Cheap Eats – Eugene, Oregon Travel Guide

For those on a tight budget, Eugene has some bargain places to eat. Some are specials on certain days, but others are great value everyday.

Burrito Boy
510 East Broadway, 943 River Road
Cheap, easy and fast, Burrito Boy serves up hearty portions for a south of the border breakfast, lunch or dinner. A variety of vegetarian and vegan options are available.

Pizza Pipeline
downtown Charnelton St
Seven days a week, before 4pm, you can get 3 slices of pizza and a large drink for $2.50. They have different toppings to choose from, and you even get to keep the cup!

Pizza Pete’s
2673 Willamette St
NOT pizza, funnily enough. On Tuesdays, it’s all-you-can-eat pasta. Choose from red or white sauce and stuff yourself stupid for $3.25/3.75.

Newman’s Fish Co
1545 Willamette St
Everyday, you can get good Cod and chips for $5, or Halibut and chips for $5.50.

Jamie’s
1810 Chambers St
Excellent, decent-sized burgers for $5-$6.


Recently, a poll was taken of Eugene Residents for the best eating establishments in town. Here are some great places to eat out in Eugene by food type.

American

McMenamins North Bank
22 Club Road (near Ferry Street Bridge)
One of three McMenamins establishments in Eugene and one of over 50 in the northwest, Northbank is situated on the Willamette River and features spectacular views for lunch or dinner dining pleasure. McMenamins offers traditional pub food like burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and pastas, along with a weekly changing specials menu. Don’t forget to try a pint of their famous microbrews or a glass of wine from their Edgefield winery. Entrees range from $5 to $12.

Steelhead Brewery
199 E.5th Av
Great traditional American food and good beer at reasonable prices. Also pasta, soups and home-brewed root beer. Meals from $5-$10.

West Bros BBQ & Brewery
844 Olive St
Traditional American foods, microbrews and great steaks. Voted Best BBQ and Best Steaks. Meals from $5-$15+.

Asian

Bamboo
5th Street Public Market
Enjoy your favorite type of Asian food at this classy joint. Entice your palate with a variety of appetizers and entrees and a drink from bar, a beer or glass of wine. Feeling a bit daring? Inscribe yourself in the book of cool by devouring an entire dynamite roll… if you can.

Lotus Garden
810 Charnelton Ave
Stop in to Lotus Garden for a delicious Chinese meal that is traditional with a twist. You can have your favorite mushu pork, hunan beef or pot stickers and never know that every dish is vegan unless it was stated on the menu. The Lotus Garden chefs have mastered Chinese cuisine in a new, natural, healthy and scrumptiously satisfying way.

Mekalas
1169 Franklin Blvd
Excellent Thai food and exotic salads. Voted Best Thai or Vietnamese restaurant. Meals for $5-$10.

Misako
5 East 8th Avenue (Inside the Tiffany Building)
A small intimate setting decorated with traditional Japanese decoration makes Misako a very appealing lunch or dinner venture. A variety of sushi, sashimi, noodles, meat and seafood dishes are featured on the extensive menu. Entr?es range from $8 to $17.

Cafes

Cafe Siena
853 W.13th Av
Wide variety of breakfast and light lunch meals. Omlettes, scrambled eggs and chilaquiles. Meals for less than $5.

High Street Cafe
1243 High St
Wide variety of burgers, pastas, salads and vegetarian meals. They brew their own beer and have a great outdoor area. Meals from $5-$10.

Studio One
1473 19th Avenue
A favorite around Eugene, Studio One combines hearty breakfast and lunch options with super friendly service. Build your own burger, have a bowl of vegetarian pasta or try a breakfast like one of their egg scramblers or ever-popular challah bread French toast. Their indoor and outdoor seating is often packed but the food it worth the wait. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meals range from $7 to $10.

Chinese

China Blue
879 E.13th Av
Highly rated Chinese and Indonesian food. Meals from $5-$10.

Ocean Sky
1601 Chambers St
Szechwan and Hunan menu. Voted Best Chinese. Meals from $5-$10.

Delis

Cornucopia Market and Deli
295 West 17th Avenue
A whole sandwich at Cornucopia could feed the heartiest eater and two of his or her best buddies. Fresh sliced meats and cheeses and homemade soups and salads keep the tables constantly full, and an out of this world beer selection gave Cornucopia the "best happy hour" vote for 2002. Meals range from $5 to $10, but could be more depending on how much you drink.

Of Grape and Grain
49 West 29th Avenue & 160 Oakway Road
With two locations on either end of Eugene, Of Grape and Grain has the deli and wine market cornered. Stop in to pick up a bottle from your favorite vineyard and enjoy a soup, salad or sandwich made fresh in front of you. Seating is located indoor and outdoor when the weather permits. Couldn’t get enough of your tasty sandwich? Have some fresh deli meats or cheeses sliced to take on the road with you.

