Recently, Dwight and I spent a few weeks eating, drinking and mountain biking our way through the east side of Oregon. We stayed in Bend for quite a while but made day trips to other areas and then eventually found our way back up north around Mt. Hood and Hood River for the end of the trip. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, quality of beer and the exceptional customer service we received out there. We didn’t make it everywhere and we didn’t really do “fancy”, but I thought I’d jot down our favorite eats and drinks in case you find yourself out there one day.
Real quickly, you’ll notice that some of the eats are the same as the drinks. The brewery’s do a bang up job on their food. It’s not “just a thing to have around”.
Latin inspired restaurant with a side of Spanish and South American influences. We decided on getting a few appetizers/tapas as our meal for the night. Every single one was good. There was the pork belly and peach tostada, Cuban sliders, cauliflowers al pastor and an Opah special for the night that was a bit more South American. It was all very good and well executed. If I remember correctly, we walked out of there with food and 2 drinks a piece for $60 after tip.
Wild Rose Thai (Bend)
Northern inspired Thai food that was really good! It was the only place we had to wait to get into and that was only about 20 minutes. It has a great little funky decor and offers a lot of different rice, noodle and “adventurous” options. I got the the street noodles with chicken and it might be one of my favorite Thai dishes ever. Dwight got a special that was a pork meatball curry over rice. Super good too! With an appetizer of beef rib skewers and 2 glasses of Acrobat Pinot a piece, we walked out with a bill including tip of about $55.
A global inspired restaurant that came from Portland did not disappoint. We went for lunch and I got a special for the day that was a pork noodle bowl. Basically it was 3 different types of pork, grilled, fried and meatball, mixed into a cold Vietnamese vermicelli bowl. It was good! Dwight won with his dish, the carnitas sandos. Carnitas with Sambal, salsa, cotija, cilantro and a fried egg inside a great bun. This was the first “well, that was kinda expensive meal” we had. With our eats, 2 beers and tip, it came to around $40.
10 Barrel Brewing (Bend)
Some people are aware of the fact that I’m a big fan of chicken wings. I’m not sure what it is, but I like them and I’m kind of a snob about them. Well, not only did this place have great beer – they had some great buffalo chicken wings. And they had a fantastic blue cheese sauce. I appreciate a place that takes the times to come up with a good recipe and execute it well, even if it’s something as simple as wings. We had them twice and both times they were good. The second time we were there, we were super hungry from a very long ride and also got some of there southwest mac ‘n cheese. Yup, it was really good mac ‘n cheese. So, for brewery food – they do a great job.
Everybody’s Brewing (White Salmon, WA)
A little brew pub on the other side of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington was a BIG surprise when it came to the food. First of all, the chicken wings might very well be my favorite ever. Then, what I really found to be amazing is the care and thought they put into their vegetarian eats. I had the veggie burger with sweet potato fries (best fries ever) and it was so big, filling and full of flavor, thatI actually couldn’t finish the whole damn thing. Dwight got the sweet potato burrito and seriously, this thing was amazing! I’ve got to give this brewery some serious props for not treating vegetarian food as an afterthought.
900 Wall (Bend)
At the very least, this little restaurant gets a mention. Dwight got a wild mushroom risotto that was amazing! The surprise to me with it was the mushroom broth they served with it. It was mentioned on the menu but it’s what really set it apart. I got the prosciutto and arugula pizza. It was good.
Bend Brewing Company (Bend)
First brewery we went to in Bend and the last. There was a seasonal double IPA we always got. I have no idea what it was called and it’s no longer on the list. The beers were$4.50 (9% alcohol and full pints). Then there was happy hour and all beers were $3.
10 Barrel Brewing (Bend)
This place had some great beers, great service (4-5 bartenders even during the day) and good food. Our favorite beers were the Apocolypse IPA and The Joe IPA. Dwight drank a small batch special IPA the first time we were there and was gone the second time.
pFriem Brewery (Hood River)
We almost missed this little gem of a brewery down on the river. Great service, menu hinted at good food and great service. My favorite was their Blonde IPA and Dwight was a fan of the IPA.
Everybody’s Brewing (White Salmon, WA)
Not only does this place serve up some great vegetarian options, but they serve up some great IPA’s. The Country Boy was fantastic and Dwight got a seasonal one called the Hopp AF Double that he tells me was fantastic.
Crux Fermentation Project (Bend)
This brewery at least get’s an honorable mention in our favorite brewery section. The IPA wsa good and the ambience was fun. It was an outdoor location where everyone lounges around on the grass talking and drinking beers. There are also a handful of food trucks hanging around so you could grab some grub.
Other Drinks in Order of Favorite
Boneyard Brewery (Bend) It’s more of a tasting room but they had some fantastic beers!
Sunriver (Bend) Cute little brewery next to 10 Barrel and they had some quality beers on tap.
Deschutes Brewery (Bend) A little over rated, but to be expected from the most famous in the area. They did have good calamari though.
Cascades Brewery (Bend) Dark little place we hit up after hiking all day. The beers can hold their own.
Full Sail (Hood River) Same as Deschutes but not nearly as good. Most expensive brewery.
Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River) Considering all the praise this place got, we were expecting better. It was an “ok” place.
Immersion Brewing (Bend) Weird little place we stumbled into. Claiming to be Belgium influenced, it was ALL Belgium. Just not our thing but could be yours.
Mt. Hood Brewing (Mt. Hood) Least favorite of them all. Not a bad place for being on top of a mountain though. The food was kinda decent for being bar food. it wasn’t an afterthought.