A New Pizzeria in the Whiteaker

My family and I were excited to head down to the Whiteaker last Friday night to try the Pizza at the newly opened Slice Pizzeria and Bar. Things were running very smoothly for a soft opening. To order we went to the front counter and chose from 8 different options of slices available, I ordered the Chicken BBQ and Spinach Mushroom (Fungus Among-Us), and my wife had the Margherita Pizza. We also have an 18 month old boy named Orion who had the Cheese Pizza. We got our food fast and were able to sit outside to enjoy a nice autumn evening! They were playing a variety of seventies music to set the mood for fun place to hang out. There was also a full bar staffed by 2 bartenders to make crafted cocktails off of their menu. The food was great, and they had vegetarian and vegan options. We had a good time there and enjoyed the atmosphere, I hope this place becomes a mainstay in the Whiteaker Neighborhood. For more information go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SliceEugene/ and be sure and vist them at their official Grand Opening this weekend October 11th-14th!

325 Blair Blvd. Eugene, Oregon 97402

open 4pm- 12am (midnight)- (Friday & Sat 2am)

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Cornbread Cafe in Springfield

I am very excited to announce that your favorite vegan restaurant has opened a second location in the charming historical district in Springfield known as the Washburne District. Their new location will have an emphasis on Louisiana style meals, as well as some old favorites from their original menu. They will also include a full bar, and try their hand as an entertainment venue!

The new location is filled with vintage charm and local art, and the food is everything you would expect from Cornbread Cafe since their appearance on the Food Network made them a national foodie destination. Be sure and visit the website to see the new menu, and updated hours http://cornbreadcafe.com/springfield/

There is a new location for Cornbread Cafe and it is located in the heart of downtown Springfield!

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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The Best Chicken-Fried Steak North of the Mason-Dixon Line

As a southern boy I’m always on the lookout for a good chicken-fried steak. After a friend recommended I go to Jazzy Ladies Cafe I rounded up the family and headed over.

We were greeted right away by the hostess who was very attentive and friendly, it has been awhile since I have been in a restaurant this hospitable. We were given our menus and told to order at the counter when we were ready. I noticed that they did have several gluten-free and dairy free options for those with allergies, and mostly use organic ingredients. The best part was everything is made from scratch!

Once we ordered our food came out in a timely fashion, and boy oh boy, we were not dissappointed. Jazzy Ladies Cafe uses a fresh cut of  tenderized steak, dips in their homemade batter and cooks it when you order it. You can certainly tell the difference in the freshness and the flavor! Not to mention the sausage gravy was just like the one my Grand’ma used to make. Clearly someone here cares about creating a quality dining experience. My only suggestion to future diners is if you are looking to have the chicken fried steak experience be sure an call ahead, they tend to sell out of it before they close at 3pm.

Have a look at their menu and see what else you may enjoy! http://jazzyladiescafe.com/menus.html

Posted on July 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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A New Pizzeria in the Whiteaker- Wheel Apizza Pub

I visited the new pizzeria in the Whiteaker Saturday night of the soft opening with my fiance’ and her friend visiting from out of town. As many of you know Steve Mertz the creator of Tacovore is tackling his next project a New Haven pizzeria with a focus on new school craft beer. Needless to say I was excited!

When we arrived they had a similar set up to Tacovore, you get get in line to order before you sit down. The staff was very friendly and greeted us as soon as we walked in. We ordered the Kale Caesar, Cheese Polenta Cakes, and the Sausage and Pepper pizza, two of their hand crafted soda’s Erika got the Berry and I got Lemon.

We received our food right away and the pizza was served with a rustic char on the crust. It was clear that they were using higher end ingredients, and that all the ingredients were fresh with an emphasis on locally sourced products. The flavor was out of this world, I haven’t tasted pizza this fresh before. The combination of sausage and red pepper practically exploded in my mouth! I did not have a beer that night, but the shop was certainly a buzz with delight as patrons discussed pairings and beer selections. The pizzeria also boasts handmade cocktails and wine if beer isn’t your preference.

The only problem I foresee for this new restaurant is where they are going to fit all the customers when they start to get busy. It is quite a bit smaller than Tacovore, but I assume it will be just as popular. Some nights it might be easier to order take-out! Visit their website to learn more http://thewheelapizzapub.com/

The soft opening at the Wheel Apizza Pub was a huge hit

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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The Best Biscuits and Gravy in Lane County

If you have never been to the Backstage Bakery in Cottage Grove you are in for a treat! I am a southern boy, and I have been looking for a long time for someone who does biscuits and gravy the right way. The Inhat Brothers have their recipe down to a T!

