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Sushi in Eugene

Just for the sake of adding some info in case anyone searches for sushi in Eugene on the boards: I personally love the Sushi Station on 5th street, by the 5th street market, not too far from the train station. It's one of those sushi rotation belt type places. I don't know how authentic it is, but everyone I know seems to like that place. There's also a sushi place that I like, although it's kinda big on the fried sushi type things (lots of other sushi too tho) is a little place in the open mall strip near Walmart at the end of Delta, past Beltline. (There's a GI Joes nearby, it's to the right of there, small restaurant.)

And I've been to Shiki, though I didn't have sushi there, and it was good. It has since moved to MLK Jr Boulevard, near Coburg Road and the bridge, across the road from Kowloon's Chinese restaurant and club.

Jan 02, 2008
duynsathe in Pacific Northwest

Eugene, OR: open new year's day/evening?

While Ocean Sky isn't too bad, at least compared to others in town, it isn't really much different either. I guess my food has never been served frozen in the middle there, unlike several other chinese places in town. If you're looking for typical American diner chinese type stuff, Ocean Sky is okay.

Jan 01, 2008
duynsathe in Pacific Northwest

Eugene, OR: open new year's day/evening?

Girlwonder: I think you're overlooking the fact that chain restaurants are more certain to be open New Year's Day, unlike some local ones, and that they're simply easier for kids, with special kids menus, and affordable food.

I wouldn't recommend half of the ones you recommended for kids, and some of them may not be open New Year's Day, unlike chains, especially as early as lunch. Sweet Basil and Ring of Fire are indeed great restaurants, but I wouldn't take kids there, not particularly fun for little kids, thai food isnt necessarily a hit with small kids, and the seating at Sweet Basil is a bit uncomfortable and cramped, may be difficult with kids who don't want to sit still. Both excellent for adults though.

PF Chang's isn't that bad at all (and while I haven't been to China to compare, I've spent 20 years living in London/The Netherlands/Tuscany, so ample variety of top quality restaurants to compare to). Eugene's Chinese restaurants are all remarkably bad, even inedible, so PF Changs easily stands out, even if it's just a chain. I didn't find it to be expensive either. Last time we were there, we were out $80, for two appetizers, two main courses, two desserts, AND cocktails. While $80 isn't cheap, that's a lot of food and alcoholic drinks, for only $80. We could've fed 6 people for what we got.

Sam Bonds garage: Very mediocre food (bar food really), and too much Eugene hippie/punk music.

Full Boat fish and chips: Good

Marche: Good food, but a bit pretentious, DEF don't take small children there. Somehow restaurants in Eugene think that if they make things with wine and give it a European name, they can suddenly charge exorbitant prices for something that's standard fair in average restaurants in Europe and isn't particularly expensive to produce. $100-$150 checks for what would cost me about $40 to $50 in most of Europe, with no unusual 'imported' ingredients.

Number of Mexican restaurants are indeed decent around town, and most are very child friendly!

Jan 01, 2008
duynsathe in Pacific Northwest

Spiked Frozen Coffee Shots

Ehhm why spike it with so little Kahlua? You won't taste it, and the alcohol content will be negligable. Might as well not spike it. Try more kahlua or other liquor, less coffee, and flavorless gelatine. Coffee jello slots, it's awesome

Jan 01, 2008
duynsathe in Recipes

Eugene, OR: open new year's day/evening?

hah good luck finding anything good, especially Chinese. At best I can recommend P.F. Chang's on Coburg Rd at Oakway Mall. That's the best quality Chinese you'll find in town, the rest is all really cheap mediocre deep fried crap. (make reservations!) Before Chang's opened we used to eat at Louie's Village, which was palatable though not authentic. Other than that, for kids, I'd just go to place like the Roadhouse Grill at Gateway Mall, or the Outback. Easy, family restaurants with something for everyone.

Jan 01, 2008
duynsathe in Pacific Northwest