Archive for the ‘Wheat Free’ Category


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

Pastini Pastaria
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
375 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702
N 44° 2.840′ W 121° 18.963′ (about)


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
N 44° 3.435′ W 121° 18.821′


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
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Flatbread Community Oven Restaurant Review 9.0

June 29, 2008


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
Peanut Butter

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
N 44° 2.840′ W 121° 18.963′ (about)