This week Corvallis, Oregon, was ranked the 10th best college town in the U.S. - in good company with Boulder, Ann Arbor, Berkeley and Chapel Hill but each for entirely different reasons. Home to Oregon State University, Corvallis is a naturalist's paradise, so when it comes to dining, you're more likely to find casual vegan and fresh sandwiches than fine dining (if this is your style, check out the Midwest-based Jimmy John's - the "world's greatest gourmet sandwiches" chain right by the campus. Fresh, fast and friendly.
For the latter, business travelers seeking casual upscale dining with the best local and regional sourcing, there is one certain offering in downtown Corvallis - Del Ama Restaurant and Bar. It's located along the river walk, so a lovely peaceful setting. Fitting local "green" traditions, del Ama is a partner restaurant with the mid-size Gathering Together Farm for organic produce and lists several special Pinot Noir wines of the Willamette Valley region among an extensive wine selection.
Happily our recent visits coincided with the current feature, "3-Course Wednesdays" - a $25 prix fixe selection of appetizer, main "plato" and "dulce." The imaginative "new latin" cuisine is extremely reasonable, there is a long list of tapas combinations that easily make a meal and the portions, whatever you choose, are pleasantly filling. Having tried to swear off desserts when traveling, it's impossible to do here - the light pistachio cake medley and key lime pie disappeared so quickly from our plates that I couldn't photographed them, but here are the Rockfish Escabeche from Aug. 13 and the Pork Tacos from a previous visit.