Get to Know Your New Neighborhood, One Plate at a Time

Bend restaurants by the neighborhood

If you were to ask the crew at Bend Relo for a list of their favorite eateries, you’d wind up with a globally inspired directory of deliciousness, with something to please every palate and preference. Many of our go-to hangouts have been going strong with pick-up and delivery options. As summer comes on, meeting for dinner in downtown Bend and sipping a craft beer by the food trucks on Galveston Ave. are pleasures we can look forward to again. Dine-out or take-out, eating local is a fabulous way to sweeten your move-in experience and savor the flavor of your new neighborhood.

Once limited to fried rice and pepperoni pizza, take-out has evolved into something of an art form, enhanced by tech-based delivery services such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, and BendTakeOut. The world is literally your oyster—or can at least include broccoli beef glazed in a delicate oyster sauce and an 18” thin crust with roasted red peppers and anchovies. From farm-to-table to slow-smoked barbeque, sushi to gluten-friendly, it’s a foodie’s paradise here in Central Oregon.

Bendites eat local

Visit Bend provides a stunning resource, frequently updated, for finding something good to eat in Bend, OR. The Source Weekly is your Central Oregon one-stop for every taco shop and gastropub offering curbside pick-up and delivery in your neighborhood. They’ve even got a map for finding where to pick up a growler or stock up on your favorite IPA and Belgian sour.

Get to know the good eats in your part of town

NW Bend

NW Bend includes downtown hotspots like Wild Rose, the  place for Northern Thai, and Barrio, downtown staple for bold, Latin-inspired tapas, tacos, and shrimp ceviche. Try the NWX Signature Bowl from Poke Row, or the Notorious Buffalo Chicken Salad from Washington, both located in Northwest Crossing. Peckish for some patisserie? Let Sparrow Bakery drop off a bag of almond croissants and chouquettes on your doorstep.

NE Bend

Locals can’t get enough of the soft tacos at El. Sancho, with locations open on both the west and eastside of Bend. Laughing Planet keeps it real with fresh local ingredients and killer burritos and bowls. Orchid Thai and A Taste of Thailand, better known as Thai in the Fly, offer northeast residents authentic curries and noodles. Gotta be a burger? Bend Burger company delivers with options including the Bend Sunrise, Lava Butte, and Big Eddie burgers, with a pile of hand-cut fries and available gluten-free bun.

SW Bend

Crave smoked brisket? Baldy’s Barbeque on SW Century Drive has got you covered. Or tuck into a Cuban Press from Cuban Kitchen right up the street. The Old Mill District offers wood-fired Neapolitan pizza from Flatbread, eclectic comfort food from Boxwood Kitchen, and even take-out and delivery from Ben & Jerry’s.

SE Bend

Located amongst the bargains at Bend Factory Outlets, Wild Oregon Foods serves up one of the freshest dining experiences around. Farm-to-table is the order of the day, inspired by the farmers and ranchers of the Pacific Northwest. Or go old-school Cantonese with take-out from Chan’s, a SE Bend tradition.

The restaurant scene doesn’t stop at the city limits. There are dozens of restaurants worth the trip to Sunriver, Redmond, and Sisters. Just call ahead, and they’ll have supper waiting.

You’re getting more than a tasty meal when you order from your local eatery—you’re tapping into the very essence of what drives Central Oregon quality of life and makes Bend the destination location it is. Good living is why so many people have made the move to relocate to Bend with Bend Relo. We encourage you to explore your new neighborhood one delicious forkful at a time.

Bon Appetit!


Irene Cooper

Irene Cooper

Irene Cooper is a poet, novelist, creative copywriter, and 24-year resident of Bend, Oregon, having lived in cities and small towns from New York to Rio de Janeiro to Markleevile, California. When not blogging, Irene dedicates time and energy to expanding and supporting the Central Oregon writing community.

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