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Hmm…Where should I start? I guess my name would be good right?!  Well, my name is Shana and I enjoy traveling, experiencing new things, eating and trying practically anything once. “You can’t say you don’t like something if you have never tried it,” is something I believe to be true in respect of food and life in general. I can’t wait to share my food experiences with you all!

Hi there, I'm Kara. I would consider myself a pretty regular girl. I grew up in a small town in Southern California. I enjoy most typical types of food, and every now and then will get a little more adventurous - though I usually leave that to Shana :). I enjoy eating out as well as making dinner at home. I've really been working on my cooking skills over the last 4 years - slowly but surely getting a little more confident and a little more proficient with each meal. My goal is to become one of those people who can reach into an "empty" cabinet and pull out a delicious meal.

Traveling Eats - Falling Sky Brewing - Eugene, OR

Falling Sky Brewing – 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene, OR

Slow Roasted Beef Brisket with House Salad

Back Alley Burger with Fries

Lavender Vanilla Soda

A few months ago I made a trip to Eugene, Oregon to visit a friend. I know most people would not think that this is an exciting point of destination, especially during the winter when it is cold, wet, and gloomy out. But there I was, vacationing and hitting up some of the local eateries in downtown Eugene.

I left my apartment 6am the morning of my travel and by the time my flight had arrived it was late afternoon, I was starving. I needed to get some sustenance in my system pronto. First stop, Falling Sky Brewing. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you notice that this venue has an open table concept. They have a few standalone tables, but the majority of the seats are made up of two long bench style tables that run about 20-30 feet across the restaurant. It looks like this would be a good place to hang out and meet up with friends and family. They brew their own beers and concoct their own sodas. They offer many different varieties of beers and change their drinks out regularly, so each time you visit, you may or may not be able to order the same beer you had the time before!

We ended up ordering the Slow Roasted Beef Brisket with the House Salad and the Back Alley Burger with Fries. I first started off on the House Salad: field greens, pickled onions, carrots and radish and a homemade vinaigrette. When I first saw this simple salad, I did not think it would have impressed me. However, my judgment was wrong! It ended up being one of my favorite items that I ate there. The pickled onions had a little tang to it and the vinaigrette was refreshing with a spirit of sweetness to it. I would probably order this on its own the next time I visit. The roast beef brisket had a big pair of shoes to fill after my delicious house salad. My eyes were drawn to the ooey gooey cheese that was melted on the grilled onions and beef brisket. I could not wait to sink my teeth in it. I took my first bite, and it was not as exciting as I envisioned it. The meat was not as moist as I hoped and the cheese was less cheesy that I expected. The flavor of the brisket stayed true to beef, and was not something I would write home about. I then put on some of their homemade ketchup on the sandwich and it actually made my eyes lit up with joy. The ketchup was not your typical ketchup. It was a bit chunky and was very flavorful and made my brisket taste better. Typically, I do not put ketchup on my brisket, but since I was not too impressed as it stands alone, I thought I would kick it up a notch. After finishing my brisket sandwich, my hunger was still not quite satisfied. I had to move onto the next item on the menu.

The Back Alley Burger with Fries was up next. This looked like your typical burger, but it was much more than that. The pub sauce and the pickled onion on the burger created a nice medley of flavors; it was salty, juicy, sweet, and savory. What more could you ask for?! I could not get enough of the burger and wish I had gotten the burger instead of the brisket. Should have listened to the suggestion. The fries were typical, but it was salty and kind of greasy, therefore amazing in my book. I do not always like greasy fries, but in this case, it worked. Nice crunch, but not dried out. And with the last bite of the fries with more ketchup, I was finally full.

I know, I know, they are a brewery but I did not order a beer. I did however, sampled their Lavender Vanilla Soda. It was sweet, very fragrant, with a hint of vanilla. I do not think I would have been able to drink a whole serving of it though. But it is something that I would suggest one to try if they were to be visiting or happen to stroll on by this area. Overall, I would give this venue a 3.5 stars out of 5. The atmosphere was nice, friendly service, food was good, and price is fair. I would do this again.

Slow Roasted Beef Brisket with House Salad
Falling Sky Brewing Shot Glass
Back Alley Burger with Fries

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