For many years friends tell me, Walla Walla was a desert when it came to restaurants, but the Oasis has been there just off the highway to Milton-Freewater for quite some time. In fact, it was a pleasure to have lunch from the 1950s style menu that offered everything your heart could desire in a diner. The Walla Walla onions stuffed with melted cheese and crab was the signature dish of our visit. Speaking of oldies, but goodies the Homestead offered up real good typical cafe food and a very nice list of local wines at reasonable prices. The Creekside Cafe offered somewhat more sophisticated cuisine in an outdoor setting. It was a good thing we were with Bob and Kathy as the conversation after the first course had to last a long time 'til the main course arrived. Whitehouse Crawford refused to seat us when we arrived ten minutes early even though the restaurant was basically empty. Although that left a bad taste in our mouths, the food was good and the Amaurice Chardonnay was spectacular with the fabulous squab. This time around we decided to skip the pretentiousness of 26 Brix where relatively untrained farm boys and girls are dressed up in formal wear serving small portions in imitation of, say, the French Laundry, for example. Walla Walla is turning out excellent winemakers, perhaps they need to add a hospitality training program. The highlight for us was our lunch with Catie at Saffron, where all the small plates we had at lunch so whetted our appetites that we tried to reserve for dinner that night. Of course, nothing was available on such short notice. Clearly this is the place to eat now in Walla Walla. The two wine bars, Grapefields and the Vineyard are great places to taste wine, meet people, and have a light meal. I always choose my wine first, then the food, so Walla Walla is the perfect place for me.