Between the incredible bounty and talented chefs, it should come as no surprise that Oregon is brimming with great cuisine. From coastal restaurants to rural locales, visitors in the ‘Beaver State’ will have plenty of options from European to Indian to American cuisine and much more. Here is a list of some of the culinary highlights found in Oregon.
Located in Sisters, a small town in Central Oregon, Jen’s Garden is a lovely fine-dining establishment specializing in southern French-inspired cuisine. Owned and operated by husband-wife duo TR and Jen McCrystal, the charming cottage in which it’s located provides a intimate space perfect for savoring incredible fare made with the freshest ingredients available. Some of the delectable dishes found on the menu include the grilled duck breast with Italian sausage bread pudding and the beer-battered true cod served with spaghetti squash, crispy prosciutto, butternut squash purée and house tartar sauce. Luscious desserts, such as the Meyer lemon custard, plus European and domestic wine and beer are also available.
Jen’s Garden, 403 E. Hood Ave., Sisters, OR, USA, +1 541 549 2699
Located in Portland, Le Pigeon serves French-inspired cuisine with a creative twist. Providing a cozy, relaxing dining space with communal wooden tables, the interior also features an open kitchen — viewed best from the chef’ s table. With an emphasis on the best local and organic ingredients, the culinary team, helmed by owner Chef Gabriel Rucker, changes the menu frequently in order to showcase seasonal products. Some of the delicious options diners might find include pigeon served with brown rice, hazelnut, green apple and pork heart, and the rigatoni giganti with lemon pistachio ricotta, glazed chestnut, maitake and saba. In addition to the à la carte menu, this restaurant also offers a dessert menu plus a five or seven-course chef’s tasting menu with optional wine or non-alcoholic beverages.
Le Pigeon, 738 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR, USA +1 503 546 8796
Walker’s Farm Kitchen is a farm-to-table establishment located in Hermiston, a small city in the northeastern part of Oregon. Serving lunch Tuesday through Saturday plus dinner Thursday through Saturday, the culinary team creates upscale New American dishes inspired by the ingredients from local and regional areas. Within a relaxing, casual environment, guests can sample seasonal items. Past highlights include the lamb bolognese served over fresh pappardelle, and the sirloin strip topped with gorgonzola cream sauce and wild mushroom ragu. Pacific Northwest wine and craft beer are available as well. Dinner reservations are recommended.
Walker’s Farm Kitchen, 920 SE 4th St., Hermiston, OR, USA +1 541 289 3333