Exploring Bend is a great way to spend a day in Central Oregon, so start the morning right by sitting down for a hearty farm-to-table breakfast, a boozy brunch or by grabbing a quick but delicious bagel on-the-go. Whether you’re looking for a new restaurant to try or you’re visiting town for the weekend, here are the breakfast spots in Bend that you won’t want to miss.
Sparrow Bakery is a popular spot in Bend to grab a loaf of fresh sourdough bread or a croissant in the morning. From its location in Bend’s NorthWest Crossing neighborhood, Sparrow focuses on crafting its infamous, carefully crafted pastries and brunch options. Recurring recipes at Sparrow include the bacon breakfast sandwich on a house made flaky croissant, and the signature Ocean Roll peppered with cardamom, vanilla and sugar. Open every day, The Sparrow Bakery is a Bend staple that cannot be missed.
A bed and breakfast feel without the bed; McKay Cottage is tucked away on Bend’s north side, just beyond Awbrey Butte. The building was built in 1916 and originally stood near Drake Park; it was moved in 1973 to its permanent home off O.B. Riley Road. The location features indoor seating and ample outdoor seating to enjoy breakfast in the open air. Open every day, McKay Cottage has a full breakfast menu from casual bakery items to eccentric French toast platters. The restaurant also has vegetarian options like the Farmer’s Veggie omelet and Cottage Granola—made from scratch at the restaurant.
Right off Newport Avenue on Bend’s west side, Chow offers a brunch menu similar to The Cottonwood Cafe in Sisters owned by the same chefs. House-specialties at Chow include the fajita breakfast skillet and the Vinny—Chow’s version of eggs benedict. The restaurant has a separate gluten-free and vegan menu with choices like the tofu scramble or the veggie benny. With tasty eats and fantastic outdoor seating for warm summer days, Chow is a tried and true breakfast option in Bend.
Open daily, Jackson’s Corner is located in downtown Bend on Delaware Avenue, in the historic Delaware Grocery and Ice House. The menu has a classic breakfast feel, with a local twist since Jackson’s Corner is committed to using locally sourced, fresh ingredients in their food. Try the breakfast sandwich with Well Rooted Farms sausage, or the veggie burrito with Casad Family Farms potatoes.
Tetherow Resort, west of Bend on the way to Mount Bachelor, is a wonderful place to celebrate big moments or treat yourself on vacation. Try a Florentine omelet or avocado caprese toast—anything can be made gluten-free—while enjoying the spectacular views of the golf course and the high desert from The Row’s deck. For a cozy breakfast cocktail, try the signature Hazelnut Coffee—Crater Lake hazelnut espresso vodka and whipped cream.
Paying tribute to the town of Sintra in Portugal, Cafe Sintra in downtown Bend is an authentic Portuguese restaurant. Breakfast ranges from the signature Portuguese benedict—topped with Linguiça sausage—to peach crepes stuffed with walnuts and whipped cream; the breakfast menu also has a number of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Watch the crowds pass by on a Saturday morning while dining behind wide windows in a timeless atmosphere that transports you to another side of the world.
The Victorian Café
A breakfast hub since 1983, the Victorian Café has had many names, but is now known as a traditional, cozy diner with innovative taste. With award-winning dishes like caramel apple french toast and nine different types of eggs benedict, the Victorian Café has plenty of options for everyone. On a nice day, dine outside on the restaurant’s patio and enjoy their signature twenty-four ounce breakfast cocktail—the Proud Mary.
The Lemon Tree
A classic menu with elegant twists, the Lemon Tree has a quaint, serene atmosphere in downtown Bend. Sit outside with the views of Drake Park while enjoying a spinach and feta frittata, or one of many delicious Metolius Teas on a foggy morning. Be sure to check out the Lemon Tree market inside the restaurant for fresh bread and specialty cakes and other desserts.
Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro
Dine in or get it to-go, the breakfast sandwiches at Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro are served on homemade bagels with different types of cream cheese to mix and match. The restaurant also has a full breakfast menu with biscuits and gravy and an option to build your own burrito. Rockin’ Daves is open Wednesday through Sunday, and is a perfect stop for a full meal before heading up to the mountain or the river.
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Complete Guide to Food Trucks in Bend and the Surrounding Area
Over recent years, Bend, Oregon has become a foodie paradise. Aside from the nationally renowned chefs and the blossoming restaurant scene that offers tons of dining options, foodies now flock to Bend for a more indie dining experience. The food truck trend has proven to be much more than a trend, as more and more pods of deliciousness pop up around town. These pods typically include a variety of food trucks situated around a central location that more often than not acts as a tap house. Many of them offer indoor and outdoor seating, a variety of beer, wine and cider along with firepits, stages for musical performances and more. With so many spots each offering different food trucks to try, it might be tough to figure out where to start. Read on for a list of some highly recommended spots to try out, and start your own foodie adventure.
The Culinary Food Scene in Bend, Oregon
It’s true that travel writers, vacationers and roadtrippers alike visit Bend for its wealth of adventure. In the past, hiking through the lush Deschutes National Forest or relaxing beachside at one of the crystalline Cascade Lakes may have been the top experiences that drew visitors to Bend. While the endless opportunities for adventure remain, there is a new, delicious drive pulling visitors into town: food.
Where to Eat in Downtown Bend, Oregon
Downtown Bend is the lively core of Bend, with many shops, activities, lodging and restaurants, all just a couple of blocks from the glittering Mirror Pond, part of the Deschutes River. Whether a visit takes you browsing through downtown stores, taking a stroll through Drake Park or walking through the nearby historic neighborhoods of Bend, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Fortunately, downtown Bend is adorned end-to-end with delicious breakfast joints, hole-in-the-wall eateries and upscale restaurants.