A New Italian Restaurant in the Whiteaker- Bari Trattoria

A couple of friends and I decided to visit the latest restaurant to open in the Whiteaker, Bari Trattoria. We were seated immediately without a reservation, and the wait staff got our drinks and appetizers to us quickly. We ordered the Wood Fired Mixed Olives and Calamari for our appetizers. For the main course my friend Sheila ordered the Spaghetti Marinara with Meatballs, Chris ordered the Smoked Pork Ragu, and I ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo with Smoked Chicken.

We were all very happy with our meals, the chicken was was tender and filled with smoke flavor. The noodles were handmade in house and you could taste the difference! Keeping true to their name they have a great mixologist on staff that had several intriguing house cocktails on the menu.

They also have a great Tuesday night special that none of us had a chance to try 1 slice and a beer for $13. Perhaps the best part of the evening was when they brought out our bill, and even after the 4 cocktails we added to the meal our bill was only $82. Great food, great prices, great location! I will definitely be back! Click here for more info http://baritrattoria.com/

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 9:50 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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Best of Food and Drink in Eugene

According to the Eugene Weekly reader’s this highlights some of the best restaurants and bars in the Eugene area. Since I have focused on this topic in some of my past blogs. I thought it would be fun to re-post the list for 2017 for some of my readers who may have just moved to town and might be looking to explore the city. Without further ado, here is the Readers Poll Best of Eugene Food and Drink!

Best desserts

1. Sweet Life Patisserie 755 Monroe St., 1609 E. 19th Ave. 683-5676. http://sweetlifedesserts.com.

2. Noisette Pastry Kitchen 200 W. Broadway. 654-5257. http://noisettepk.com.

3. (tie) Market of Choice and Metropol 1060 Green Acres Rd., 344-1901; 1960 Franklin Blvd., 687-1188; 67 W. 29th Ave., 338-8455; 2580 Willakenzie Rd., 345-3349, http://marketofchoice.com; 2538 Willamette St., 465-4730, http://metropolbakery.com.

 

Best food cart

1. Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery 488 Lincoln St. 915-0144. http://danangeatery.com. 

2. Sammitch 591 Willamette. 408-309-2074. http://sammitchtime.com.

3. Kun Fusion 232-9733. http://facebook.com/KunFusionGrill.

 

Best barbecue

1. Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen 400 Blair Blvd. 342-7500. http://papassoulfoodkitchen.com.

2. Hole in the Wall 3200 W. 11th Ave., 683-7378; 1807 Olympic St., Spfd., 726-1200. http://holeinthewallbbq.com.

3. Bill & Tim’s Barbecue 201 E. 13th Ave. 654-0578. http://westrauntconcepts.com.

 

Best burger

1. Cornucopia 295 W. 17th Ave. 485-2300; 207 E. 5th Ave. 485-2300. http://cornucopiaeugene.com.

2. Killer Burger 50 W. Broadway. 636-4731. http://killerburger.biz.

3. Dickie Jo’s 1079-C Valley River. 743-4106. http://waywestrauntconcepts.com.

 

Best Mexican/Latin American

1. Tacovore 530 Blair Blvd. 735-3518. http://tacovorepnw.com.

2. Chapala Mexican Restaurant 136 Oakway Center. 434-6113; 68 W. 29th Ave. 683-5458. http://chapalamex.com.

3. (tie) Membrillo and Belly Taqueria 1530 Willamette St., 458-205-8470; 454 Willamette St., 687-8226, http://eatbelly.com.

 

Best bar grub

1. The Bier Stein 1591 Willamette St. 485-2437. http://thebierstein.com.

2. Horsehead 99 W. Broadway. 683-3154. http://horseheadbareugene.com.

3. Jackalope 453 Willamette St. 485-1519. http://jackalopelounge.com.

The Bier Stein sports 25 beers on tap and about 1,000 in bottles, with a menu highlighting soups and panini sandwiches, and lately, beer pairings. “We just keep doing what we do,” co-owner Kristina Measells says. “We always thought beer was a very approachable thing so, what’s the best thing to pair with that?” Turns out, hot, pressed sandwiches and soups are what everyone wants. Even though moving to a new space three years ago expanded its space from a small storefront with a few tables to 12,000 square feet, the Stein is still overflowing just about any time of day or night. “We have great employees who work really hard and care about all our customers,” Measells says. “For as busy as we are, there’s a lot of love that goes into each plate because it’s our customers that keep us in business.”

