Restaurant Guide–Oregon

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Albany

Ginza–2218 Santiam Hwy. SE (Japanese).  Bento box is recommended. (2-24-16)

House of Noodle–2025 Santiam Hwy SE (Thai) Closed Sun.  Probably better than the Chinese restaurants in town.  The negatives are that the food is not spicy (so you have to ask for it to be very spicy before it approaches normal Thai food) and the wait staff sometimes does not communicate your desire for spicy food (but this can be remedied by adding your own chiles). (2-24-16)

Novak’s–208 2nd Ave. SW (Hungarian) Open daily except Sun evening.  Chicken paprikas is the specialty.  Kolbasz, cucumber salad are recommended.  Open for breakfast daily.  Buffet served 5 pm to 8 pm Mon-Thu.  Sunday brunch 10 am to 2 pm. (2-24-16)

Tacos El Machin–1642 Pacific Blvd. SE (Mexican) Open Daily.  Authentic Mexican food.  Tacos are the specialty, but has a large menu of items.  Salsa bar lets you pick out your own salsa. (2-24-16)

Ashland

Happy Bowl–1401 Siskiyou Blvd. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue.  Mainly a pho restaurant, but ask for the “Chinese” menu for more authentic food (I’m not sure if this is actually a Chinese menu or if it is Vietnamese). (2-24-16)

Morning Glory–1149 Siskiyou Blvd. (Breakfast) Open 8 am to 1:30 pm.  Upscale breakfasts without the normal high cost of eating in an upscale restaurant.  This is definitely a place to try something different.  French toast with lemon ricotta is very popular.  From the photos it looks as if they have blueberry pancakes (but reviews indicate that a lot of other things would be just as good). (2-24-16)

Yuan Yuan–2270 Ashland St. (Chinese) Open daily until 10 pm.  Highly rated, high quality, good flavor.  Most people seem to order American style food, but it looks as if you can get more authentic food if you ask. (2-24-16)

Astoria

Bowpicker Fish & Chips–1636 Duane St. (Seafood) Lunch only (open Thu-Sat).  Very good fish and chips.  Halibut is popular, but other types of fish are available.  Long lines during tourist season. (1-31-16)

Drina Daisy–915 Commercial St. (Bosnian) Closed Mon & Tue.  Cabbage roll, lamb.  Some have complaints about the service, though. (1-31-16)

Ship Inn–1 2nd St. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Fish & chips (English style–beer batter).  Many say this is the best place for this (get the halibut).  Chowder has mixed reviews (but it is described as homemade). (1-31-16)

Baker City

Golden Crown–1726 Campbell St. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm.  Mostly American style Chinese food, but it has good flavors (and some dishes are more authentic).  I liked the Ma Po Tofu. (3-23-16)

Lone Pine Cafe–1825 Main St. (New American) Open daily 8 am to 3 pm.  Popular items are Mexican style breakfast (huevos rancheros or poblano hash), banh mi salad, chicken vegetable soup, Tillamook cheeseburger (for lunch). (3-23-16)

Zephyr Bakery–1917 Main St. (American) Open Thu-Sun 7 am to 3 pm.  Menu is local, seasonal, and organic.  Breakfast is especially popular. (3-23-16)

Bend

Ariana–1304 NW Galveston Ave. (New American) Dinner only (closed Sun).  Fine dining–worth the money.  It’s in a small house, so reservations might be advisable.  Menu is local and seasonal.  As of 2016 you can get an entree for about $25 but most are higher. (1-2-16)

900 Wall–900 NW Wall St. (New American) Dinner only (open daily until 9 pm).  Good reviews–cheaper than Ariana.  Food is more simple and “everyday” than Ariana, but still very good. (1-2-16)

Wild Rose–150 NW Oregon Ave. (Thai) Open daily (open until 9 pm).  Northern Thai cuisine–dishes are different from most Thai restaurants, and seem to be authentic. (1-2-16)

Burns

Broadway Deli–530 N. Broadway Ave. (Sandwiches) Breakfast Mon-Fri; lunch Mon-Sat.  Good quality sandwiches and soup.  Many recommend the Reuben, and also has turkey Reuben.  Brownies are very popular. (3-23-16)

