A porterhouse steak spans the world of edible artwork, sporting a minimalistic T-bone frame, a neoclassical marbling, and a Dadaist penchant for goofily abstracted grill marks. Cut into a piece of culinary artistry with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of steaks, salads, and sandwiches for dinner at Willamette Valley Grill and Bar, located in the Red Lion Hotel.
Bathed in Willamette Valley Grill and Bar's warm chandelier light with a backdrop of flowing, sheer drapery, stately slabs of steak and their courtly culinary comrades make grand entrances into eagerly awaiting maws. The dinner menu contains a delectable selection of mix-and-matchable meats, allowing diners to choose their own meat-laden destiny and adorn it with a variety of glazes, spices, and sauces. Each cut is hormone- and antibiotic-free and comes from cows raised on and enriched by sustainable pastures and a steady stream of Latvian comparative literature. Adorn a new york strip ($29) or filet of beef ($34) with the Red Eye style, which gives beef an invigorating rubdown of coffee and spicy jus lié, or the Pacific Northwest style, a savory meat frock of black-peppercorn demi and wild mushrooms. An extensive wine list bottled from the grape blood of American regional varietals and producers caps off an evening of successful eating and constellation mapping.
Willamette Valley Grill
Having carved out its own elegantly understated space inside the Red Lion Hotel, Willamette Valley Grill recently restyled its menu to feature appetizers, entrees, and salads beaming with the bravado of classic American bistro fare. Inspired by local and seasonal ingredients, chefs entice palates with starter dishes of steamer clams sauteed with pancetta, leeks, tomato, garlic, and wine. Velvety bowls of butternut squash and gorgonzola ravioli create a symphony of spring flavors while aromas pan-roasted halibut and chimichurri ribeye mingle through the dining room. After dining and sipping on a range of Pacific Northwest wines, guests can trade the restaurant's tasteful ambiance for the colorful hues of the adjacent 3301 Ultra Lounge.
3301 Market St. NW
Salem, Oregon 97301