Restaurant Eugene alum Aaron Russell operates with a strict set of rules at this low-key spot in East Lake. On one side, the bar offers playful small plates; on the other, the dining room serves a small selection of the kind of globally inspired New American food the chef might make for friends at home. His French dumplings with seasonal vegetables have a right to become iconic, and his bourbon caramel with puffed rice and chocolate-coffee mousse remind diners that Russell is, above all, a pastry chef. poorhendrix.com
This article originally appeared in our December 2017 issue.