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Julia Crowley

Julia Crowley

EDN's Food & Wine Editor has been in the wine industry for nearly 20 years. First through creating European wine tours, then opening her own wine bar, Julia now loves writing about food & wine for EDN through her two weekly columns: Wine Down Eugene & Local Lunch Gals. Find more wine related articles on her website, WineJulia.com.
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Local Lunch Gals – Cafe 440

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–Julia Crowley, EDN

Cafe 440 is located in north Eugene at, you guessed it, 440 Coburg Road in the Coburg Station Plaza. The decor is modern yet comfortable with large picture windows that stretch from the floor to the ceiling, and it’s wood and stonework accents give it that classic Pacific Northwest feel.

It’s locally owned and focuses on using locally grown products, which us Eugenians love and is admittedly something we have come to expect from Eugene’s locally owned establishments.

The lunch menu is pretty extensive. Some of the appetizers include Northwest Salmon Cakes, Macadamia Coconut Prawns, Risotto Balls and Sweet Potato Fries. Entree salads with house-made dressings like Buttermilk Chive and Blueberry Balsamic include a Spinach Salad, Caesar Salad, Goat Cheese Fritter Salad, Grilled Chicken Cobb and a Northwest Salmon Niçoise. There’s a whole load of burgers and sandwiches, in addition to entrees that include Salmon Fish & Chips and Macadamia Coconut Prawns. Prices range from $3  for soup to $16 for the Northwest Salmon Niçoise.

It’s more usual than not that the three of us Local Lunch Gals will order something different, but on our visit to Cafe 440, we all ordered the Chicken Cobb Salad.

On a bed of fresh Spring Mix were sliced perfectly-ripened avocados, a hard-boiled egg cooked to perfection with a slightly soft yolk, grilled chicken, halved grape tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles and two slices of thick-cut BBQ-glazed bacon.

We all took a bite of the bacon before digging into the salad, and it was most likely the best bacon any of us have ever had – it was delicious. The greens were fresh, and the house made blue cheese that both Jennifer and I ordered was really good. Maria had the blueberry balsamic dressing, which was also very good. This salad was perfectly portioned as well, all three of us ate every last bite.

Sticking to local wines, as we normally do, I ordered a glass of 2009 Panther Creek Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Jennifer ordered a glass of 2010 Montinore Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, and both wines paired beautifully with our hearty and delicious salads. For a review on each of these excellent Oregon wines, visit WineJulia.com.

After we were done eating, we ordered more wine to enjoy while talking about our kids, friends and jobs. We stayed for quite a while, and we got the impression from our waitress that she was ready for us to go, so after our bill was nearing $100, we decided it was time to end our Local Lunch Gals Cafe 440 outing.

Overall, the atmosphere and wine list, which are most important to me, were excellent. Maria was very happy because she was able to enjoy some delicious food that didn’t have an impact on her sensitive system, and Jennifer, the restaurant owner in the group, was completely impressed with the quality of the food. The three of us agreed, we would all recommend Cafe 440 to friends and family, and we’re looking forward to another visit real soon.

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Have you been to Cafe 440? Please tell us about your dining experience, we’d love to hear what you have to say!

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