The best buffet in town for quality and affordability is Taste of India.
For $7.00 at lunch buffet you get an all-you-can-eat selection of expertly prepared tandoori dishes, breads, and vegetarian selections.
I liked very much the interior too which looks like a mediterranean garden...pretty weird eh? maybe this is why food tastes so good!
While this store cannot compete in any way with Harrod's Food Court in London, it does a pretty good job for our little city.
The Market of Choice combines the convenience of a standard super market, and has the added feature of stocking earth friendly, body friendly, natural and organic products. They also specialize in ready to take out meals, such as meats, salads, sushi, pizza, and sandwiches plus a full scale bakery and a large wine and beer selection.
Prices are higher here but it is a fun place to shop. Sort like there's a surprise around every corner.
Favorite Dish: I like the pizza for take out. They have their own varieties which include traditional and exotic such as Thai, peanut chicken.
Their produce section is excellent with a wide choice of conventional and organic products. The take out salads and entres always offer plenty of choice at a reasonable price.
More than a bakery, New Day offers plenty of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the cheap. From pancakes and pastries in the morning to soup, salads, enchiladas, burritos, and sandwiches in the afternoon and evening, New Day has it all at exceptional prices. Plenty of healthy vegetarian options, too. And full of local color. New Day Bakery attracts every stripe.
Favorite Dish: I usually order pancakes or French Toast for breakfast, tempeh dishes for lunch or dinner. And I always leave satisfied!
Cafe Lucky Noodle is hip, swanky, and consistently fabulous! Choose from an assortment of Italian and Pan-Asian noodle dishes, and top up with cocktail or two. Service is excellent and the ambience is worth a trip in itself. Perfect for the twenty to thirty crowd. A place to be seen.
Favorite Dish: The garlic black bean noodles with tempeh dish is absolute perfection! Enjoy!
Outstanding European fare in a cozy, upscale inn at the edge of the U of O campus. Perfect for an intimate dinner, or an elegant dessert.
Favorite Dish: Everything is delicious! It is hard to go wrong at the Excelsior! Just be sure to save room for dessert.
Come for the people-watching, stay for the food. This is one hippie greasy spoon where carnivores and herbivores can dine together peacefully. There are plenty of options for everyone's special diet. Tons of veggie and vegan options, as well as ample meat offerings! And the local color is often over-the-top: pure mellow yellow! Don't expect the best meal you've ever had, but enjoy a meal on the cheap in a uniquely Eugene environment.
Favorite Dish: Try the nutritional yeast gravy on your potatoes for a change. Not bad.
A busy place. On weekends expect to wait for 15 to 30 minutes. Bar is crowded and busy. Wait staff is very pleasant and always available to fill the glass or take the plates away. Presentation is impeccable. Noise level is moderate. Watch the cooks while waiting in the lobby. Makes the time pass quickly.
Favorite Dish: Full-service restaurant and bar open for breakfast, lunch and a complete dinner menu until 1 am. Serving unique breakfast items, authentic Italian and Asian pastas, organic coffee, homemade gelato and specialty cocktails. Full bar. Organic and locally grown foods.
The Ring of Fire, altough the sound of the name is a bit gosh, is one of the best restaurants in Eugene. It and it's comapanion restaurant Mikelas has a menu that will satisfy anyone wanting an Asian meal.
Favorite Dish: We always order the Peanut Curry Noodles. It has noodles, carrots, broccoli and your choice of chicken, beef or tofu. Never fails to satisfy. Another favorite is the three wild mushroom dish. This is available seasonably and is absolutely luscious. The bar also features regional microbeers and exotic drinks.
This is a chain restaurant, but a small chain, being only in about a dozen states. The original was founded in Portland many years ago. Eugene's is number two and has been here for at least 30 years, although is was forced to change locations a few years ago. This is a restaurant that has used the same menu for all its time. Only the prices have changed. Pancakes, omelletes, exotic pancakes, french toasts, just about anything you can make for breakfast you wil find here. Beware on weekends, especially if there is a U of O atheltic event, the wait can be long. But it is worth it. Come back in ten years and you will see the same wait persons. I mean this place is rock steady!!!
Favorite Dish: The buttermilk pancakes are to die for. I've never tasted any like it. Order a full platter with extra crispy bacon and you will be in heaven.
Down towards the UO campus there are many small cafes and eateries, as well as shops, on one block of E 13th Ave. Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Aroma Espresso's coffee and pastries, the Glenwood's homestyle cooking, Caspian Mediterranean food, Cafe Siena crepes, Taylor's Bar, Rennie's Landing bar, and more.
From the exterior you might not think much of the Ring of Fire restaurant, especially because it isn't in the most esthetically pleasing area of Eugene, but walk inside and your senses will make it apparent that this is a great place to eat Thai cuisine. The aromas drifting out the front doors are enchanting. We had exceptional service in both the bar and restaurant and were quite pleased (and stuffed) with our meals.
Favorite Dish: From the bar: The melon or berry infused kamikaze cocktails are amazing and the scratch margarita has some kick with the tequila soaked lime and jalapenos. Try the Volcano if you are in a group.
From the kitchen: The sweet potato tempura with plum sauce is an excellent appetizer. I always take a yellow curry as an entree, but the phad thai is good too...it is always so hard to choose! The coconut ice cream is a must for dessert!
Now how many coffeeshops have a view of a prison? Well, this one does and it is a relaxing place to sip some java on a rainy Eugene day. There is also a nice patio area for enjoying the rare Oregon sun (this is on the side opposite the prison!). Sometimes there is live music, so check out the schedule in the Eugene Weekly.
Favorite Dish: The Beanery only serves coffee from the Oregon-based roaster Allann Bros Coffee.
In the vicinity of the 5th Street Market are some great places to eat. The Steelhead Brewery has a casual atmosphere that includes highbacked, cozy chairs and a British telephone booth. I recommend heading there on a sunny day (if you can find one!) to enjoy the outdoor seating and people watching.
Favorite Dish: At the Steelhead, try out the microbrews and dine on typical American brewery fare such as wings, pasta, burgers, or pizza.
Cafe Yumm! has me addicted. They serve healthy, simple, and quick meals from three locations. They offer selections for vegans/vegetarians and carnivores. Their prices are low and you can fill up quickly on a deceivingly small-looking bowl of jazzed up rice.
Favorite Dish: Try a deluxe original yumm bowl, a tofu/chicken teriyaki stick, or a salad like the secret Asian man.
Located on Fifth Street just west of downtown, this small cafe is always packed with locals enjoying the amble helpings of great (and healthy) food. Complete breakfast/lunch menu including vegan (closes around 3PM). Fab place to see the "real" people of Eugene ...