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Joel Palmer House - is it good, very good, great?

josephnl Jul 15, 2010 11:22 AM

We will be in the Portland/Willamette valley area in September. Over the years we have heard about the Joel Palmer House many times...but not for several years. Has anyone been there recently? Is it the best place for a special dinner in the Willamette valley, or is there something else better? What do you fellow CH's think?

Joel Palmer House
600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114

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    JohnnyT Jul 17, 2010 06:10 PM

    I have not been there for years but this was one of our favorite restaurants when they were located in Reading, Pennsylvania and we followed them westward. The mushroom soup is to die for! We're trying to find a reason to head south for another meal there. Give us a report, please.

    1. Amecameca Jul 17, 2010 07:27 PM

      The Joel Palmer House is a very good restaurant that specializes in wild mushroom dishes. The founder, Jack Czarnecki, is renowned for his expertise with edible fungi. He has retired, I believe and his family runs the place. I haven't been there in a few years. It's expensive. On my income it's only for a special occasion. The best thing to do is to order the fixed price meal that features mushrooms and truffles (currently $75). Unfortunately, September is kind of a dead time for mushrooms and truffles in Oregon. It's too early for the fall mushrooms like chanterelles and matsutakes and way too early for the winter black and white truffles and spring morels and porcini. So it may not be a good time to blow a lot of dough on a restaurant that is all about mushrooms and truffles.

      Joel Palmer House
      600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114

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        amfulay Mar 12, 2013 10:07 PM

        Dined there this evening - went with the chef's tasting menu. It's great in my book - definitely a place worth visiting. You'll need to like mushrooms though!

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