38 Degrees - Mediterranean Bistro and Sangria Bar
38 Degrees - Bend OregonIf you get the opportunity to visit 38 Degrees, and you have the budget for it, definitely do so! I have had the privilege of dining here a couple times and absolutely loved it. Loyal followers (all 2 of them) know that I don't gush over every restaurant that I visit. I like to think that I call 'em like I see 'em.
The wife and I started off with the 5 taster of Sangria. I am not an expert on Sangria at all. I'm not even a novice. I like what I like and I enjoyed all 5 of them. Maybe the ones with white wine were not as good as the reds but it was fun tasting the different ones as we sampled the variety of food we ordered.
On this occasion, we had the Clams and Chorizo (below):
AWESOME! These had to be the best clams I have had...ever. The combination of the clams with the spicy Chorizo and the sauce was amazing. I loved it to say the least.
We also had the Steak Frites, the Roasted Red Potatoes, and the Prawn and Sausage Spiedini:
I don't care who you are, if you don't appreciate the combination of shrimp and pork products, just stop reading now. Shrimp wrapped in bacon, pancetta, and/or prosciutto is gold. Now at 38 Degrees, they offer Shrimp and Chorizo skewers....mmmm good.
Will someone please make a dish that consists of Prawns wrapped in prosciutto, wrapped in pancetta, beer battered, deep fried, then wrapped with a thick slice of pepper bacon. Serve with a side of gravy. OK, the gravy part might be too much. Maybe just a side of sweet chili sauce for dipping and a Baby Arugula salad. Done. If you own a restaurant or know someone that does, or if you are a Chef...make that dish and let me know, I'll be over the in five minutes.
I'm not sure if $22 for the Steak Frites was worth it but it was damn tasty. Look at all them juices! The portions are pretty small at 38 Degrees and I guess are intended for sharing. But skip that nonsense. I tried to devour as much of the steak as I could before she noticed. It didn't work.So there isn't much I can complain about the dishes or the Sangria at 38 Degrees. If anything, it is pretty expensive. The quality backs it up but I can't afford to dine there often. For me, it's probably going to end up as one of those special occasion establishments. You can view 38 Degrees Menu HERE. I definitely recommend that you should give 38 Degrees a try.
745 NW Mt. Washington Drive
Bend, OR 97701