Food & Drink

10 Destination Restaurants to Check Out in Oregon

Bowpicker Fish & Chips, Hayward, and More
August 31, 2023
Hayward in McMinnville captures the bounty of the season. (Hayward)
If you're anything like us, the upcoming Labor Day weekend has you fantasizing about an escape from the city. We've got your back with 10 culinary destinations worthy of a journey on their own, from cheap and cheerful spots like Bowpicker Fish & Chips to high-end restaurants like Hayward and MÄS, so you can plot the gastronomic road trip of your dreams. For more ideas, check out our Labor Day calendar and our food and drink guide.

Bowpicker Fish & Chips List
Located on a converted gillnet boat, this fish and chips shop in Astoria has a cult following for a reason. The no-frills menu features nothing but whole or half orders of beer-battered albacore tuna, steak fries, and drinks, and it's all executed perfectly, with locally caught fish and a light, crispy breading. Pair with tartar sauce and malt vinegar, and don't forget to bring cash—cards are not accepted.

Grasslands Barbecue List
After being laid off from their jobs, friends Sam Carroll, Brendon Bain, and Drew Marquis (who previously ran the Seattle pop-up Bootleg Barbecue) came together to launch this truck in Hood River. Now, customers visit from far and wide to try their "Tex-ish style" oak-smoked meats, from beef brisket to pork belly burnt ends to house-made sausage. It's well worth a pilgrimage for barbecue buffs.
Hood River
Pickup, dine-in

Hayward List
Chef Kari Kihara brings years of experience with small farmers and whole-animal butchery to this hyper-seasonal restaurant inside Mac Market, a community gathering place in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country. Dishes on the ever-changing menu might include salmon hand rolls, braised hen dumplings, or brothy clams.

In-N-Out Burger
Beloved for its not-so-secret secret menu offerings and burgers loaded with fresh veggies and secret sauce, the wildly popular California fast-food chain makes for a perfect road trip stop. Don't sleep on the animal-style fries or the Neapolitan shake.
Keizer, Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg
Pickup, dine-in, drive-thru

MÄS List
This pint-sized restaurant serves a creative 10-course tasting menu of "Cascadian cuisine" from chef Josh Dorcak, a 2023 semifinalist for the James Beard Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific award. Meals start off with a savory dashi to prime the palate and feature an abundance of local fish, meats, and produce.
Pickup, dine-in

Ninkasi Brewing List
Take a trip to Eugene to visit this well-known microbrewery. The "Better Living Room" restaurant and gathering space features locally sourced food as well as an expanded bar with fan favorites and small-batch beers brewed in the business's five-barrel Pilot Brewery.
Pickup, dine-in

okta List
Acclaimed chef Matt Lightner, who formerly worked at Castagna List nd as the executive chef at the Michelin-starred Atera in New York City, runs this progressive tasting menu restaurant at the Tributary Hotel in McMinnville. Since opening last summer, the spot has quickly drawn raves from critics for its artful, evocative dishes.

The Painted Lady List
This restaurant located in a quaint Victorian house in the northern Willamette Valley has established itself as a fine-dining destination, thanks to its seasonal menu, extensive wine library, and warm hospitality.

Sugarpine Drive-In List
Get a taste of nostalgia at this retro Troutdale "destination drive-in," which presents an elevated take on fast-food fare with menu items like waffle grilled cheese and customizable soft serve sundaes.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

Xicha Brewing
This Latine-owned brewery has made a name for itself with house-brewed European ales and lagers and a selection of Latin American food ranging from empanadas to tacos.
Salem, Eugene
Pickup, dine-in

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