In the face of prolonged restaurant closures and reduced service hours, many dining spots are redefining themselves with new online markets to deal with the ongoing uncertainty. Who would have thought that just a few months ago you could get a roll of toilet paper with your tea or Thai food?
Below are some notable eateries that have pivoted to takeout and home delivery with fresh-made dishes, meal kits, artisan foodstuffs and local farm produce.
∼ Eugene ∼
♦ Provisions Market Hall
Provisions has a great selection of high-quality items, and now you can order online and have them pack up your favorites.
Provisions is known for the finest quality items perfect for yourself or for gifts . . . such as French olive oil, dishwashing liquid, specialty foods sourced local and globally, delicious cheeses and chocolates, quarts of soup, and many other items to elevate your pantry and your cooking. They’ll also pack things like picnic boxes based on individual preference for pickup. Even if something is not listed on their shopping site, give them a call . . . there’s an outsize chance they’ll find it and pack it up.
Shop online through their regular site to buy wine for curbside pickup, bakery items, gift cards, and gift items such as scarves and cookbooks.
- Fifth Street (pantry): 296 E 5th St.
- South (coffee, pastries, sandwiches, snacks, wine ): 747 E 32nd Ave.
♦ Le’ Bring
Le’ Bring is a pick-up and delivery service for Off the Waffle and their new burger restaurant, Theseburgers. Pantry items are available along with food from each location.
The owners have made nearly their entire ingredient list available for purchase at their “Off the Market” online shop. Order bags of their popular Liège waffles, then add on maple syrup, whipped cream, cheeses, tea, avocado, fruit, butter, yeast, bacon, and housemade burger buns for a full breakfast (or dinner?) to-go at home.
♦ Lion and Owl
This newish Eugene brunch spot opened up their farm ordering for pantry share boxes that feature a seasonal selection of fruit, vegetables, meat, and herbs from local farms.
Lion and Owl sources their ingredients from local farms. Now, instead of ordering from the farm for themselves, they’re ordering from the farm for their customers. Order basics such as sandwiches, soups, and wine, but also small and large boxes of produce. They’ve increased their offerings of prepared family meals and special occasion meals such as Date Night Takeout, and others such as salad kits, pasta-making kits, and kits to put together your own complete meal at home.
- Call the restaurant: (541) 606-0626
- Order online
∼ Portland ∼
Kachka’s chef and owner, Bonnie Morales, was raised by a family that emigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union. Bonnie grew up and studied French cooking techniques, and then began to reconnect with her family’s food heritage. She now brings that to customers, making her ingredients and menu available for pickup or delivery.
Several types of frozen dumplings are one of the main attractions here, but shoppers will also find an extensive pantry of Russian food items like canned herring, jarred mackerel, condiments, sauces, and pickled items. Home cooking is made easier with frozen broth for homemade soups, cookie kits, flour, yeast, dried fruits, and honey. Carnivores are supplied with prepared meats such as sausage and brisket. Add a Kachka cocktail kit to wash it all down.
- Call the restaurant: (503) 235-0059
- Order online
♦ Ava Gene’s and Tusk
When the pandemic first shuttered restaurants, Ava Gene’s teamed up with its sister restaurant Tusk to offer a limited takeout menu plus lots of pantry items. They just announced a permanent marketplace called Division Street Grocers. The restaurant’s front doors now function as a walk-up window for to-go ordering. The grocery will offer local and house-made pantry staples, just as you would expect from a small, locally focused market. Tusk is set to reopen mid-June for takeout.
Between the restaurant kitchens and the many local farms they order from, you have access to a lot, from pantry items to prepared food and kits. Chef-restaurateurs Joshua McFadden and Sam Smith are unveiling new sandwiches (blackened salmon with brown butter mayo, for one!) and an expanded menu. Pick up summer staples like cold beverages and housemade ice cream sandwiches, along with prepared foods such as baked pastas and waffles. A socially safe outdoor seating area will take up half of the Ava Gene’s parking lot, when dine-in is allowed once again.
♦ Milk Glass Market
Portland’s breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot pivots to become a pantry provider.
Milk Glass Market provides produce boxes from local farms along with prepared foods such as loaves of their famous banana bread. Purchase your wine for the week or cocktail kits, or something healthier like quarts of Turmeric Tonic. Order dairy products, salad kits, dips and spreads, and various pantry items such as granola, jam, pickles, and crackers.
How to order: Online
♦ Farm Spirit and Fermenter
Portland’s two favorite vegan restaurants are now offering meals, provisions, and merchandise online.
How to order: Online
♦ Tea Bar
This woman-owned tea bar stocks carefully curated, high-quality teas sourced from family farms around the world. And now, they sell much more than tea!
Tea, of course, is abundant in many forms, along with tea accessories. So, also, are other healthy and delicious beverages such as chai concentrates, mineral water, and wine. They also sell various pantry items such as pasta, canned beans and meats, and even toilet paper. Add honey, bee pollen, skin care products, and collagen.
How to order: Online