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Spork

We stopped here for lunch on the way to Steens Mountain. It’s located just outside of downtown Bend.  We didn’t know what to expect with this Mexican/Asian fusion order at the register place but the menu looked good and it had a good crowd.  It was by far our best find this year!  Lowell ordered the chilaquiles.  It was a mild dish but good, and they added a small pile of jalapeños in case you wanted to kick it up a notch.  Aidan got the shredded pork rice bowl, the pork was sweet and really well done, with the sauce I can’t describe that had peanuts and vegetables in it.  Dad got the cat fish tacos. Again, really good.  Dad is from the south and knows what fried catfish should taste like -the catfish was lightly fried in clean oil, lightly seasoned and perfectly cooked with a side of jalapeños in case you want to add some kick to it.  I got the Carnitas Sando which was a slow roasted pork sandwich with a fried egg, cabbage and other vegetables, cotija cheese and yucca chips and lots of amazing sauce.  Definitely not the low-fat option but it was amazing.  We SO need a Spork in Portland. We all agreed it would go over really well. Everyone there is really nice, the music is loud, but this helps drown the noise of the kids, and we were in and out of there really fast!  Love!!!

www.sporkbend.com

Double Happiness

We needed a place to stop for lunch on the way to Burns and we were burger and a hotdog’d out so we found ourselves at Double Happiness Chinese restaurant off Hwy 20 in Bend.  We were a little wary at first, but the food wasn’t half bad. It’s your standard run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurant. Lolo ordered “mothers chicken”. which he was very excited about.  Dad was disappointed with his Kung Pao shrimp: hardly any shrimp and way too much  zucchini.  The sweet and sour was ok, same with the chow mein.  The portions were WAY too big though.  The boys liked it and that’s all that mattered!

Takoda’s

This weekend we went camping in the Three Sisters wilderness area, and while we did our fair share of hotdogs and smores, we decided to go out to lunch in “Rainbow” Oregon.  We thought it would be appropriate to take the boys to lunch in “Nimrod”, Oregon but there were no restaurants there.  So we ended up at Takoda’s. It was actually pretty good. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, they have a pretty good beer selection and cocktail list, very kid friendly, with a gift shop that has everything you don’t need but want to buy anyway (lots of candy and a great jelly belly selection).  We ordered burgers and Ruebens, and everything was very good. The service was great, everyone there is really nice, and Takoda’s is conveniently located next to the only grocery and gas station within a good distance!  Two thumbs up for Takoda’s!

Park Kitchen

Ok, so it was mom and dad’s anniversary and we didn’t make any plans and then last minute decided we wanted to go out.  We took the dudes to one of our favorite dinner spots, Park Kitchen.  Aidan got the “House Squirt” and Lolo got a custom made limeaid from the bar.  We all decided we would do the Chef’s Tasting menu so we could be surprised.  First out were smoked prawns – two thumbs up from the dudes.  Second was the cod fritters, Lolo gave them two thumbs up, but Aidan said they tasted too much like potatoes and not enough like cod.  Then pork terrine sliders.  Big hit with the dudes.  Of course.  Lolo pointed out that they were better than mom’s pulled pork sliders.  Then the snap pea soup which was outstanding but apparently too green for the boys.  Did their one obligatory taste and that was it.  Beet salad with blood orange, pistachios and goat cheese – good, but not a hit with the dudes.  Then duck sausage with grits and broccolini.  Best dish EVER (according to Aidan and Lowell).  Finally, some beautiful cod and pork, but frankly, even though the two dishes were awesome we were all getting stuffed and so the excitement was fading.   Then desert.  Lolo loved the chocolate cake salted caramel hazelnut ice cream desert, and the rhubarb donuts were a hit with Aidan.  The sorrel panna cotta, well, it was very nice, but mom was the only one that ate it.  Really reasonable for 2.5 hours of amazing food and great service for $65/head!  Kid friendly?  Yes, but not in the kids menu run amuck kind of way.  You have to have kids that love food and can stay in their seats and keep the volume down, but if you do, this is the place!  They were so nice to the boys and treated them like little adults!  Oh, and if you like Moscow Mules they make a killer non-ginger beer version.  It’s all about the fresh ginger!

http://parkkitchen.com/

Casa Vaca Taqueria, Part II

So, the dudes have blogged about Casa Vaca before, but this was before they started serving brunch on the weekends.  Of course we had to try it!  Lowell got the eggs Benedict, which looked absolutely amazing – he even devoured the spinach! Mom got the breakfast enchiladas which were to die for, and dad got the huevos rancheros which were also amazing. But the winner was Aidan’s Tres Leches French toast. Oh. My. God. This one I made sure to try even though I was stuffed and it was the best thing ever created. It was decadent, delicious, all around perfect.  But adults beware, you may need to wear your stretchy pants to this one. Their mimosas are pretty darn good too!  Finally, as always, everyone there is super nice and it is so family friendly and easy to go with kids!!  We love Casa Vaca!!!  Their brunch menu is on their website.  http://www.casavacapdx.com/menu

The Hairy Lobster

Well, despite the “silly name” according to the dudes (and we had our reservations too), the dudes were impressed with the food at the most recent restaurant to make its home in the building by Jamison Square where restaurants seem to come to die.  Started with the lobster Cubano. Who would’ve thought that lobster and pork with the spicy a aioli  would work but it was one of the boys favorites.  So much going on but it was outstanding.  It was Lowell’s favorite, along with the clam flatbread (meh, but this is about them right?). Aidan’s favorite was the manchego schnitzel – of course it was –  a block of deep fried cheese topped with tomatoes.  Who doesn’t like fried cheese???.  But of course being the health conscious one, Lolo said that there was “too much cheese” (as if there is such a thing!) The fried shrimp was just fried shrimp.  The lamb was loved by all.  But the hit by far was the Strawberry Financier.  That dessert almost caused a brawl.  I’m not even sure what was all in it. There was a little caramelized topping like you would have went to crème brûlée, with various strawberry sorbets or ice creams and butter sugar ice cream but it was truly amazing!  Great location, the boys want to go back and play at Jamison Square and then have dessert.  Hopefully it survives.  Two thumbs up from Aidan and Lowell. (and the wind up chicken you that comes with the bill was an added bonus)

Smallwares

Aidan:  “it was super good. The chicken pot pie sticky bun was super good.”  Lowell’s  favorite was the smoked potatoes with horseradish and egg.  They both loved the Ramen, but many of the dishes were just different enough that they weren’t quite sure what to make of them. Even their homemade root beer threw the dudes for a loop (cloves maybe?).  But this is what made mom and dad love it.  We’ve had our fair share of Carlton farms pork and all the other stuff on every other Portland menu- this was a wonderfully unique dinner.  Mom and dad will be back, and hopefully Aidan and Lowell will soon!