Steven and I don't often spend the night in Coos Bay/North Bend area. After all, it's only an hour and a half drive north from where we live in Port Orford. In fact, come to think of it, I can't recall a time that we've ever done it. But, I'd registered for a negotiation and mediation workshop sponsored by the University of Oregon's Luke Center recently and with the session starting at 8:00 a.m., staying in Coos Bay the night before just seemed like the right thing to do.
We arrived in Coos Bay mid afternoon on the day before the workshop and decided to explore unfamiliar territory, driving up the Coquille and other byways before stopping for a snack when we arrived in Coos Bay.
Fortunately, we were driving by Ciccarelli's when the snack attack occurred. Attracted by the newness of the place (it opened last fall) and the reputation of its young chef Ian Ciccarelli, we quickly found ourselves in the restaurant ordering a glass of wine and two shiitake offerings. We selected one portion of the daily appetizer special of Shiitake Bruscetta along with the Shiitake Mushroom Feulitage from their regular appetizer menu.
Both were a delight to behold: lovely presentation and generous portions. Both were delightful to consume: rich and flavorful and substantial to the point that we passed on dinner...the two appetizers were so filling and satisfying.
Would we go back to Ciccarelli's? You bet. In fact, you can count on seeing us at Ciccarelli's when I attend the third and final workshop offered by the Luke Center in Coos Bay in August!
2076 Sherman Avenue
North Bend, OR 97459