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#1 Rosie

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 06:13 AM

Where should I eat? Will be there two nights.
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#2 onehsancare

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 01:29 PM

The top of my list has always been Cafe Zenon. The original owners recently sold it to some Californians without restaurant experience. I haven't been there since the transition was complete (the sellers stayed for a couple of months to help).

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Cafe Soriah (has a nice bar and a lovely courtyard)

Do not be seduced by the "on the river" ambiance of either Valley River Inn or the McMenamin's North Bank--you'd be better off eating at one of the above and then going for a walk on the river.
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Posted 23 June 2005 - 01:16 PM

Hey, I don't know if you made your trip or not but I have a few more suggestions.

Anatolia is a lovely greek/Indian restaurant. A good option for lunch (they are open for dinner, too). They do all the standards really well. I love their Moussaka, their bindi baji (an okra curry)- or the Thali platter- which includes several curries and the tastiest peanut chutney. Don't miss the rice pudding for dessert.

Marche is really good.

And get a warm loaf of the seeded baguette from the Fifth Street Public market bakery.

If you are going to be there on a weekend go to the Saturday market for lunch. Toby's tofu tia is yummy. It is hippieland-be forewarned- you WILL see tie dye and smell pachouli. You might even get an offr to buy "The greatest jokebook the world has ever known" by Frog who has an uncanny ability to be everywhere in Eugene at once.

#4 Rosie

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Posted 24 June 2005 - 06:20 AM

Thanks. Going in a few weeks so I will be able to use your recommendations.
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Posted 24 June 2005 - 06:03 PM

I live in Eugene and will be happy to offer some recommendations if you can be a bit specific about what you're looking for, what cuisines you prefer, etc. Enjoy your visit!

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 12:27 PM

Enjoy everything! Prefer innovative cuisine. Fresh ingredients. Price not important but mom/pop establishments that are off the beaten track and known to locals are also fine. Thanks for any input.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:04 AM

I wanted to bump this back up to see if there are any changes/additions in recent years. My wife interviewed for a job at the University, so I'm checking out the "food scene" in town. Do people living in Eugene/Springfield tend to head to Portland a lot, or is there enough of a restaurant culture in Eugene to keep you home most of the time? How about markets, butchers, etc.?

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:34 AM

I wanted to bump this back up to see if there are any changes/additions in recent years. My wife interviewed for a job at the University, so I'm checking out the "food scene" in town. Do people living in Eugene/Springfield tend to head to Portland a lot, or is there enough of a restaurant culture in Eugene to keep you home most of the time? How about markets, butchers, etc.?

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If you are going to be in Eugene, you should check out Kekau Chocolatier.

I don't know much about the food scene in Eugene but Portland is surely worth a visit!
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#9 nibor

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 06:50 PM

People in Eugene do not head to Portland "a lot", if you mean in terms of seeking food or entertainment. It is a hike.

It is however perfectly charming and, with the occasional easy trip to Corvallis or the Pacific, a nice place to call home.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:17 PM

How about markets, butchers, etc.?

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i really like long's meat market and capella market. capella has a nice deli and meat selection, and longs has many, many wonderful meats and cheeses.

i like both sunrise asian market and king's asian market. sunrise has a prepared foods section that's fun.

sunrise, capella, and long's are all fairly close to each other.

sundance and the kiva are more hippie/health food storish, and i like them both too. sundance has a fair bit of vegetarian/vegan prepared foods.

i've heard good things about pomegranates from some friends, but i haven't been there yet.

there's a wonderful farmer's market that will be starting up again in april.

there's also market of choice with a pretty good bulk section, deli, and produce.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:50 PM

Best restaurant in Eugene right now is Marche'. Actually the Eugene Country Club is probably equal with them at this time. Chef Jennings is doing wonderful stuff there.

I go to Portland all the time, need my pastrami fix at K &Z Deli.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 10:05 PM

I wanted to bump this back up to see if there are any changes/additions in recent years. My wife interviewed for a job at the University, so I'm checking out the "food scene" in town. Do people living in Eugene/Springfield tend to head to Portland a lot, or is there enough of a restaurant culture in Eugene to keep you home most of the time? How about markets, butchers, etc.?

