Breakfast in Bend, Oregon
McKay Cottage – We hesitate telling you about this place because it is our favorite breakfast spot in Bend. This highly recommended spot is a favorite among the locals. Don’t pass on the opportunity to have the French Toast Croissant, the house made pastries or the exceptional Bloody Marys. Reasonably priced with hearty portions, this eatery is perfect for lazy Saturday mornings or weekday meetings. Serving American Contemporary Cuisine located at 62910 O B Riley Rd, Bend, OR 97701-8697 541-383-2697 – reservations accepted.
Enjoy a Bend, Oregon Lunch
Brother Jon’s Alehouse – Located right downtown in the business district, this restaurant is a must stop for lunch (and dinner). With a staggering number of taps featuring local breweries and a full bar, Bro Jon’s (as the local refer to it) also offers incredible menu offerings. Check out the special menu board or go for the crowd favorite fish and chips. This is the perfect place to catch your favorite sporting events. Serving American Classics, 1051 NW Bond St – no reservations.
Jackson’s Corner – We know you care about where your food comes from and will be willing to seek out humane, organic, and locally sourced products. Now with two locations, this local favorite will immerse you into the heart of the Bend culture. Using a brick oven to create the perfect Soppressata Pizza or their take on the BLT, an oven fired Bacon Caprese, this eatery moves beyond trendy to delicious. Serving Italian American 845 N Delaware Av 541-647-2918 / 1500 NE Cushing Dr. 541-382-1751- no reservations.
Dinner in Bend, Oregon
Wild Rose Northern Thai Eats is quite different than your typical Thai food. The most significant difference is every meal is served with “khao niew” which is a sticky jasmine rice meant for eating with hands. It’s a communal style restaurant, so you can chat with strangers, and get to know the people around you. Dishes are prepared for sharing, so you can mix-n-match flavors, and made from the family recipes of owners who take very much pride in their dishes and restaurant experience.
Located at 150 NW Oregon Avenue in Downtown Bend, and open for lunch from 11am-2pm Monday-Friday, and Dinner every day until 9pm. Open until 10pm Friday and Saturday nights.
Joolz – Billing itself as a place where ‘the mezze meets the mesa’ Joolz is a high desert gem offering authentic Lebanese food. We have never been disappointed with the exotic and adventurous offerings. Several must try dishes include the Forbidden Black Rice Chicken or the locally sourced Lamb Pitadella. Joolz also prides itself for their cocktails as well; try the citrusy Moroccan Sunset. Serving Middle East Cuisine located at 916 NW Wall St 541-388-5094 – reservations accepted.
Blacksmith Steakhouse – You need to remember three things about this steakhouse: scratch kitchen, incredible ambiance in a 100 year old building, and the truffle mac and cheese. Admittedly, we’re partial to mac and cheese and believe they serve the best we’ve ever had but this eatery does so much more. You would be remiss if you passed on the Tender Rogue or the massive Signature Tomahawk. It also has one of the best wine lists in Bend. For libation recommendations, try the Zaya Gingersnap. Serving American Contemporary located at 211 NW Greenwood, 541-318-0588 – reservations accepted
Spork – This quirky food cart turned 50-seat eatery, Spork has set itself apart from other Bend offerings with its locally sourced offerings and unique atmosphere. Their green sensibility and globally flavored cuisine has been lauded as the best restaurant in Bend. Be sure to try the Peruvian stir fried Lomo Saltado or the Thai Steak Salad. They also concoct some of the most interesting libations to be found in Bend, including the Java Sour with pepper infused tequila. Serving International cuisine located at 937 NW Newport Av – no reservations but worth the wait; also open for lunch.
Trattoria Sbandati – Bend is fortunate to have this intimate Italian experience right in its own backyard. It has been recognized statewide as an authentic taste of Florence. With a thoughtful approach to every dish, we are hard-pressed to pick a favorite. We will say that we are enamored with the Piatti di Fromagi Misti (a cheese starter not to be missed) and the Porchetta Toscano. Serving Authentic Italian at 1444 NW College Way 541-308-6825 – reservations required
Go Drink in Bend
Deschutes Brewery – Bend is one the nation’s most vibrant beer brewing cities and nothing exemplifies this fondness like this gem. Featuring local favorites and experimental offerings in this bustling setting right downtown, this is a must stop after a day of outdoor activities or simply to relax a handcrafted brew. Serving American Classics 916 NW Wall Street – no reservations
Looney Bean – Bringing the northwest passion for finely brewed coffee to Bend is the cozy Looney Bean. There is probably no better place to experience freshly roasted coffee. Overlooking the Deschutes River, this comfortable coffee house is there for you all day long. 961 Brooks Street everyday from 7am-5pm.
Worthy Brewing is a newer craft brewery, but fast growing! They offer their craft beers on tap, a full menu, as well as event space for birthdays or special events. They are known for their fun parties and their observatory that you can go check out at night. The restaurant is family friendly, so you can make it a family night and go see the stars after eating their delicious pub-style food. Located at 495 NE Bellevue Drive in Bend. Open from 11:30 am-9pm Sunday-Thursday, and open until 10pm Friday & Saturday.