You’ve probably already heard the news that Café Zenon (Zenon Café? I can never remember) is reopening under the ownership of Ibrahim Hamide, the erstwhile owner of Café Soriah. I was a little touched when I saw him on tv yesterday, promising to respect the traditions of this Eugene institution, even though I’m generally grumpy about the small pool of ownership among Eugene restaurateurs. Hey, I have a soft spot for that kind of community spirit. It rocks.
Another familiar face, Adam of his Place, has been operating Adam’s Sustainable Table for almost a month now. We went and it wasn’t bad. Adam mixed me a Sazerac with a icewater chaser, which was cool, explaining it was new on the menu and promising the second one would be better. And it was. I loved the simple herb “flower” arrangement on the table. I think it was made of carrot tops. That was a sweet gesture. The food was perfectly serviceable and I didn’t have any negative experiences like some friends did when they visited. Fried squid, a fish special, lamb stew with paparadelle, chocolate molten cake, if I recall. I guess I was hoping for some new oomph to the menu, eye-opening combinations or something that screamed green. Ah well. What I ate was fine; I don’t want to be too negative.
In case you wondered about the review in Chow!, Black Rabbit Bistro is now called The Rabbit Bistro, but everyone still calls them Black Rabbit. I still haven’t been, and have heard grumpy stories about the service and substitutions policy that make me not want to go. Chillax, bunny. We want to pet you, but you’re making it hard.
If you miss Morgenthaler, check him out all fancy and stuff, making a cocktail video for Imbibe Magazine. I seriously wanted that damn Manhattan, even though I was watching the video at, like, 7 am. Stirred, not shaken, indeed.
Speaking of which, it’s quittin’ time. And that means I have an hour to relax before getting back to work, yay.