As a supplier of wild gourmet mushrooms and foods to upscale restaurants in the Willamette Valley (direct delivery) and throughout the US (UPS and air freight) I am privvy to many things the average diner does not get to experience (I visit the kitchens and odd storage recesses). I eat at most of the local restaurants that I service. There are many GREAT chefs with fine restaurants in this area.
One of the best restaurants is often overlooked because it is in an out of the way town, Silverton. Silverton is very beautiful. The Silver Grille is reason enough to travel there and it is home to the Oregon Gardens and Silver Falls State Park (the largest concentration of waterfalls in the Continental US). The next time you visit one of these places, be sure to have reservations at the Silver Grille. I have yet to be disappointed.
Jeff, the owner and chef, has worked throughout Europe during his two year working study of European foods and cooking methods. His experience is apparent at your table. He selects simple foods from small local farmers and suppliers. He does not drown the food in rich sauces but lets the flavors of the fresh food carry through. The presentation is simple and appealing. The staff is friendly, efficient and helpful.
Just because the Silver Grille was featured on Bobby Flail's (I mean Flay, umm sure ;-) Food Nation does not mean that it is on the same level as The Rhinelander or the deep fried asparagus guy from Canby. I am not a food snob and love the deep fried asparagus (he has a booth at the Beaverton Farmers Market as do I) but when I have the money to spend on a night of fine dining I don't want to go to Newport Bay.
The entrees are very reasonable but I suggest the Prix Frix menu that comes in between $30-$40. The wine selection is great as are the occasional wine dinners. The Silver Grille is now open for lunch as well as dinner.
Jeff doesn't know that I am writing this and I don't own a piece of his restaurant. It is just one of my favorite places, but then again, so is Good Dog Bad Dog in SW Portland. I am getting hungry thinking about the Silver Grille. I think I will go there this Sunday evening.
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