Rhojo’s–83 W. Washington St. (New American) Lunch Sun-Fri; dinner Fri & Sat.  This is probably more European than American–specializes in gourmet gyros and pasta dishes.  They have specials throughout the week with special gyros (such as lamb, pork, bratwurst, etc.).  Reviewers say the service is excellent as well. (3-23-16)

Cannon Beach

Ecola Seafood–208 N. Spruce (Seafood) Open daily 10 am to 8 pm.  Halibut fish & chips is a popular dish.  Many reviewers, though, say the seafood is not up to PNW standards. (1-31-16)

Morris’ Fireside–100 E. 2nd St. (American) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm.  I remember the blueberry pancakes here as being one of the best breakfasts I have ever had.  Reviewers recommend the clam chowder.  Reviewers say the everyday menu items are quite good but the expensive dinners (prime rib, etc.) are not worth the money. (1-31-16)

Corvallis

Nearly Normal’s–109 NW 15th St. (Vegetarian) Closed Sun.  Hippie style vegetarian food that almost everyone says tastes great.  Has a number of Mexican style dishes, as well as Middle Eastern (falafel) and other cuisines. (1-3-16)

Tarntip Thai–2535 NW Monroe Ave. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Quality compares to Portland Thai restaurants, but this one may be better because it has a number of dishes that most restaurants do not offer. (1-3-16)

Thai Chili–1425 NW Monroe Ave. (Thai) Closed Sat; closed Sun lunch; closed between 3 and 4 pm.  Has sticky rice, so it seems to be northern Thai style.  Most people give it excellent reviews, but low reviews are either for the service or because people may be more used to Americanized Thai food. (1-3-16)

Tian Fu Noodle–1425 NW Monroe Ave. (Chinese) Closed Sat (and closed from 2 to 4:30 pm).  Authentic Chinese food.  Specializes in noodle dishes and Sichuan cuisine. (1-3-16)

Depoe Bay

Thai Bay–250 SE Hwy. 101 (Thai) Closed Wed.  Balanced flavors–best on the coast. (1-31-16)

Tidal Raves–279 NW Hwy. 101 (Seafood) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Halibut, salmon chowder. (1-31-16)

Eugene

Board–394 Blair Blvd. (New American).  Varied menu–may be “hippie” food. Regardless, reviewers say it is very good. Has both meat and vegetarian dishes. (1-1-16)

Chingu–1466 W. 7th Ave. (Korean) Closed Sat.  Asian restaurant that is good by national standards (not just compared to local places).  Chicken yakisoba, tofu yakisoba, stone bowl bibimbop, pork bulgogi. (1-1-16)

Toshi’s Ramen–1520 Pearl St. (Japanese) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Small–the problem here is finding a place to sit when it is crowded. (1-1-16)

Florence

Waterfront Depot–1252 Bay St. (Seafood) Dinner only (open daily).  Need reservation in summer.  Halibut, clams, crab cakes, grilled oysters are good. (1-31-16)

Gold Hill

The Tea Pot On Wheels–1754 Rogue River Hwy. (English) Open 9 am to 3 pm (closed Sun).  Authentic English style food and tea (although some say it is English fusion).  Breakfast is very good.  Sometimes can watch eagles flying out the back window.  The name made me think it was a food truck, but it is an actual restaurant. (2-24-16)

Grants Pass

Gtano’s–218 SW G St. (Latin American).  Food is “Nuevo Latino” and is mostly traditional with a few twists (such as serving Puerto Rican nachos).  Ratings on Yelp are so high it is hard to ignore this place is you are in the Grants Pass area.  All dishes here seem to be good–take your pick from anything on the menu that looks good. (2-24-16)

Hood River

Michoacan Sports Bar–3405 Odell Hwy. (Mexican) Open daily 10 am to 8 pm.  This is not the only authentic Mexican rest. in Hood River (Lake Taco is another), but Michoacan seems to be more upscale with green chile enchiladas, gorditas, carnitas, etc.  Note: this restaurant is in the town of Odell. (3-23-16)

