Photo Essay: Dishcrawl Eugene Act ll

Holy Cow
photo Sandy Harris

After a long day I headed into town for Dishcrawl Eugene.  Our directions were to meet at Agate Alley Laboratory for our first course.  Rosalie Ruff, our Dishcrawl Ambassador promised a fabulous evening of foods to tempt our palates.

Soon after we had decided on our seats, Rosalie stood at the head of the table and introduced Dug Beaird Owner of Agate Alley Laboratory, his second restaurant.  A little different from Agate Alley Bistro located near the University of Oregon.  This restaurant is truly a laboratory, as the meals are experiments.  Some of the drinks, like the one I ordered came in a beaker!

On the Menu at Agate Alley Laboratory was Crab Cream Cheese Rangoon’s, Shiitake Mushroom Cigars and Pork Belly Taco’s.  I personally do not like mushrooms, but because I have a curious mind, I tried the Cigar, and it was yummy!  Shh, I will not live this down if it get’s out!

I snuck into the kitchen and snapped a few shots of Dug and Mike, who have worked together for about 4 years or so.  The ambiance of the restaurant and the warm friendly staff ensures my return.

Once we left there, we headed to the Holy Cow!   We sat on their patio, under heat lamps and were surrounded with laughter.  To drink, we were served Komboocha Shot’s, the menu;  Falafel Balls with house made hummus and dip, Eug Slider and Sambar Cure.  Oh my was it all delicious!

Holy Cow
Holy Cow photo by Sandy Harris

We headed south on Willamette to Off The Waffle!  Once inside, Omer who owns the restaurant along with his brother and father came out to give us the history of how Off The Waffle began.  I could have listened to him all night, but alas, it was time to find out what all the talk was about.

On the menu; Be Brie-Pared;  Brie, pear and caramelized onion.  I know!  The BMB;  bacon, Havarti cheese and basil, finishing with the Overachiever; Belgian chocolate chips, banana with a drizzle of chocolate… Hello!

We then headed down and around a side street and ended up at the back side of Agate Alley Laboratory, in waiting was the GastroNomad!   On the menu was pork taco, shrimp taco and for dessert they prepared a walnut cookie with poached apricot and topped it off with a dollop of freshly whipped cream!  It was a perfect ending to a perfect evening.

I wanted to share my photographs with you in my photo essay of the evening!


Sandy Harris is a writer for Eugene Daily News. Sandy grew up on an island in the Alexander Archipelago in the southeastern region of Alaska. Her life's passions include writing and photography. Follow her on (

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