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Please help - need to find the "best of the worst" in Eugene or near by!

cometraveler May 19, 2014 08:29 PM

Trying to change the focus of earlier posts - would really appreciate any suggestions regarding restaurants for dinner in Eugene (or near by - have a car so up to an hour would be ok)???

Since Kaleokahu & I seem to be in the same boat - posted but not received any recommendations, I am assuming that there are not really very many good restaurants to recommend in Eugene. So since, we do still need to eat somewhere, would really appreciate and ideas you might have, as to what would be the "best" choices for the area. Does not matter if they are nice restaurants or very casual.

Right now, the only good restaurant I know of is Marche, but we need to find other choices for additional meals. Thank you very much if you can give us any ideas at all.

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  1. kaleokahu RE: cometraveler May 20, 2014 11:52 AM

    Have you read this? http://forums.egullet.org/topic/69329...

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      cometraveler RE: kaleokahu May 20, 2014 08:49 PM

      Yes, thank you for sharing that link. Only problem is that most of the discussion is fairly old and a bunch of the restaurants I checked, are out of business.

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        kaleokahu RE: cometraveler May 21, 2014 08:59 AM

        Hi, cometraveler:

        Well, you (and I again in July) may just have to do it the old-fashioned way: ask real, live people face-to-face, or stumble about a bit. That's how I found Papa's last year.

        I've changed my attitude about ground-searching restaurants. I no longer hesitate to walk through an unknown place, peruse the menu, count heads, sniff, and if something's off, walk right back out. When I find someplace really good on my own, it sometimes heightens the experience. It's all good.

        Oh, if you like chicken sandwiches, you should track down Cart de Frisco at 13th & Kincaid if it's not during Country Fair.

        Aloha,
        Kaleo

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      metalocity RE: cometraveler May 21, 2014 12:19 PM

      I went to Agate Alley Laboratory a few months back. It felt more refined than the menu/website suggests. I believe I had the wild boar.

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        oregoncook RE: cometraveler May 21, 2014 05:41 PM

        Though I live an hour south, I sometimes eat in Eugene, though more often for lunch. The following are places I've liked at least within the last few years. All IMHO. Many have websites.

        Least fancy but terrific, Newman's Fish Co., fish & chips on Willamette (& great fish if you have a place to cook), grilled also available on Coburg.

        La Perla pizzeria napoletana.
        Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria, also own La Perla.

        Excelsior Bistro, less pricey than The Excelsior, lighter fare.

        Belly at 30 E. Broadway, it's been awhile since I ate at their old site, but enjoyed it a lot.

        Sweet Basil and also Sabai Cafe & Bar, everyone has their own Thai faves, no one seems to agree.

        Kamitori Japanese Restaurant is pretty good traditional sushi, kitchen was disappointing, people have their fave, I don't really think any are all that wonderful. But I personally think that's the case for Oregon.

        Jung's Mongolian Grill if you have the desire for M.G. is pretty good.

        I hope you get to agree that Eugene is not a culinary wasteland at all. Just not lots of CH, I think.

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          janella RE: cometraveler May 21, 2014 10:58 PM

          Belly is great; also Belly Taqueria (aka Taco Belly). Grit in the Whitaker area is a new farm-to-table restaurant that's very good. It's right next to Izakaya Meiji, which is great. Marche is always good. King Estate Winery can be excellent (but is very pricey -- lunch is a better deal) and is about half an hour out of town and a really nice drive. I second La Perla for pizza and Newman's for fish & chips. Kung Fu Bistro is good Szechuan. Off the Waffle is Liege waffles and fantastic at any hour of the day. Party Downtown for small plates, and Noisette for bread, pastry, and lunch.

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            janella RE: cometraveler May 21, 2014 10:58 PM

            Belly is great; also Belly Taqueria (aka Taco Belly). Grit in the Whitaker area is a new farm-to-table restaurant that's very good. It's right next to Izakaya Meiji, which is great. Marche is always good. King Estate Winery can be excellent (but is very pricey -- lunch is a better deal) and is about half an hour out of town and a really nice drive. I second La Perla for pizza and Newman's for fish & chips. Kung Fu Bistro is good Szechuan. Off the Waffle is Liege waffles and fantastic at any hour of the day. Party Downtown for small plates, and Noisette for bread, pastry, and lunch.

