Eugene’s Blair Boulevard Restaurants Create Culinary Adventure

Ethnic eateries in the Whiteaker District take local ingredients to interesting levels.

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Along tree-lined Blair Boulevard in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood, restaurants to please any palate stretch as far as the eye can see. Enticing folks with everything from classic Italian cuisine to umeboshi onigiri, a stroll down Blair promises a culinary adventure. Because every great adventure needs a bit of a map, you’ll find a guide below to some of Eugene’s hippest hot spots and watering holes, all conveniently located on a walkable street over just a few blocks.

Izakaya Meiji
Image courtesy Izakaya Meiji

While sushi is just about the only thing you can’t find in this slice of the Whiteaker, Izakaya Meiji (the resident Japanese whiskey bar) can make you forget about nigiri. Creative cocktails rotate seasonally and pair wonderfully with the creative (and amazingly cheap!) dinner and lunch menus. Go on Wednesdays for $5 bourbon and gingers, or on Thursday for fresh mussels steamed in white wine and served with fresh-cut fries.  (While technically not located on Blair, Meiji is right at the corner where Blair and Van Buren meet.) 345 Van Buren St.


Bari Trattoria Entrance
Image courtesy Bari Trattoria

When neighborhood icon Papa’s Soul Food closed in 2017, Bari took over the spot in 2018. Now, Bari serves classic Italian dishes such as fettuccine alfredo,  beef carpaccio and wood-fired pizzas from the tidy little house. 400 Blair Boulevard

Long, rough-hewn benches and tables line the room at Sam Bond’s Garage, where a beer in a mason jar is never far from your fingertips. Featuring Irish jam sessions Sundays, Monday night BINGO, and bluegrass jam sessions on Tuesdays, Sam Bond’s (which opens at 4pm) is the place for both happy hour and late nights. The pub is also a café, and serves entrees, paninis and appetizers as well as pizza by the slice all night long. When the moon hits your eye like a, well you know . . . 407 Blair Boulevard

The toughest decision to make at New Day Bakery is what to eat. The expansive menu spans four giant blackboards, and covers all breakfast and lunch bases. The best part? Well, the two best parts? All menu items are served all day, meaning burgers and beers for breakfast or French toast for dinner. And produce is organic and sourced locally from the Willamette Valley. 449 Blair Boulevard

Basket of Tacovore soft tacos
Image courtesy Tacovore.

Tacovore seems to have a line stretching out the door no matter what time of day or day of the week. But enjoy the wait with a delicious margarita from the bar. Tacovore does tacos differently, with traditional flavors along with unusual options such as crispy eggplant with goat cheese. 530 Blair Boulevard

Pop into the the light and bright Laughing Planet Cafe if you want to feel healthy with a quick fresh juice or smoothie. Fill up on a burrito to go, or a nourishing bowl with Thai, Korean or Indian flavors. Some dishes rotate , including the Moroccan Bowl (top picture) which makes an appearance on the menu 3-4 times a year. Many items are either vegan, paleo-friendly or gluten-free or can be made so. Take the kids, and enjoy playing with the dinosaur figures while you wait. 760 Blair Boulevard

Mama Mayras Kitchen Lengua Tacos 2
Image courtesy Mama Mayra’s Kitchen

Mama Mayra’s opened first as a food cart in 2015, then quickly became so popular it moved into a brick-and-mortar location on Sixth Avenue. Now, enjoy its success in an even larger space right next to Laughing Planet. Fresh tortillas, housemade empanadas, tacos and delicious fresh salsas are just some of the vibrant flavors of the Michoacán state of Mexico that you can find here. 764 Blair Boulevard

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