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Bangor/Silverdale, Washington

(Cross-post from Greater Seattle)
Okay, I'm going to be at Kitsap Naval Base next week for a conference and I'm interested in any local good quality eateries - I'm not looking uber upscale as such, we're a bunch of Soldiers so the budget is not unlimited.
But some place that the locals would recommend both for good food and as an example of what is nice about there area... IOW, not Applebees or Olive Garden.
Thanks!

May 10, 2011
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Bangor/Silverdale, Washington

Okay, I'm going to be at Kitsap Naval Base next week for a conference and I'm interested in any local good quality eateries - I'm not looking uber upscale as such, we're a bunch of Soldiers so the budget is not unlimited.
But some place that the locals would recommend both for good food and as an example of what is nice about there area... IOW, not Applebees or Olive Garden.
Thanks!

May 10, 2011
Foamer in Greater Seattle

Just Dis-placed From Portland to Salem....

I was born in the area, lived here most of my life.... and I'm married without kids. We eat out a lot. I live a mile from Apizza... and work 2 blocks away.

For high end dining, there is J. James at Pringle Plaza, and Morton's out in West Salem on Edgewater.
(full disclosure: Jeff James is an acquaintance from church)

Sep 30, 2008
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Just Dis-placed From Portland to Salem....

Breakfast - Busick Court, on Court St. between Commercial & Front (look for the line).
Lunch - Adam's Ribs (12th and State)
Dinner - Best Little Roadhouse (S. Commercial & Owens St.)

Pizza - come out to Stayton to Apizza (3rd and Ida) or either Paddingtons
Teriyaki - Love Love Teriyaki (Sunnyslope Mall on S. Liberty or Target mall on Center)
Mexican - Las Palomas Mexican, (Rickey & S. Lancaster, near Mission/Hwy22)
Italian - Carusos (Keizer, Inland Shores off N. River Rd)
"fast food" - Burger Basket (Mission & 25th)

Sep 29, 2008
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Vancouver, WA on a Saturday night

I'm going to be spending the weekend in Vancouver April 12-13, staying at the Homewood Suites basically on the water. I know there is a "Joe's Crab Shack" nearby but other than the name, and the website, which doesn't show prices, I don't know what sort of quality are they - they definitely look higher end (and higher priced) than Red Lobster!

So... I've got a car, I'd prefer to stay in Vancouver, and I'm looking under $20 for the entree (cheaper is fine!) for dinner. I'm solo.

I've done the (quite good) Laotian/Thai place at Esther Shore Park, and I'm fairly adventurous - Asian, Greek, German (if there is decent German within easy driving on either side of the river, I'm there), Italian, whatever.

I'm not into alcohol, so availability/quality of that shouldn't be considered.

So what's out there?

Apr 04, 2008
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

MO'S CLAM CHOWDER BIG LETDOWN (OR IS IT JUST ME?)

Try the Chowder Bowl @ Nye Beach in Newport instead. Quite good.

Mar 06, 2008
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Best Pizza in Oregon

Apizza in Stayton (different outfit, despite the name) is very highly regarded in the Salem area - it was the runaway winner of the "Eat Salem" blog Best Restaurant in Salem poll.
http://eatsalem.blogspot.com/2008/01/...
http://eatsalem.blogspot.com/2008/01/...
Hours are three nights a week (Thur - Sat) 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This will last through February.

Jan 30, 2008
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Dinner out by Nellis AFB

My wife and I will be visiting Vegas in March, and for most of the week we'll be staying at Nellis AFB, which is kinda northeast of town.

Anyone have any recommendations (non-fast food) out that direction for Lunch & Dinner? Under $20 per head preferred.

Thanks!

Jan 21, 2008
Foamer in Southwest

Salem, OR: Where shall we eat?

The Vietnamese place is Kim Huong if I'm not mistaken. Haven't been there in awhile... need to go again.

Jan 17, 2008
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

To avoid in Vegas?

We'll definitely consider off-strip (If I can just get my wife to go to that Thai place I've heard of... :) ).

I guess what I'm looking for is recommendations - and anti-recommendations - in the sub-$30 entree restaurant range. Italian is always good. My wife isn't all that hot on the Asian thing - especially spicy Asian, and I'm not likely to get her near sushi... sadly. I'm a red meat eater by choice, my wife enjoys chicken and turkey more often than red meat.

I mean, all these places in the casino's make themselves sound positively heavenly, and frequently have celebrity (Hi Mario! Hi Wolfgang!) chef credentials - but are they all really that good? Or are some of them to be avoided - while others are of the, "this is a great place for a casual dinner - you've got to hit it" type?

I think we're staying at Nellis AFB (everything but the dates are in the planning stages by someone other than me).

For that matter, where do you find an accurate lowdown on the buffet situation these days?

Jan 15, 2008
Foamer in Southwest

To avoid in Vegas?

My wife and I will be going to Vegas the second week of March. Since this is something of a business trip we won't have a whole lot of free time - or money to waste. So we won't be hitting the "wear a tie" scene and would like to know what restaurants, especially on the strip, are to be avoided, either do to exorbitant prices for what you get or just for a lack of quality.

Thanks!