Photo: Trask Bedortha

 

 

Best Thai

1. Ta Ra Rin 1200 Oak St. 343-1230. http://tararin.com.

2. Sabai 27 Oakway Center. 654-5424. http://sabaicafe.com.

3. Tasty Thai 1308 Hilyard St. 343-0165. http://tastythaicampus.com.

 

Best Chinese

1. Kung Fu Bistro 2560 Willamette St. 968-9258. http://facebook.com/kungfubistroeugene.

2. Lok Yaun Restaurant 3000 W. 11th Ave. 345-7448. http://lokyaunrestaurant.com.

3. Twin Dragon Restaurant 919 River Rd. 688-5481. http://twin-dragon-restaurant.com.

 

Best new restaurant

1. Sundial Cafe 2435 Hilyard St. 636-3838. http://sundialcafeeugene.com.

2. Rain Northwest 1190 City View St. 246-8070..http://rainnw.com

3. (tie) Board and Novo Latin Table 394 Blair Blvd., 343-3023, http://boardrestaurant.com; 105 Oakway Center, 654-8165, .http://novolatintable.com

Eugene’s new gluten-free restaurant won out among restaurant newcomers this year. A project of Eugene chef Alex Moon, Sundial hit the Eugene dining scene in May, and Moon says it’s been doing great ever since. “I couldn’t be happier,” she says. Don’t let the “gluten-free” part worry you: Sundial’s food is anything but restrictive. “The Emerald City” dish boasts a Cajun-spiced chicken breast with Swiss cheese and bacon, while the “Crater Lake” is a gooey vegan macaroni and cheese. But definitely save room for dessert — a generous pile of sweet potato fries, oozing with coconut whipped cream, chocolate sauce and peanut butter. Who needs gluten, anyways?

Photo: Todd Cooper

 

Best restaurant

1. (tie) Izakaya Meiji and Marché 345 Van Buren St., 505-8804, http://izakayameiji.com; 296 E. 5th Ave. #226, 342-3612, http://marcherestaurant.com.

2. Café Soriah 384 W. 13th Ave. 342-4410. http://cafesoriah.com.

3. Sabai 27 Oakway Center. 654-5424. http://sabaicafe.com.

French-inspired, farm-to-table cuisine and tapas-style, Japanese dishes — you love them both. Marché has provided Eugene with a reliable up-scale dining experience for more than 15 years, tucked into the Fifth Street Public Market, and it’s always trying something new. While Izakaya Meiji is not only popular for its comfy atmosphere and amazingly satisfying menu, but it also won best mixed drinks. We’re glad to have both in Eugene.

Photo: Trask Bedortha

 

 

Best hangover breakfast

1. Brails 1689 Willamette St. 343-1542. http://brailseugene.com.

2. Glenwood Restaurant 1340 Alder St., 687-0355; 2588 Willamette St., 687-8201, http://glenwoodrestaurants.com.

3. Morning Glory 450 Willamette St. 687-0709. http://Morninggloryeugene.com.

 

 

Best cheap eats

1. Burrito Boy 2511 W. 11th Ave., 338-4219; 510 E. Broadway, 344-8070; 1060 River Rd., 689-7970; 30 W. 10th Ave., 344-5856; 1071 Valley River Dr., 343-8089; 1840 Chambers, 246-8775,http://burritoboy.com.

2. Café Yumm! 730 E. Broadway, 344-9866; 1801 Willamette St., 686-9866; 130 Oakway Center, 465-9866, http://cafeyumm.com.

3. Laughing Planet 760 Blair Blvd., 868-0668; 2864 Willamette St., 505-5399, http://laughingplanet.com.

 

Best pizza

1. Mezza Luna 933 Pearl St., 684-8900; 2776 Shadow View Dr., 743-2999; 115 S. 5th St., Spfd. http://mezzalunapizzeria.com.

2. Sizzle Pie 910 Willamette St. 683-7437.http://sizzlepie.com .

3. Pegasus 2864 Willamette St., 344-9931; 790 E. 14th Ave., 344-4471; 4 Oakway Center, 344-0844. http://pegasuspizza.net.

