My husband and I had the good fortune of spending twenty-four hours in Bend, OR. On our own, without kids or the dog, we hit the Oktoberfest festivities in downtown Bend, hiked to Benham Falls near Sunriver, but let’s be real, the reason I was in Bend was to go to Ariana Restaurant. A friend told us about it, and touted that it was her favorite restaurant in Bend. As we neared the appointed hour, we were eager to get going, but we had an hour to kill, so we went out for a beer before dinner, not my usual drink before dinner, but Bend is known for its craft beer and the husband is a big fan of all things hops, barley and malt. Luckily, we were only across the street from the Craftsman bungalow that houses Ariana Restaurant. I love restaurants in homes, you feel like you are visiting a friend, a friend that cooks really great food. As we entered the restaurant, I immediately got the sense we left the laid-back aura of Bend, and entered a great food establishment in a big city. We could have been in Chicago, New York or Paris. The diners were dressed up, thank goodness, I told my husband to change out of his Columbia Sportswear pull over.
You know when you go to a restaurant and the waitstaff knows what they are doing, and all you have to do is sit and enjoy, that’s Ariana. We ordered wine and sat back and enjoyed the Chef’s tasting menu.