When people think of the Pacific Northwest you generally hear about Portland and Seattle but I recommend you take an extra two-hour drive down to check out Eugene’s food scene.
1. Southern comfort food at Elk Horn Brewery.
Once a Carl’s Jr, the owners Stephen and Colleen Sheehan, from Mississippi and the Pacific Northwest respectively, gutted the former fastfood joint to create a Southern-Northwest fusion Gastropub. Try their jalapeno hush puppies which are as big and round as a pair of elk and some deepfried pickles that will literally clog your arteries once you douse them in ranch. Down those suckers with their awardwinning Blood Orange Cider. Once you’ve finished that they’ve got another 23 beers and ciders on tap.