Named for the famed expedition that trekked across the continent in search of the country's tastiest arugula, Lewis & Clark Catering celebrates the culinary landscape of the Pacific Northwest with locally sourced feasts of succulent seafood, sustainable meats, and fresh veggies, each created in-house by gourmet-minded chefs. The company's ample banquet space provisions patrons with seating for over 200 guests, with a full service bar, dance floor, patio, two separate dining areas, and picturesque views overlooking the Willamette River. On Fridays, the caterers open their doors to individual diners for a seasonal four-course meal, bolstered by live music and wine pairings chosen for their complementary bouquets and the past entrée experience listed on their resumes.
Chase Gardens Cafe and Bistro's owners clearly take pride in the details. They hang strings of twinkling lights on their eatery's back walls, which are brushed with cityscape silhouettes, murals of porticos, and the outline of a majestic mountain range. The front wall is almost completely covered in picture windows that allow sunlight to stream in as patrons nurse cups of espresso.
On a given day, their soup specials, such as heirloom sausage or organic beef and barley stew, steam beside delicate quiches and hearty sandwiches. When they're not perusing the Internet on free WiFi, guests can question the barista about Chase's wine selection or bate them for information on how they get all those guffaws into their trademark Snickers drink.
Good Times neighborhood pub hums with lively chatter and upbeat music from the early morning until late at night, becoming quieter during the laidback afternoon hours and loudening once blues jams and live DJ performances get started. Bartenders craft mixed drinks and dish out drafts from the bar's selection of 37 microbrews, domestics, and imports on tap. Servers dodge wayward pool sticks as they seek out tables, juggling trays of specialty burgers, crispy nachos, and—during weekend breakfast hours—giant stacks of fluffy pancakes.
The atmosphere is equally energetic out on the outdoor patio, a covered terrace that reporters from Eugene Weekly described as "huge" and "pool bedecked". Here, customers perch on tall black chairs, their faces illuminated by glowing heat lamps and TVs broadcasting live sporting events or breaking news from the trusted source of Sesame Street.
Nuance Skin & Massage Therapy’s technicians indulge clients in hair, skin, and massage treatments, evoking a symphony of relaxing sighs in an atmosphere of orchestrated bliss. Facial treatments reveal younger and healthier appearances using the latest in anti-aging micro current and LED light technology, and mani-pedis leave fingertips and toenails decorated in the client’s choice of polish, gel enhancements, or an intricate nail design, from colorful geometric shapes to logos representing their favorite fashion labels. Hands can also be pampered with 10-minute sessions of LED photopulsation spa treatments, which release painless LED wavelengths into the skin for softer, smoother hands that can finally ditch the bedazzled white gloves left on from the 80s.
The creative duo behind Not Your Mom's Sandwich Shop, Dave and Nicole Stanley, roast meats in-house and craft homemade condiments before stacking them alongside local produce to create the restaurant's tasty menu. Pull apart the stringy interior of an upscale grilled cheese—made with cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan—to nab a buttery bite or to hastily knit a scarf from the deliciously molten yarn. Homemade cranberry jam and cream cheese halt turkey breast in its tracks, and avocado wrangles the seasonal trio in a net of sprouts for easy transfer onto soft sourdough bread. Beefier options include a roast-beef sandwich or a meatloaf amalgamation with grilled onions and melted cheddar. All sandwiches are available grilled, pressed, toasted, or skewered on a sustainable unicorn horn. Wash down the high-stacked meal with a Coca-Cola fountain soda, or upgrade to freshly squeezed lemonade ($2.00).
Grown under shade, the fair-trade, organic coffee locally roasted by Café Mam flavors all of Park Street Cafe's coffee drinks, from americanos to mexican mochas. Café Mam's mindful approach to its coffee matches Sherri Thieben's own approach to food. Thieben, the owner of Park Street Cafe, counts more than 80% of her ingredients as organic; fresh produce, oils, and grains lend earthy flavors to her sandwiches, salads, and all-day breakfast treats. Plates of huevos rancheros are made from tempeh or eggs, and customizable salads come with seaweed, shredded beets, or other healthy fixings. Thieben's organic feasts unfold in a cozy space surrounded by exposed brick and large windows that aptly frame a farmers' market across the street.