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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

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


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

Deschutes Brewery
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
375 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702
N 44° 3.564′ W 121° 18.705′