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Bend Fish Company Restaurant Review 8.8

January 22, 2010

Bend Fish Company, BFC (Soft Shell Crab center)

Bend Fish Company has fresh seafood to cook at home or order from the menu.  Unlike many fish markets, there is no strong fishy odor.  You order at the counter or at the sushi bar.  There are great Happy Hour specials Mon-Sat 2:00-5:30 & Sushi all day Sunday.

Bend Fish Co is among the best Fish Tacos, Fish n Chips & Sushi places in town, or the whole west coast for that matter.

If you decide to do Fish & Chips, Bend Fish Co has several great options; New Zealand Red Cod, Black Tiger Shrimp, Pacific Wahoo, Wild Salmon, Farmed Catfish, Small Oysters, Razor Clams, Alaskan Halibut, ranging from $8.25-$10.95.  Pick a cole slaw; Peanut Coconut, roney Poppyseed or Cilantro Lime.  Last but not least, pick 2 tartars; Cabo, Traditional, Rasta, Cap’n Dicks, Sicilian, Tokyo, Bombay or Cajun.

If you go during happy hour, only 3 Fish n Chip options (unless you want to pay full price for the others) Catfish, Cod or Salmon.  For happy hour, my favorite is Salmon, full price, my favorite is Shrimp or Clams.  Peanut-Coconut is my favorite slaw but the Cilantro-Lime is the healthiest.  You can’t go wrong with the tartars but I usually go Tokyo plus another choice at random.  My husband always has the Cajun.  You really can’t go wrong with any combination.  I had bones in 1 piece of salmon on 1 visit but usually these are without bones.

Bend Fish Co seems to be as good or better than many other Sushi options.  I am not an expert in this area.  I tend to prefer “California Rolls” because I don’t usually go for uncooked meat but my husband loves Sashimi.  I don’t have a regular menu but here are a few of our favorites off the Happy Hour menu; Yellow Tail $4 (Nigiri 2 piece) or $10 (Sashimi 7 piece), Spicy Thai $4.75 (6 piece), Smoked Philly $6 (8 piece), Dragon $10 (8 piece).

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9

Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: N/A (order @ counter, bus your own table)
Atmosphere: 8
Value:9

Bend Fish Company
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
212 NE Revere Ave, Bend, OR 97701
541-330-6131
N 44°4.070′ W 121°18.208′
no website

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Deschutes Brewery Restaurant Review 8.8

January 19, 2010

Deschutes Brewery, Sweet & Spicy Mac n Cheese

Many people make a pilgrimage to Deschutes Brewery for the Beer.  I go for the food.  This is a Pub with great food.  Hang at the bar for a pint or enjoy a meal.  My husband and brother both enjoy the beer.

My 3 favorite dishes at Deschutes Brewery are Fish n Chips, Reuben and Sweet & Spicy Mac n Cheese.  You must try the house sweet & spicy mustard.  I often substitute the sweet potato fries for the regular fries or salad.

I have traveled up and down the west coast with my husband searching for the best Fish n Chips.  We expected to find the best on the ocean but we were pleasantly surprised to find the 2 best places in Bend.  Deschutes is tied for 1st.  The fish is thick & smooth.  The breading is very light allowing the fish to be the star, not the bread.

The reuben is on a marble rye bread.  The meat is juicy & fresh.  I must have cole slaw on my reuben, the cole slaw here is perfectly light, not mayonnaisey.  The mustard is not in the sandwich but in the jar, it adds another unique element only available at Deschutes.

Last but not least, Sweet & Spicy Mac n Cheese.  Shells instead of macaroni Pasta allow more of the sauce in the spoon.  The cream sauce has an Asian flavor.  $11 for a vegetarian dish, $15 with meat (smoked salmon is my favorite).

Get a free pint if you donate blood to the American Red Cross on “pint for a pint” day sponsored by Deschutes Brewery (you must bring the coupon from the Red Cross).