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              cometraveler RE: janella May 22, 2014 02:14 AM

              Thank you very much !!!! This really helps, gives us lots of ideas!!!!

            2. thirtyeyes RE: cometraveler May 25, 2014 07:29 PM

              Cornucopia-good burgers

              Dickie Jo's-good burgers kind of like a one off of In-and-Out or Five Guys. Decent chili, the no beans kind.

              Newman's Fish Market-good fish and chips

              Pho Bistro-only decent Pho in Eugene it is owned by a Korean guy (I think) who also owns Izumi Sushi and Maru Asian Tapas, both of which are fairly decent.

              Izumi Sushi is fairly indicative of food in Eugene. Good but unimaginative. The cooked Japanese food is actually rather tasty. As to sushi, it has fresh fish but only the types that people who think they like raw fish but don't really will readily eat. Uni is weekends only and you're not finding sayori, kohada, kinmedai, sawara, or anything else that's likely to appear on a whiteboard in LA or SF. Heck, I can't even find mirugai or aji in this town, but if tuna, salmon, and yellowtail are your game, you are in luck.

              Maru Asian Tapas-only gone once. Has promising menu, but covers like all Asia and therefore doesn't seem to do anything really great. I was disappointed in the ban chan.

              Mame-best sushi so far, but hard to get into because it is very small. Just started going so not sure if it'll beat the Eugene stereotype, but it looks promising. Kamitori is also good as are the two Sushi Domo's. People like Sushi Pure, but I never could come to terms with their black rice and they suffer from the same affliction as all other Eugene sushi places.

              Toshi's Ramen- I thought it was average when I first tried it, but after a couple of years in Eugene I find that it gets better and better. Take that as you will. The potstickers are excellent in any town, even LA.

              Meiji Izakaya-small plates Japanese style. Very good, I was shocked to see several types of onigiri including umeboshi. Good scotch menu.

              That whole part of town is a great place to go. Whiteaker. It has lots of restaurants such as Sam Bond's, Papa's Soul Food, and Ninkasi Brewery. Also that desert place people go to. I find the quality fluctuates depending on the visit. You'll either love the places or feel underwhelmed.

              Noodle Bowl-good Korean. They do jap chae very well.

              Kung Fu Bistro- Szechuan. Only decent Chinese I have found in Eugene. Really, this is it. You are better off at Panda Express or PF Changs than trying anything else. What I wouldn't do for a decent dim sum place.

              Marche- I like it but would never go if it was in San Francisco.

              Sabai-is actually very good for Thai, but I rarely feel like going to Thai, not sure why.

              Cafe Lucky Noodle-is both Thai and Italian. I have had good meals and average meals here, but the area is worth a visit. It is right by Marche, Sushi Pure, Belly Taqueria, Cornucopia, and Steelhead among others.

              I have yet to find a decent Mexican restaurant or Taco place in Eugene. A few up in Salem. Chapalas is Americanized Mexican and not too bad if you must.

              Belly-worth a visit

              Chains that serve decent food-Texas Roadhouse, BJ's, McGrath's, Buffalo Wild Wings (65 cent bone-in wings on Tuesday)

              I venture not into Springfield. Not sure why, but I just don't.

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                Toots4120 RE: cometraveler May 25, 2014 08:26 PM

                I'm finding little on CH about Bend (and almost nothing recent) so am going to piggy-back off this thread (and might start a new one too) to see if I can get info about Bend possibilities. Two sisters and I will be there for a week in mid-June and want some recommendations: not too expensive (dinner entrees for $15-20 at most), fairly wide ranging tastes (except seafood), and interesting decor (nice tho not a must - taste is more important). Also, we are probably going over to Eugene for a day so am thinking several of these look good (esp Belly and Papa's Soul Food w/ music!).

                Suggestions?

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