Baristas brew up coffee, espresso, tea, and blended drinks at Global Delights, a quaint, locally owned coffee company that infuses its drinks with worldly flavors. The shop recently began roasting its own, certified organic coffee, adding to a menu that already includes Noisette Pastries as well as gluten-free and vegan options. More than just an energy boost for its customers, Global Delights also demonstrates a passion for improving the community, both by supporting other local businesses and working with Eugene charities.
Having dietary restrictions at a buffet can be a tough to manage due to hidden ingredients and a lack of vegetarian options. Fortunately, that's not a problem at Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet, winner of "Best Vegetarian Bite" by King Estate. All the dishes at this meatless eatery are explicitly designated so that guests can safely pick up slices of gluten-free bread, cups of vegan soup, or dollops of dairy-free salad dressing. Even without the classifications, it'd be pretty hard to stray from dietary paths, as the proprietors estimate that 9 out of 10 of their daily offerings are made without dairy, gluten, or smoldering molten lava. With this in mind, customers can guiltlessly peruse the buffet table that's loaded with everything from hearty salad fixings to vegetarian-friendly Indian fare. When in season, the chefs use local, organic ingredients to prepare their health-conscious dinner entrees, including tofu lasagna, split-pea fritters, and coconut curry. To keep things even fresher than they already are, the menu changes daily, with staff serving a new entree, soups, and fresh breads every day.
Oakshire Brewing's master libation-smiths brew small batches of high-quality malts and hops in a 15-barrel, 4,000-square-foot brewhouse. Guests can visit the main brewing facility's tasting room to admire the malt magic created by the diligent staff. Weekday visitors wet their whistles on 4-ounce samplers of three year-round and seasonal selections, and Friday swillers can enjoy plentiful pints of their favorite brews. Gargle the crisp, dry hops of a Northwest–style Watershed IPA and the dark, silky suds of the Overcast Espresso stout. Or dabble in seasonal selections, such as the malty Ill Tempered Gnome Winter ale, a distant cousin of the nonalcoholic beverage sipped by Snow White's Grumpy. The brewery peddles bottles ($4–$5) and cases ($48–$60) of its regular and seasonal beer for those wishing to partake in imbibing in the comfort of their own home, and it equips swig sessions with growlers ($5) and pint glasses ($3). Guests can also advertise ale adherence with a brewery T-shirt ($18) or hat ($12) or by shouting panegyrics about beer in a crowded mall.
Under new ownership, Chen's Happy Garden’s chefs serve robust portions of Mandarin- and Cantonese-style dishes. Diners can start with an appetizer such as pot stickers, ideal for sharing among eight friends or ambassadors from each planet in the solar system. The mandarin steak's beef comes accompanied by bok choy, pea pods, and a spicy sauce. Vegetable-based and low-calorie entrees, including the braised bean cake with vegetables, satisfy herbivorous appetites. Combination dinners allow guests to sample several items—the #3 combo congregates pork chow mein, pork fried rice, sweet-and-sour chicken, and a crab puff into one dinner, as well as soup, hot tea, and a fortune cookie that tests the reliability of aging magic 8 balls.
At Drunken Hog BBQ, all sauces are made in house from scratch, including the tomatillo beer sauce of the smoked pork and the honey chipotle that marinates chicken in a smoky-sweet flavor without dipping it in caramel-coated ashes. Meats seared on the barbecue, such as spareribs, pork, and chicken, complement a quartet of sauces, including the original barbecue and cilantro-lime. Kids’ meals sate appetites of age-deficient members of the family by feeding them proportioned amounts of mac ‘n’ cheese or drumsticks.
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.