Newman's Fish Company: A Seafood Institution
Want your fish and chips in newspaper, Brit style? Well, probably won't happen here, but the quality and flavor will not let you down. Newman's is essentially a fish market, but a few years ago they opened up a walkup fish and chips window. And is it ever popular!! And they have covered outdoor seating so you won't get wet while dining.
Newman's is known as having the best and freshest fish in town having been in existence for many decades.
After enjoying your repast go inside and browse the fish counter. Everything is seasonal and the staff know fish. Ask them anything about fish and they know all about it.
Also, you can select from about 100 kinds of bulk cheeses, and they'll cut it for you right off the wheel.
Wines, pasta, salsa, sauces, and just about any little thing you might want to fancy up your meal, you can find on their shelves.
Favorite Dish: Halibut and chips or salmon and chips. Take your pick. Piping hot right out of the fryer.
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Ambrosia: The Best Halibut In Town
One the best restaurants in the city and very popular on weekends. Always they have an eclectic menu but I recommend the halibut. They also do pizza and calzone in a fire oven plus desserts.
I am currently putting this restaurant on probation as of Jan. 2005. We had New Year's Eve dinner there and were quite disappointed. Mrs. Birchy ordered the special veal chop and it turned out to be chop of a whole cow. I ordered veal scallopine and was disappointed in the flavors. So for now, diner beware.
Favorite Dish: Has to be halibut. During the season it is always fresh and done to perfection. Also, order a Manhatten on weekends. The bartender, Colin, does them to perfection. Hard to keep Mrs. Birchy away from the bar when he is working.
Bulletin: Colin the bartender no longer works there. So once again take your chances.
Further Bulletin: After three successive poor experiences at this restaurant be advised, it isn't what it used to be. Diner beware!!
Well, the place is still buzzin' and afloat so it must have done some correcting. Haven't been back much lately.
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The Excelsior Cafe and Bed and Breakfast: An Italian Bistro and Bed and Breakfast
My wife and I courted at this restaurant 29 years ago. We would meet here for lunch and wine and dessert, all for about $20 at the time. Our favorite sandwich was the Chicken Churasco, a grilled chicken breast with a spicy guacamole suace on a home baked bun. For dessert we had the house carrot cake, which is to die for. We managed to secret the recipe out of our favorite waiter.
Today the place is under the management of a real Italian and the food and service are one of the best in town. You may also stay overnight as the place doubles as a B&B.
These days we like to go there on special occasions, or drop into the bar for a light snack after a ball game. Also, on Sundays we take advantage of their brunch.
Favorite Dish: Hard to choose an entre from the evening menu. But the Chicky San is still offered for lunch and in the bar. However, the biggest draw are the desserts. At any time there are at least 10 beautiful and delicious desserts on display in the lobby just begging you to partake. And of course the famous carrot cake is still a main item. You can't go wrong here. Enjoy.
On a recent visit for lunch Mrs. B and I enjoyed a very delightful time. Mrs. B had lasgane with a meat sauce and I had cheese filled pasta (I forget the name) with a a sauce that was dynamite. For dessert Mrs. had a berry pie and I had Creme Bulee. Wonderful!!! This place is a winner.
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The Ring of Fire!!!: Thai, Thai and More Thai
The Ring of Fire, altough the sound of the name is a bit gosh, is one of the best restaurants in Eugene. It and it's comapanion restaurant Mikelas has a menu that will satisfy anyone wanting an Asian meal.
Favorite Dish: We always order the Peanut Curry Noodles. It has noodles, carrots, broccoli and your choice of chicken, beef or tofu. Never fails to satisfy. Another favorite is the three wild mushroom dish. This is available seasonably and is absolutely luscious. The bar also features regional microbeers and exotic drinks.
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The Original Pancake House: Breakfast of the Gods
This is a chain restaurant, but a small chain, being only in about a dozen states. The original was founded in Portland many years ago. Eugene's is number two and has been here for at least 30 years, although is was forced to change locations a few years ago. This is a restaurant that has used the same menu for all its time. Only the prices have changed. Pancakes, omelletes, exotic pancakes, french toasts, just about anything you can make for breakfast you wil find here. Beware on weekends, especially if there is a U of O atheltic event, the wait can be long. But it is worth it. Come back in ten years and you will see the same wait persons. I mean this place is rock steady!!!
Favorite Dish: The buttermilk pancakes are to die for. I've never tasted any like it. Order a full platter with extra crispy bacon and you will be in heaven.
Cafe Yumm!: Healthy, Yummy Food!
Cafe Yumm! has me addicted. They serve healthy, simple, and quick meals from three locations. They offer selections for vegans/vegetarians and carnivores. Their prices are low and you can fill up quickly on a deceivingly small-looking bowl of jazzed up rice.
Favorite Dish: Try a deluxe original yumm bowl, a tofu/chicken teriyaki stick, or a salad like the secret Asian man.
