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I'm getting ready to visit Oregon for the first time and will be staying in Eugene for a conference for 4 days. I've looked at various postings and have seen great recommendations for restaurants in Eugene. We are staying a couple of extra days to enjoy the area. If time permits, we would like to possibly rent a car and take a day trip from Eugene. Any recommendations? Also, if anyone has additional recommendations for Eugene itself I would appreciate those too. Thanks!

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  1. i'm not familiar with the restaurants in eugene, other than the pizza places my son went to when he was at u.o. day, trip eh--west is florence and the coast, east is the mckenzie highway and into the mountains. for me, its to the mountains. summer run off from the snow is way over normal so you should see lots of "water" heading down the valleys. the mckenzie highway is usually one of the last passes to clear over the summer but i'd think its open by now. check ODOT and they have cameras etc to make sure you are safe and informed. if you decide on the coast, my opinion is that the oregon coast doesn't really blow you away until below florence. i'm sure there are a lot of internet sites to show you what to expect. good luck and enjoy our state.

    1. i have to differ with cmena about the coast near florence. below (south) for 80 mies or so is the dunes which people who like to play around on atv's like but directly to the north for the next oh...what...30 miles to yachats and then 25 miles to newport is extraodinary, cliffy, dramatic,gorgeous. i think it's the most beautiful area of coast in the lower 48. yachats is a great town but small. dinner at the yachats river house:
      http://www.yachatsriverhouse.com/inde...

      was great for us when we got married at cape perpetua in oct 2006.
      there are cabins at the shamrock lodgettes i've been staying at when visiting for almost 20 years. in yachats.
      http://www.shamrocklodgettes.com/

      that's what i would do day tripping from eugene if i'd never been to oregon before. but i have to say the mackenzie river is amazing too: absolute other direction, east into the mountains.

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      1. re: ericlutzker

        gotta agree with ericlutzker. honestly, you can't go wrong. cmena

        1. re: ericlutzker

          I've stayed at Shamrock Lodgettes and I really like those rustic cabins and the location right near the water. Never found anything that great to eat in Yachats, though. Food in Newport is better.

        2. If you can get to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, near Newport, do. They are doing great work there (and have a cafe fun by the Rogue brewery, as well - get some Shakespeare Stout).
          Consider a dinner at New Sammy's, outside Ashland, if your time and wallet permit..

          From other notes:
          West Bros. BBQ, especially the brisket.
          Marche in the 5th Street Public Market. $$ but good and local
          Chef's Kitchen - seafood - check this oddball out
          Cafe Zenon- another eclectic place that can be good
          Jake's Place - steaks

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          1. re: mr.nelso

            Jake's Place became Jefferson St. Grill, but I've read that they closed as well.

          2. New pizza joint opened in Eugene on July 4th

            La Perla
            Pizzeria Napoletana
            13th and Pearl

            Nice thin crust pizza done very well. Salads are crist and tasty. Probably the best in town right now (not a high bar to reach)

            1. Great restaraunts in Eugene. Day trip, can't lose: west to coast and then north (bit better) or south and come back in a rectangle; or east along Mckenzie to lunch in Bend; come back through Corvallis. Look at a map: my retirement property is on Wallowa Lake. You're invited some time in the future.

              1. My favorite place to eat in town is Toshi's Ramen, 16th and Pearl. It is cheap, excellent and friendly food. Order the teriyaki chicken and a bowl of shoyu plain. Enjoy the taste explosion.