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howe7032 Feb 6, 2009 08:42 AM

My wife and I are taking a vacation in June and are driving from our home in Northern California up through Oregon to Seattle, then turning around and coming back. Question I have is what restaurant suggestions due y'all have? Our itinerary has us staying in:
Eugene, OR
Astoria, OR
Seattle, WA
Portland, OR
Jacksonville, OR
I'm particularly interested in a very nice and romantic establishment in either Jacksonville or Medford, OR as it will be our anniversary while we're there. We love all types of food. My wife LOVES seafood - crab in particular, while I'm a big steak guy so a good suggestion for each would be much appreciated. Also, any good wine bars or place for cocktails (not a young adult hip club type place, but something a bit more professional and refined) would be great as well.

Thanks in advance!

  1. ibstatguy Feb 6, 2009 08:53 AM

    Belly in Eugene. Le Pigeon in Portland.

    1. bbqboy Feb 6, 2009 08:53 AM

      Well, your Jacksonville part is easy.

      1. tracylee Feb 6, 2009 11:59 AM

        Astoria - Baked Alaska

        1. ourhomeworks Feb 6, 2009 10:03 PM

          I second the Belly suggestion in Eugene. I haven't eaten at Jacksonville Inn, but you will have many more options in Ashland. One new-ish place that we love is Cowboy Cafe.


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          1. re: ourhomeworks
            bbqboy Feb 7, 2009 10:20 AM

            If you mean New Sammy's, they should eat lunch there. The Jacksonville Inn is perfect for an anniversary.

            1. re: bbqboy
              Nettie Feb 9, 2009 09:39 AM

              New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro isn't exactly new (or even new-ish): it's been around since 1989. They have done some pretty extensive remodeling in the last few years, though, adding on another room and starting lunch service.

          2. natalie.warner Feb 10, 2009 07:50 AM

            When in Seattle I suggest blocking out time to walk the Pike Place Market (and eat) combined with a visit to the Sculpture park- you can walk down from the market and along the waterfront and piers to get there... also a walk up Pine street and into the heart of downtown would be good to ( you can continue up Pine until you hit Capitol Hill and Broadway area). I suggest trying a Tom Douglas Restaraunt (The Palace Kitchen, Dahlia's Lounge, Lola's) and a few unique places, start ups, or hole in the walls-

            These lists might help-

            Also- Regarding wine bars and drinks downtown- Spur, Purple, Black Bottle, Quinn's

            1. w
              w0x0f Apr 13, 2009 09:46 AM

              Jacksonville: We've had great meals at Gogi's.

              Wine bars: In Ashland there is Liquid Assets. Good selections, some food. There's a new winery-owned wine bar that we haven't tried yet, on The Plaza.

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