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The River House
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Oregon Grape Nursery/Riverhouse Restaurant

65 Dollar St., West Linn, OR, 97068

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Aug 10, 2008 - Corine M
A Perfect French Omelette

You Do Not Need to go to France for a Perfect French Omelette!

You need to go to West Linn, Oregon, located just 12 miles south of Portland. West Linn is known as the “city of hills, trees, and rivers” and it is close enough to the urban amenities of the metropolitan area, while retaining small town charm.

The Tualatin River runs directly in front of an old farmhouse that was converted into the Footpath Café in 1993. New owners purchased the Footpath Café in the spring of 2008 and changed the name to The River House. The Oregon Grape Nursery is also a part of The River House and is known for stocking old-fashioned favorites and hard to find plants.

At The River House you can chose to dine indoors, out on the porch, or in the yard under a big shade tree at a picnic table. We chose the comfort of the indoors. The character of the rooms of the old farmhouse was charming. The tables were adorned with white table linens and the service from our waitress was delightful.

The menu featured many of the chef’s French omeletts and quiche. They are flavored with a variety of ingredients such as the sharp cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, sausage or bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and fresh herbs. What fascinated our palettes were sauces like, the house chipotle hot sauce, toasted fennel seed aioli, and roasted red bell pepper aioli.

The classic French omelette is not cooked as long as most omelets eaten in the U.S. that are heavy and over-cooked. A French omelette is simple in design, but difficult in execution. Julia Child famously wrote that “A good French omelette is a smooth, gently swelling, golden oval that is tender and creamy inside”. The chef at The River House has mastered this art.

Baked in-house every morning are the breakfast specials and breads. To add to the freshness, the meats and eggs are from free-range sources. It cannot get any fresher than that!

I highly recommend the Sarah Beth Omelette (named after the Chef). It has crispy bacon, parmesan cheese, tomato, basil pesto, and roasted red bell pepper aioli. This three-egg omelette comes with your choice of bacon or sausage, roasted red potatoes, and country white or multi-grain toast. We also had the weekend special quiche prepared with sausage and red bell peppers. I can only describe my first bite as if I was enjoying a fork full of fresh custard. It melted in my mouth.

The menu boasted their house oatmeal, so I had to try it. I usually do not care for oatmeal, but I was licking the bowl by the time I was done. The oatmeal was prepared with brown sugar, dried cranberries, orange zest, and walnuts. It was not only delicious, but healthy.

Because we are accustomed to the rich coffees we experience in the Pacific Northwest, we chose to have coffee with our breakfast. This was not just an average cup of coffee. It was so smooth and without the bitterness that I had to ask the waitress what brand they were serving. The River House serves Illy coffee. Illy coffee was founded in Trieste, Italy in 1933 and has been passed down from three generations of Illy family chemists and coffee lovers.

If you are planning to visit the Portland area, I would highly recommend a drive to 65 Dollar Street in West Linn to experience one of their custardy French omelettes. You will feel their passion for food!

My only regret is that The River House is not located in my hometown so I can go there every day for this exquisite breakfast experience.

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