Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunday dinner out in the middle of nowhere

Brian and I had dinner with one of my clients last Sunday evening. They've been asking us for over a year and the timing was perfect.

They live out in Oregon City, so Brian and I stopped off at the Willamette Falls observation turn-out. Our light was fading and the overgrowth made it hard to spot, but the area along the river is quite spectacular.

The falls are a natural waterfall on the Willamette River between Oregon City and West Linn. It is the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest...horseshoe in shape, it is 1,500 feet wide and 40 feet high with a flow of 30,849 cu ft/s. Located 26 miles upriver from the Willamette's mouth, a canal and set of locks allow vessels to pass into the main Willamette Valley.

We found our way into Oregon City and Ed and Alice drove us south on Highway 213, past the small towns of Mulino, Carus and Liberal, Oregon.

Then, out in the middle of nowhere (a small dot on the map) sits the Markum Inn. If you go, be prepared to wait in line, this is one busiest places considering they are out in the sticks (Ed and Alice have been customers for over 40 years). Ambiance is almost non-existent but the menu speaks for itself. American Style Food; Steaks; Seafood; Burgers; Italian Selections; Full Service Catering with wonderful BBQ. Sunday night is prime rib night and my "mama" cut was fabulous with just a hint of BBQ smoke.

Take a look at Brian's Chicken Parmesan!

Thanks again to Ed and Alice for treating us to a wonderful meal (with leftovers for several days).