Jan 15, 2008
Foamer in Southwest

Salem, OR: Where shall we eat?

So anything in particular you are looking for? There are a couple of higher-class places in town, like J. James at Pringle Park, or Mortons out in West Salem.... Apizza in Stayton is indeed excellent, but if you can't make it out there, Paddingtons is also very good. Ever want to try something Salvadoran? Los Dos Hermanos in Keizer on River Rd.

Jan 15, 2008
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Anything New In Astoria

You might check out this review of the "Blue Scorcher" Bakery Cafe... the next couple stories after it also mention it.
http://astoria.mung.net/index.php/200...

Nov 28, 2006
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Urgent - Ft Lewis Wa - Thanksgiving for a soldier

If all else fails, the chow halls will be open on base for those single soldiers who are there over the weekend.

Nov 23, 2006
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Need a new place in Salem, OR

A couple additions... Apizza is located on the corner of 3rd and Ida in Stayton, two blocks East of the main drag, aka 1st Ave.

Also, in Sublimity, Maurice's Bistro has an excellent reputation. Also mildly high prices. Upscale dining in other words.
390 Church St SE. Sublimity, OR 97385. 503-769-8303

Nov 22, 2006
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Need a new place in Salem, OR

If you are in the mood for really good Pizza, try either of the Paddingtons (Pine & Broadway & S. Commercial) or head out to Stayton to Apizza. According to a commenter on my blog it's better than Apizza Scholls.

For lunch during the week you might check out the Goudy Commons at Willamette U. - it's open to the public and is inexpensive and well regarded. Rachel Ray had lunch there on her $40 a Day in Salem show. Her breakfast and dinner were at two other places already mentioned - Busick Court and Mortons.

Nov 22, 2006
Foamer in Pacific Northwest

Apizza - Stayton

This is a review I wrote for my own blog (http://www.shultzinfosystems.com/?q=n...):

Apizza is a new gourmet pizza restaurant/parlor located in downtown Stayton, OR. Founded by three local entrepreneurs (a husband/wife/friend team), it's only been open a few weeks.

Apizza has several unique features that set it apart from other local pizza parlors, including only having non-mass market soft drinks in 12oz glass bottles and only one size of pizza - 12". The pizza's are hand-pulled (not tossed) flatbread, resulting in a square shape. They are baked on stone resulting in a soft crust - even a bit chewy of one in places, but not objectionally so. The toppings on our pizza were thick enough that occasionally a fork was required.

The menu only contains six "fixed" pizza pies - the "White Pie" ($6.00), which is just the flatbread crust with an oil & garlic sauce with a small amount of Romano cheese and pepper, the "Smashed Potato Pie" ($9.00), which includes mashed potatoes, garlic, cream, romano & chives, the "Steak & Cheese Pie" ($16.00), which is just what it sounds like, the "Veggie Pie" ($16.00), which comes with a 4 line list of incredients, the "Vegan Pie" ($14.50), which is the Veggie Pie minus the cheese but with more sauce, and the "Cheese Pie" ($8.50) which is your basic mozzarella & light tomato sauce pie. There are also 12 additional ingredients, from bacon to artichoke hearts to roasted red peppers, that can be added to any of the pies. Additional ingredients are $2.50per added to the base price of the pie.

Laura and I had a Cheese Pie with pepperoni, olives, and caramelized onions on it. Quite delicious, the pepperoni was placed edge to edge over the entire pie, covering it completely. There were also generous amounts of black olives and onions on top of the pepperoni, although the onions appeared to be a little undercooked to be properly caramelized. Due to the irregular square shape of the pie, wedges cut into it are also irregularly sized. We were told when we ordered that it would be ready in 20 minutes, and indeed 20 minutes later it was being placed in front of us.

There were lightly charred areas on the crust, which was expected - it's described as a side effect of stone-baking at extremely high heat. The pepperoni was also spicier than Laura was used to, but I liked it a lot.

The drink selection is decidedly different - instead of the normal taps of Pepsi or Coke, the only soft drinks come in 12oz glass bottles. Remarkably, this was the second time in two days that Laura and I had had sodas in glass - the night before we'd been at the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce open house where they had "Hot Lips" Strawberry & Raspberry sodas. Apizza features Cricket Colas, both in cane sugar and diet, two different root beers, two different ginger ales, a sasparilla, and several fruit sodas. They also have a small wine list, including organic wines from Spain, South Africa and Argentina, as well as a selection of draft and bottled beers that would do justice to a small tavern and something called "Fox Barrel Pear Cider" in bottles. They also have ice tea and self-serve ice water available.

The decor is fairly sparse, but the seating is comfortable and intimate, with both chairs and high-backed booths in walnut stained wood. The "markers" they use to identify who to deliver the pizza to are cute - they're wood alphabet blocks.

The total cost for our pizza and two sodas came to $19.00. We'll be back again.

Apizza is located at 281 N 3rd Ave in Stayton, OR, at the corner of Ida and 3rd. To make a complete night of it, consider taking in the 7pm feature at the Star Cinema, across the street and half a block away. The restuarant is open from 4pm to Midnight and their phone number is 503-767-4141.

Mapquest it: http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?...

Nov 22, 2006
Foamer in Pacific Northwest