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3 Dishes, A Neighborhood Restaurant Review: Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
3 Dishes, A Neighborhood Restaurant Review: Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant

“It’s a passion.” This is what Mike Ceccanti, Owner, explained about what makes his restaurant tick. Operating since 1987, and at its current location since 1998, Ernestos serves up traditional Italian dishes, pizza, calzones and other Italian specialties, including desserts. Their head chef, John Schroeder, makes sure that the quality of care and preparation is […]

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3 Dishes, A Neighborhood Restaurant Review: Village Inn

| June 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
3 Dishes, A Neighborhood Restaurant Review: Village Inn

Originally called Village Inn Pancake House, the restaurant chain started in 1958 in Colorado and soon spread throughout the country, especially in California, Florida and Arizona. The chain is known for their homemade pies and trademark green and orange décor. The ‘VI’ I visited is owned by Ding Chan, who has operated the Beaverton restaurant […]

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3 Dishes Restaurant Review: La Hacienda Real Mexican Restaurant

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
3 Dishes Restaurant Review: La Hacienda Real Mexican Restaurant

At first sight, the design of the restaurant reminds you of a Mexican ranch. In fact, the word hacienda means “a large estate or plantation with a dwelling house”. As you walk in, you are immediately greeted with bienvenido or “welcome” and that’s exactly how I felt. The restaurant is adorned with bright colors, traditional […]

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3 Dishes Restaurant Review: Café Murrayhill

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
3 Dishes Restaurant Review: Café Murrayhill

When I arrived at Café Murrayhill, the General Manager, Bob Corser, who has been with the restaurant since 2008, quickly greeted me. The first thing he did was immediately wisp me into the kitchen to meet his head chef, Martin Virgen. Martin has been with the company for about 8 months but has quickly infused […]

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3 Dishes Restaurant Review: Guicho’s Mexican Restaurant

| February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
3 Dishes Restaurant Review: Guicho’s Mexican Restaurant

  When I first moved to Oregon, from California, nearly 10 years ago, the first Mexican Restaurant I ate at was at El Tapatio, along Farmington Road in Aloha. Guicho’s is the sister restaurant of El Tapatio and also the namesake of the head chef. Guicho’s has a bright, festive atmosphere, with a wonderful mural […]

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3 Dishes Restaurant Spotlight: Otherworldly Cheesecakes

| January 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
3 Dishes Restaurant Spotlight: Otherworldly Cheesecakes

By Greg Mattie To ring in the 2014 New Year, I get to do something a little different. Instead of profiling a local Beaverton eatery, I am focusing on a local start-up business that specializes in delicious, made-to-order cheesecakes. Otherworldly Cheesecakes, operated by Amanda Alsterberg, morphed from a hobby of cheesecakes she liked making for […]

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3 Dishes: A Restaurant Review

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
3 Dishes: A Restaurant Review

Tom’s Pancake House By Greg Mattie This has been a regular breakfast stop for longtime Beaverton residents; Tom’s Pancake House has been a familiar sight along Canyon Road for 47 years! Owner Greg White, who bought the restaurant from original owners, Tom and Carolyn Gutzler, in 1995, had made it his goal to preserve the […]

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3 Dishes Restaurant Review: BJ Willy’s Woodfired Pizza & Pub

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
3 Dishes Restaurant Review: BJ Willy’s Woodfired Pizza & Pub

Located in the Progress Ridge Shopping Center, B.J. Willy’s takes pride in their woodfired oven pizzas as well as serving burgers, salads, pasta and appetizers. One of three locations (the other two reside in West Linn), I was warmly greeted by the restaurant’s Marketing Director, Dana Brown, as well as Warren, this store’s GM. It […]

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3 Dishes Restaurant Review: Planet Thai

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
3 Dishes Restaurant Review: Planet Thai

I will be honest with you, before living in Beaverton, I was a little skeptical to try Thai food. Not that I am afraid to try new things but my old hometown had only one Thai restaurant and I was not sure how good they were so I never ventured there. In Beaverton, however, there […]

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3 Dishes: A Neighborhood Restaurant Review

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
3 Dishes: A Neighborhood Restaurant Review

  Mom’s Dessert Café Have you ever craved something but were not motivated to drive across town to get it? This can be a common problem when living in Beaverton. In addition to having a plethora of edible options, some of these delicious locations can be a hassle, especially with the challenges of commuting in […]

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