CAFe Lucky Noodle: International Cuisine
A busy place. On weekends expect to wait for 15 to 30 minutes. Bar is crowded and busy. Wait staff is very pleasant and always available to fill the glass or take the plates away. Presentation is impeccable. Noise level is moderate. Watch the cooks while waiting in the lobby. Makes the time pass quickly.
Favorite Dish: Full-service restaurant and bar open for breakfast, lunch and a complete dinner menu until 1 am. Serving unique breakfast items, authentic Italian and Asian pastas, organic coffee, homemade gelato and specialty cocktails. Full bar. Organic and locally grown foods.
Market of Choice: Groceries, Natural Foods, and Deli
While this store cannot compete in any way with Harrod's Food Court in London, it does a pretty good job for our little city.
The Market of Choice combines the convenience of a standard super market, and has the added feature of stocking earth friendly, body friendly, natural and organic products. They also specialize in ready to take out meals, such as meats, salads, sushi, pizza, and sandwiches plus a full scale bakery and a large wine and beer selection.
Prices are higher here but it is a fun place to shop. Sort like there's a surprise around every corner.
Favorite Dish: I like the pizza for take out. They have their own varieties which include traditional and exotic such as Thai, peanut chicken.
Their produce section is excellent with a wide choice of conventional and organic products. The take out salads and entres always offer plenty of choice at a reasonable price.
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Mekala's: Another Exellent Thai Restaurant
Mekala's is perhaps the longest running and best known Thai restaurant in town. They are now located near the University in the Old Ford's Restaurant, formerly TheTree House on Franklin Blvd.
Mekala's offers a full range of Thai cuisine from soups, to currys to pastas. Service is good, presentation is OK. Probably need reservations on weekends and game days.
Originally, the building was Ford's Drive-in a long running restaurant by the U of O campus. They were known for their fabulous cheeseburgers featuring sharp Tillamook (Oregon's favorite) cheese. It was one of those drive-ins where you drive into a stall and order on an intercom and the food is delivered on a tray. Very 1960's. All that was missing was the rollerskates.
Then Ford's closed in the 70's and became the Treehouse Restaurant. Run by a local family it soon became very popular. One of their passions was dinner theatre. We had attended many productions featuring local artists doing show tunes and light comedy. Over time, the family cashed in and sold to Mekalas. I do think this location is charmed as no restaurant has failed to be a success here.
Favorite Dish: Two favorite dishes are Peanut Curry Noodles and Tiger Cries. The former is a noodle dish with carrots, broccoli and your choice of chicken, or tofu. mixed with a peanut curry sauce. Tiger Cries is stir fried beef served as a salad with a very hot dressing. Indeed, it makes you cry.
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Steelhead Brewery: Hanging out on 5th Street
In the vicinity of the 5th Street Market are some great places to eat. The Steelhead Brewery has a casual atmosphere that includes highbacked, cozy chairs and a British telephone booth. I recommend heading there on a sunny day (if you can find one!) to enjoy the outdoor seating and people watching.
Favorite Dish: At the Steelhead, try out the microbrews and dine on typical American brewery fare such as wings, pasta, burgers, or pizza.
Eateries and shops: Head down to campus!
Down towards the UO campus there are many small cafes and eateries, as well as shops, on one block of E 13th Ave. Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Aroma Espresso's coffee and pastries, the Glenwood's homestyle cooking, Caspian Mediterranean food, Cafe Siena crepes, Taylor's Bar, Rennie's Landing bar, and more.
Wings: EAT UP AT THE AIRPORT
How many people go to the airport for lunch or dinner? Well, we live outside Eugene about five miles and all of our favorite restaurants are near city center. So, when we don't feel like cooking on the spur of the moment we go to nearby Wings at the Eugene Airport.
Located in the main terminal lobby, Wings is a full service bar and restaurant with a surprisingly full menu. Items range from full dinners, pasta dishes, seafood, and your favorite sandwiches. Also free parking.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the fish tacos. Made with halibut they come with black beans, rice and slaw.
Hamburgers are also really good with a wide variety of add ons. Halibut fish and chips are also pretty special.
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Pegasus Pizza: More Yummy Pizza
I love this place. They have great food, great beers, pinball, and pacman-what more could you want? They have a big saltwater fishtank, red upholstery on the elevated booths, and a couple TVs, which always have sports on.
Favorite Dish: California Club-no bacon, add artichoke hearts. Have it with a pitcher of a local Oregon beer, like Mirror Pond Ale, or go for the Pilsner Urquell.
Beppe & Gianni's: Best Italian Food in Eugene
Beppe & Gianni's-those really are the owners' names-occupies an old house near the University.
It's very tastefully decorated, with a few paintings and candles on the tables.
They have an excellent menu and wine list, but since it is always changing, I can only say that-no matter what you order, you're sure to be happy.
Oh-and it's right across the street from Prince Pückler's ice cream parlor.
Prince Pückler's: Best Ice Cream in Eugene
With homemade ice cream, with flavors like strawberry cheesecake, huckleberry and green tea, it's not the most unique ice cream parlor in the world, but it is pretty damn good.
Favorite Dish: I love everything at Prince Pückler's because I love ice cream.
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