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: 8
Atmosphere: 9
Value:9

Deschutes Brewery
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
375 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702
541-749-1060
N 44° 3.564′ W 121° 18.705′
http://www.facebook.com/deschutes.brewery?ref=ts
http://www.deschutesbrewery.com

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Jackson’s Corner Restaurant Review 9.0

January 19, 2010

Jackson's Corner, Mahi Mahi Burger

Off the beaten path on Broadway & Delaware, Jackson’s Corner resembles a clean, modern mercantile. Entering the building reaffirms the mercantile feeling with busy modern buzz. The east wall is filled with drinks, focusing on specialty beers & unique drinks. The back of the store has a coffee bar (I’m not a coffee drinker so I have not tried this). Order at the counter then choose a table or sit at the bar overlooking the cooking area & pizza oven. Free Wi-Fi. It is usually packed during the noon hour.

We frequent Jackson’s Corner and have several favorites off the menu, depending on mood; steak sandwich, mahi mahi burger, Thai salad, coconut curry soup, chicken noodle soup. The pizzas are also great but I prefer the sandwiches. My husband likes the Kombucha (fermented tea drink), you can also refill your growlers here. Kombucha is an acquired taste, ask to try a small sample. I’m glad I tried it but I won’t order it for myself.

The Thai salad has a sweet & mildly spicy dressing. Choose from a variety of meats, seafoods or vegetarian. I don’t usually go for vegetarian dishes but but I love the stir fried vegetables even better than the prawns, I think this is a first for me.

The Mahi Mahi Burger is a favorite that my husband & I split often. The mahi tuna melts in your mouth, served over Thai sweet & mildly spicy cole slaw on ciabatta bread (made fresh daily from a local bakery). Includes a side salad, I usually substitute the house dressing for the Thai dressing.

You must try Jackson’s Corner for yourself.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: N/A (order @ counter, bus your own table)
Atmosphere: 9
Value:9

Jackson’s Corner
845 Northwest Delaware Ave, Bend, Oregon
541-647-2198
N 44° 3.187″ W 121° 19.088″
http://www.facebook.com/jacksonscorner

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Chow Bend Restaurant Review 9.0

January 10, 2010

Chow, Roasted Natural Beef Brisket

Chow is located across the street from Newport Market.  Walking in you are quickly greeted & seated.  Nearly every table is full, in the dining area of this charming house turned restaurant.  Space is limited but well worth any wait you may encounter (we didn’t encounter a wait).

Our vegetarian friend ordered a grilled cheese.  This is not the grilled cheese you grew up with, it looked spectacular.  Grilled Cheese, Savory Ricotta & Feta Cheese, Local Cheese, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato $10

Grace & I split a Roasted Natural Beef Brisket, Chipotle Aioli, Queso Fresco, Tomato, Avocado, Roasted Jalapeno, Greens for $11, this included a choice of side.  Fresh Vegetable Spring Roll with Peanut Sauce (usually $3).  I also had a chance to try my husband’s side of grilled squash.

I can’t believe it took me so long to try Chow.  I will be back, very soon.  It will be hard to order something else on my next visit, the Brisket was delicious.  Everything I saw looked so good, I hope to eventually try everything on the menu in the coming visits.

Next time I have the spring roll, I will order it without the onions.  I wouldn’t change anything else.  I briefly spoke with one of the owners on my way out, he said everything is made from scratch.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 10
Service: 8
Atmosphere: 9
Value:9

Chow
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
1100 NW Newport Ave, Bend, Oregon
541-728-0256
N 44° 3.755′ W 121°19.680′
http://www.chowbend.com

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Bo Restobar Restaurant Review 9.4

September 13, 2008

Bo RestoBar, Thai Chicken Sandwich

Bo Restobar is another amazing restaurant masquerading as a bar. The service has been great on every visit, the food is spectacular & the drinks are as good as the food. It can be packed but you can also have the whole place to yourself if you come @ a non peak time.

