Personal recommendations — Restaurants in Pendleton, Oregon and Salmon, Idaho

While traveling this last spring and summer, I found a couple of great restaurants in Oregon and Idaho.

Roosters (Pendleton, Oregon)
1515 Southgate Pl
Pendleton, OR 97801
(541) 966-1100
(address and phone number taken from their Yahoo! Local listing Oct 5 2009)

I was passing by Pendleton and found Roosters by following the instructions on their billboards on I-84. I’m very glad I did, as the food was excellent. I had the chicken caesar salad for an entree and the creme brulee for dessert and both were fantastic. The service was great too and prices were very reasonable.

Shady Nook (Salmon, Idaho)
501 Riverfront Drive
Salmon, Idaho 83467
(208) 756-4182
(address and phone number taken from their website,, Oct 5 2009)

Shady Nook was recommended by my brother William as a great little place to eat dinner while passing through Salmon. They have both indoor and outdoor seating — the outdoor patio was very nice. I had walleye with mango salsa for the entree and key lime pie for dessert. The walleye was phenomenal, and the key lime pie was outstanding. It’s a little bit pricey, $15-$30 per entree depending on what you order, but the food was definitely worth it. They also had excellent iced tea, which is something a surprising number of restaurants can’t master. If you’re in Salmon, be sure to give it a try — but call for hours, as their hours do change seasonally.

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