Full service fish market specializing in direct connections to local fishing families. Oregons largest independant retailer of Dungeness crab with a live tank in house which enables to cook fresh crab daily. Small kitchen with the biggest seafood menu around, from sturgeon fish & chips to crab dinners. Local draft ale
Sweet Thang Chocolates' seasoned confectioners whip up classic and unconventional sweets that eschew gluten, artificial flavors, and preservatives within a cozy, wood-floored storefront draped in turquoise hues and bucolic décor. Artfully arranged display cases and tables brim with handcrafted brittle, truffles concocted with deliciously unorthodox ingredients—including real bacon and cayenne pepper—and peppermint bark harvested from the vocal cords of candy-cane hounds. Staffers also stock a selection of berry-flavored jams and preservatives, as well as nonedible gifts, including spa bath products and holiday decorations.
Sweet Cheeks Winery, composed of a 65-acre estate vineyard and 140 acres of sloping hills, churns out pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay, and riesling. The Executive Wine Tasting gives guests the chance to fill their face pouches with up to 14 flights of Sweet Cheeks' full lineup, including all exclusive bottles not released to the general public. Like a blazing barrel of apples, the 2009 Reserve Pinot Gris smells of fruit and has a hint of smoke, while the 2009 Vintage Riesling gives off subtle undertones of honeysuckle paired with the sweet flavors of apricot and peach. The 2009 Rosy Cheeks is a cuvee of tempranillo, pinot noir, and pinot gris, all blended and fermented together until they sprout a beautiful bouquet of strawberries and tickle the tongue with flavory tingles. A cheese board of Oregon artisan cheeses, maple-herb roasted nuts, and crackers is provided to complement Sweet Cheeks' wine; guests may also bring their own picnic basket of goodies and iPods to complete the experience. Sample fine wines from the 7,000 sq. ft. patio that overlooks the vineyard and the gentle, sloping hillside leading down into Briggs Hill Valley.
According to a feature in the Creswell Chronicle, Steve and Karen Aman reopened Old Time Scoops's classic treat shop when a visit to Creswell led them to fall in love with the community and relocate from their native California. The pair has maintained the spot's timeless atmosphere that harks back to the ice-cream shops of yesteryear by slinging classic sundaes, malts, and milk shakes amid debates over President Eisenhower's fiscal policy. A rainbow of ice-cream flavors hailing from nearby Umpqua and Spring Valley dairies adorns both classic and waffle cones, and heat-seeking appetites can opt to pair a rotating soup selection with the shop's slate of made-to-order sandwiches.
The tea aficionados at J-Tea personally visit small farms in Taiwan and China, sampling a wide variety of seasonal oolong teas for stocking their cozy shop. The exact menu of specialty oolong, herbal, and green teas varies according to the season and the crop, including the chocolaty aged wu-yi, which is stored in earthen-clay vessels for 15 years to eliminate exposure to light and tea-crazed howler monkeys ($3/cup, $10/0.94 oz.). Infuse a hovering nose with the nutty aromas of smoke and wood of the charcoal-roasted oolong ($2/cup, $10/1.87 oz.), or savor the fruity latticework of the Emerald City oolong #38 ($3/cup, $8/oz.). Also available is an assortment of brew devices, tea mats, and storage vessels that transform any kitchen into a teahouse and keep the purity of tea from being corrupted by the rebellious teenage coffee beans in the next cabinet.
Chef Mario Tucci cooks up a menu of South American and Italian fare prepped with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Italian-style frittatas inspire fillings such as potatoes and garlic, mushrooms and onions, or zucchini into rich, eggy unification (all $6.95), while vegetarian-friendly burritos embrace beans, cheese, rice, eggs, and more in a tight tortilla hug (from $4.95). Delectable sauces cling to the fresh-made pastas like koalas cling to anyone who offers them a granola bar (from $6.25). Diners can also nestle into the rustic, marketplace-like eatery, festooned with earthy artwork and live local music, to partake in ciabatta-bound sandwiches (from $5.95), entree-ready salads (from $5.65), and elegant glasses of wine ($4.95).