Top tips for the best Dry January in Bend
January 8, 20248 minute read
Step aside, Wheaties. Bend offers a wide variety of breakfast restaurants that will have you feeling like a champ.
Fueling up for a day of exploration has never been easier. And with over 500 miles of singletrack, the largest ski resort in the Pacific Northwest, 12 Cascade Lakes, and world-renowned climbing spots like Smith Rock State Park—you’ll need to make the most important meal of the day count.
While dinner restaurants can often hog the spotlight, Bend is home to some seriously tasty breakfast places. Sweet? Check. Savory? Check. Homestyle? Check. Healthy? Check. There’s a breakfast restaurant in Bend to appease every taste.
The early bird catches the worm. If you want to beat the crowds, particularly on the weekends, get to your breakfast restaurant of choice right when they open. You’ll not only get faster service, but you’ll also have more time to enjoy your day—whether that’s enjoying Bend’s abundance of outdoor activities or touring around the city.
Craving something savory? Opt for a breakfast burrito from one of Bend’s many food trucks—perfect for on-the-go adventure so you can get to the trail, crag, river, or slopes faster. Bend’s breakfast burrito scene is beyond basic.
Sol Verde right off of Galveston Avenue brings the flavors of New Mexico to Bend. Their chilis are the real deal, sourced directly from New Mexico. Choose from red chili, green chili, or both (Xmas style) if you’re feeling daring. Don’t hesitate to add the organic spinach to your breakfast burrito.
Burrito Sunrise on Greenwood Avenue makes California-style breakfast burritos in a bright yellow truck. Clocking in at 5 pounds (kidding, but maybe not?), Burrito Sunrise loads it up with chunks of spicy chorizo, cilantro chicken, marinated steak, or chipotle black beans. They add crispy hashbrowns, melted pepper jack cheese, grilled peppers and onions, and sour cream. Burrito Sunrise’s breakfast burritos are made complete with salsas blended with garlic, onions, vinegar, and oil.
Vegans, you’re in for a treat at Broken Angel. Located behind The Pantry, there’s a reason Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives made a stop here. Broken Angel offers an extensive menu of healthy, local, and always animal-free breakfast dishes. Their Grilled Breakfast Burrito starts with your pick of dill jasmine rice or griddle potatoes and comes with Broken Angel’s signature house scramble, smoked turtle beans, grilled mixed vegetables, roasted chilis, and caramelized onions.
Looking for lighter breakfast fare and locally-roasted coffee? Bend has that, too.
Wake up with a cup of joe at local roastery Thump. Their York Street location in Northwest Crossing serves up views of the Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, and Broken Top as you take your first sips of steamy goodness. The Spicy Mayan Mocha or perfectly balanced cortado hit the spot. But since we’re talking about food here, we recommend their toasts with toppings for both the sweet and savory-minded.
Tucked into Sparrow Bakery’s former location on SE Scott Street, Café des Chutes makes delicious brunch sandwiches with options like smoked trout or bacon and pesto. The cafe boasts a hip, European vibe, but keeps it local with purveyors like Broadus Bees honey and Well Rooted Farms pasture-raised meats. After you’ve filled up, spend some time checking out the shops that share the complex which include a cactus shop, an interior design studio, a home goods store, an artist collective, and a vintage clothing shop.
If you’re looking for serious breakfast, head to The Victorian Café on Galveston. A Bend institution for over 30 years, The Vic has been voted Best Breakfast in Bend a whopping 15 times. Come hungry. This laidback eatery in a historic house offers 9 different types of eggs benedict and several specialty omelets. If you’re into a sweeter breakfast, try their Caramel Apple French Toast with three thick slices of Graham cracker-crusted, egg-grilled Big Ed’s Texas toast, homemade caramel sauce, fresh sliced granny smith apples, and whipped cream. And their sizable bloody marys don’t disappoint. Practically a meal in itself, the 24 oz. Proud Mary Bloody comes with a charbroiled smokey prawn skewer with housemade andouille sausage, a cube of pepper jack cheese, an olive, pepperoncini, lemon, red onion, and a grape tomato. It’s served with a crispy garlic breadstick and a double shot of their house-infused pepper vodka. See what the “Vic Experience” is all about.
To get your full caffeine fix and more fresh-baked pastries, check out these Bend bakeries and coffee shops.
Classic diners never go out of style. They open early, provide good service, the coffee is always flowing, and you’ll undoubtedly leave full. Teeming with nostalgia, diners are an emblem of road trips and a throwback to simpler times. Diners are the restaurants we would stumble upon, without Google or GPS, for reliable comfort food.
Proud to be “home of the largest portions in Central Oregon”, Jake’s Diner on Hwy 20 cooks up traditional, homestyle breakfast. Get your fix of country biscuits, Belgian waffles, eggs and bacon, and buttermilk pancakes. This family-run diner has deep roots in Bend that date back to the mid-1980s.
Breakfast is served all day at Laurie’s Grill on 3rd Street. Laurie’s Grill focuses on hearty meals and is dedicated to keeping the diner experience alive. Their impressive list of pancakes, french toast, and crepes will satisfy any sweet tooth. And they don’t skimp on savory options either. Omelets, country-fried steak, and corned beef hash fill up the menu—and your belly.
If you’re looking to linger with a sit-down option, brunch in Bend is the way to go. Sure, there might be a wait, especially if you arrive after 9 a.m., but that’s part of the whole brunch experience, right?
Chow whips up mimosas, bloody marys, and coffee for you to enjoy while you wait for your table. Hang out around the fire pit on their outside patio. If you time it right, you might just catch a musician strumming a guitar as you listen for your name to be called. Located in an old house on Newport Avenue, Chow’s walls are adorned with pop art pieces of sports figures, superheroes, and pop culture icons. It feels a bit like Andy Warhol had his hand in the decor. Their menu highlights dishes like the southwest-inspired Fajita Breakfast Skillet and the southeast-inspired Shrimp and Grits.
Right next to the Deschutes River Trail at the edge of downtown, Blissful Spoon on Newport Avenue offers elevated and eclectic brunch dishes inspired by the cuisine of places like France, Italy, Tunisia, and Morocco. Everything is made in-house from scratch with seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. Try the French Benny with puffed pastry, poached eggs, lox, grilled asparagus, and buerre blanc. Or go for the Chakchouka with lamb sausage, poached eggs, spiced tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, and feta.