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#1 Post by Chuck Miller » March 11th, 2018, 9:27 pm

Heading there in a couple weeks, already booked a nice VRBO unit for lodging (but always open for more ideas for future trips). Mostly looking for good dining options, breweries and things to do while there. Staying 7 nights, so no need for gourmet every night. Just me, so open to almost anything. Thanks in advance.
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#2 Post by Todd Hamina » March 11th, 2018, 10:00 pm

I love Trattoria Sbandati.
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#3 Post by Scott Tallman » March 11th, 2018, 11:40 pm

Breweries - Crux Fermentation Project, Ale Apothecary, and Monkless Belgian Ales.

I would add Boneyard, but unless they’ve changed they are growler fills only.
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#4 Post by Adam Noble » March 12th, 2018, 6:10 am

Crux really is great. Nice place to hang out, too.

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#5 Post by Rick Allen » March 12th, 2018, 7:39 am

I second Trattoria Sbandati - very good Italian. Ariana is also quite good. Crux can get very crowded at times. For Pub food, I think Deschutes gets overlooked just because they're not the "flavor of the month". Worthy is interesting just to see what $5 million will get you in the way of a brewery (their hoppy beers are pretty good too).

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#6 Post by P. Willenberg » March 12th, 2018, 8:31 am

I really like the High desert museum if you're looking for something to do.

Coffee: Lone Pine Roasters, Backporch, Thump

Sandwiches: Primal Cuts (nice tap list too), Planker

Dinner: Joolz, Drake

Generally though, don't get your hopes up. It's not a great food destination. I'd just buy some nice meat at Primal or Pono Soul Farm and cook it yourself.
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#7 Post by Todd Hamina » March 12th, 2018, 12:36 pm

Cravin's Candy Emporium... don't judge me.
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#8 Post by Chuck Miller » March 12th, 2018, 1:16 pm

I’ve been to the High Desert Museum a couple times, it’s outstanding. I’m going to skip the candy emporium, Todd. Kind of defeats the purpose of taking my diabetes pills!

Thanks for all the recommendations. I’ll give a number of them a try and report back.
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#9 Post by Todd Hamina » March 12th, 2018, 2:23 pm

No worries, have fun. This is a great short hike: https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/lava-b ... -nvm-bend/
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#10 Post by dteng » March 12th, 2018, 6:56 pm

Ariana and 10 Barrel Brewing were my favorites when I lived in Bend.
Both are on the West side.
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#11 Post by Chuck Miller » March 12th, 2018, 8:12 pm

A chef friend of mine knows the chef at Washington, and also mentioned prime rib at Baldy’s BBQ on Fri/Sat nights. Any feedback on those?
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#12 Post by patrick c albright » March 12th, 2018, 8:35 pm

Ariana has consistently been the best restaurant in town for me.

900 Wall is a cool room with consistent food and wine.

Bos Taurus has been pretty good as well.

I like the food at Crux.
The grilled cheese in particular.

Sparrow Bakery is worth a stop as well.
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#14 Post by Adam Noble » March 12th, 2018, 10:34 pm

patrick c albright wrote:Ariana has consistently been the best restaurant in town for me.

900 Wall is a cool room with consistent food and wine.

Bos Taurus has been pretty good as well.

I like the food at Crux.
The grilled cheese in particular.

Sparrow Bakery is worth a stop as well.
The meat and cheese platter at Crux after the Beer Chase in 2016 is one of the best (or at least most memorable) meals of my life. I was a bit loopy and dehydrated, however, which may affect the memory.

Last year I had an Albariño sour there that is a top 10 beer I've ever had.

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#15 Post by Chuck Miller » March 12th, 2018, 11:08 pm

brigcampbell wrote:Lava River Caves! Great fun

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschut ... ecid=38396
Looks cool, but closed until May, so it would have to be a future trip. Thanks.
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#16 Post by Rick Allen » March 13th, 2018, 7:30 am

brigcampbell wrote:Lava River Caves! Great fun

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschut ... ecid=38396
Actually up close to this is the lava cast forest, which is also very interesting. Shows how the lava overwhelmed a forest and left behind castings of all the trees. I think I liked it better because it wasn't enclosed. The far end of the cave is rather claustrophobic. BTW, the whole Newberry Crater area should be a National Park.

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#17 Post by Andrew Kotowski » March 14th, 2018, 12:05 am

Boneyard is great, just don't expect a fancy tasting room. Last time I was there I ended up doing "shot-skis" of Notorious. Great story that is not suitable for a public board :D

Totally agree with Rick on Deschutes, plus they just have some great beers, flavor of the month or not.

Other consideration, since you're showing Seattle as home... consider swinging down via Hood River and stopping at pFriem on the way. Great stop to break up the drive, they have a nicer restaurant than I expected (including a kids section) and the beer is great.

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#18 Post by P. Willenberg » March 14th, 2018, 8:35 am

great suggestion to hit Pfriem. Some of the best beers in America right now.
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#19 Post by Andrew Kotowski » May 3rd, 2019, 9:27 pm

VRBO’d in Bend this weekend. Primal Cuts is great for a sandwich and beer - tap selection was top notch, with Boneyard, Crux, Barley Browns, Bevel (new) and a couple of others in the line-up.

Picked up some prime rib-eyes and smoked kielbasa and am enjoying them with quite a bit of Rick’s beer, which we picked up at Newport Market.

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#20 Post by Chuck Miller » May 3rd, 2019, 9:39 pm

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 9:27 pm
VRBO’d in Bend this weekend. Primal Cuts is great for a sandwich and beer - tap selection was top notch, with Boneyard, Crux, Barley Browns, Bevel (new) and a couple of others in the line-up.

Picked up some prime rib-eyes and smoked kielbasa and am enjoying them with quite a bit of Rick’s beer, which we picked up at Newport Market.
The highlight of my trip was the Porkstrami sandwich at Primal Cuts, and one of Rick’s beers on tap.
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#21 Post by Andrew Kotowski » May 3rd, 2019, 10:21 pm

I had the Porkstrami for lunch today :)

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#22 Post by Andrew Kotowski » May 5th, 2019, 11:27 am

900 Wall Street had a decent Pac NW wine list, with just about everything that Cayuse makes. Prices weren't too ridiculous, all things being equal - 2001, 2002 Bionic Frog was $350, couple other bottlings (Flying Pig, Impulsivo, iirc) were ~$200 and there were a couple of other interesting choices. We went lower budget and grabbed a 2013 JJ Chave Crozes Hermitage Silene for $55, which was reasonable. Bourbon/Rye list was pretty deep, with both George T Stagg and Sazerac 18 on the list for $33... and they were at least double pours.

Stopped by Bend Brewing Co, which had good beer (nothing outstanding), but a fantastic location on Mirror Pond. On a 72 degree day, you can do a lot worse than blowing through a couple of their IPAs, while sitting on an Adirondack Chair on the grass.

Final note - Boneyard moved to a large brewpub, with multiple bars and a ton of space. Am a huge fan of Hop Venom and Notorious. Also got to try their "Mr. Centaur" which the guy described as a "quad," although it's listed as a Triple IPA coming in at 13%

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