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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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Pastini Restaurant Review 8.4

September 14, 2008

Pastini, Butternut Squash

Pastini is another nice addition to the upscale Old Mill restaurants. The interior is modern with lots of windows overlooking the Deschutes River. The staff was friendly & gladly moved us to a booth closer to the river view when we asked. You will be served with complimentary bread, oil & vinegar.

The food is delicious but there were a few hitches. We ordered a double noodle dish for $1.75 more, they forgot to add the extra noodles in the cooking process so they brought additional noodles on a plate, the additional noodles minimized the flavor after they were mixed in. The butternut squash was wonderful but some pieces were not fully cooked and a little hard. I will try coming back another time to base the rating on more than one experience.

The spaghetti & meatballs were very good, the meatballs were very large & resembled a very good meatloaf. The Parmigiana Bread is very good, the red sauce that comes with it is the best sauce I have tried (I usually don’t like any red sauce) I will order this again.

I noticed on the menu that you can do “wheat free whole wheat substitutions” but I did not get this clarified

Add Chicken to any pasta or salad for $2.25
Add Meatballs to any pasta for $1.65
Rigatoni Zuccati – Roasted butternut squash, wild mushrooms, spinach & rosemary in a light cream sauce, $9.50
Spaghetti & Meatballs – Three handmade meatballs of beef and pork simmered in a savory marinara sauce, $8.95
Parmigiana Bread – Rustic baguette toasted with butter and parmesan, served with a side of marinara, $3.95
Kids meals (12 & under) – $5.50

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

Pastini Pastaria
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
375 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702
541-749-1060
N 44° 2.840′ W 121° 18.963′ (about)
http://www.facebook.com/PastiniPastaria?ref=search&sid=1057683504.1620381956..1
http://www.pastini.net

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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

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Flatbread Community Oven Restaurant Review 9.0

June 29, 2008

Flatbread

Flatbread Community Oven opened a couple weeks ago in Bend.   Rob, one of the co-owners, started flatbread in Boise, Idaho about 2 years ago.  “Pizza” does not do this justice.  The Ingredients are not your typical little caesars variety but more of a delicatessen pizza pie prepared by a gourmet.  Ingredients such as onions & portobello mushrooms are grilled, tomatoes are fire roasted and the flatbreads or pizza pies are prepared in a wood fired oven.   We have been twice this weekend plus we plan to go back again for $5 happy hour personal pizzas (Mon-Fri 4-6pm)

Flatbread Community Oven is in The Shops @ Old Mill, very well hidden right on the river.   As you walk in you are quickly struck with the modern flare of the interior, the comfort of the firewood stacked up for the oven & the temptation of the gelato beautifully displayed.  We were quickly greeted by friendly staff & seated.  We chose to sit @ the bar to watch the preparation.   Kyle immediately asked how we were doing but never missed a beat with preparing his pizzas.   Kyle was a dishwasher when Flatbread opened in Idaho, he worked his way up.

The only item I will not order again is the Asparagus Proscuitto, it was very good, just not even close in flavor to the other items on this menu.

14″ Pizza Pies about $13

Roasted Chicken & Portobello: Roasted Chicken, Herbed Portobello, Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Fontina, Garlic, Pesto.

Maple-Fennel Sausage: Caramelized Onions, FCO Formaggio

Asparagus Prosciutto: Fontina, Roasted Red Pepper FCO Formaggio

Blanco Magnifico: Roasted Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, Olive Oil, Fresh Garlic, Caramelized Onion, Proscuitto

Capicola, Sausage & Salami: Casciappo Bros Italian Sausage, Capicola, Salami, FCO Formaggio, Pamadoro

Focaccia Sandwiches about $9
Caprese di Parma: Proscuitto, Fresh Whole Milk Mozzarella, Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Basil with Pesto and Honey-Balsamic on Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

Fontina Fonduta $?
This is gluten free but I don’t recall the price. Suzi had this as a gluten free salad item and really enjoyed it. I did not have a bite so I can not say personally but it looked delicious.

95g of gelato about $2.5
Coffee
Peanut Butter
Watermelon

Each time Grace had the same focaccia sandwich, it was great.   Scott & I split a pizza each time, perfect amount if you are not starving.   I couldn’t decide which pie I liked best, they were both amazing, each so unique with flavors that blend so well.   The gelato was all so good, I think I liked Grace’s watermelon best.   Scott wanted more coffee.

Since this is my first rating, I am probably ranking it lower than I should but I don’t want to start out with a perfect 10.   There is probably room for improvement but I can’t think of anything I would do right now.

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

375 Powerhouse Dr, Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
541-728-0600
N 44° 2.840′ W 121° 18.963′ (about)
http://www.flatbreadpizza.com