Gracie’s Sea Hag Restaurant – Depoe Bay, Oregon

A trip along the Oregon Coast is not complete without a stop at Depoe Bay and eating at Gracie’s Sea Hag restaurant right on the Pacific coast.  Gracie’s serves seafood fresh from the ocean and other tasty treats. Depoe Bay is famous for having the world’s smallest navigable harbor and for whale-watching. Whales can often…

Homestyle Cooking at LARKS in Ashland, Oregon

In As You Like It, Shakespeare writes, “I almost die for food, and let me have it!” He would like the LARKS Home Kitchen Cuisine. It is THE place to eat in Ashland, Oregon before catching a performance at the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Or, really, just about anytime. The succulent and unexpected combinations are sure…

The WildWood Café, McMinnville, Oregon

You know a café is good when the locals are willing to line up at the door and wait for a table. When it’s breakfast time in McMinnville, Oregon, the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, the place they wait is The WildWood Café. And it’s been that way for the last twenty-plus years. Location:…

Review: SaWa Sushi & Sake in Forest Grove, Oregon

Calling all sushi lovers! A new restaurant in downtown Forest Grove, Oregon, has taken the local scene by storm! SaWa Sushi & Sake shines with artistically crafted dishes and traditional Japanese settings. Location: SaWa Sushi & Sake is located at 2036 Main Street, Suite B, Forest Grove, Oregon. Menu: SaWa features a traditional teishoku menu:…

Peace, Tea and Lunch at Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland OR

The phrase “an oasis of peace” has become a sad cliché. But there’s no better way to describe the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a walled-in island of serenity in the heart of Portland, Oregon’s Old Town. You enter, and the busyness and noise of the city streets disappear into quiet, into green, into paths and…

The Blue Goat – Inspired Cuisine in Small-Town Oregon

If you don’t expect to find great gourmet, farm-to-table food in a tiny town of fewer than 2000 people, you haven’t been to Amity, Oregon. Or to The Blue Goat. Because what you get here is inspired Northwest cuisine in a casual, comfortable setting. And really, when a place is created by an artists and…

Ataula: Modern Spanish Tapas in Portland, Oregon

If forced to use one word to describe Ataula, it would have to be “happy.” An unusual choice for a restaurant? Maybe. But there is a joy in this place that’s tough to describe. And it starts with the chef. Born in , chef Jose Chesa’s resume spans the globe. He’s cooked in some of…

Eclectic Beer and Gastropub Food at ABV Pub, Hillsboro, Oregon

Drinking great beer, especially craft and small-house brews, is a thing in . A big thing. However, it’s not always easy to find the range of choices you might want, even in the greater Portland area. But when you head to ABV Pub in Hillsboro, Oregon, your problem is solved. Hillsboro is in the heart…

Jakes Famous Crawfish in Portland, Oregon

It’s 1892, and , is booming. Some 90 trains a day bring people pouring into the city from across the country. The economy is roaring with good jobs in the lumber mills and furniture factories, flour mills and the ships being loaded and unloaded on the busy waterfront. Electric streetcars ferry folks from the downtown…

Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium, Beaverton, Oregon

There are few meals more civilized than a proper Afternoon Tea. A pot of fresh-brewed fine tea and scones, tea sandwiches, , savories, , pinkies up… ah yes, delightful indeed. It might be even more fun when it’s served in a “Steampunk Tearoom.” Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium provides all this. And does it pretty much…