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From fresh seafood venues to home-brewed beer taverns, Eugene is full of dining potential. Full of great restaurant options for every kind of taste, Eugene stands out for its eclectic culinary traditions and gastronomic experimentation. Here are our top 10 local places where you can try the best the city has to offer.
Featuring the finest Northwest seasonal ingredients and French bistro traditions, Marché represents one of the most successful experimental restaurants in Eugene. It takes its name from the French word for market, describing not only its location in 5th Street Public Market, but also its philosophy of cooking. The menu is based on the food found at a farmers’ market — fresh, seasonal and regional. This farm-to-table venue serves great hors d’oeuvres such as pillowy gougères, spiced rabbit rillettes, amazing duck confit salad and grilled steak with golden pommes frites. Only organic, free range and chemical free products make it into Marché’s high quality food.
As the name suggests, this cozy restaurant is located in downtown Eugene, and it is one of the most creative venues in the city. Although it only opened its doors in May 2013, Party Downtown is already an institution in town: its goal is to serve organic and creative food, which is the reason why the menu changes weekly. Everything is made by the owners Mark and Tiffany using local ingredients: their pig-skin braciole with fennel sausage and their barley risotto are their top specialties, and their cocktails are creative and original.
Party Downtown, 55 West Broadway, Eugene, OR, USA, +15413458228
Authentic kettle-boiled and stone-hearth baked bagels can only be found at Bagel Sphere in Eugene. The small venue features 17 varieties of bagel, all of them made from scratch daily. The restaurant was established in 1995 by Jim and Tamara in its downtown location, and since then has become a required stop in the city. Breakfast bagels, lunch bagels and a selection of different menus and melts are all available, but this venue also stocks a good variety of homemade salads, soups, muffins, brownies and other treats, as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks.
West Eugene Bagel Sphere, 4089 West 11th Avenue, Eugene, OR, USA, +1 541 868 1072
Downtown Bagel Sphere, 810 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR, USA, +1 541 341 1335
A branch of Agate Alley Bistro, Agate Alley Laboratory stands out for its eclectic menu and its unusual mad-scientist theme. The name is symbolic of the restaurant’s conceptual approach to offering the best of the Northwest, but with an experimental element of international cuisine. Customers can choose between the Big Bang Theories menu, Potions and Elixirs, and other sophisticated and ever-changing meals. Their dungeness crab bisque garnished with fried sweet potato and fried squid tossed with korean chili flakes, seasoned flour and sweet chili sauce and jalapeno are not to be missed, as well as their delicious avocado cheesecake, although the menu will change, evolve and metamorphosise on a monthly basis.
Agate Alley Laboratory, 2645 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR, USA, +1 541 653 8653