Robin's (Cambria) This is a farm to table restaurant- the perfect antidote after experiencing the excesses at Hearst Castle. They offer an international menu in a really nice California-ish dining room. We started with a their market salad with blue cheese and a lemon champagne vinaigrette. I had their Roghan Josh- amazingly tender lamb with a spicy sauce and brown rice. Mark enjoyed the Petit Filet with garlic & chive mash and grilled asparagus. I am getting hungry writing this.
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533 Viet-Fusion (Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs) This was a great recommendation from a bartender at Bootlegger Tiki (we considered going back to thank him!) . We sat at the roll bar and watched them make amazing rolls with unusual and tasty combinations. We tried the Tiger Shrimp and Green Papaya Salad, Chicken Yellow Curry with Lime, and a Lemon Grass Pork Roll. Each one was an experience! We talked seriously about going back the next day to try more dishes.
We were in Seattle a few weeks ago pouring at taste Washington. We were very lucky to discover Crow 2 blocks from our hotel and we could be seated immediately at the chefs table. There were 3 of us so we tried several dishes. Sitting at the Chef table everything going out to the tables came up right next to us so it was easy to choose. Actually surprising that we did not grab a couple of extra dishes because they were tempting. We started with a Bibb lettuce salad with roasted grapes, pistachios and Honey Vinaigrette, fluffy and lovely. Greg tried the house Lasagna, apparently a signature dish. The biggest slice of lasagna I've ever seen. It was quite good, but a good one to share. I had the roasted chicken wrapped in prosciutto on a bed of sautéed greens, perfectly cooked, and we watched them make it. Mark had the Braised Lamb Shank with Posole and lime vinaigrette, needless to say he was not sharing much. We ended the meal with a dessert chocolate combo. We kept seeing the desserts go out so had to try one or steal one. Crow is a nice little restaurant that we happily found and would go back.
We had been trying for months to get a reservation at Ava Gene's. Then Mark planned ahead and gave me a reservation for Christmas. So we were excited when the day came, but it also snowed a lot that day. So it was the only day this winter that Ava Gene's closed. I sent them a message on Instagram and they got us in as soon as they reopened. They even greeted us with prosecco. We shared some very interesting salads, no lettuce in site. They make all of their own pasta so I tried their gnocchi with ragu, very homey and comforting. Mark had the Steelhead with lentils and grapefruit, very interesting flavors. Not your typical Italian eatery. Ava Gene's has a friendly atmosphere with a great staff.
Rally pizza opened very close to our house. We were pretty excited because the chef came from Ken's Artisan pizza. I have been trying to make the perfect crust in my wood fired oven using Ken's pizza book. Needless to say mine is not as good as Rally. Yet.
We have eaten at Rally 5 times now and I think our car drives there automatically. It is that good. If you have eaten pizza in Europe you're in for a treat. They have a small list of choices and the pizzas have just the right amount of sauce and toppings. They always have a special and so far their lamb sausage special is our favorite. They make their own ricotta, mozzarella cheese, and sausages. All are really special. They also make great salads. Their market salad is different every time we go, local and in season.
If making great pizza was not good enough they also make frozen custard and a dessert call a concrete. A concrete is like a really gourmet Blizzard. My favorite so far was pumpkin pie. They actually blend a piece of pie with their frozen custard- YUM! Big enough to share.
This place has great pizza, but do not expect tons of cheese or an American style pie. Pretend you're in Europe and you will be pleasantly surprised.
We are always looking for good restaurants when we are at the beach. Rockaway is not a big place so most of the good restaurants are in Manzanita and Cannon Beach. The Offshore Grill in Rockaway has new owners and they are doing a great job of reinventing this space. We started with a couple of different dinner salads both great. I had their fried oysters which were cooked perfectly, ask for tartar sauce ( I am addicted to tart tar sauce and they were served with cocktail sauce). Both are house made and the cocktail sauce was lovely. Mark had their salmon special also cooked nicely and artfully served stacked on a bed of black bean pilaf. They also had a peach cobbler that I am still dreaming about. They apparently run out of the cobblers so if you're interested order it at the same time as your meal. So next time you are in Rockaway try this restaurant out. We want them to still be there the next time we go!
Mark and I are excited about the opening ofa new downtown Vancouver restaurant. We love Sushi, and Sushi Mo has beautiful sushi. We ordered a mixed tempera plate to start, which was some of the best tempura shrimp we have ever eaten- perfectly cooked, crisp and melted in our mouths. I might get extra shrimp next time, but the veggies were also lovely. The sushi came beautifully organized on one plate. We ordered 3 different rolls plus some nigiri. They did not deliver the nigiri which was good because we were very full. This is their soft opening so they are working out details, but the staff was great and the kitchen is totally ready for their grand opening next month. We will be regulars!
Rafns Restaurant (Salem, OR) We were pouring at a wine bar in Salem and needed dinner before the drive home. We drove around a little knowing nothing about Salem and we discovered Rafns. They have wonderful pastas and salads and other dishes we will need to try on 110 E 15th St Vancouver, WA 360/ 600.8006 www.class-cooking.com our next visit. They pride themselves on having simple, wholesome and honest food as their business cards say. Everything is local and seasonal so the menu will change with the season. The Chef and his wife are delightful and run a very comfortable space.
La Tarasca (Centralia, WA) Mark and I took a trip to Woodinville and needed lunch in Centralia, which is not known (to us) for its cuisine. We discovered La Tarasca Authentic Mexican Food. No chips or cheddar cheese in site! The owners were very inviting and their menu was amazing. We tried the carnitas and the chicken mole. Both were great. Their fresh tortillas were so soft and piping hot we had to wait a few minutes before we could pick them up. The portions were generous and even though I wanted to I could not eat all of my tortillas to scoop up the extra mole sauce. So if you are ever in Centralia at a mealtime check this place out. Writing this makes me want to go just for lunch! Next time I'll try their tamales and tacos which seemed to be what everyone else was eating.
This restaurant is old school, opening in 1999, in a 19th century building. They specialize in beef grilled on a traditional parrilla. So of course we had steaks. They served us a dish of chopped grilled eggplant in a vinaigrette with our bread that was so tasty we could have ordered more but needed to save room for the rest of the meal. We had perfectly cooked steaks with grilled vegetables, potatoes and chimichurri sauce. For desert which we did not need but wanted to try we had rice pudding brule with mangos, it was worth being overly full. www.parrilladonjulio.com.ar