Owned by a group of local farmers, Shedd Cafe is a friendly home-style eatery that sources the majority of its produce and proteins from local farms within 12 miles of its location. A lunch menu favorite is the farmer burger, topped with cheese, a fried egg, a John Deere ball cap, and your choice of ham or bacon on a homemade bun ($8.50). Shedd Cafe can also stuff your body’s crawlspace with a variety of sandwiches and fresh soups. The reservation dinner makes a family-style meal more about food and company than who can scream louder about not cleaning dishes. The menu varies at each of these Saturday farmer feasts, and everything from drinks to dessert is included with your reservation dinner. Although alcohol is not served, consuming dishes like those served at past reservation dinners—chicken and dumplings, barbecue tri-tip, and an orchard-themed meal—usually reproduces alcohol’s extreme feelings of sleepy euphoria. The next scheduled reservation dinners are February 25, March 12, April 2, April 23, and May 7.
Chef Mitch Rosenbaum, formerly of Bobby Flay's Las Vegas outpost Mesa Grill, and del Alma Restaurant marry contemporary cooking techniques with South American, Caribbean, and Spanish inspiration. The menu invites Latin-loving larynxes to gear up with starters such as the signature sangria-poached pear Ensalada del Alma, adorned with spiced olives, toasted pine nuts, and aged blue cheese ($9). Apprehensive appetites can take baby steps with traditional tapas, such as the dark-chocolate and peanut lamb mole, paired with dried cherries and served with corn tortilla chips ($10), or the wild-mushroom quesadilla, filled with locally sourced black-truffle goat cheese, tomato coulis, and cilantro pesto ($9). Larger plates ignite stomach engines with options such as the cochinita pibil, Yucatan-style barbecue pork and slow-roasted pork-shoulder cradled in a banana leaf—the specialty dish arrives alongside jicima and mango salad, guacamole, smoked tomato poblano chili rajas, and wheat-flour tortillas ($20)—which double as indoor skeet-shooting targets when taken to-go.
The staff at The Peacock Bar & Grill whips up classic American pub fare in a convivial atmosphere that has served Corvallis since 1929. Half-pound hamburgers sizzle in more than 15 gourmet varieties, and fresh steak and seafood entrees round out a menu of traditional American fare. Late-night food specials please the after-hours crowd, and catering services lavish special events and get-togethers with mouthwatering morsels. A pool table, video-game machines, flat-screen TVs, and a full bar add to the air of revelry at the tavern that, like the ham radio, has kept mouths busy for more than 80 years. The Peacock Bar & Grill struts its plumage and ability to entertain with nightly events and specials including sports games, karaoke, and live DJs.
A simple interior decorated with OSU memorabilia lends Cravin' Cookies a college-friendly ambience perfect for biting into a variety of freshly baked cookies. Crafted from scratch with ingredients such as cane sugar and real butter, the cookies are fresh out of the oven when the "Now Warm" sign lights up. Cravin' Cookies shares the same space as Roxy Dawgs, which offers half-pound beef franks imported from Chicago, Oregon-made sausages, and Louisiana-style red hots.
Tinted glass panes wrap around the rustic clubhouse of Spring Hill Country Club, permitting splendid views of the kempt lawn, misting fountains, and 18-hole golf course that encompass the grounds below. An advanced Rain Bird irrigation system keeps the 6,502-yard labyrinth in pristine shape year-round, and a short-game practice area, driving range, and PGA-certified instructors help preserve both swings and nine-irons' sense of identity. Members enjoy access to a fitness center with cardio and weightlifting machines, a sauna, and locker rooms, as well as access the cool waters of the club's Olympic-size outdoor pool. Plasma-screen TVs show live sports or golf-cart jousting at the casual Caddy Shack Pub, and the Player's Grille invites synchronized dining and chit-chat while clients take in quiet views of the club.
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