Bo & Typhoon are separate companies but owned by the same person. The Typhoon flavor has a few similarities as Bo (this is a good thing for both of them).

The most unique thing Bo & Typhoon offer is the Lemongrass Clam Chowder. If you want traditional chowder, this is not for you.  If you want chowder infused with a Thai lemongrass zing, you must try it.  I can not get within a mile of here without craving this chowder.  On my way out of state, I had to make a pit stop for this Lemongrass Clam Chowder.

The Happy Hour menu has most of the same foods @ low prices. The portions are smaller but this just allows you to try more items. The Lemongrass Clam Chowder is $3, Salmon stick is $2 or $3, everything is delicious & affordable.

I have tried many items from Bo Restobar & have loved everything. The Lemongrass Clam Chowder is my favorite, my husband loves the noodle bowl. Depending on when you go, lunch, dinner or happy hour you can find prices from $2-$29, you can always find items around $10.

Our friend with celiac disease was able to have a turkey sandwich, without the bread. She said it was “yummy”.  There were not options on the menu but they were happy to accommodate her.

Lemongrass Clam Chowder – $4 / $7 ($3 happy hour)
Noodle Bowl – Choices of BBQ pork or shredded chicken with egg noodles, $10
Thai Chicken Sandwich with Peanut Sauce – Tender grilled chicken breast with peanut sauce on both sides, served on a burer bun accompanied with shredded iceberg, sliced cucumber in Thi vinaigrette, onion, and tomato slices. $10
Sticky Fingers Ribs – Babybacks with an Asian glaze. $10
Grilled Halibut – 10 oz filet toped with crispy ginger, served with wasabi mashed potatoes, $20

UPDATE:  They now feature Karaoke.  I don’t know the hours or specifics.  I am  nice enough to not torture others with my voice so I don’t sing Karaoke.  I have seen a gentleman sing several Tony Bennett songs wonderfully, I also saw an amazing girl sing, on the table, she probably would have at least made it to Hollywood week on American Idol.  Then there are of course the usual Karaoke singers with a big range of talent.  I braved the Karaoke bar, alone on Halloween, in my cowgirl costume, just to get the Lemongrass Clam Chowder.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 10
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 10
Service: 9
Atmosphere: 9
Value: 9

Bo Restobar
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
550 NW Franklin Ave #118, Bend, OR 97701
541-617-8880
N 44° 3.435′ W 121° 18.821′
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bend-OR/Bo-Restobar/61305455147?ref=search&sid=1057683504.2647014761..1
http://www.borestobar.com

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Old Mill Martini Bar Restaurant Review 9.2

August 20, 2008

Martini Bar, Yellowfin Tuna

Bend’s best kept secret! Posh food, hidden in an upscale bar. The entrance is hidden on the north side of the Old Mill Saxon’s Jeweler building. You go up the discrete stairwell (or elevator) to enter the bar/restaurant. The 3rd floor is available for private events (will be again after they rebuild from the recent fire), the 2nd (main) floor has a bar area as well as a few nooks & patio with beautiful views. The look & feel is posh & modern with a touch of the brick from the Old Mill.

I invite friends to dinner her, they say “the bar? Shouldn’t we go out to dinner first?” Few people know they have food of this caliber. I have yet to find something that I would not have again. You really can’t go wrong with anything here (at least nothing I have tried). The descriptions from the menu make my mouth water & don’t do them justice. The portions are perfect, I never leave hungry but I am an inch away from licking my plate clean.

This is my favorite food in Bend. I have tried many items off the menu but my favorite is the seared scallops, my husband and daughter’s favorite is the sea bass. The bass is so soft & smooth, your fork glides through it like softened butter, the flavor is impossible to describe, it is amazing. The scallops plate has so many flavors that compliment one another, the risotto is almost as good as the scallops.

