THe absolute BEST Sushi I ever had , and trust me I eat alot all over( a sushi bar is perfect for out of town business travel alone dining) was in portland in the base of a near downtown Bank type Bldg- "Murata" maybe- very nice older couple- authentic Japanese with small L shaped Sushi bar and requires reservations- we didnt know, wandered in and begged to sit at bar- they accomodated my family of 6 graciously, and we had a great meat- the best , most succulent eel sushi I have ever placed on my tounge- my sons and I love eel so we ordered 8 pieces and 1 eel hosomaki. the pieces were so big that we barely finished them, with plenty of other rolls/sushi/sashimi- if its still there ( the sushi chef and wife-hostess had to be in 70’s)
Also my Wife and I sans kids had a very enjoyable and quiet, romantic Dinner at the Heathman Hotel restaraunt- delicious Pinot Noir and Native food, steaks, cheeses, produce, worth a visit too
GO or reserve NOW-you’ll be glad you did.
Portland is my hometown so I’m partial to a lot of places:
Fairley’s Pharmacy- An old fashioned soda fountain with greeen rivers and malts
Delphina"s Bakery- Outstanding breakfast sandwiches on Panini bread
Annie’s Donuts. Great breakfast treats
Cameo Cafe.-Acre pancakes, korean pancakes and some of the best bread I have ever tasted
Original Pancake House- Pancakes
Stumptown Coffee- Best coffee in town
There are many more.
HEY! We just got from that part of the country .. GREAT trip. Flew into Seattle on June 21st, took the US-101 to Northern California, back up to Seattle through the volcano country. Be warned, Crater Lake is PACKED with tourists this time of year . . . but it is beautiful.
We tried many "RoadFood" type places on our trip. Two were REALLY memorable! In Florence, Oregon, there isBliss Route 101 Diner. It has GREAT diner food, but the ambience is outta this world. The exterior of the building is covered with the front halfs of 1950s vintage automobiles (mostly Chevys). THE REAL THING! Not models. The inside decor is something you have to see to believe! Booths made from vintage automobiles, etc. Great experience!
The BEST food we had on the trip was at the Riverside Grill in Hood River, Oregon. It sits on the banks of the Columbia and the scenery (and food) is magnificent. I had the BEST prime rib that I have had in years! My wife had baby back ribs which she said were great. ALSO, if you stay at the neighboring Best Western Inn, you get some coupons for dinner and breakfast which save you some real bucks!
We were so impressed with dinner at the Riverside Grill, that we also went there for breakfast the next morning. I had Corned beef hash with all the trimmings, and my wife enjoyed a beautiful smoked ham and eggs breakfast (the total breakfast bill came to $18.73, including a $4.00 tip) SUPER deal for really GOOD food.
Enjoy your trip. IMOH, scenery just doesn’t get any better that that part of Oregon!
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar in Portland, particularly for their Garibaldi crab stew. Everything else is good too, though the locala can be a little rough. Last time I was there there seemed to be a large population of homeless teenagers, which according to some locals I spoke to are runaway kids. Very sad to see.
Hi ya GlennPan,
I assume you’re going to Corvallis for OSU related something, so here’s a few thoughts.
In Albany, you’ve got Novak’s-
We ate a great Blue hair place in DT Corvallis, can’t remember the name for the life of me.
We’ve driven The Alsea River Highway, OR 34, and I would reccomend taking it to Waldport, then 10 miles south to Yachats, our favorite town on the Coast-
When you head down this way, be advised that Crater Lake is pretty much 75 miles from everywhere.
Most folks elect to stay here in the Rogue Valley, and do a day trip to CL.
If you choose to, we have lots of good places to eat,
and you can pick up some
Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese-
If you go to Newport, stop at Mo’s or Mo’s Annex. Lincoln City’s Dory Cove is excellent. I like Beverly Beach as beach to visit. Get a microbrew(McMenamin"s Terminator is my favorite). Enjoy your visit to the left coast
If you can, don’t miss Stanich’s (reviewed here).
I am going on a trip next week for several days to Corvallis. I am flying into PDX and in addition to Portland and Corvallis, I will also hit the coast, and may try to head down to Crater Lake.
I am looking for local/regional type restaurants, thanks in advance for your responses.
Oregon trip– Portland, Corvallis.
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