Photo: Todd Cooper

 

Best sushi

1. Mame 541 Blair Blvd. 654-4378.

2. PURE 296 E. 5th Ave. 654-0608. http://pureeugene.com.

3. Sushi Domo 1020 Green Acres Rd., 343-0935; 2835 Oak St., 484-7008. http://sushidomoeugene.com.

If Mame is closed or booked up, fans of this restaurant prefer to skip sushi night entirely rather than go somewhere else. Dropping in for a quick bite at this small spot is not usually an option, as it holds only 17 people and reservations are recommended days in advance. Once you get a seat, give the chef’s choice a try (available at different spending levels) and let chef Taro give you whatever he wants, which might include deep fried squid and steak wrapped in bacon with roe and red bean cheesecake for dessert. Great non-sushi food, too. Sit at the bar; chef Taro is always ready for a conversation and will cheerfully accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Photo: Todd Cooper

 

Best comfort food

1. Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen 400 Blair Blvd. 342-7500. http://papassoulfoodkitchen.com.

2. Cornbread Café 1290 W. 7th Ave. 505-9175. http://cornbreadcafe.com.

3. Cornucopia 295 W. 17th Ave., 485-2300; 207 E. 5th Ave., 485-2300, 

   http://cornucopiaeugene.com.

Photo: Athena Delene

 

Best bakery

1. Sweet Life Patisserie 755 Monroe St.; 1609 E. 19th Ave., 683-5676, http://sweetlifedesserts.com.

2. Hideaway Bakery 3377 E. Amazon Dr. 868-1982. http://hideawaybakery.com.

3. Metropol 2538 Willamette St. 465-4730. http://metropolbakery.com. 

 

 

Best local winery

1. Sweet Cheeks Winery 27007 Briggs Hill Rd. 349-9463. http://sweetcheekswinery.com.

2. King Estate 80854 Territorial Hwy. 942-9874. http://kingestate.com.

3. Sarver Winery 25600 Mayola Ln. 935-2979. http://sarverwinery.com.

 

 

Best bar

1. The Wayward Lamb 150 W. Broadway. 654-5106. http://thewaywardlamb.com.

2. Sam Bond’s Garage 407 Blair Blvd. 343-2635. http://sambonds.com.

3. Izakaya Meiji 345 Van Buren St. 505-8804. http://izakayameiji.com.

 

Best local brewery

1. Ninkasi 272 Van Buren St. 344-2739. http://ninkasibrewing.com.

2. Oakshire 207 Madison St. 654-5520. http://oakbrew.com.

3. Hop Valley 980 Kruse Way, Spfd., 744-3330; 990 W. 1st Ave., 585-2337, http://hopvalleybrewing.com.

Photo: Todd Cooper

 

Best tea house

1. Townshend’s 41 W. Broadway. 654-4284. http://townshendstea.com.

2. J-Tea 2778 Friendly St. 357-5492. http://jteainternational.com.

3. (tie) Oolong Bar and The Rabbit Hole 1607 E. 19th Ave., 541-972-3832, http://facebook.com/oolongbarstool; 240 E. 17th Ave., 654-0425, http://facebook.com/TheRabbitHoleTea.

Even on rainy afternoons when downtown Eugene clears out, Townshend’s Tea is always full of cozied-up tea drinkers immersed in their books and laptops. With vintage couches scored from local thrift shops and local art always on display, Townshend’s provides a welcoming nook for Eugene’s tea-loving crowd. For the University of Oregon community, Townshend’s now has a location in the newly remodeled Erb Memorial Union, where students can guzzle kombucha, bubble tea or a traditional Earl grey to their hearts’ content.

Photo: Athena Delene

 

 

Best coffee house

1. Wandering Goat 268 Madison St. 344-5161. http://wanderinggoat.com.

2. Vero Espresso 205 E. 14th Ave. 654-0504. http://Veroespressohouse.com.

3. Dutch Bros. 1633 Coburg Rd.; 2115 Franklin Blvd.; 311 E. 11th Ave., http://dutchbros.com.

 

Best drinks on tap

1. The Bier Stein 1591 Willamette St. 485-2437. http://thebierstein.com.

2. beergarden. 777 W. 6th Ave. 505-9432. http://beergardenme.com.

3. Tap & Growler 207 E. 5th Ave. 505-9751. http://tapandgrowler.com.

 

Best mixed drinks

1. Izakaya Meiji 345 Van Buren St. 505-8804. http://izakayameiji.com. 

2. Rye 444 E. 3rd Ave., 653-8509, http://ryeon3rd.com. 

3. The Vintage 837 Lincoln St. 349-9181. http://thevintageeugene.com. 

Izakaya Meiji does it again, winning Eugene hearts with its undeniably tasty bourbon and gingers and masterfully concocted Meiji mules. Combined with a cozy ambiance and bountiful tapas, Meiji’s drink menu constantly delights.

