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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!!!

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Killer Burger

Well, because of poor planning on our part and nowhere else to go for dinner, we (gasp) took the dudes to Killer Burger. Lolo loved it, much to our surprise considering how frequently he shuns meat.  However, he said he did not like their fries and the music was too loud.  Although he ate almost the whole thing, Aidan said he wasn’t crazy about it.  It was too messy he said.  He also said it was too small (we got the boys the smaller “girlie” burgers) . It was clear that Lolo was really into it.  It was great people watching for the boys, the TV was on so they got to see some sports and commercials, but will we go back again anytime soon?   Probably not.  We of course loved ours, but we should have gotten the girlie burgers too.  I can’t move right now.

Gruner

We have to admit, we have been here before without the dudes and thought it was time they try it. What we weren’t expecting was just how much they were into it! The beet pickled deviled eggs were a no brainer – we were lucky we got any ourselves! But they devoured the Maulteschen (hope I spelled that right) and the sausage. They weren’t into my lamb, and I can’t blame them. If you come here getimage the sausage. My lamb was fine, but I could have just eaten the deviled eggs and sausage for dinner and been in heaven. Then came the Berliners, they used to be jelly-filled but they changed it to a cookie ganache. The boys were in a zone after one bite. Then there was the pretzel bread… For some reason, the dudes were intrigued by the architecture, and were also closely watching the filming of a Grimm outside. So they were enjoying the food and distracted. Win! As far as kid friendly goes, I wouldn’t take kids that aren’t used to waiting for their food any later than 5:30. They were courteous and treated the dudes well, but I got the impression that they don’t get a lot of 6 year olds in there.

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Departure

The boys have been here before and it was awesome again. We’ve never ordered anything we didn’t like. Well, none of is are big on the meatballs, although we can’t really articulate why. The boys favorites hands down were the Dungeness crab fried rice and the shumai. Me and dad liked the crab fried rice and the Spring rolls. The scallops and wasabi beef were good, but the crab fried rice is always the best! And nothing beats tempura battered banana, butterscotch and peanut brittle ice cream!!! They are nice to the kids, but get there early!!

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Fogo de Chao

So this was Aidan and Lowell’s first encounter with a Brazilian steak house.  It was about a month ago.  Dudes are five and a half now.  They were very excited about the salad bar, which came first.  Then the meat started coming, and coming, and coming.  The dudes didn’t quite get the whole concept, and after a few rounds of meat slices Aidan asked “When we order dinner?”  They were totally meated out, so we let them go back to the salad bar.  Overall, this was not one of their favorites but we don’t think it had anything to do with the quality – our guys just aren’t heavy duty carnivores.  They like a variety.  For the adults, again, it was good, but it was A LOT of meat.  They tell you to lay low with the salad bar and make room for the meat, but personally we would have gone heavier on the salad bar (they have shrimp, salmon, pasta salads, salamis, cheese, peppers, etc.) and go lighter on the meat.  We seemed to keep getting the same meats, but that also could be that Aidan and Lowell like to dine very early, so they may not have had everything ready by 5:00.   photo-2.jpg