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Hi ya Chris, in Oregon, you've got Portland at the top,
Ashland & the Rogue Valley at the bottom, and Eugene in between.
Lots of food production/eating top and bottom, hippieland in Eugene.
Wine & beer all around :smile:

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 11:49 AM

Does the Vanetta fair still happen?
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 11:52 AM

Does the Vanetta fair still happen?

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Do you mean the Oregon Country Fair?


http://www.oregoncountryfair.org/

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 11:19 AM

Yep that's the one. Guess I've lived too much of the sixties to remember the correct name. This is a great fair. bbqboy, thanks for link.
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Posted 18 March 2008 - 09:46 AM

We had a fantastic lunch at the King Estate Winery this past Sat. This was our second time here for lunch, the food is fantastic, we had a glass of their Signature Chardonnay and the Vin Glace dessert wine. We shared the Spinach Salad with Poached Egg and Fingerling Potates, the Crab Cakes, the kids had a Pulled Pork Sandwich, hubby had the hamburger, we shared a Trio of Chocolate Mousse for dessert. Great place, perfect service and lovely ambiance, we dined by the glowing fire, it was perfect before heading over to our beach cottage in Seaside. :)

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 03:20 PM

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I worked in Eugene for 3 years, there are very few good restaurants. Marche is okay, not pushing any boundries, Red Agave is okay, just changed owners, in a good way. And my favorite by far, purely for ambience and fresh ingredients Chef's Kitchen on Amazon, Bruno's the man.

Cafe zenon is complete garbage however you will find a lot of locals telling you its great, don't trust them I know know know that place is garbage from the inside out.

Also I forgot but Bel Ami is a really nice place for a drink and casual dining, unpretentious, and some of the best bartenders in the industry.

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 03:29 PM

Don't forget Davis's at Broadway and Olive and I like Rogue Brewery 1/2 block away on Olive.

Steelhead has good bar food and good beer, my favorite forever is Bombay Bomber, kind of a cult IPA.

Have heard that Joey Harrington is redoing the old Black Angus spot into a new place. Hope he does better than Chris Miller did in the restaurant business.

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 03:47 PM

In addition to cat's great list, Eugene also has two great fish markets, Newman's and Fisherman's Market. I happen to like Newman's the best, but they're both great, good selection and prices.

I would say the restaurant culture here is pretty dreadful once you get past burritos from local chains or tacos from Plaza Latina. I don't actually require my gustary boundries to be pushed, gels and foams etc. aren't really my favorite, but I want it to be taste better then your average Sysco supplied restaurant. A lot of places here seem like they're cooking for the culinary equivalent of a 4 year old.

I like Marche best of all the places we've tried. I don't require performance art on my plate, so if I can get a locally sourced duck egg over asparagus with anchovy vinagrette at brunch, I'm a pretty happy eater. Their pizzas aren't half bad either, you sit at a counter downstairs in the Provisions section (which sells Carpono's Antica Formula and Fee's aged bitters and therefore I love them). Don't tell anyone, but their slices can be just as nice as some of the coal fired ones I tried in New York. On the other hand, their baguettes are some of the worst I've tried. Hideaway Bakery is making a valiant effort in the bread arena but I pine for Ken's Artisan. Bel Ami is a really nice place to get decent, classic cocktails, haven't tried the food.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 03:37 PM

If soup's sounding good, at 1500 and Pearl, you'll find Toshi's Ramen.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:55 AM

Bumping this topic back up, as my husband and I will be moving to Eugene in about a month or so. So far, we've tried Poppi's Anatolia and enjoyed it, Voodoo Doughnuts, Skinner's at the Hilton (we were staying there and had free coupons), Sushi Pure at 5th Street Market and a rather upscale Italian restaurant that I've forgotten the name of.

Would love more suggestions and I definitely am looking forward to exploring markets in the area.

