Nestled in verdant rolling hills, Silvan Ridge Winery complements its grapey varietals with a menu of easily chewable eats. Gourmet cheese plates tickle tongues with a variety of aromatic curds from Spring Valley Dairy in nearby Keizer—including dill havarti, smoked gouda, and brie ($7)—and 8-inch wood-fired pizzas ($6.50–$7.50) and crispy caesar side salads ($4.50) carry hunger away as swiftly as hungry warriors plundering an empty pantry. An outdoor patio and surrounding grassy slopes afford picnickers eyefuls of grapevine-laced hills; inside, the fireside room gives couples an excuse to cozy up next to a wood-burning blaze and share a creamy wedge of cheesecake for two ($4). Complimentary wine tastings greet all visitors of legal age.
Red and blue light filters in through stained-glass windows, splashing across the white tablecloths that dot the wooden floors. Housed within a restored former church, Our Daily Bread pairs the hushed, peaceful feel of the reverent interior with delicious, homestyle meals of almond-encrusted chicken breast, pastrami burgers, and seafood pasta. Diners can swing by in the mornings for filling breakfast of chocolate-chip pancakes, seasonal quiche, or omelets.
Jung's Mongolian Grill inspires culinary creativity with a family-friendly buffet of stir-fry ingredients and sauces. Guests can load bowls with a menagerie of vegetables, meats, and noodles before handing custom blends to the grill-masters. Staff members then toss and serve edible opuses, permitting patrons to take home their leftovers if they don't return for seconds or anger the door guard by snapping his fake beard. Alternately, diners can rebuild and revise all-you-can-eat concoctions until stomachs replace growls with thankful purrs. The grill battles cravings from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. for lunch and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner, elongating its hours to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Whether served as a whole pie or by the slice, ll Pomodoro's New York–style pizza benefits from generous layers of mozzarella cheese made in-house. For a pizza that highlights the mild flavors of this cheese, try a slice of the margherita—a traditional specialty that also piles basil and plum tomatoes on its brick-oven-style crust. Not all of the pies are so wedded to tradition. Take, for example, the buffalo-wing pizza, which usurps expectations with its spicy combination of chicken, wing sauce, and blue cheese.
When they aren’t flattening their dough into round pies or Sicilian-style squares, the chefs tie it into aromatic garlic knots or stuff it with mozzarella and ricotta cheeses to make calzones. In another nod to their Mediterranean influences, they toss kosher lamb and chicken with couscous and dice their veggies with authentic Roman swords.
Unsurprisingly, the big draw at Nacho's are heaping plates of nachos. The Mexican eatery prepares 10 versions (3 vegetarian and 7 non-vegetarian) of the dish, sprinkling tortilla chips with shredded chipotle chicken, taco meat, or three kinds of cheese. Add "the works" and each helping comes topped with refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, and special sauce. Kitchen manager Chef Alvaro, who hails from Oaxaca, Mexico, also whips up other Mexican staples including burritos, fajitas, and enchiladas.
J-Tea’s leaf lovers import quality Taiwanese and Chinese teas directly from small farms to wholesalers in North America and their teashop’s steaming cups. During tastings, patrons sip three flights of tea apiece, sampling beverages from the shop's selection of teas. Imbibe refreshing sips of smooth green teas, relish a flight of earthy iron goddess, or debate which O is silent over cups of high-mountain-roasted oolong. Guests nosh a sweet, healthy snack to complement the drink selection amid the teahouse's shelves of labeled tea containers. The shop's tea devotees personally visit small Taiwanese farms two to three times a year to inspect the heartiness of the teas and the overtime requests of the scarecrows.
Chef Mario Tucci whips up a menu featuring mouthwatering dishes made from scratch, such as fluffy frittatas, handcrafted pasta, and South American selections. Instead of sleeping on a bed of car batteries, jump-start mornings with a pesto and olive frittata prepared with two fresh eggs ($6.95), or opt for a buttery, flaky croissant sandwich made with fluffy eggs, melted cheese, and crisp bacon ($4.95). Dig into house-made lasagna modenese layered with meat sauce, handcrafted pasta, and white sauce ($8.25), or twirl a forkful of spaghetti marinara with tomato sauce, garlic, olive oil, and basil ($6.25). Customers can relax in a comfortable booth or table with a foamy cappuccino ($2.50–$2.95) to enjoy a burst of energy before going skeet shooting with a neighbor’s fine china.