you may become part of the show :)
Have fun, and congratulations!!

Mar 05, 2012
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Willamette Valley Area Restaurants

Syrahgirl made some lovely suggestions. If you plan on branching out I'd suggest the Crooked House Bistro in West Salem. It's small and comfortable. Great atmosphere and great food. The kind of place you are always looking for in the wine country. Bernard works wonders with mostly local ingredients and does a great job of pairing appropriate wines. He's French and his suggestions reflect it. It may be a little out of the way but I really think it's worth it!

Jan 18, 2012
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Willamette Valley Area Restaurants

What part of the Willamette Valley are you staying in? Do you want to focus on the McMinnville/Dundee area or branch out?

Jan 18, 2012
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Oregon Coast Restaurants and Bars

We enjoy Heidi's Deli in Yachats. Her dinner specials shine and her desserts are great, usually featuring local fruits. Saffron Salmon is our go-to spot in Newport. Solid food in a lovely setting overlooking the bay.

Jan 15, 2012
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Final sf and napa food itinerary

We have enjoyed the drinks at Bourbon and Branch but prefer Cantina, just a short walk away.
We just find it more intimate and still very creative. You might try a drink at each place just for comparison's sake.
I can't imagine getting onto a plane after the meal we had at Manresa. Good luck with that one :)

Jan 07, 2012
zenon5 in San Francisco Bay Area

Joel Palmer House - Dayton, OR

Had a very nice meal there in mid-December. Took a couple of newbies who really seemed to enjoy both the soup and the mushroom tart. They really are very tasty dishes. We don't go there often because we don't feel that it's a very good value, but it's a unique place with a compelling background story. It's a good feeling to see a successful family enterprise being passed on to a new generation. We enjoy taking visitors from out of the area because of the emphasis they place on local wines and local/foraged ingredients.

Jan 01, 2012
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Portland shrimp dish mentioned on Today this morning

The Chef is Vitaly Paley of Paley's place.. I saw a video recently that included him preparing shrimp baked in hot salt. Not sure where I saw it but it's likely that someone else here will be able to come up with the link.

Dec 29, 2011
zenon5 in Metro Portland

Need nice restaurant near LAX

My wife and I were stuck in LAX a couple of years ago. We went to The Encounter Restaurant, the spacy building right outside of the terminals. Food wasn't bad and the experience was kind of fun. Very Jetsons :). We'd do it again if we had a couple of hours to kill in the airport....

Nov 28, 2011
zenon5 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a Good Birthday Restaurant/Bar!

You might also check out Spints on 28th: http://spintspdx.com/
They have more of a restaurant room that might work. It also has access to the bar.

Oct 18, 2011
zenon5 in Metro Portland

Salem

Great. Glad it worked for you! Thanks for the follow-up...

Sep 25, 2011
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Salem

Mmmm, Greek, Bianco Pesto Funghi, Pepperoni..... Peroni on tap.
Damn, I might have to go myself :)

Sep 07, 2011
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Salem

What are you looking for? Crooked House Bistro in West Salem is very, very French and very, very good. Christo's has exceptional pizza. La Capitale is quite good and has a good bar. All three would give you a positive experience.

Sep 06, 2011
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Single (budget) dinner in Portland + drinks afterward?

Hey,
You might want to try Spints. Good food, drinks, and ales.

Aug 23, 2011
zenon5 in Metro Portland

Waldport + - 50 miles

We like a couple of places in Yachats, probably about 20 minutes South (not West!!) of Waldport. Lunasea is a small spot with outside seating. The owner has a fishing boat, so fresh seafood means fresh seafood :). Fried means fried too, so the kids will be happy while you can stuff yourselves on great sweet fresh crab. Also in Yachats is Heidi's Homemade Food. Nice folks, good food, and be sure to save room for whatever pie she's baked that day.

Aug 20, 2011
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Chef Tasting Suggestions

It's been a while since we've been, but Park Kitchen used to do an absolutely brilliant tasting dinner. Might check them out. Does anyone have a more recent experience there to relate?

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Park Kitchen
422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Aug 09, 2011
zenon5 in Metro Portland

Newport, OR Area

We can't claim to know a lot about dining in Newport but we do know what we like. Check out the Saffron Salmon on the bay front. They do wonderful things with fish, by which I mostly mean that they let it speak for itself. There was one time when our salmon came out overcooked. They couldn't have been more gracious about letting us send
it back. It was replaced with a much larger portion prepared perfectly to our request.
Excellent meals, outstanding view and ambiance, short but solid wine list, pleasant well informed staff. All in all a great way to cap a day at the coast. ,

Jun 29, 2011
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Newport, OR Area

We can't claim to know a lot about dining in Newport but we do know what we like. Check out the Saffron Salmon on the bay front. They do wonderful things with fish, by which I mostly mean that they let it speak for itself. There was one time when our salmon came out overcooked. They couldn't have been more gracious about letting us send it back. It was replaced with a much larger portion prepared perfectly to our request. now that's service!
Excellent meals, outstanding view and ambiance, short but solid wine list, pleasant well informed staff. All in all a great way to cap a day at the coast.

Jun 29, 2011
zenon5 in Pacific Northwest

Portland Dining Month Recs

I recently gave you some suggestions on another thread but have had wonderful experiences since then at two Portland restaurants. The Farm Cafe seems to focus on seafood and vegetarian. The menu is still quite varied; our party of four found plenty of interesting dishes and flavors to share. A very, very pleasant dining experience that I would highly recommend
. Last night four of us went to Meriwether on Vaughn Street. They grow many of their own veggies and the menu reflected what is coming into season locally. Solid but innovative choices made it a real stand out. Definitely left knowing that we had enjoyed some of the best that our wonderful region has to offer! You haven't asked, but I'd also recommend checking out the Teardrop Lounge in the Pearl. Go in when they open at 4 and the great folks behind the bar will have time to visit and make suggestions (they'll even create something unique for you on the spot). Some of the best cocktails you are going to find anywhere! Hope you have a wonderful few days in our area. Looking forward to hearing your take on what you encounter.

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Meriwether's
2601 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210

Jun 19, 2011
zenon5 in Metro Portland