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Eugene — a Foodie City

Published: July 14, 2020


The farm-to-table experience is approachable and thriving in Eugene. In fact, COVID-19 safety guidelines can even make for a more personal dining experience as Eugene's top restaurants now cater to fewer customers at a time. Come experience inspired dishes reflecting the region's bounty from Dungeness crab, salmon fresh from the local rivers, mushrooms foraged from the foothills to produce grown on small family farms and grass-fed beef from local ranches.

Three neighborhoods stand out as foodie paradises: downtown Eugene, Eugene's Whiteaker Neighborhood and Springfield's Main Street. These unofficial food hubs have attracted innovative culinary talents and passionate locavores, resulting in some amazing culinary offerings. Make it as easy as possible for yourself by booking a restaurant tour with America's Hub World Tours for a flavorful introduction to downtown Eugene. 

Many restaurants now require reservations and have limited seating. But with so many restaurants to choose from, you'll be able to easily pull up a seat to a fantastic meal. It will take several days to sample Eugene's best farm-to-table restaurants, so book yourself an extended foodie staycation. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started! (Note: some restaurants are currently offering pick-up or delivery only.)

The world is a village, welcome to ours. Rye is a comfortable "European village tavern"-inspired restaurant committed to fresh, local,… More Info
Claim 52 is a 10bbl brewery serving Eugene since 2012. Offering dank and hazy IPAs and extremely fruited sours at their two locations -… More Info
Full-service restaurant and bar featuring the finest Northwest seasonal ingredients prepared French bistro-style. Extensive wine list with… More Info
Jazzy Ladies Cafe & Coffeehouse offer all homemade and handcrafted breads, soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods. Serving breakfast and… More Info
The new darling of pastries, Noisette, which means hazelnut in French; is run by pastry chef Tobi Sovak formerly of both King Estate and… More Info
Lion & Owl serves up brunch and dinner for the fierce and wise. They started out serving out of a converted Airstream trailer in 2016… More Info
In the Whiteaker Neighborhood, discover Falling Sky deli - a taphouse combined with a modern Northwest-style delicatessen. Enjoy dozens of… More Info
The Wheel Apizza Pub is a New Haven style pizzeria and West Coast Style brewery located in the Whiteaker Neighborhood. Founded to be both a… More Info
Located in downtown Springfield, George + Violet's offers a menu full of Grass-fed beef and local, organic produce. Served in a neighborhood… More Info
Located in downtown Springfield, PublicHouse is a great place for the community to gather to enjoy great food, beer and conversation. Food… More Info

The Tasting Trails

The craft beverage industry flourishes in the Eugene and Springfield area, garnering regional to international recognition. Taste world famous Pinots, mix it up right with a unique distillery, sample cider from community gleaning, or try unusual drinks from braggot to mead to house-made sodas.  

Farmers' Markets

Every Saturday the Lane County Farmers Market sets up downtown. Come browse farmers' stands overflowing with fresh cut flowers, herbs, produce, fruit, preserves, canned seafood, artisan condiments, baked goods, fresh eggs, grass-fed meats, mushrooms and more. If you are staying in a vacation rental or extended stay lodging, you can shop and cook up your own locally-sourced meal!

Upriver Organics Farm by Joni Kabana
Pick up fresh vegetables and fruits at dozens of farmers' markets and local farm stands.… More Info
We all need a few days off and a break from the daily grind — and even more so this year. So plan… More Info
Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.