Eugenified

Living with attitude in Eugene, Oregon

Garlic Jim’s Pizza

Garlic Jim’s Pizza
2766 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402
Phone:541-344-1093

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Meh. Corporate franchisee “gourmet” pizza. [Read more…]

Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen

Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen
400 Blair Blvd
Eugene, Oregon 97402
(541) 342-7500

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Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 5

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New update, Aug 2015:

Go ahead and read my original review below in which I blast this place. I did not go back for 5 years after that disastrous first visit. [Read more…]

The Mission Mexican Restaurant

The Mission Mexican Restaurant
610 East Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 686-8226

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Update, Aug 2015:

This place really went downhill the last few times I stopped by. The tables are getting dirtier and the younger manager-types seem to be very focused on the bar area [Read more…]

Chelitas Taqueria & Restaurant

Chelitas Taqueria & Restaurant
321 Main Street
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 736-7441

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Update, Aug 2015:

This place is long gone. [Read more…]

Dickie Jo’s Burgers

Dickie Jo’s Burgers
Ste A, 201 E 13th Ave
Eugene, OR
(541) 636-4488

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Update, June 2015:

They fixed most of the problems discussed below in the newer version of this restaurant opened near Valley River Mall. Still, I rarely go there. Value for money issue? The old location listed above was converted into a Bill & Tim’s BBQ, owned by the same company. It’s just so so. Not sure if I ever got around to writing a review of Bill & Tim’s. Here’s a short version: Value for money issue, and too much fat/gack in their BBQ. Skip it. [Read more…]

Angkor Cambodian Café

Angkor Cambodian Café
1810 Chambers Street
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 343-0485

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What happened to that crappy restaurant with the unreadable sign that used to be here? Who knows, but let’s give its replacement, Angkor Cambodian Café, a try. [Read more…]

Courtsports vs. In Shape Fitness

Courtsports Athletic Club
4242 Commerce St
Eugene, OR 97402

In Shape Fitness
2681 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 687-2200

You. Fetch me my copy of the Wall Street Journal. You two, Courtsports Athletic Club and In Shape Fitness, fight to the death. [Read more…]

The Cannery

The Cannery
345 E 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 345-5435

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The Cannery is sometimes good, sometimes just ok, and on rare occasions bad. If only they could post a sign outside that indicated their daily status. [Read more…]

Five Guys Burgers & Fries – Eugene

Five Guys Burgers & Fries – Eugene
495 W 7th Ave Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 357-4749

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You. Fetch me my copy of the Wall Street Journal. You two, Dickie Jo’s and Five Guys, fight to the death. [Read more…]

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Mr. Eugenified’s Daily Weather Report for Eugene, Oregon

Before moving to Eugene, I tried to do some research on the “notorious” weather. What I found was two types of info: charts/graphs and anecdotal garbage (trust me, these “it rains 9 months per year” anecdotes are usually greatly exaggerated). Neither were quite what I needed. Now that I actually live here, for the benefit of others interested in the area, I decided to build a day-by-day log of the weather. Instead of focusing on the numbers, I am attempting to give a real world summary of how the weather feels each day. [Read more…]

Gary’s Coffee

Gary’s Coffee
525 High Street
Eugene, OR 97401-2711
(541) 868-1608

Gary’s Coffee Website

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Quick Review: Gary’s Coffee is a nice quiet little shop that serves delicious cappuccinos and lattes. The best tasting in all of Eugene. I don’t understand why their espresso drinks taste so much better than the other players’ in Eugene (Beanery, Wandering Goat, Full City, etc.). Can they legally be putting opium in the mix? I don’t think so. It’s a mystery. [Read more…]

Pizza Research Institute

Pizza Research Institute
530 Blair Blvd
Eugene, OR 97402-4630
(541) 343-1307

http://pizzaresearchinstitute.com/

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Wow, Pizza Research Institute gets really strong ratings online. It must be a great place to eat, right? Uhhh…sorta…but maybe not. Depends on your point of view and how important food is to your restaurant experience. [Read more…]

Bai Khao Thai Cuisine

Bai Khao Thai Cuisine
541 W. Centennial Blvd
Springfield, OR
(541) 736-8424

http://www.baikhao.com/

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Checked out this new Thai place in Springfield the other day with not very high expectations. Turns out this place has been open for six years, and I was wrong about the food as well. [Read more…]

Shari’s Restaurant

Shari’s Restaurants
2950 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402-3221
(541) 344-1155

www.sharis.com

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I know I am supposed to hate chain restaurants. This is something I need to work harder at doing. I should know that a big evil corporation could not possibly compare with all the funky little local competitors in the Eugene breakfast market, right? This is all my fault. [Read more…]

Chao Pra Ya

Chao Pra Ya Thai Cuisine
580 Adams Street
Eugene, OR 97402-5164
(541) 344-1706

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Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 3.40 out of 51 vote, average: 3.40 out of 51 vote, average: 3.40 out of 51 vote, average: 3.40 out of 51 vote, average: 3.40 out of 5

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Quick Review: Consider me a bit dumb (no, don’t), but I never knew that the son of the owners of Chao Pra Ya Thai Cuisine was the owner of Ta Ra Rin, what I consider to be the best Thai restaurant in Eugene. With this new info in mind, I decided to pay another visit to Chao Pra Ya to do some comparison shopping. [Read more…]

