Staying at a little nondescript motel in Brookings, we decided to walk up the street to "a steak house." It was our wonderful luck that this steak house is "O'Holleran's Restaurant and Lounge." We decided to sit in the bar, at the bar--and ended up having a truly memorable meal and experience. The bartender was just wonderful...very friendly and completely personable. There was a musician playing, and the overall atmosphere reminded me of a 60's steakhouse and lounge with the great food, great service, great atmosphere. Something my parents would have loved, and something that I truly appreciate these days, but so rare to find. Don't get me wrong...it's not 60's decor, but that feeling of old time service and comfort was definitely there.
The food was DIVINE. I had an absolutely perfectly cooked filet, and my husband had razor clams...both of us had cocktails and then great wine with dinner. It was a weirdly magical experience, and I think it has to do with the great service, great atmosphere, great food thing that was a complete surprise in a stumbled-upon roadside steakhouse. I'm not sure we would have had the same experience had we eaten in the main dining room...this was a bar thing! We also were conducting a very unofficial "Best Clam Chowder in Oregon" taste test, and O'Holleran's is the winner!
It wasn't cheap, but it was unforgettable. O'Holleran's, you are doing it right.
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