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 Brunch in Eugene

My fiance’ and I recently had the pleasure of going to brunch at Studio One Cafe, apparently a not so well kept secret close to campus. For a while when I was a vegetarian Morning Glory was my favorite place to go, and when I was in the mood for a greasy spoon diner Brail’s was a favorite landing spot. However, after visiting Studio One I officially have a new favorite brunch spot! They are well known for their French Toast, and Eggs Benedict selections.

When we first arrived I was a little worried because there were several people waiting to be seated. To my pleasant surprise we were seated in under 10 minutes. The cafe itself is tiny and very crowded, at times I had trouble hearing my date in front of me. When the food arrived it didn’t matter, I selected the ”Field of Dreams” benedict, and my partner chose the Chiliquilles Tortillas. Both were excellent, my entree’ was a combo of Biscuits and Gravy and Eggs Benedict, it was delicious! I have gone back twice and ordered the exact same thing. The waitress was very polite and attentive, she even recommended a side of Hollandaise sauce for the home fries which was awesome.

I know what you’re thinking at this point, “do they have mimosas”? The answer is yes, they wouldn’t qualify for best brunch without a little bit of booze in the menu. If you live in the Eugene area you simply must try this place at least once! To read over their menu options go here https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g51862-d1013565-Reviews-Studio_One_Cafe-Eugene_Oregon.html

The best brunch in Eugene

Posted on February 22, 2018 at 12:33 am
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Cottage Grove Treasures- The Historic District

As someone who used to work in Cottage Grove I am very familiar what this town has to offer. To this day it is still one of my favorite Daycation spots. When I go I usually like to hit up the Backstage Bakery for breakfast because they have “hands down” the best biscuits and gravy in Lane County. The Inhat Brothers definitely don’t mess around when it comes to creating a menu your grand’ma would’ve been proud of. You will find all of your favorite classics on there, including a great cup of coffee!

After breakfast, head over to one of my favorite vintage stores 5 Flying Monkeys, their prices and collection can’t be beat. They have a unique blend of antiques and funky thrift store items that will keep you busy for hours. Next door is the Crafty Mercantile an original shop for those of you who love creating your own arts and crafts at home. Not only do they have everything you need to stay busy in the studio, they also provide plenty of inspiration, and work space in the store. If you are a bookworm you are in luck Cottage Grove has 3 of the coolest bookstores in the area. Kalapuya Books is located next to the Backstage Bakery, Bookmine across the street also doubles as a jewelry store and plant shop. Not even a stones throw away is a friendly priced used bookstore called Books on Main.

For lunch I will usually go to Jack Sprats a great little cafe that I think is one of the true hidden gems in Cottage Grove, or Buster’s Main Street Cafe. They both have excellent Reuben sandwiches, and they are only about 2 blocks away from each other. After lunch I like to drive by a few of their famous covered bridges before heading home https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/trip-ideas/scenic-drives/cottage-grove-covered-bridge-tour-route/

There are many other great places to visit in Cottage Grove, this is just a few of my personal favorites. Please visit the CG Chamber of Commerce to find out more information about all the great places it has to offer http://www.cgchamber.com/

So the next time you are planning a day trip, consider our neighbors to south and visit one of these hidden treasures!

 

The Historic District of downtown Cottage Grove is one of my favorite Daycations in Lane County

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 11:07 pm
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A Fairmount Date Night

For years I have been hearing how Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria is the best Italian food in Eugene hands down. so when my fiance’ had a craving for lasagna I knew exactly where to take her. We went around 5:30pm on a Tuesday night and were seated almost immediately with no reservation. The restaurant itself appeared to be old craftsman style home that has been converted by an architect to accommodate the restaurant.

Our servers were very attentive serving complimentary bread with vinegar and oil. They possess an extensive wine list, however neither of us had a glass this particular night. For our appetizer we shared the Antipasto Della Casa, an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, and marinated vegetables. For our main course Erika chose the Lasagna (of course) which she described as rich and creamy filled with hamburger and Italian sausage. I went with Capelli D’Angelo Alla Mediteranea, which is angel hair pasta with sea scallops and shrimp! The sea food was very fresh and sauteed to perfection!

I can certainly see how they recieved an excellent reputation for being authentic. For a 2 person dinner I felt the price was reasonable as well, even with a hefty tip our meal came in under $70.  The only element that I didn’t find appealing was perhaps how loud it was inside the restaurant itself, but maybe that’s just the Italian way!

After dinner we scampered across the street to the new Sweet Life called Sweet Life Petite. It was everything you’d expect from Sweet Life except the lines were a lot shorter! After surveying the options we went with the strawberry cheesecake and shared a hot cocoa. The girls behind the counter were particularly sweet and cheery. I would recommend to anyone tired of waiting in line at their parent location to skip across town and head into the Sweet Life Petite location. Just be prepared to take your dessert with you during the winter months, because they only have outdoor seating. Which was fine with us, after a long day we were ready to cuddle on the couch and watch a movie!

What is your favorite date night location? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below…

Here are the links to places we visited;

https://www.beppeandgiannis.net/menu.html

http://sweetlifedesserts.com/blog/19th-street

Beppe & Gianni’s has won best Italian food in Eugene from several sources throughout the years.

Posted on December 22, 2017 at 8:50 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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The Windermere Way

In Lane County, Windermere agents have the highest sales volume per agent. When you look at the numbers (140 agents) you can imagine the amount of internal networking that is at our disposal. We have a weekly meeting where we discuss our buyers and sellers wants and needs, we also present new listings before they are presented to the public. Many times we can meet a buyers need before another agency would even have access to the information. This gives our clientele a huge advantage over the marketplace.

Another benefit of choosing a Windermere agent is our staff. Because of our size we have a variety of specialists. If you are purchasing acreage we have a Land & Timber expert, if you desire a waterfront property on the McKenzie River we have an agent that lives in the valley, and the list goes on and on.

An additional reason to consider is support, at Windermere we have 4 Principal Brokers on call anytime we need them. We also have 2 transaction coordinators that help us maintain more face time with our clients and out in the field. Our weekly educational courses are always free, and focused on poignant topics that will give us an advantage in your transactions.

In closing, no other firm will provide you with the support, know-how, and experience as a Windermere agent will. That combined with our ability to network with 140 other agents will ensure you will find the right house at the right time.

In addition to all the smart reasons to go with Windermere there is also a “heart” reason to choose us. With every home sold in Lane County we donate a portion to charity. Last year as an organization we donated over 33 million dollars to organizations that take on causes such as hunger, homelessness, and much more. Read more about it in our Windermere Foundation Blog https://www.windermere.com/foundation

Windermere RE Lane County

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 7:19 pm
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