To read the whole list of the “Best of Eugene” go here http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20161103/lead-story/best-eugene-2016-2017

 

 

 

Posted on November 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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A Complete Guide to the Whiteaker – Bars & Restaurants

I received so much feedback from my first article, most of it being on how many extraordinary places I had left out. The first article was a few mentions of my favorite places to visit in the Whiteaker. This is a more of a complete guide to everything that is available in the neighborhood.

 

-Bars-

 

Beergarden

The Beergarden is the quintessential place to get a beer, with over 42 beers on tap you’ll be sure to find your favorite. They are also are home to 3 of your soon to be favorite food carts The Zingaro, Sporks A La Cart, and Loni Moku Grill. Communal tables with indoor or outdoor seating. Beergarden has become a favorite spot to get a beer, or glass of wine. Explore all of their food cart options here http://www.beergardenme.com/food-carts/

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

Old Nicks Pub

Old Nicks is a friendly neighborhood bar located on the edge of the Whiteaker neighborhood. If you are looking for rock or punk rock music, I think you will be happy here. They have a full bar and a great menu for treats and eats. Check here for upcoming shows http://www.oldnickspub.com/calendar

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.

Sam Bond's front pation

Sam Bond’s has been an institution in the Whiteaker Neighborhood since 1995

 

-Breweries-

 

Hop Valley Brewery

Keeping in tradition of the Emerald Valley being one of the best places in the world to grow hops, Hop Valley only uses local hops. They have a commitment to excellence that is second to none, winning multiple awards their first year in operation. They also make my personal favorite summer beer the Citrus Mistress. Read more about their beer selections here https://www.hopvalleybrewing.com/beer/

Oakshire Brewery

Oakshire is special in many ways, one of those ways is they are a host to one of Eugene’s most popular food cart Buck Buck. Buck Buck has reinvented fried chicken recipes, you will experience flavor in every bite! There is also a Woodstove Pizza Cart open from 5-9. Inside Oakshire you will experience a friendly staff in a rustic environment that is kid friendly. Stop by on a Friday evening and you will see local acoustic musicians playing for no cover. So come on in and bring the whole family http://www.oakbrew.com/public-house/

Ninkasi Brewery

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

 

 

 

Ninkasi Brewery located at 272 Van Buren

 

 

-Coffee and Sweets- 

 

 

Glass House Coffee Shop

Glass House is located next to Tacovore in the Whit, it is a great place to get coffee on the go, and since they have a liquor license they are one of the only coffee shops in town where you can ask for Kahlua or a Bailey’s Irish Cream in your coffee! Open from 7am- 6pm every day. Hear what their patrons are saying https://www.yelp.com/biz/glass-house-coffee-bar-eugene

Sweet Life Patisserie

Sweet Life is one of the reasons I moved to Eugene back in 2000. I was at the time vegan, and I hadn’t heard of anyone serving vegan desserts. I ordered the vegan cheesecake and was instantly in love. They also happen to have the best Dirty Chai Latte’s in town too. Whatever your favorite dessert is I’m sure you’ll find it here. http://www.sweetlifedesserts.com/

Vanilla Jill’s Scoops and Soups

Vanilla Jill’s is a quaint little ice cream shop in the Whit that focuses on natural seasonal flavors to create their exquisite frozen yogurt. They have a nice backyard patio to host musicians in warmer months. It is the perfect place to come for dessert after dinner. https://www.yelp.com/menu/vanilla-jills-scoops-and-soups-eugene/main-menu

Wandering Goat Coffee Co

A locally owned coffee roaster in Eugene, the roastery is in the heart of Wandering Goat. They are dedicated to the best coffees from all over the world. They have a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for studying, reading, or casual conversation. Learn more here https://wanderinggoat.com/

Sweet Life’s window to dessert heaven

 

 

-Distilleries-

 

 

Heritage Distilling Company

Heritage Distilling Co got its start when their owner distilled his first batch of bourbon in the 7th grade. In April of 2014 HDC became the most award winning craft distillery in North America by the American Distilling Institute. They have now arrived in the Whit with their award winning Brown Sugar Bourbon in hand and ready to pour. Their state of the art facility is fully operational now, so go in and take a tour and watch a game or two, GO DUCKS!! http://heritagedistilling.com/

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/

Thinking Tree Distillery

High Step Street Band performing at the Thinking Tree Distillery

 

 

-Restaurants-

 

 

