Tea aficionados at Momma Honey and the Princess brew up pots of Intelligentsia loose-leaf tea and coffee to serve alongside pastries crafted at local bakeries. Pinkies protrude over high tea as pairs of guests share pots of elixir brewed from loose leaves or roasted beans harvested from sustainable small farms around the world and brewed with local water. Discuss teatime topics, sharing opinions on world politics or the boiling point of water between mouthfuls of sandwiches, savory cream puffs, and scones. Alternatively, customers can present a punch card and caffeinate with 10 12-ounce Intelligentsia loose-leaf tea and coffee drinks of their choice, served in compostable cups that amateur farmers can use to fertilize and grow their own coffee-shop plants.
Sonic Drive-in boasts a hunger-obliterating menu of burgers, coneys, shakes, and more—all delivered straight to your horseless carriage by gracefully roller-skating carhops. Settle burger-craving stomachs with a supersonic cheeseburger ($4.19), and craft a creative meal out of sides like mozzarella sticks (five for $2.99), chili cheese tots ($2.59), ched' r' peppers' ($2.99), and onion rings ($2.19/large), which, like engagement rings, symbolize love and taste better dipped in ketchup. Cleanse your crumb-covered palate with a Sonic signature limeade ($2.09/medium) or a slush ($1.89/medium) in any combo of classic flavors like cherry, grape, watermelon, orange, or quantum particle, which tastes like everything yet strangely nothing. Once you've ordered from the comfy confines of your car or decommissioned lunar module, your all-American feast will arrive balanced atop the head of your roller-butler just in time to catch you tearfully singing along to "Forever Young." Customers are welcome to feast in their cars or savor their selections on Sonic's outdoor patio.
The fireplace in 45th Grill's cozy dining room offers a Dadaist simulacrum for the grill that fires each Angus beef burger and steak behind the scenes. Deep-fried mushrooms assimilate to grill culture by arriving with a ranch-dip sidekick ($5.95), then kaiser buns proudly present still-hungry diners with half-pound burgers. Those with even meatier appetites can opt for the 10-ounce top sirloin, dusted with a picturesque snowfall of blue-cheese crumbles ($17.95). The 45th Grill also offers chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes, as well as a Sunday brunch that starts at 11 a.m. See the full menu to scout out potential prey, and call ahead for reservations, as seating is limited.
“We had reserved a window spot and watched the birds and boats on the lake until dark,” wrote a reporter for the Statesman Journal after a visit to Caruso’s Italian Café & Wine Bar. The view of Staas Lake, visible from almost every seat in the house, was instrumental in landing the eatery a spot on the newspaper’s Best of list in 2011 and 2012. With his wife Angie in charge of hospitality, chef Jerry Phipps brings years of culinary experience to bear on northern Italian cuisine. In addition to pastas such as linguine and prawns, Phipps sautés halibut in a sherry-wine reduction and pairs milk-fed veal with mushrooms and light marsala sauce.
Fairy lights encircle the ceiling of the dining room, adding to the soft luminescence playing off of the burnished gold walls. Visitors chat with glasses of wine and small plates in the wine room’s sumptuous armchairs and loveseats alongside stuffed trophy beanbags. Beneath a wide pergola outside, silverware clatters merrily against the murmur of a stone fountain.
Since 1922, the red-brick Hartman Chevrolet garage has lain hidden within the lush foliage of the Cascade Foothills, serenaded by the flow of Silver Creek. More than 80 years later, after the building had fallen into disrepair, longtime admirer Manny Rodrigues enlisted the help of a team of local architects to renovate the former auto shop into Creekside Grill. Today, the sound of the rushing creek plays off the canted roof of the expansive deck, and sunlight pours into the dining room through towering windows. The restaurant's menu reflects this sense of making the old new. Throughout the week, servers bear plates of fish and chips made with wild Pacific sea bass, broiled and caramelized hickory-smoked ribs, or tomato gorgonzola soup, and bartenders send frozen specialty cocktails, local wines, and martinis to the tables that sit creek-side in the cozy grotto lounge. Meanwhile, a specialty kids menu designed by Ms. Oregon 2011 Moniqa Keisling appeases young palettes with chicken strips, spaghetti, and french fries that make a fetching addition to any tiara. Throughout the year, the restaurant hosts live events, including live music, poetry readings, and fashion shows.
The historic building in which Mac’s Place stands survived two legendary fires, in both 1885 and 1934, yet inside the fires still rage, cooking pizzas, burgers, and po’ boys made from scratch with local ingredients. Nightly specials add variety to the stalwart helpings of homemade macaroni and cheese, and every morning cooks prepare batches of soup as fresh as the eruptions from Yellowstone’s clam-chowder geysers. To add to the inviting atmosphere, heaters make the outdoor patio available year-round, and local musicians play live performances on most Saturday nights.