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

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. re: kaleokahu

      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.

      1. re: cometraveler

        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

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: janella

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