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Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

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Medford, Oregon
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Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

We pass through Eugene often and depending on the time of day and our mood often eat at Le Marche, El Vaquero and PF Changs. We will be in Eugene for the entire weekend and are hoping to find some new places to try. We have been to Zenons several times - but just don't think it's quite the same, and have been to Ambrosia's once - we thought it was okay.

Are there any restaurants we should try? Any good breakfast recommendations? Despite my screen name it will just be hubby and me on this trip. We are looking for more options along the lines of LeMarche or El Vaquero.

Thanks!

Eugene, Oregon
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for Eugene, Springfield
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1. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

Tried this twice and screwed it up twice, trying to insert links. Maybe, third time will be the charm.

First of all, the sad news. Vaquero and Zenon are gone...bit the dust.

For Italian, you might like Beppe & Gianni's on the corner of 19th and Agate.

http://www.beppeandgiannis.net/

On that same corner are the town's best ice cream parlor (Prince Puckler), Eugene City Bakery, McMenamin's 19th St. brewpub, Agate Alley Bistro

http://www.agatealley.com/

and Studio One Cafe (noted for their French toast).

You seem to lean toward the upscale, but don't give any real cousine preference....so, here are a few varied suggestions:

Thai: Ring of Fire, Sweet Basil (the one on Pearl at Broadway, across from Ambrosia) and Mekalas

http://www.ringoffirerestaurant.com/

http://mekalas.com/Welcome.html

http://www.sweetbasilor.com/

Adam's Place was really upscale, but has just changed its menu and is now called Adam's Sustainable Table and is supposedly more economical. http://www.adamsplacerestaurant.com/

They've also converted their nextdoor lounge into a Moroccan Restaurant. http://www.cafemaroceugene.com/

Koho Bistro is in a little strip mall on Bailey Hill Drive, but is definitely worth the little out of the way drive.

http://www.kohobistro.com/

Those ought to keep your taste buds busy for a little while, but if you have any more specific requests, let me know and I'll try to give you more suggestions.

Oh, other breakfast places. If you want the real Eugene breakfast experiences, try Morning Glory (near the train station), Keystone Cafe and the Glenwood (by the campus just off 13th).

Eugene, Oregon
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for Eugene, Springfield
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reviews: 125
2. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

One more. Just opened. If you liked Vaquero, the owner and chef have just opened (Black) Rabbit, a bistro in the shopping center at 29th and Willamette. Haven't eaten there yet. Article in paper said no subsitutions, no variance from menu. They were quoted as saying, "We make it right and you will like it." I put the "Black" in quotes because I think the sign just says Rabbit, although you'll find the TA reviews under Black Rabbit. The menu is really selective and you should probably check it before jumping in.

Portland, Oregon
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3. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

If you want something a little out there-I tried the Pizza Research Institute last year while i was in Eugene for an extended time. It is pretty good-new agey and weird pizza combinations that taste frightenly good. However my major complant was that it took forever to get a pizza. Perhaps just order one over the phone and pick it up.

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4. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

If you like a more formal, fine dining venue with fantastic food and lovely ambiance, check out the restaurant at King Estate Winery. We have enjoyed two very nice lunches there, both were wonderful. We dined once out on the terrace and once by the glowing fireplace when the weather was chilly. Enjoy! :)

Eugene, Oregon
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5. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

King Estates in Lorane, not Eugene. Nice destination if you want to go 20-25 minutes out of town, but not what I thought you were requesting.

Medford, Oregon
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6. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

Wow! I'm shocked that Vaquero and Zenons' have both closed!! Thanks for all the suggestions and the links oregonpoppa! That was extremely helpful. We checked out all the websites and have some great suggestions!

Eugene, Oregon
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7. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

Glad to be of service. Please report back and let us know where you've gone and whether you've liked it. There are more restaurants around than I can keep up with and some go out of business before I can get to them!

And don't forget, we're joined at the hip with Springfield, which also has some good eateries. In a previous response I said King Estates was 20-25 minutes out of town. I meant to say 20-25 miles.

Medford, Oregon
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8. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

Thanks again for the recommendations. We ended up only needing to spend one night there so had dinner at a new restaurant my husband read about on Chowhound called Belly. It is across the street from where Vaquero was.

We had an excellent meal - the special scallops appetizer being the biggest hit, and their salads were unique and delicious. It is small and they don't take reservations except for larger parties and then only for the first hour (5-6 pm). We got there about 7pm and had to wait about 45 minutes, but we were not in a hurry and enjoyed a relaxing meal. It has a fun casual vibe.

We also went to Studio One for breakfast - it was excellent! Stellar french toast and fabulous huevos rancheros.

Thanks all!

Eugene, Oregon
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for Eugene, Springfield
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9. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

Well, at least one of my recommendatins scored with you. I think it's time for me to have the French toast at Studio One again.

I'm glad you tried Belly and liked it. I've gone by there several times and checked the menu. For those of you unfamiliar with Belly, it gets its name from PORK belly and the menu is heavy with pork confit, pigs feet. tripe...well, you get the idea. It's menu, which isn't extensive, changes regularly, but stays true to the piggy. So, if pork isn't your thing, you're somewhat limited in what you can order. But there's enough there to give it a try and based on familyof4travels review, we just might give it a go...eventually.

Eugene, Oregon
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10. Re: Looking for restaurant recommendations in Eugene

http://www.bellyrestaurant.com/

This is the website for the Belly in Portland (can't find one for the one in Eugene, which I am assuming is a sister bistro). The menu shown here isn't as weighted down with Porky Pig as the one in Eugene that I saw posted last time I went by.