Caspian Mediterranean Restaurant

Caspian Mediterranean Restaurant
863 East 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401-3706
(541) 683-7800

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Some restaurant owners are real marketing geniuses. Not only can they cook tasty food, but they also know how to present it in an atmosphere that enhances the dining experience, whether it be a high-brow sit-down restaurant or a simple cafe/diner. The owners of Caspian Mediterranean Restaurant are not that type of genius. [Read more…]

Golden Orient Chinese Restaurant

Golden Orient Chinese Restaurant
2513 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402-3315
(541) 683-5469

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Uh, oh…I hear Cantonese being spoken as I walk in the front door. I predict some slimy, mushy, gou qian-y, low-on-taste Chinese food will be part of my very near-term future. Let’s see if my prediction is correct. [Read more…]

Noli Italian Cafe

Noli Italian Cafe
296 E. 5th Ave (5th Street Market Food Court)
Suite 201
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 686-9199
noliitaliancafe.com

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What an interesting idea: Italian food without all the pretentiousness and price. Why didn’t I think of that? Well, actually I did think of that. Or rather, I have been dreaming of that for years. And finally I have found it. [Read more…]

Mack’s Dexter Lake Cafe

Old Address:
39128 Dexter Rd
Dexter, OR 97431

New Address:
155 E Main St
Lowell, OR

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Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 5

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Went searching for a cool little cafe along Highway 58 last week and decided to try out the cafe attached to Dexter Lake Club from the movie Animal House (“Otis, my man!”). Bad news…The cafe has moved, and the club is closed (you can buy the club including building and land for $355K). Maybe good news…The cafe has relocated to nearby Main Street in Lowell. [Read more…]

Toshi’s Ramen

Toshi’s Ramen
1520 Pearl St
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 683-7833

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Please supply your own pithy first sentence which drives you to click the “Read more” link to read the full review. [Read more…]

Steelhead Brewing Co.

Steelhead Brewing Co.
199 East 5th Avenue
Eugene, OR
(541) 686-2739

Steelhead Brewing Co.’s website

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There’s a fine line between boring and reliable. Steelhead Brewing Co. toes the line admirably. [Read more…]

Hop Valley Brewing Co.

Hop Valley Brewing Co.
980 Kruse Way
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 744-3330

Hop Valley Brewing Co.’s website

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This is the kind of restaurant you would get if the Chief Operating Officer of Chili’s decided to set up a new business of his own. All the hardware and fancy control systems are in place…in fact, they are WAY overdone for a single location restaurant…but there’s still something missing. [Read more…]

Poppi’s Anatolia

Poppi’s Anatolia
992 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401-3134
(541) 343-9661

Poppi’s Anatolia’s website’s

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Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

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Yet another hippie-vibe restaurant for me to crush. But wait! What is this I see?! Clean tables, quality materials, well-decorated, table service, a first-rate menu with dishes suitable for adults with no fear of fragrant spices?! The other hippie places in town are going to be pissed when they see this travesty of hippie-dom. What a big disappointment… [Read more…]

Bates Steak House and Saloon

Bates Steak House and Saloon
433 East Broadway
Eugene, OR
(541) 683-3108?

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Quick Review: Stopped by Bates Steak House a couple of nights ago for their burger & brew special: $8.50 for a burger and a pint of beer. Imagine my surprise when my meal arrived with a hand-written note from the owner of the establishment. [Read more…]

Taco Time

Taco Time
Mexican Fast Food
Many locations

Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 5

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Quick Review: Here we have a local clone of Taco Bell. I wonder if they have taken the basic Taco Bell theme and upgraded it with something a little special or more local or more handmade or whatever? [Read more…]

Bizarre search words

Just for fun, here’s a short list of some of the more bizarre search terms that visitors typed into Google and then clicked on the Eugenified website listing… [Read more…]

The Wagon Yard BBQ

The Wagon Yard BBQ
41301 McKenzie Highway
Springfield, OR 97478
(541) 896-3339

Wagon Yard BBQ website

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Depressed that Howling Coyote BBQ has shut down. I along McKenzie Hwy drive blindly east. My vision is clouded and my mind too. My car begins to swerve ever so slightly. Left. Then right. Left. Suddenly I, tears streaming down my face, scream, “Oh why is there no real smoked barbecued meats to eat for me anymore?! Why?!” I begin to look for the nearest precipice off upon which to solve this problem permanently. But wait, I say to myself out loud. What is that up ahead on the left? Could it be the soft woody acrid smoke of a BBQ joint? Bright light shines down through the clouds. Cut to commercial. [Read more…]

Holy Donuts

Holy Donuts
1437 Willamette St
Eugene, OR 97401
541-510-6635

Holy Donuts’ Facebook page

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Mmmmm…just what I’ve been dreaming about for all these years. Vegan donuts!…Well, not really, but worth a try. [Read more…]

Laughing Planet Cafe

Laughing Planet Cafe
760 Blair Boulevard
Eugene, OR 97402-4802
(541) 868-0668
www.laughingplanetcafe.com

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Here we have another one of those Eugene restaurants that has a strong “political” following, i.e. people strongly support this place for cultural/lifestyle reasons. Which is nice and all…but the question still remains: When all the quirky cultural aspects are stripped away, is the food at Laughing Planet any good to eat with your mouth? [Read more…]