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Oregon Trip - Review Time


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Oregon Trip - Review Time

Heyteacher | | Jun 15, 2008 04:14 PM

We saw, did and ate a lot so here's the good and not so good of it....

Portland - two days
Harry's for dinner and beer - good food and good drinks, we had beer and sandwiches for our first dinner in Portland and enjoyed them!
No name - we had HORRIBLE Chinese in Chinatown the second night. I don't remember the name but I'm sure if someone posted I would recognize it. I've had so-so Chinese before and I guess we assumed (very wrong) that it would be the best in that area of town and it was awful.....yuck.
Voodoo Doughnut - we picked up doughnuts for dessert after the awful Chinese and for breakfast the next morning - VERY tasty! I had an apple fritter and my husband had a glazed one with fruit loops on it. Loved the atmosphere too - very unique.
Chinese Garden - we went to the tea room for a tea flight and green tea dusted pumpkin seeds. The tea was good and what a view - beautiful from the second floor

Newport - two days
We had breakast at our B&B both days so no reviews there.
Local Ocean Seafoods - we had dinner the first night here and it was AMAZING. This was the highlight of my trip - shrimp and asparagus soup and crab po boy with green chile avocado sauce. WOW - it was heavenly!
Blackfish Cafe - we went here for lunch on our way to Newport and I really enjoyed my entree (my hubby not so much - too messy and we're not big fans of the bay shrimp). I had the portabello mushroom sandwich and the vinegarette was awesome. It was light, fresh and the homemade potato chips were good too!
Bayfront Pizza - we ordered delivery our second night because we wanted to enjoy the amazing view of the beach from our B&B. Even though it took an hour and a half to be delivered, we really enjoyed the pizza! It tasted fresh, had tons of olives on it (our fave) and was very filling.
Rogue Brewery - we went here after visiting the Newport Aquarium for a beer tasting and ended up getting a cup of soup as well. My husband got the clam chowder (he said one of the best he's ever had) and I had the beer cheese soup - very good. Unfortunately, the beer was awful and very disappointing.
Tillamook ice cream - we stopped in for shopping and ice cream in Depoe Bay and I'm SO glad we did! That ice cream was awesome! I had the chocolate peanut butter and my husband had a chocolate milkshake (his standard ice cream parlour choice) and both were GREAT!

McMinnville - three days
We also had breakfast at our B&B here and WOW - the innskeeper is a classically trained French chef and sommalier - YUM YUM YUM. The breakfast was decadent - I would 100% recommend their B&B if you go to the wine country - A'Tuscan Bed and Breakfast.
Golden Valley Brewery - we stopped here for a "snack" in the afternoon before our fabulous anniversary dinner at Bistro Maison. First, we started with sharing the 10 beer sampler - AWESOME! There was only 1 beer in the ten that my husband and I didn't enjoy and we were very impressed! We shared the chicken nachos which we commented on how interestingly "healthy" they tasted - smoked chicken, real cheese (and not a lot of it) fresh tomatoes, etc etc. It was SO good!
Bistro Maison - WOW. This was one amazing meal. I had the special salad (mixed greens, almonds, cheese, bacon and a nut vinegarette) and special soup (cauliflower and potato with a touch of curry). YUM. They both were awesome - full of flavor and just wonderful. We shared the fondue - traditional Swiss fondue and was good as well. My husband had the special beef entree - beef tips in a clear consomme with root vegetables. He really enjoyed it and we were both blown away by the entire meal. I had a glass of Witness Tree pinot noir with my meal and my husband had another glass of GV. We wished we had room for dessert because it sounded and looked heavenly. Besides the food, we really enjoyed the service and the knowledgeable staff. A must visit if in the area!
Tina's - while wine tasting, we stopped at Tina's for a quick lunch. Yum again! I had the fresh pea soup and my husband had the roast pork sandwich. We shared their special onion rings and we enjoyed all of it. The service was disappointing though and their staff needs to learn to keep their voices down - our server and another staff member were complaining about various things, including other customers, within earshot of us. Disappointing.
La Rambla - we went here for dinner on our last night. We enjoyed it but it wasn't the best Spanish tapas we'd ever had. The restaurant was SO warm that we were both lightheaded by the time we left and the service was slow and the atmosphere was LOUD. We are young and don't mind loud restaurants but we could BARELY hear each other.
McMenamins Oregon hotel - we went to the rooftop bar for a quick lunch. The service was SLLLOW but wow, my salad was one of the best salads I've ever had! I ordered the Distiller's salad and it was wonderful - great dressing and the nuts were awesome! My husband ordered a cheeseburger and was very disappointed. He said it tasted like it had freezer burn - yuck.
Serendipity ice cream parlour - we stopped in here during our shopping travels in town and I ordered the lemon pie ice cream and my husband ordered the chocolate. Both were very good!

I think that's it. If I think of anything else, I will post it later. Thanks for all of the great reviews and suggestions before we left and I will also post a review of the wineries we visited in another post. Thanks!

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