Schlotzsky’s Deli
3215 W.11th Av
Hot deli sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, salads and soups. Voted Best Deli. Meals for less than $5.

Indian

Taste of India
2495 Hilyard St
Seafood, chicken and lamb Indian dishes as well as vegetarian selections. Voted Best Indian. Meals from $5.

Anatolia
992 Willamette St
Half Indian, Half Greek menu that was voted Best Mediterranean. Meals from $5-$10.

International

Cafe Zenon
898 Pearl St
Voted Best Everything. Lots of awards for their Greek, Indian, Mexican and American cuisine. Bit pricey at $10-$15+ per meal.

Lucky Noodle
275 East 5th Avenue
A newcomer to the 5th Street Market area, Lucky Noodle pairs an elegant atmosphere with your favorite pasta, be it Asian, Italian or Northwest. Try traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs, spicy pad thai or their constantly changing ravioli special. Drinks and desserts are available to make your pasta perfection. Entrees range from $10 to $20.

Ring of Fire
1099 Chambers St
Not a by-product of a heavy night on the Indian food, but a wide range of Pacific Rim and Thai food. Meals from $5-$10.

Italian

Beppe and Giannis Trattoria
1646 East 19th Avenue
Rich and bold gourmet Italian fare in an elegant setting. Enjoy a glass from their extensive wine list before a hearty pasta, meat or seafood dinner, and top it of with a selection from their delectable dessert display. Entr?es range from $10 to $20.

Jo Federigo’s
259 E.5th Av
Spaghetti bar, vege dishes and daily seafood specials. Also doubles as a jazz club until late. Meals from $10-$15.

Mona Lizza
830 Olive St
Wood-fired pizza, antipasti, and many other Italian dishes. Meals from $5-$15.

Ambrosia
174 E.Broadway
Voted Best Pasta and Italian. Wood-fired pizza, calzone, pasta and their own microbrews. Meals from $10-$15

Japanese

Shoji’s
2645 Willamette St
Cool sushi bar and table-top stir-fry cooking. Lobster, chicken, scallops and vege/tofu dishes. Meals from $10-$15+.

Mediterranean

Cafe Soriah
384 W.13th Av
Great Mediterranean food as well as fine outdoor facilities. Voted Best Romantic Dinner Spot and Best Outside Dining. Meals from $5-$10.

Caspian Cafe
863 E.13th Av
Falafel, gyros, feta salads, kabobs. Meat or vegetarian. Meals for less than $5.

Mexican

Burrito Boy
510 East Broadway, 943 River Road
Cheap, easy and fast, Burrito Boy serves up hearty portions for a south of the border breakfast, lunch or dinner. A variety of vegetarian and vegan options are available.

Taco Loco
900 W.7th Av
Salvatorian and Mexican dishes with homemade sauces and Tequila bar. Meals from $5-$10.

Pacific Northwest

Cafe Marche
5th St Market
Breakfast, lunch and supper at this place. Given the nod by two chefs we know. Meals for less than $5.

The Glenwood Restaurant
1340 Alder St., (541) 687-0355, and 2588 Willamette, (541) 687-8201
Gourmet Mediterranean, vegetarian, soup and fresh bread. Meals from $5-$10.

Oregon Electric Station
27 E.5th Av
Steaks, pasta, vege dishes. Voted Best Steaks and Place for Large Gatherings. Meals from $10-$15+.

Pizza

Pizza Research Institute
1328 Lawrence Street
This locally owned and family operated hole-in-the-wall establishment features huge pizzas piled high with organic ingredients. Regular and vegan chef special pies change daily and feature interesting ingredients from peaches and pears to asparagus and a variety of cheeses. The vegan pizza sauce is out of this world and can entice even the most die-hard cheese lovers to ditch their dairy habits for the evening. PRI offers a small selection of microbrews on tap and an even smaller seating area, so be willing to wait or take it to go. Pies range from $18 to $25, and slices are available for a few bucks.

Vegetarian

Govinda’s Vege Buffet
270 E.8th Av
Buffet with all-you-can-eat option. Soups, pastas, stir-fry veges and salad bar. Voted Best AYCE Buffet. Meals from $5-$10.

Keystone Cafe
cnr W.5th & Lawrence
All day breakfasts, soup, chili and sandwiches. Voted Best Breakfast, Best Service, Best Business Lunch, Best Place to Take Visitors. A very Eugene experience. Meals from less than $5.

Locomotive
291 E.5th Av
International vegetarian cuisine with organic produce. Homemade desserts and ice-cream. Voted Best Vegetarian, and Best Ice-Cream. Meals from $5-$15.

Sam Bond’s Garage
407 Blair Blvd
Organic vegetarian and vegan dishes available until late. Exotic pizzas and unusual beers. Meals for less than $5.

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