There menu is also loaded with other delicious items, but I drive all the way to see them when I am craving a good B&G! If you have any places that you think would compete with them please leave a comment below I would love to hear your experience!

To see a full selection of there menu click here http://places.singleplatform.com/backstage-bakery-and-cafe/menu?ref=google

The best biscuits and gravy in Lane County!

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 11:58 pm
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Whiteaker Hot Spots – Bars and Restaurants

As a relocation specialist and an AirBnB host I often get asked where to go for good eats and treats. After starting to make recommendations I realized how many amazing places the Eugene area has to offer. Starting with my favorite area the Whiteaker.

The Whiteaker is a small area of town with a lot of culture, since Ninkasi moved there over 10 years ago the Whit has become a haven for bar fly’s, foodies, and beer aficionado’s. One by one the area has had new restaurants and eateries spring up and take root in this thriving cultural district.

Sam Bond’s Garage– Sam Bond’s is by far the oldest of these establishments, a true neighborhood bar it is a unique experience. It has all the feel of a neighborhood tavern, but with local artists hanging their works, and a menu that is health conscious. It is truly evolved to be more than just a pub. If you would truly like to catch the magic of Sam Bond’s go for Monday night Bingo hosted by Tom Heinl. This is a local tradition that has been carried on since Sam Bond’s has opened in 1995. Get there early around 8pm or it will be hard to find a seat. Visit http://www.sambonds.com/ for more info.

Tacovore– Tacovore is an institution of the Whiteaker. If you were to go in at 7pm Friday night you would find a line going out the door. Their commitment to fresh ingredients and innovative recipes is the secret to their success. I always get their Carne Asada tacos made with Pacific NW Grass Fed Beef, and the chips and guacamole. Their margaritas are always made with freshly squeezed limes, and 100% pure agave tequila, it’s a difference you can taste. So go ahead and treat yourself today. http://tacovorepnw.com/

Meiji’s– Where East meets Country and Western, Meiji is a unique restaurant basing it’s theme on combining eastern food themes with western charm. They have a Cowboy Karaoke night, and if you look in the jukebox you will see names such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash. They have one of the best crafted cocktail menu’s in town. My favorite is the Bourbon and Ginger made with a house pressed gingerade. Although the menu has many Japanese themed items such as sushi rolls, miso, and Kushiyaki. I always get their famous hamburger, topped with Japanese pickles and a creamy wasabi mayo, it is my favorite hamburger in Eugene. Check out everything Meiji has to offer here http://www.izakayameiji.com/

Ninkasi– Ninkasi started over 10 years ago over a pint of what we now know as Total Domination IPA. Two friends from Eugene started Ninkasi with a dream of having a brewery that was individually owned and driven by people not products. Their dream is now a reality, and a cornerstone of the craft beer movement. If you’re going to go out for beer tonight, people travel all over just to visit Ninkasi. Learn more here http://www.ninkasibrewing.com

Blairally Vintage Arcade– Blairally is just what it sounds like, a vintage arcade with all of your favorite games from the 80’s. Such as Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Ski Ball, and Pin Ball. This is by far the most family friendly establishment I have mentioned so far, up until 9pm you can have children with you. They have ample room to run around and discover the popular games of your youth while you relax and sip on a cocktail or 2. The neighborhood always seems to show up to their 80’s night dance party every Friday night hosted by local dj’s, it’s always a lot of fun. Check here for a schedule of upcoming events https://www.facebook.com/blairallyarcade

Thinking Tree Spirits- New comer to the group Thinking Tree’s stock is rising, and quickly becoming known as one of the best places to get a crafted cocktail. Not only do they have one of the finest spirits produced in the NW, the also have Eugene Weekly’s voted favorite bartender in Eugene 2 years running Morgan Pharis. His imagination and creativity is second to non when it comes to crafting custom cocktails. http://www.thinkingtreespirits.com/

Grit– If you are looking for a special restaurant to take a date look no further. Grit has classic appeal, and a beautiful patio for the warmer months. This place has built a menu based on courses known as the fixed four (salads, starters, entrees, and desserts). As a seasonal restaurant it has a constantly rotating menu of local products. The quality however, is always the same.http://gritkitchen.com/

Whether you are looking for a relaxed place to eat, or a little bit of fun nightlife, the Whiteaker is a great spot to visit if you are looking for a new experience.

The Whiteaker has one of the most unique dining experiences on the West Coast, whether you are looking for night life or something family friendly. The Whiteaker has the right place for you.

 

 

Posted on September 23, 2017 at 12:49 am
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