“Every sort of person populating these parts can be seen at the cozy Glenwood Restaurant,” the New York Times says, nodding to the eatery’s popular menu of hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, and other American food. The chili verde brunch burrito—lauded by Sports Illustrated as “worth getting out of bed early for”—greets the day along with fruit waffles and denver omelets, and lunchtime brings tomato-cheese soup and paninis. Tempeh stir-fries with peanut sauce and brown rice join pasta genovese and steak and mushrooms at dinnertime, complemented by glasses and microglasses of wine and microbrews.
The Lasagna Cart’s straightforward menu of Italian favorites pairs fresh salads and sandwiches with a selection of interchangeable pasta ingredients to help diners build flavorful fettuccine Frankensteins. Forge an edible noodle-friend with fettuccine, angel hair, or spaghetti, then douse creations in creamy alfredo, pesto, or marinara sauciness ($5.50) before adding chicken ($2), meatballs ($1), or veggie accents ($0.50). Forego the creative process by ordering a classic lasagna entree ($7.50) or pacify sweet teeth with a slice of homemade pound cake ($3), which, like dollar bill origami, is made from scratch.
Red Five combines the convenience of a New York hot-dog stand with the succulence of 100% all-Oregon beef franks. Roll up for lunch at this red, umbrella-shaded food cart and feast on quarter-pound hot dogs that can be slathered in a choice of 18 condiments. For an additional $3, the Red Five lunch special includes crunchy Tim’s Cascade Style potato chips and Thomas Kemper’s craft-brewed soda, made with pure northwest honey that, unlike southwestern honey, isn't actually cactus tears.
With deli-inspired soup and sandwich fare and a burger selection featuring beef, chicken, salmon, and vegetarian options, A Taste Gourmet offers a menu full of traditional American cuisine with an epicurean twist. The Plain Jane burger ($7.50) wins over once-shallow taste buds with its inner beauty and a healthy dollop of the bistro's signature sauce, while the French Dip ($7.95) takes roast beef and provolone on a beret-first plunge into savory au jus. Purchasers also receive 10% off of products from the bistro's gourmet grocery, which offers more than 40 international meats and cheeses, wine and beer from the Old and New Worlds, and more British imports than an American cricket tournament.
Chef Mario Tucci cooks up a menu of South American and Italian fare prepped with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Italian-style frittatas inspire fillings such as potatoes and garlic, mushrooms and onions, or zucchini into rich, eggy unification (all $6.95), while vegetarian-friendly burritos embrace beans, cheese, rice, eggs, and more in a tight tortilla hug (from $4.95). Delectable sauces cling to the fresh-made pastas like koalas cling to anyone who offers them a granola bar (from $6.25). Diners can also nestle into the rustic, marketplace-like eatery, festooned with earthy artwork and live local music, to partake in ciabatta-bound sandwiches (from $5.95), entree-ready salads (from $5.65), and elegant glasses of wine ($4.95).
The creative duo behind Not Your Mom's Sandwich Shop, Dave and Nicole Stanley, roast meats in-house and craft homemade condiments before stacking them alongside local produce to create the restaurant's tasty menu. Pull apart the stringy interior of an upscale grilled cheese—made with cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan—to nab a buttery bite or to hastily knit a scarf from the deliciously molten yarn. Homemade cranberry jam and cream cheese halt turkey breast in its tracks, and avocado wrangles the seasonal trio in a net of sprouts for easy transfer onto soft sourdough bread. Beefier options include a roast-beef sandwich or a meatloaf amalgamation with grilled onions and melted cheddar. All sandwiches are available grilled, pressed, toasted, or skewered on a sustainable unicorn horn. Wash down the high-stacked meal with a Coca-Cola fountain soda, or upgrade to freshly squeezed lemonade ($2.00).