A surprise anniversary weekend trip to Bend did not disappoint food/beverage-wise!
A pub crawl the first night took us to Silver Moon Brewing, McMenamins St. Francis and dinner at Bend Brewing Company - hearty pub grub - I had a great turkey club sandwich. The beer was good. At Silver Moon had a hoppy, but excellent Hob KNOB IPA. We skipped over Deschutes since we'd been there and it was so crowded. Would have liked to try Cascade Lakes Brewery and Wildfire Brewery (currently undergoing a name change due to pending lawsuit from restaurant in LA) and do the Deschutes tour next time.
After amazing doughnuts at Richards, we packed a picnic and headed to the mountains for lunch.
That evening we had a spectacular dinner at Merenda - Jody Denton's restaurant. For starters rissotto fritters and a beautiful garden salad. My husband had the potato gnocci with asparagus - a little on the heavy side, but delicious. I had the rotisserie chicken with potato puree. The highlight was the additional sides of vegetables - we had roasted corn, apsparagus which really rounded out the dishes. We kind of wanted to get the sampler platter of vegetables and should have. Everything was excellent. Service was very attentive, the wine list is tremendous and you can do flights of wine or beer which is fun.
After dinner we hit up Bend Distillery's Martini Bar which was so fun. We each tried 3 different cocktails - fresh fruit citrus crush to a chocolate infused vodka cocoa puff (my dessert of the evening). I found all the recipes are on their website for at home concoctions. Service was great and the bar was packed later in the evening with a live dj. Very fun atmosphere and excellent drinks.
For breakfast we wanted to do Staccato at the Firehall, but walked over from our hotel to find that they are no longer doing brunch. We stopped for a quick breakfast at Old St. Francis school, which was pretty good, before heading over to Sisters.
Before we left Sisters to head home, we tried out the new the new Three Creeks Brewery. What a gorgeous building and so elegant, yet casual for a brewery! The beer was excellent. The coconut onion rings were delicious. Burger was decent. Probably would get one of their specialty burgers next time. A great new option for Sisters, though.