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Top Choice Italian in Eugene

Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria

One of Eugene's most beloved restaurants and its favorite Italian food is at Beppe & Gianni's. Homemade pastas are the real deal here, and the desserts are excellent. Expect a wait, especially on weekends.
American in Eugene

Newman's Fish 'n Chips

This fish market offers Eugene's best fish-and-chips (cod, halibut or salmon). Also shrimp and scallops plates. Order at the takeout window and eat outside under the covered patio.
Southern in Eugene

Papa's Soul Food Kitchen

This popular Southern-food spot grills up awesome jerk chicken, pulled-pork sandwiches, crawfish jambalaya and fried okra. The best part is the live blues music that keeps the joint open late on Friday and Saturday …
Bakery in Eugene

Sweet Life Patisserie

Eugene's best dessert shop: think pecan sticky buns, savory croissants and pain au chocolat (chocolate-filled French pastry). Even the day-old pastries are delicious (and half-price). They have organic coffee, too.
American in Eugene

McMenamins North Bank

Gloriously located on the banks of the mighty Willamette, this relatively modest (for a McMenamins) pub-restaurant boasts some of the best views in Eugene. Grab a riverside patio table on a warm, sunny day and order…
Live Music in Eugene

Sam Bond's

Eugene's favorite live-music venue, located in an old garage. Nightly entertainment from 9pm on, with good organic pizza, cheap happy-hour microbrew pints, free bluegrass jams on Tuesday and a nice outdoor patio for…
Brewpub in Eugene

Steelhead Brewing Co

Popular, award-winning brewpub with typical pub food on the menu, plus around 10 homemade brews including seasonal and dark beers. Try the beer sampler; you get six 4oz tastes. Great atmosphere, with comfy wingback …
Museum in Eugene

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

This renowned museum offers a 13,000-piece rotating permanent collection of world-class art, with an Asian art specialty. Highlights can include a 10-panel Korean folding screen and a standing Thai Buddha in gold le…
Museum in Eugene

Lane County Historical Museum

Most prominent at this good museum is a transportation collection that includes Oregon's oldest, best-preserved running gear (undercarriage) for a covered wagon. A Victorian parlor, historic kitchen exhibit and old …
Museum in Eugene

Science Factory

Parents and kids will love this children's museum, located in Alton Baker Park. Hands-on exhibits and live lizards and frogs are among the highlights; weekend planetarium shows cost $3 extra. There are expansive law…