#22 hongda

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:13 PM

De Frisco Chicken Sandwich on campus or by Oakway

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 02:49 PM

Cornucopia for burgers, Osteria Sfizio blows B & G out of the water in my book, Rabbit, Bistro for fancy modern Frenchish food, Pizza Research Institute for the most Eugene pizza. For markets you've got the Kiva downtown, a fun little hippie market by the library, and the. Markets of Choice are the larger upscale markets, then one on Willamette is best and it's also across the street fom Sunrise, our best Asian market. There's also Sundance, the most hippie market (no meat) and the Sundance wine cellar purports to have Oregons largest selection. The farmers market starts up in spring, the Mushroomery is my favorite stand.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:16 PM

Yes to Osteria Sfizio and Rabbit Bistro (now moving), Markets of Choice and Sunrise. Still happy anytime anyone says "Let's go to Marche!"
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#25 cave76

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:09 PM

Just found this thread----- When I moved here a couple of years ago I was surprised at the 'white bread' food culture here. I thought being a Uni town it would be different. It didn't help that I'd lived near and eaten in San Francisco for decades. But that was then........ :sad:

I love Eugene, don't get me wrong. But I crave ethnic foods (I don't count Italian or French as ethnic) and don't care if it's a fancy restaurant or a food cart.

Mio Sushi, which is a glitzy Japanese restaurant does have good food and is very clean and appealing to the eye. It's in the Oakway Center.
Yi Shen is a Viet market and restaurant. Not fancy at all---- but the food is good----- and forgive me for saying --- "for Eugene".

Someone mentioned Marche. I haven't been there but the Schnitzer Museum on campus has a cafe run/managed by Marche, I believe, with good cafe food.
Belly's is on my list of places to go.
Osteria Sfizio was very good. I'll go back again but, as I said, I don't consider Italian food ethnic. But Noli in the Fifth Street Public Market has some very good Italian food--- it's a sorta fast food place but I love their food. Priced right too.
What about Indian food? Korean? Jewish deli? Any place else I should know about?

Soriah's was good and it is a very pretty place to eat. But the lamb dish I ordered was 'good' not great. The fried calamari I had for 'starter' was great, however!

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:56 AM

My wife and I moved to Springfield (East Eugene... or "Springtucky") and have been somewhat taken aback by the lack of really great food.  We have a list of favorites,

Toshi's Ramen, La Perla Pizza, Noodles 'n Thai, Sweet Life Patisserie, BUT- we have yet to find any of the following that we would like to make usuals:

French Bistro

Ethiopian/Eritrean

Dim Sum (most lamented)

REAL Jewish Deli

A good craft bakery for crusty breads

Hot Pot

GOOD Indian (Northern or Southern... I miss the Southern sweets)

Churrasqueira  (who doesn't love meat on a spit?)

 

Mostly... and most sadly... the reviews on Yelp are not to be completely trusted... the "For Eugene" concept applies... and if you have seen things done right... you know better.

 

Looking forward to any replies.



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Posted 01 February 2014 - 01:49 PM

Have you tried the Falling Sky deli? They make great pastrami and they have a good number of deli staples you can buy to go. And good beer! Noisette in downtown Eugene makes a baguette that my wife says is as good as the ones she's had in Paris. Good sweets, too. Have you tried Marche for your bistro fix? I also moved from Eugene to Springfield, and I think the only places I buy dinner from on this side of the river are pizza places.

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:34 PM

Let's bump this thread, hmmm?

 

I was in Eugene last year for the Country Fair, and when I posted about where to eat in Eugene on Chowhound, everyone bitched about how bad the food was there, how big a culinary wasteland it is, etc., etc.  So I stumbled around, and randomly found a couple of places I thought were pretty damn good.

 

The first one was Papa's Soul Food Kitchen.  NB:  The bar across the street is a great place to wait for your table at Papa's.

 

I can't remember the name of the second, but it was a small breakfast place very near U of O with al fresco dining and a dilapidated wood floor, about 1/2 hippy coffeehouse, but hey, all Eugene is 1/2 hippy.  Anyone know tjhe name?  Had a great b'fast there.

 

I'm going back this summer to the ECF in a Wavy Gravy tie-dye, Jesus sandals and Lennon glasses.  Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks!.


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#29 Raoul Duke

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 10:33 AM

Don't forget the ghanja.


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