My friend Keri and I have been besties since 8th grade. Though she lives in Sisters and I live in La Pine and we are FB friends, we haven't seen each other in person for five years. How can that be possible?
So, we made plans to meet for lunch in Bend yesterday. We chose to go to a wonderful "must see" spot, The Pine Tavern. Maybe it started out as a tavern 75 years ago, but it is a full-fledged and beautiful restaurant now.
As I was waiting for Keri to arrive (I got there early), I wandered around and took some pictures. The next few are on the patio overlooking Mirror Pond. There are tables and chairs out here when the weather is warmer.
Back inside, there are tables and booths. What is that ... a tree?
There are two huge pine trees growing through the ceiling in the main dining room! I presume that is how this place got it's name in the first place.
Here is a row of large booths. There is also a separate bar in the front as you walk in. The place is very big:
Here is our booth. We sat there for three hours! (And then spent another hour in the lobby saying goodbye.) I was so surprised at how fast time flew by. I even got a parking ticket for staying so long. We had so much to catch up on:
Here is the lunch menu. I was a little disappointed that I couldn't get a hamburger. I ended up with fish and chips (they were fine) and Keri had fish tacos (they looked a bit bare). Everything tasted good, and the service was wonderful. The hostess and the waitress were happy that we were having such a great time:
On our way out, the nice hostess took our picture:
Keri will always be one of my best friends, and we promised to get together again soon. I want to go over to her ranch and take pictures of their horses soon.
It was a wonderful afternoon.
Here is a link to The Pine Tavern's website. I kept it on the history page, and you can find out more by "Clicking Here".
~ Kathy M.
P.S. - I'm going to plug Keri and Ted's motel in Gold Beach, Oregon while I am thinking of it. If you are looking for a wonderful place to spend time on the Oregon Coast, please check out this website: "Inn of the Beachcomber".
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