Board Restaurant

Board is a quaint restaurant located in the heart of the Whiteaker in the old Tiny’s Tavern location. It has a very charming appeal, serving elevated comfort foods, and crafted cocktails, and local wines. They have recently won the Best Burger in Eugene according to Yelp voters. The venison is scrumptious as well, Board makes sharing food with friends easy and fun. They close at 2 am so it is a good place to catch a late night meal. Here is the Yelp link to read more reviews https://www.yelp.com/menu/board-restaurant-eugene-2/item/board-burger

Brails on 5th

The famous Brail’s Restaurant has opened a second location to deal with the demand at their crosstown location. They are famous for being the best hangover breakfast in town according to Eugene Weekly readers. They have classic breakfast choices, I always get the Ham Eggs Benedict(the hollandaise sauce is amazing). They also have the fastest friendliest service in town. be sure and check out their lunch menu as well http://brailseugene.com/

Cornbread Cafe

Known as a Vegan Comfort Food restaurant, foodies who prefer vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free choices flock to this mecca for healthy eaters. Recognized by the Culture Trip as one of the top 10 places to eat in Eugene. I would highly recommend the Mac Uncheese, or the Buffalo Hot Things. If you miss any dishes requiring meat or dairy you can most likely find them recreated here, filled with flavor and none of the guilt. Check out some more of their innovative menu items here http://cornbreadcafe.com/menu.html

Chao Pra Ya Thai Cuisine

Chao Pra Ya is the only Thai restaurant in the Whiteaker, it has a traditional menu. I would recommend the papaya salad, Tom Ka Soup, and the Pad Thai noodles. The decor here is very nice, and the wait staff is fast, courteous, and friendly. Read more reviews here https://www.yelp.com/biz/chao-pra-ya-thai-cuisine-eugene

El Patron Origenes Latin Cuisine and Bar

A classic Mexican restaurant with Peruvian flair, El Patron is a hidden gem among authentic latin restaurants. They have a great wait staff, and keep the chips and guacamole flowing! https://www.yelp.com/biz/el-patron-origenes-latin-cuisine-and-bar-eugene

Falling Sky Delicatessen

The “Best of” is a term that doesn’t get thrown around lightly, However, Falling Sky seems to be attracting more of that attention. Since they have opened their second location, they have earned the title of best BrewPub ( via the Eugene Weekly) to go along with Best Brewery, Best Burger, Best New Business, Best New Restaurant, Best Bar Grub, and Best Place to Drink a Beer Under the Sun. Instead of focusing on classic bar food, the Delicatessen is  offering a menu made up of all house baked, cured, smoked, fermented and brined food running the gamut from Jewish deli classics to American BBQ and Middle Eastern.”  The New School  To see what else Falling Sky is good at visit http://fallingskybrewing.com/           

Fishermans Market

Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Fisherman’s Market has been serving the Eugene area since 1989. Ryan and Debbie Rogers own and operate the Market. They are just some regular folks who happen to love cooking, love fishing and excel equally at both trades. Both Ryan and Debbie are long-time Alaskan fishermen and handle Fisherman’s Market when they’re not fishing in Alaska. Because they have been commercial fishermen for so long the Ryans have developed a lot of strong connections with other skilled fishermen in the industry and pass the benefits on to their valued customers. The Market features a vast selection of the freshest seafood available—often delivered from the boat by the Fisherman’s Market F-350 pickup truck, powered by recycled veggie oil from the Market’s fish and chips fryers. Even if you want to cook at home, stop by and take advantage of the freshest seafood in Eugene! http://eugenefishmarket.com/

Grit Kitchen & Wine

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/

Laughing Planet

Laughing Planet is a quick-service restaurant offering nutritious, affordable, and delicious fare. Their tasty burritos and bowls, soups, salads, smoothies, juices, and homemade cookies will be among your favorites. Through their own mixture of fresh, healthy food; a fun, quirky ambiance; and a daily dose of laughter and inspiration, Laughing Planet is more than a meal. Venture inside a Laughing Planet and in mere seconds, you’re transported to a lively, friendly world. Every café is a meeting spot, and a place to sit and talk with friends. They also have a collection of dinosaurs for the kids to play with which makes this a great spot to grab lunch with the whole family. My favorite is the BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with a side of sour cream and guac. Which one will be your favorite? https://laughingplanetcafe.com/menu/

