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Bed & Breakfast in Bend, Oregon

ChocoKitty | Aug 29, 200106:12 PM

OK, I know this isn't a restaurant, but to get a killer breakfast and a wonderful B&B experience you MUST go directly to Cricketwood Country B&B in Bend. Do not pass go. Not only do they give you an overwhelming array of breakfast choices when you check in (they make your breakfast to order in the a.m.), they also serve "hors d'oeuvres" for supper (heh. More like a full-on dinner!) and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and milk before bedtime, right outside your door.

During my stay, I tried their Eggs Benedict. City gal that I am, this was the first time I've ever had eggs that were less than 24 hours old (they have a chicken coop that provides all the B&B's eggs). Orange egg yolks! What a revelation! The dish was so rich and so meltingly delicious that I could feel my arteries clogging (and I was loving every minute!). The hollandaise was extra lemony, which is just the way I liked it, and the poached egg sat smugly on a mound of shredded ham (the easier to snarf down, my dear). I also shared an enormous pecan caramel roll with my SO, which was slathered with melted brown sugar filling and fresh out of the oven. Their corned beef hash (I snitched from my SO's plate) actually had texture and flavor, with lots of browned onions (!) to enhance the meat-n-potatoes.

Supper? The hosts made a Thai dinner: coconut curry soup with shrimp and a salad with greens, mango, and pieces of marinated filet mignon. It was by far the best Thai food I've had, better than any restaurant's food I've tried so far. And it was fun watching them cook and have all those enticing cooking aromas hitting your nose, the lime juice and fish sauce and ginger, the seared beef. I'm drooling again.... Yes, this is what they call "hors d'oeuvres" at the Crickwood B&B.

And of course, the rooms are just beautiful, luxurious and homey, but since this is the "Chowhound" board I won't bore you with that.

Their website is Make your reservations now and prepare to be spoiled rotten. Jim and Tracy Duncan (the owners) do an incredible, incredible job. If you go, definitely go out with Jim to feed the chickens in the a.m.; they're lots of fun.


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