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The Broadway Streatery: Sidewalk Dining in Downtown Eugene

Published: May 11, 2021

 

Dine outside in downtown Eugene as part of a creative program to support local restaurants and provide a fun space for safer and socially distanced dining. Designed using Governor Brown's COVID-19 mandates as a guide, the Broadway Streatery offers options for diners seeking great food served in a spacious, outdoor environment. 

The Broadway Streatery

Expanded and new sidewalk seating spills from popular restaurants all along Broadway between Olive and Willamette streets. Because restaurants have had to reduce indoor seating capacities and space tables six feet apart, extra room helps restaurants serve more people while preserving social distancing. This section of Broadway has been closed to motor vehicles to allow for a more relaxed outdoor dining experience.

Now people can gather responsibly to enjoy music, games and cafe seating with twinkling lights setting a magical mood in this transformed street space. You will wish Broadway would stay open exclusively for pedestrians and non-motorized wheels forever! Some businesses on the block are promising to provide new games and surprises to enhance the Streatery experience.

Update: After much success for Broadway Streatery restaurants, the program design has been expanded and now includes 5th Avenue between Pearl and High Street on weekends. The city is also accepting applications from other businesses that would like to participate across the city. To find an updated list of locations or to apply for your business, see the city website.  For the 2021 season, the streatery is scheduled to stick around until mid-September. 

Here is the list of amazing local restaurants participating in the Broadway Streatery:

The Davis Restaurant & Bar

The Davis Restaurant with tall windows and outdoor dining tables on the corner of Broadway and Olive Street. Photo by Melanie Griffin

 

The Davis has always embraced outdoor dining but now with the Broadway Streatery, they have really stepped it up. The Davis promises to offer more than just a meal. You'll enjoy the music and the friendly staff as well as the menu full of variety. Their sweet chili pork ribs are always a great choice and their knowledgeable staff will be able to recommend the perfect wine with your meal. 

First National Taphouse

First National Taphouse shady outdoor seating with doors open for the public. Photo by Melanie Griffin

 

If you truly love beer, First National Taphouse is the perfect stop for you on the Broadway Streatery. With more than 30 taps and a selection of bottles, there is plenty to taste. If you work up an appetite from your flight of beers, they have a menu that goes from typical pub fare to full entrees. There are options for meat lovers as well as excellent vegan choices. 

Killer Burger

Large flower pots and outdoor dining tables in front of Killer Burger neon sign. Photo by Melanie Griffin

 

Ok, obviously Killer Burger has great burgers. From straight-up classics to some burgers that you might not expect but will instantly love. The burger that gets everyone talking is the peanut butter pickle bacon burger. The combo might sound strange at first but it is truly addictive. For fry-lovers, they offer fun dipping sauces as well. 

Sizzle Pie

Twenty large pizza boxes stacked on top of each other. Each box says "eat pizza every day". Photo by Melanie Griffin

 

Sizzle Pie has always been the place for death metal and hot slices but right now, you'll just have to enjoy the pie in the fresh air. Sizzle Pie has plenty of vegetarian and vegan pizza options that anyone would love as well as the traditional meaty, cheesy variety. If you want a salad, their vegan ranch is even better than the real thing. Pie toppings change daily so stop by to see what is being served today. 

Horsehead Bar

The Horsehead Bar has been a staple in the Eugene bar scene for so long and is one of the important coordinates in what Eugenians affectionately call the "barmuda triangle". At this time, your trips to Horsehead might not be like they were in the past but you can still enjoy their drinks and fried alligator on the patio or inside with social distancing during their limited open hours. 

Cowfish Club & Cafe

Building with two large signs that say "Cowfish Danceclub" with outdoor tables in front of the building. This photo was taken across the street and string lights overhead. One masked person sits at one of the tables talking to someone out of frame. Photo by Melanie Griffin

 

Cowfish is a colorful and fun place and that hasn't changed since the new rules. They are still finding ways to bring the party to you safely. Cowfish offers some eats, coffee and drinks with music and games often bringing up the energy level as well. 

Manifest Brewing

Double-doors are held open by large wine barrels. Inside is a neat bar with lots of wood detail. The window beside the open doors on the left says "World Famous biscuits and slather". Photo by Melanie Griffin

 

Manifest is a brewery and restaurant that is relatively new to the Broadway block. They are now open and selling their delicious beers and tasty food. Manifest is really proud of their biscuits n' slather. Their beers list changes regularly so if you have the chance to try their "Drip" sour IPA, do it. 

 

Off the Waffle / These Burgers

Off the Waffle Downtown Eugene by Melanie Griffin

 

Off the Waffle is a waffle lover's heaven! With sweet or savory waffles, great coffee and now burgers too, there is a lot to love here. Try the very popular Goat in the Headlights waffle for a brunch that you won't forget. 

Broadway Streatery game by Melanie Griffin
 

Creating a Great Experience for Everyone

To access the businesses at the Broadway Streatery, park in one of the downtown parking garages or utilize nearby street parking. Please bring and wear your mask, or wear the mask provided to you by one of the participating restaurants. Masks may be removed while seated at your table, eating or drinking.

Thank you for treating restaurant staff and fellow patrons with kindness and respecting restaurant protocols. Most food will still be available to-go for those that prefer that option.

Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology and Cinema. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Art Director for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade and spends nearly every weekend searching for new favorite places in the county. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia but loves Oregon the most.

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and learning new things.