Thai House–1302 13th St. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Reviews on Yelp seem to be mostly 5 stars or 1 star.  Some bad reviews are because the pad thai has a tomato sauce, and others are because the food was not what they expected.  In the past I have had Isan style pad thai with a tomato sauce and found it to be very good.  Based on this, and the large number of good reviews, I would definitely try this place, and I think being different from many other Thai restaurants is probably a good thing. (3-23-16)

Klamath Falls

Thai Orchid–900 Main St. (Thai) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Pad pet, green curry, red curry are good. (2-14-16)

Lebanon

Amazing Thai–693 S. Main St. (Thai) Open daily except Sun lunch.  Green and red curries are good (some say it tastes like it does in Thailand).  This is a good restaurant in town, but two food trucks also have good food–Chau’s Little Vietnam and UFO Thai. (2-24-16)

Lincoln City

Wildflower Grill–4250 NE Hwy 101 (American) Closed Sun dinner & Mon dinner.  Good seafood, also good breakfast (eggs Benedict, crab cake Benedict are popular). (1-31-16)

McMinnville

Barberry–645 NE 3rd St. (American) Dinner Wed-Sun; brunch Sun.  Less expensive than the fine dining restaurants in town, but it is still upscale with very good food (and highly recommended by reviewers). (1-3-16)

Note: There are numerous restaurants in town with excellent reviews, ranging from sandwich places to fine dining.  I listed Barberry because it is mid range as far as the price.  McMinnville does not seem to be noted for its Asian restaurants, but Thai looks better than Chinese based on the reviews.

Medford

Harry & David–1314 Center Dr. (Fruit Market) Open Daily.  Not a restaurant, but this is a great place to stock up on fruits, nuts, and all kinds of healthy snacks.  I especially liked going in person because you get to see what they have and find some good items that you might not have discovered in the catalog. (2-24-16)

Lemon Grass Thai–2366 W. Main St. (Thai).  Pumpkin curry and spicy green beans (pad prik khing?) are recommended.  Reviews are overall very good–I think the main advantage here over other Thai restaurants is that you get large portions for a good price. (2-24-16)

Noho’s–330 E. McAndrews Rd. (Hawaiian) Closed Sun.  Traditional Hawaiian food, but some say Grass Shack in Phoenix is better.  Korean short ribs and chicken teriyaki are recommended, but some do not like the kahlua pork. (2-24-16)

Siam Cafe–618 W. Main St. (Thai) Open 11 am to 8:30 pm (closed Sun).  Reviews leave little doubt that this place is authentic.  Recommended dishes include green curry and pumpkin curry (in season).  The owner is from Thailand, so I think it would be a good idea to ask her what she recommends instead of automatically ordering what you might get at other restaurants. (2-24-16)

Newberg

Gonzalez Panaderia Y Taqueria–619 E. 1st St. (Mexican) Open daily (open until 8:00 pm).  The place to go for authentic and homemade Mexican food.  They make their own tortillas.  Has horchata. (1-3-16)

Note: the two places I consistently see recommended are Gonzalez and The Painted Lady.  The latter is somewhere you would go if you can spend from $85 to $125 for one of the best meals of your life, but not one that fits the format of this list.

Newport

Chowder Bowl–728 NW Beach Dr. (Seafood) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Perhaps the best chowder on the Oregon coast (but other places in Newport give it good competition).  Marionberry cobbler is good. (1-31-16)

Local Ocean Seafoods–213 SE Bay Blvd. (Seafood) Open Daily.  A good choice for a full menu of seafood (not just chowder). (1-31-16)

Pendleton

Govinda’s Garden–103 SE Court Ave. (Indian) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Reviewers say it tastes like home cooking. (3-23-16)

Thai Crystal–210 SE 5th St. (Thai).  Curries and stir fried dishes are said to be very good.  Many also like the pad thai. (3-23-16)

Philomath

The Woodsman–529 Main St. (Lao) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Serves Thai and Lao food, but reviews are mainly for Thai dishes.  Reviews say yellow curry is very good (yellow curry is one of my favorite Lao dishes, so perhaps the one here is Lao style).  Restaurant is located in an old logging bar.  They also serve American food, such as fish and chips. (2-24-16)

