Top Ten Local Restaurants
I will come right out and say it: I love food. I also love finding new places to eat, and trying to find that out-of-the-way spot that only the select few know about. I find that local places are much better places to eat, as they are quite often significantly better than your average chain restaurant. It is always a fun experience to try something new, and get a taste of the city you are living in (pun intended). With this in mind, I decided to create a list of the best local places to eat. Now keep in mind this is completely subjective, and I’m sure many of you have your own special places to eat. It is presented in no real order, and I’m sure I’m missing a great many restaurants. After you have read my list, leave me a comment with your own favorite local places in Eugene to eat!
1. The Dough Co.
By far my number one pick is the Dough Co., which is located at 1337 Hilyard Street. The Dough Co. serves fresh baked calzones with a wide variety of ingredients. The calzones are incredible, and I strongly encourage everyone to give them a try. They also deliver till 3 am. No matter which one of their 31 different calzones you try, you can’t go wrong with the Dough Co.
2. Johnny Oceans Grille
Next on the list is Johnny Oceans Grille, located at 114 Oakway Center. This locally owned and operated restaurant features a relaxed Hawaiian atmosphere with a quality grille experience. Be sure to try their build your own S’mores dessert, where they bring you all the ingredients and an open flame to cook with.
3. Off The Waffle
You can’t get any more Eugene than Off the Waffle, with various locations around the city. What used to be a simple food cart has now turned into an actual restaurant, dedicated to serving you the best waffles you will ever have. You can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner waffles served fresh from the bakery. I highly recommend Off The Waffle for its unique atmosphere and amazing waffles.
4. Sweet Life Patisserie
When you are done with your waffle dinner, why not get some dessert to go along with it? Located at 755 Monroe Street, Sweet Life is hands down the best dessert place around town, and I would say the best I have ever been to anywhere. They offer a wide array of tasty treats, many with gluten-free and vegan options. If you are looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, than look no further than Sweet Life. I also highly recommend the strawberry cheesecake, you can thank me later.
5. Roaring Rapids
Roaring Rapids could be described as an entire night of entertainment all in one place. It is located at 4006 Franklin Boulevard, and is right next to Camp Putt miniature golf. After you have spent your time working on your putting skills, head over to Roaring Rapids for some downright excellent pizza. The venue is large and great for parties and big groups of people, and has an amazing view of the Willamette River.
6. The Daily Bagel
Fan of bagels? How about turkey sandwich or egg and cheese bagels? If your mouth is watering than The Daily Bagel is the place for you. Located at 4770 Village Plaza Loop, the Daily Bagel serves the best bagels around. All of the bagels are made daily from scratch, and taste heavenly. If you haven’t yet had a hamburger bagel, then now’s the time to change that.
7. Hawaiian Time
I have a friend from California who makes a point to eat at Hawaiian Time every time he comes to Eugene. Hawaiian Time has a variety of locations around Eugene, and serves excellent Hawaiian-themed food. My personal favorite is the Huli Huli Chicken sandwich. While you’re there, be sure to grab a Hawaiian Sun drink that comes straight from the islands.
In 2012 Cornucopia was voted the “Best Burger Place” by the Register Guard. I would have to agree that Cornucopia’s burgers are some of the best. With various locations around Eugene, Cornucopia is a great place to go when you are looking for something nicer than a McDonald’s burger. The lively atmosphere and staff make it a great place to be with friends and family.
9. Burrito Boy
I’m a big fan of Mexican food, especially a good burrito. That is why Burrito Boy comes highly recommended when you are in the mood for some south of the border flavor. Burrito Boy is at several locations around Eugene, and delivers good quality Mexican food for a very cheap price. Save yourself the agony of trying to digest a Taco Time burrito and go for Burrito Boy one instead.
10. Voodoo Donuts
Last, but certainly not least, is Voodoo Donuts. The company caused quite a stir when they opened the new Eugene location at 20 East Broadway. Lines would often be out the door and down the street to get one of the tasty treasures. Thankfully the crowds have subsided, and you can now get your Captain Crunch donuts in peace. You owe it to yourself to head over to Voodoo Donuts and try one, even if it’s just for the experience. My recommendation is the bacon maple bar, you will never find anything else as close to perfection as that donut.