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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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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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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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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