Phoenix

La Tapatia–125 Main St. (Mexican) Closed Tue.  Authentic and cheap (bldg. is a hole in the wall).  Tacos are the specialty. (2-24-16)

The Grass Shack–205 Fern Valley Rd. (Hawaiian) Closed Mon & Tue.  Kahlua pork is supposed to be better here than at Noho’s in Medford.  Macaroni salad is frequently mentioned as being excellent. (2-24-16)

Roseburg

Casey’s–326 NW Garden Valley Blvd. (American) Open daily 6 am to 10 pm.  Another place that proves you usually get good breakfasts in the Pacific Northwest.  For lunch the hot turkey sandwich looks like a good bet. (2-24-16)

Salud–537 SE Jackson St. (Latin American) Open 2 pm to 10 pm (closed Sun).  Has a few Latin American items, such as Cuban sandwich and guacamole.  However, it is mostly a very good Northwest style restaurant (the salmon is recommended).  Reviewers say they did not expect such good food in a small town like this. (2-24-16)

Salem

Azteca Bakery–2138 Lancaster Dr. NE (Mexican).  Oaxaca style Mexican food.  Recommended by Amecameca on Chowhound. (1-1-16)

Bibim Bap House–635 Chemeketa St. NE (Korean) Closed Sun.  Highest rated Asian restaurant on Yelp–seems to be authentic. (1-2-16)

Kim Huong–2950 Silverton Rd. NE (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Pho is recommended on Yelp reviews, but not much mention is made of other dishes.  I put it on the list, though, because Amecameca on Chowhound said it is one of the few Asian restaurants in the city that does not “cater to American tastes.” (1-2-16)

Word of Mouth–140 17th St. NE (American) Open daily (breakfast and lunch only).  Best rated place in Salem for breakfast on Zomato (and the best rated restaurant in the city of any kind).  Biscuits, omelets, waffles. (1-2-16)

Note: Salem has a number of authentic Mexican restaurants–you almost can’t go wrong eating at any Mexican restaurant here.

Seaside

Maggie’s on the Prom–581 S. Prom (Seafood) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm.  Expensive–go for a special experience with sunset view (but I don’t get the impression it’s better than other seafood places). (1-31-16)

Talent

Julek’s Polish Kitchen–160 N. Pacific Hwy. (Polish) Lunch Wed-Fri; dinner Tue-Sat.  Pork cutlet, cabbage roll, pierogi, gulasz, soup, sauerkraut, sausage, and Polish beer are recommended. (2-24-16)

New Sammy’s Cowboy Bistro–2210 S. Pacific Hwy. (New American) Open Wed-Sat (closed from 1:30 to 5 pm).  According to Chowhound (and other sites) this is a destination dining place.  It is also listed as $$$ on Yelp (which is actually $31-$60).  Constantly changing menu with “two pages of food” on the menu and “ten pages of wines.”  Most people say it is worth the money.  Considering what type of food they have, though, I am wondering about the lunch menu which Yelp says lasts from noon to 1:30 pm (I tried looking it up on the Internet with no luck). (2-24-16)

The Dalles

Montira’s Thai–302 W. 2nd St. (Thai) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Mon).  Good Thai food.  The only problem is for those who want it “Thai spicy” (they don’t seem to do it here). (3-23-16)

Riverenza–401 E. 10th St. (American) Open 7 am to 4 pm (closed Sun).  Breakfast, soup, sandwiches.  Very high ratings on Yelp. (3-23-16)

Tillamook

Tillamook Creamery–4175 Hwy. 101 N (Ice Cream) Open daily 8 am to 6 pm.  Get ice cream or cheese, but don’t eat lunch here (according to reviewers). (1-31-16)

Winston

Hello Thai–273 SW Main St. (Thai) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Located in a small town south of Roseburg, but the Thai food reminds them of big city restaurants.  House special curry is recommended.  Reviewers like the home made coconut ice cream and the restaurant’s selection of local wines. (2-24-16)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Oregon)

City-Data (Bend Restaurants)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Oregon)

Zomato (Astoria)

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