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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′
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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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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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Kebaba Restaurant Review 8.6

September 13, 2008

Kebaba, Chicken Schwarma

The smells greet you as you walk in the door of Kababa. The flavors are strong and distinct. I have never had true middle eastern food to compare this too but it is good with my American palate.

I have tried most things on the lunch menu plus a few from the dinner menu. The only item I will not have again is the spinach pie, it was different but one time was enough for me. Most lunch items are in pita, most things have a really good pickled onion. I don’t like raw onions but I crave these pickeled onions.

Add fries & a drink to any lunch meal for $1.75 more. The fries have a great herb seasoning & are well worth the upgrade. Also tough to pick a favorite but I like the Chicken Schwarma or Curried Tempeh. My husband usually goes for the Lamb Schwarma or Tuna Kebab. They also have a children’s menu for under $5.

The serving sizes are good, if you are not super hungry & have the fries, you can easily split this with someone.

A new Kebaba favorite of mine is the Lamb Burger.  I was hesitant to order a burger from a menu I know has good ethnic food but at the suggestion a friend, I did.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I will usually only try a bite of lamb and won’t order a dish of lamb.  This burger is a unique exception to all my preconceived ideas, you mush try it.

Lunch Menu:
Chicken Skewer (Kids) – one chicken kebab with fries & cucumber slices $4.50
Chicken Schwarma – Spiced roasted chicken rolled with garlic sauce, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and pickled onion, $6.25
Lamb Schwarma – Spiced roasted lamb rolled with tahini sauce, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and pickled onion, $7.25
Tuna Kebab – Marinated grilled yellowfin tuna, rolled with garlic sauce, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and pickled onion, $7.25
Curried Tempeh – Soy tempeh, celery, scallions, cashews and raisins, rolled iwht lettuce, carrots and a curried apricot dressing, $6.25

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: 8 (order lunch @ counter, dinner is ordered @ your table)
Atmosphere: 8
Value: 9

Kebaba Modern Middle Eastern Foods
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
1004 NW Newport Ave, Bend, OR 97702
541-318-6224
N 44° 3.753′ W 121° 19.590′
http://www.facebook.com/kebabarestaurant?ref=ts
http://www.kebaba.com

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Aloha Cafe Restaurant Review 8.5

September 13, 2008

Aloha, Lava Chicken, Noodles & Cole Slaw

At Aloha Cafe you immediately feel like you are in a local surf hang out when you walk in with the surfboards on the walls & the surf videos or waves on the tv. Both locations are hard to find if you don’t know what you are looking for. They can be packed during lunch or after work. Service is friendly & quick.

You place your order @ the counter & they quickly bring it to your table.  If you have questions about the menu, they will be happy to explain or offer a recommendation. I have yet to order something I wouldn’t order again, it is all very good.

Choose your favorite meat, choose a couple or have the big kahuna with a little of everything. The sauces & food are all made fresh @ the restaurant. It is hard to pick a favorite dish. After you finally pick which meat, you still have to choose between noodles & rice, and finally you have to choose the macaroni dish or cole slaw. You really can’t go wrong with any of this Hawaiian Food made by Hawaiians. Aloha Cafe is addicting, I have been there 3 times this week!

I usually choose the Lava Chicken & Tri Tip Beef with noodles & cole slaw. The lava chicken resembles a sweet chili sauce, the noodles have a flavor that resembles Kecup Manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce), the cole slaw has a little pineapple & a hint of pepper. I have not tried the sandwiches.

Keiki (Kids) Mixed Plate $3.25
Lava Chicken $6.50
Kalua Pork $6.95 (Wheat Free)
Tri-Ti Beef $8.75
Choice of any 2 entrees & sides, small $6.50, large $8.50
Big Kahuna $11.75
Catering $4-$14.95 per person

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 8
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: N/A (order @ counter, bus your own table)
Atmosphere: 8
Value: 9

Aloha Cafe, Hawaiian BBQ & Catering
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
Crossroads Plaza, 547 NE Bellevue #112, Bend, OR 97702
Sunriver Village Mall, 57100 Beaver Dr #20, Sunriver, OR 97707
541-382-KONA (5662) NE Bend
541-593-KONA (5662) Sunriver
N 44° 3.314′ W 121° 15.787′ NE Bend
N 43° 52.442′ W 121° 26.201′ Sunriver
no website