The food is spectacular & way under priced for the quality & flavor. The drinks are great but pricey. The website only shows the downtown location but is a great resource for mixed drink recipes. The food is always consistent but the service can vary, typically you are served like you’re in a bar & not dining out. Get you with the food, keep you with the drinks. I rarely drink when I come because I want to savor the food

Seared Scallops – Mango glaze, caramelized onion, napa cabbage, sliced pear, butternut squash, risotto, pomegranate syrup $24

Sea Bass Bene wafer crusted, winter vegetble medley, chef’s risotto, Walla Walla sweet onion cream sauce $25.5

Yellowfin Tuna – Togaraashi encrusted, wasabi potato egg roll, chili ginger soy dipping sauce with arugula frisee salad, warm tofu & goat cheese crouton. $23

Chimichurri Trip-Tip Grilled tri-tip, black beans & rice, roasted corn medallions, chive butter $13.5 (small plate)

Asain Beauty Bloody Mary – Mazama Infused Pepper Vodka, tomato juice, soy and ginger reduction wasabi, Demetri’s Bloody Mary Spice Blend, Sriracha Pepper Sauce, Cholula Pepper Sauce, cucumber, green onion $8.50

UPDATE:  The Old Mill location has closed.  They still have a downtown location but they don’t serve the same food.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 10
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 10
Service: 7
Atmosphere: 9
Value: 10

(note the above value rating is based on the food)

The Old Mill Martini Bar
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
360 SW Powerhouse Dr Bend, OR
541-389-490
N 44° 2.800′ W 121° 18.871′
http://www.bendistillery.com

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Tony’s Delicatessen Restaurant Review 8.0

August 20, 2008

Tony's Delicatessen, Corn Chowder

Where have all the delis gone?  Tony’s Delicatessen is not a new idea but a long forgotten one that needed a revival.  Fresh meats & cheeses in the deli case, fresh calzones & lasagnas to go, sandwiches made to order, plus more.   Eat in or take out.   I asked if onions could be grilled & he said I can have him make it any way I want.  He didn’t even try to charge extra!   This is not the case with many restaurants.

We have been looking forward to the opening of Tony’s Delicatessen, we go to blockbuster for the movie pass all the time.  Pick up a movie & now a sandwich, yum.   When we finally had the opportunity to come in we were greeted warmly.  We asked for a recommendation & he said Mario’s Meatball is a favorite.

They all looked good to me so my husband chose The Beast for us to split.  It was served on Rye bread with a HUGE helping of meat, the meat was mostly in the center so I had to readjust a little.  The quality of the ingredients was very good.

Sandwiches come with your choice of potato salad, cole slaw or pasta salad.  I chose the cole slaw, it was a little wilted looking but very infused with flavor.  I would have made it slightly stronger in flavor but I like it strong.  A hint of a sweet & sour flavor to the cole slaw.  The cole slaw has a lot less mayo than most places, a little mayo goes a long way.

There is also a build your own form that you can fill out.   This is nice if you are craving a homemade sandwich made just the way you want it without the work or mess of making it.

Our daughter had the lasagna which comes with steamed vegetables.   She didn’t let me taste her lasagna but she did share her veggies (you’re not surprised?).  I don’t typically go for vegetables but I will eat them because you should.   These were steamed & seasoned with herbs & butter, just writing this post has me craving them.

My husband loves and keep going back for the Corn Chowder.  He finishes the bowl in 1 sitting.  I take half of mine to go & have a cookie for desert.  I usually like strong bold flavor, this one is a little light for me but I know several people that like a more neutral flavor.  Either I got really lucky or these are the best chewy cookies around, white chocolate macadamia nut with coconut and a hint of lemon.

Half Sandwich about $5
Whole Sandwich about $9
Lasagna about $8
Calzone to go about $8

A little pricey for a sandwich but service with a smile & a convenient location, I will be back, just not as often as I would like.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 8
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 7
Service: 10
Atmosphere: 8
Value:7

320 S.W. Century Dr., Suite 410, Bend, Oregon
541-647-1653
N 44° 2.791′ W 121° 19.845′
No Website