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.
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.
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 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 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
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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/
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/
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/
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/
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 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 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/
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 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.
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
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
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
In order to be successful in this competitive market you have to have a plan. To capitalize on your investment to it’s fullest potential that plan has to be educated and grounded in facts. The facts are this is a sellers market in Lane County (May 2017), but if your home isn’t marketed properly you could still be missing out on it’s full potential. Here is a fool proof plan that I have experienced a great deal of success with.
1. Listing in RMLS– When your home is listed in RMLS it automatically populates to online websites such as; Zillow.com, Realtor.com, and Trulia.com. This is a way for Realtors to view your home and buyers who are still unrepresented to find your home through personal searches.
2. Signage– Another basic building block of a proper marketing plan is a yard sign with information regarding the property.
3. Open Houses– Most agents will do at least one open house, I generally tend to do one open house a month until the property has a pending offer.
4. Pricing– This is a key strategy for any home sale, you can test the market with a higher price if you are not in a rush to sell your home, or you can price it to move quickly. I prefer to create a very educated price point, due to market trends and comparable recent sales in your area.
5. Staging– The theories on staging are numerous. Curb appeal is by far the most important component of staging in my opinion. Without it some people may not even get out of their car to see the house. Many homes show well simply being vacated and cleaned thoroughly. For a more luxurious home you may want to consider a professional stager that will fill your home elegant furniture and beautiful decor for a monthly fee.
6. Newspaper Ads– If you list with me I will always include an add in the Register Guard with your open house times listed. This will ensure that your open house will be a success.
7. Parade of Homes– There is a weekly tour of new homes on the market that is attended by the top Realtors in Lane County. If you list with me I will personally present your home at the Parade of Homes and coordinate your home to be open during the Parade hours.
8. Windermere Weekly Meetings– Here at Windermere we have a slight advantage over the competition, with 140 agents on staff we are the largest realty team in Lane County. Once a week we assemble to discuss buyer needs and new up and coming listings. Many times our listings get sold in house before they even hit the open market.
9. Social Media– One of the perks of being a member of the Eugene Area Board of Realtors is having access to their social media group. When I list your home I will post it on their Facebook page where over 800 Realtors from Lane County will have the chance to view it. as well as utilizing the Windermere Facebook page.
10. Knocking– Knocking doors is an ancient art form, but a highly effective way to communicate still. I will knock in the general vicinity of your home and let your neighbors know that your home is coming on the market and when your open house will be taking place.
LoopNet/Hotlinks– For all of my Commercial/Investment properties I post all of my properties to LoopNet and Hotlinks so all local and area investors will be notified of your listing.
Long story short, I have a dedicated plan for selling your home quickly and at top dollar, if you would like me to perform a market analysis for your home reach out to me today and I will do my best to ensure you have the right information at the right time to make a great decision.
Your friend in real estate, Vince Casey