I'm planning a roadtrip up from San Francisco up to Oregon over the holidays. I've created a short list of places to eat, mainly based on the recent NY Times article and some of the restaurants in the Gourmet restaurant issue. I was thinking about Paley's Place for Christmas Eve dinner. Any thoughts or alternatives? I would be interested in a place that was creating a special tasting menu or theme for the evening, but open to suggestions.
In the days prior, some of the places I was planning on trying include Le Pigeon, Pok Pok, Clyde Common and possibly clarklewis. Is there something fabulous that I'm missing? Any cheap eat alternatives to help offset some of the pricey dinners? Especially something that I might not be able to experience in SF?
Are there any Willamette Valley eateries that are worth making a short road trip to try?