While the number of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants in Eugene has soared recently, another less-familiar Asian cuisine is quietly trying to establish itself. Angkor Cambodian Café opened in January of 2014, offering some of Cambodia’s traditional dishes.
The small town of Oakridge, about 45 miles southeast of Eugene, is known across the country for its proximity to mountain biking and hiking trails in Cascade Range forests. Now a longtime chef from California’s Napa Valley is helping it gain a reputation for artisanal foods as well.
Deschutes Brewery is on the verge of a major expansion into the East Coast market. But owner Gary Fish explains why, even as it continues to diversify its market, it hasn’t lost track of where its home is.
Tony Ngo and James Ngo (no relation) are long-time friends with families here in Eugene. They opened the Da Nang food cart last May and named it after the city in central Vietnam where both of their families are from.
There is no single solution to hunger in Lane County, but FOOD for Lane County’s annual event Chef’s Night Out aims to take a big bite out of the problem.
Morning Glory, downtown near the train station, opened in 1996 and is Eugene’s longest-running vegetarian and vegan café. The menu is large and well-rounded enough, however, that all hungry diners can find something satisfying.
The food at Kamitori, a Japanese restaurant open in Eugene since February 2011, has changed, and then recently changed again. After a health issue forced chef Masa Itai to work less with his hands for a time, his focus once again is on traditional nigiri sushi.
A new restaurant has opened in downtown Eugene, nestled near the domineering Capstone buildings — Makoto, Japanese for “truth” or “honesty,” isn’t located far from a handful of other sushi and Japanese restaurants in the area. But Makoto plans to do things differently.
Party Downtown’s Tiffany Norton and Mark Kosmicki seem to be the ideal couple to turn their love of food into restaurant ownership. Growing along with the appreciation of food they found together was awareness of the social and environmental impact of food production.
Meals at the Kozy restaurant in Eugene are hearty and homestyle, along the lines of Marie Callender’s or Denny’s, with full breakfasts served all day. There’s no skimping on flavor or portion size, and prices are reasonable.