I’ve been to Restaurant Eugene many times, but I’ve never dined in the main dining room. So far, I’ve exclusively parked myself at the bar and put myself in the able hands of Nick Hearin, mixologist extraordinaire.
What first enticed me to try out the bar at Eugene was Nick’s advertisements on Facebook for his “Friday Night Flights”, the recurring weekend event in which Nick pairs three cocktail creations with three small plates from the kitchen, for $25. You can view the new FNF menu each week on the Eugene Facebook group.
Nick’s been doing this a while, but I rarely see many people taking him up on it, likely because Restaurant Eugene isn’t so much the “bar hangout” kind of place (H&F across the street takes that title). In fact, there are only six seats at the bar, and I’ve never had to wait for a seat.
If you go try out the Friday Night Flight, which you should, I have a few recommendations. One, try Linton’s famous pimiento cheese with the brittle grisini style breadsticks. Two, don’t drink too fast. The food bites are VERY small and the booze is VERY strong. And three is an addendum to point number two – order a small plate or two to share, because they’re delicious with the bonus that they will absorb said alcohol.
Below are some shots from two recent visits. Go visit Nick. Even if you don’t take him up on the FNF, just tell him what style of drink you like, or what you feel like eating, and let him take care of you.
“dressed enoki mushrooms”
“wild boar and perigord truffle terrine”
“golden beet mousse with orange zest”
from the regular menu – kumamoto’s with foie shavings