Central Oregon’s Culinary Scene Part of Oregon Bounty Campaign
Central Oregon has become a special place among foodies who recognize the region’s delicious focus on sustainable, farm to table menus that utilize locally-produced meats, cheeses and produce.
The region is taking after Oregon as a whole where restaurants are thriving with unique dishes not just Northwest inspired, but Northwest grown.
This fall you can experience the state’s culinary creations in a fun new way thanks to Oregon Bounty, a Travel Oregon-created celebration of the fresh, local artisan food and drink that make Oregon a true culinary destination.
Following the success of the Oregon 7 Wonders Campaign, foodies can now experience those 7 Wonders through food and drink with an Oregon Bounty Passport. The passport features three restaurants in each region, chosen by some of the state’s finest chefs. Just grab a passport at one of the Oregon Welcome Centers across the state or at any of the restaurants chosen to be part of the campaign. Then, all you have to do is eat your way across the state picking up stickers from the restaurants along the way.
Central Oregon’s featured restaraunts were chosen by Chef Paul Losch of Ruddick/Wood in Newberg who made his first trip to Smith Rock just this last spring. Crux Fermenation Project in Bend, Terrebonne Depot and Sisters Bakery are among 21 Oregon restaurants chosen. All of them embody the idea of Oregon Bounty.
One of Bend’s most popular breweries, Crux also features one of the best menus in town – despite not even having what most would consider a “full kitchen.” Wraps, sandwiches (including paninis) soups and salads are the stars of the menu at Crux. No burgers, no fries – just simply delicious food. (Always ask about the soup of the day because there’s a chance it will be Chicken Curry and it’ll be the best thing you eat that day.)
But perhaps one of the most unique aspects to Crux’s dining scene isn’t what’s on the menu but what’s outside the actual restaurant. Parked on a gravel lot adjacent to the pub sit two popular food carts – El Sancho Tacos and Broken Top Barbecue. Locals will tell you the El Sancho street style tacos are among the best in Bend and there’s always a line outside Broken Top’s bright red truck. The food carts are as much a part of Crux as the brewery’s delicious Outcast IPA.
In small towns across the state there’s always that one place people will say “oh, you MUST go.” In Sisters, the Sisters Bakery is that place. For starters, it’s a real bakery with real people in the back making really delicious baked goods. They’re making 13 kinds of doughnuts, several breads (old fashioned cinnamon bread comes out of the oven first thing in the morning) along with cakes, pies and cookies that would make your own grandma’s mouth water. It’s the go-to folks for mountain bikers heading out on to the Peterson Ridge Trail System and for folks from Bend heading over the pass for weekend football games in Eugene or Corvallis.
Just minutes from Smith Rock State Park – one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon and the birthplace of American sport climbing – Terrebonne Depot has fed many a hungry family after a day of hiking, horesback riding or sightseeing at Smith Rock.
Fresh local ingredients are served inside a 100 year old train depot or outside on an expansive deck – where views of Smith Rock and the Cascade Mountains are unmatched.
Knowing their clientel might be on their way to Smith Rock, all of Terrebonne Depot’s menu items are available packaged to go. They offer picnic baskets filled with fresh sandwiches and salads and include a trail map highlighting scenic spots to stop and enjoy your meal. For the more adventurous, picnic baskets are also availabel as backpacks
You might not want to share any of the meals you’re having at these amazing restaurants, but the least you can do is share your experience via social media! Use the hashtag #centraloregonbounty and #traveloregon and you could win some cool prizes like a growler. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.