In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of The Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location, thin, Lebanese-style pitas encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for each bread, meat, and post-meal toothpick and corralling a selection of healthy sandwiches, which dining companions can wash down with fruit smoothies.
A simple interior decorated with OSU memorabilia lends Cravin' Cookies a college-friendly ambience perfect for biting into a variety of freshly baked cookies. Crafted from scratch with ingredients such as cane sugar and real butter, the cookies are fresh out of the oven when the "Now Warm" sign lights up. Cravin' Cookies shares the same space as Roxy Dawgs, which offers half-pound beef franks imported from Chicago, Oregon-made sausages, and Louisiana-style red hots.
Pizza Pipeline's menu overflows with original specialty pizzas, which include the meat-strewn Taste of Sicily and the savory Pesto Roasted Garlic Supreme. Diners can chew through traditional or gluten-free crusts and eat pies decked out with premium sauces such as Cajun Fire or Tomato Garlic. Alternatively, guests can bite into hefty subs or sides of chicken bites.
During Bite of Benton, dozens of local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and food producers fill the nearly 4 acres of Corvallis Central Park with gourmet bites and complex sips. As guests wine and dine, the sounds of music drifts across the grounds as bands tickle the rafters of the park's famed gazebo. Previous musical guests have included Oregon-based classic-rock cover band Big Boy and the Toys, providing a soundtrack for snacks such as gelato, tacos, hot dogs, and Middle Eastern cuisine.
Chef Mitch Rosenbaum, formerly of Bobby Flay's Las Vegas outpost Mesa Grill, and del Alma Restaurant marry contemporary cooking techniques with South American, Caribbean, and Spanish inspiration. The menu invites Latin-loving larynxes to gear up with starters such as the signature sangria-poached pear Ensalada del Alma, adorned with spiced olives, toasted pine nuts, and aged blue cheese ($9). Apprehensive appetites can take baby steps with traditional tapas, such as the dark-chocolate and peanut lamb mole, paired with dried cherries and served with corn tortilla chips ($10), or the wild-mushroom quesadilla, filled with locally sourced black-truffle goat cheese, tomato coulis, and cilantro pesto ($9). Larger plates ignite stomach engines with options such as the cochinita pibil, Yucatan-style barbecue pork and slow-roasted pork-shoulder cradled in a banana leaf—the specialty dish arrives alongside jicima and mango salad, guacamole, smoked tomato poblano chili rajas, and wheat-flour tortillas ($20)—which double as indoor skeet-shooting targets when taken to-go.
The staff at The Peacock Bar & Grill whips up classic American pub fare in a convivial atmosphere that has served Corvallis since 1929. Half-pound hamburgers sizzle in more than 15 gourmet varieties, and fresh steak and seafood entrees round out a menu of traditional American fare. Late-night food specials please the after-hours crowd, and catering services lavish special events and get-togethers with mouthwatering morsels. A pool table, video-game machines, flat-screen TVs, and a full bar add to the air of revelry at the tavern that, like the ham radio, has kept mouths busy for more than 80 years. The Peacock Bar & Grill struts its plumage and ability to entertain with nightly events and specials including sports games, karaoke, and live DJs.