Mame

Mame is a Whiteaker treasure, voted Best Sushi by Eugene Weekly readers since it’s inception. Mame is know for its freshness and quality. I will forewarn you it only seats 16 people at a time, so if you don’t have a reservation, you won’t get in. I would recommend calling at least 3 days in advance. People ask what I would recommend from the menu, well I would recommend you tell the chef how much you would like to spend, and let him choose for you. If for some reason you find yourself in the Whiteaker craving sushi and Mame is full, walk down the street to Subo Sushi Burrito. They have one of the most popular food carts in the Whit. http://mame.restaurantsnapshot.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/

Mi Tierra Taqueria

Down-home Mexican cooking & traditional specialties served in a casual, unpretentious locale. Mi Tierra is a family run, locally owned restaurant specializing in authentic Mexican food. They put their heart and soul into making delicious dishes that will keep you coming back. My personal favorite is the Champo Queso, a delicious combination of grilled mushrooms and onions mixed with carne asada, and covered in cheese. Discover your favorite entree http://mitierraeugene.com/

New Day Bakery

New Day Bakery and World Cafe serving the Eugene Community since 1989. Located in the Whiteaker neighborhood on Blair Blvd, they use fresh foods and organic produce locally sourced from the Willamette Valley. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day and a wide range of fresh baked goods and freshly squeezed juices made daily.  Enjoy outdoor seating in their non-smoking courtyard in the summer months, and warm freshly baked bread all year round. http://newdaybakery.net/bakery-and-cafe-menu/

Papas Soul Food Kitchen and BBQ

Papa’s is a laid-back barbecue & Cajun restaurant in a converted house with weekend concerts in the backyard, Papas began with humble roots as a food cart. Starting in 2004 they opened a restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating, and a full service bar. Join them every Friday and Saturday for live Blues and Jazz bands. It is hard to find true southern comfort food in Eugene, and Papas is one of the only places in town I can vouch for. As their slogan says, ” BBQ so good it’ll make you slap your mama!” http://www.papassoulfoodkitchen.com/home.html

Pizza Research Institute

Known as a Vegan/Vegetarian pizza establishment PRI is famous for their vegan chef specials. Open 7 nights a week from 5-9 now PRI offers delivery as well. Come in and experience their health conscious creativity tonight, and order a crafted cocktail from their full service bar. http://www.pripizza.com/

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/

The Sandwich League

Described as meaty cheesy goodeness in a recent review I couldn’t agree more. A glorified food truck, The Sandwich League has its own dining room off of Blair Blvd. They have hamburgers, pulled pork, and stuffed grilled cheese sandwhiches that are to die for! Visit http://www.thesandwichleague.com/ for more menu items.

All the whiskey!

All the whiskey’s available at Meiji

 

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Oregon Wine Labs

The Oregon Wine Lab is an urban winery and tasting lounge. They produce the William Rose wines on site, as well as pour wines from other local artisan producers. They host live music every Friday evening, and have a very knowledgeable staff to help broaden your palate and educate you on Eugene’s local wines. They also host a very tasty food cart Da Nang Vietnamese Eatery from 11-2 and 5-8 http://www.oregonwinelab.com/

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company

A casual wine scene in an intimate, friendly and unpretentious environment. Territorial is a cozy urban retreat that just happens to be the perfect place for taking in live music, enjoying a glass of local artisan beer or cider on tap and of course exploring our broad range of estate-grown wines.  In addition to a revolving selection of guest wines we also feature small plates and snacks. Explore their wine list here http://territorialvineyards.com/wines/

Eugene Wine Cellars

Eugene Wine Cellars LLC. was conceived by Bruce Biehl in 1998, and in 1999 the “Urban Winery” was established in the Whitaker neighborhood near downtown Eugene, Oregon.
The first vintages were bottled and labeled at the winery in the fall of 2001. Bruce has been growing wine grapes all over the state since his beginnings in the fall of 1978. His company AREA Inc. has been developing and managing hundreds of vineyard operations for other growers, wineries and our label ever since then. Stop by the Eugene Wine Cellars tasting room to enjoy our latest vintages, local beers and our delicious sangria. Visit their website for hours and location http://www.eugenewinecellars.com/visit-us.html

 

Oregon Wine Lab

Oregon Wine Lab is one of the newest hot spots in the Whiteaker

There seriously are not enough words to describe all the great venues in the Whiteaker Neighborhood, I didn’t even touch half of the amazing food carts available in the Whit. Perhaps that will be my next article! I hope you found this article helpful and enlightening, until next time!

Your friend in the real estate business, Vince Casey

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

Posted on September 30, 2017 at 12:14 am
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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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