I will be coming to the Northwest for the first time next week and will be spending two days (two nights) at Crater Lake. WE have a reservation for the lodge restaurant but from what I read here, it looks like a fairly mediocre experience...I managed to get a reservation for New Sammy's in Talent/Ashland at 9 pm. I mapquested it and see that it's about an hour and a half drive there (possibly more depending on where in the park we are...I'm not sure). My question then is: is it the kind of place we should be driving 3+ hours roundtrip for an incredible meal? I've done some ridiculous chowhound adventures (spent three hours looking for a sausage stand in Chicago, nearly missed a performance of mine because I went in search of a steakhouse in Oklahoma City without a car, etc.)but am willing to listen to reason. especially because my girlfriend will be with me...and she's a little saner. but from what I've read about this place, it seems quite special. If not, can anyone recommend something close or within decent driving distance of Crater Lake? Thanks!!