Lunch Bites: Bend Burgz N Dogz

It’s been quite awhile since I last posted in the periodic “Lunch Bites” series and since I first laid down my criteria (close to or under $5, no fast food, and such), my office has moved so that I’m very convenient to the Old Mill District. Needless to say, there are quite a few more easily-accessible options for cheap(ish) lunch dining around the OMD, accessible easily by walking, biking, or driving.

Bend Burgz N DogzFor this post I’m highlighting a lunch spot probably most of you have never heard of (I know I hadn’t until recently): Bend Burgz N Dogz. (If you have heard of them, you deserve an award—go treat yourself to a hotdog!) They are a food truck located on SW Industrial Way, on the east side of the Old Mill Marketplace parking lot along with the coffee stand located there. (They are small enough that perhaps I should write food “cart” instead of “truck”?) As the name implies, they specialize in burgers and hotdogs, and one day when I was walking by they caught my eye with a particular menu item: the Wasabi Dog.

Yep, a “Crispy Wasabi Dog” which was something I hadn’t heard of, and even better, it’s only $4.99. The description from their menu reads, “Deep fried all beef premium hotdog on fresh bun, topped with wasabi cream cheese, jalapeno and bacon. Kimchi on the side.” $4.99 seems pretty reasonable for such a concoction and their overall menu is similarly reasonable, with hotdogs ranging from $2.99 to $4.99 and several burgers up to $8.99 (which is the most expensive item on the menu).

Bend Burgz N Dogz menu

So recently I stopped in for lunch, ordered the Wasabi Dog with a side of fries (for $1.49 extra) for a total lunch cost of $6.48. I had to wait a few minutes, which was fine (and a good sign) since I took that to mean they were making everything fresh and hot. And it was.

And it was good! Here’s what it looked like:

Crispy Wasabi Dog
Yes, I’d already taken a bite. I couldn’t resist!

The fries were good and crispy and not greasy, the wasabi cream cheese was perfectly balanced between spicy and creamy-cool, the bacon was a big thick strip, and the jalapenos were mild enough that I thought they might have been pickled. All in all, it was really good and I felt like I got a lot for the $6.49 price.

Overall, I was pleased with Bend Burgz N Dogz, and consider it a good choice for lunch for anyone looking for food in that variety. They have their address listed on their Facebook page as 555 NW Arizona Avenue, but you’ll find them basically at the intersection of Industrial Way and Bond Street (where you’d turn to go to Crux Fermentation Project).

Sample Hood River’s Pfriem Brewing in Bend this week

Pfriem Family BrewersHood River-based Pfriem Family Brewers, best known for brewing acclaimed Belgian-styled beers, has recently started bottling a number of their beers and have been traveling around the state doing special tasting events—and this week they are in Bend.

Here is their schedule:

Among beers they have bottled and that I would expect to see pouring include their Pilsner, IPA, Blonde IPA, Begian Strong Dark, Belgian Strong Blonde, Saison, Flanders Red and Flanders Blonde.

If you’ve not yet had a chance to try any of the Pfriem beers, this week is a great time to get out and sample them at one of the events listed above—I can attest that they brew some amazingly good beer, and I’ve been hearing raves about those new “Flanders” beers. Make sure to sample some!

The Victorian Café is closed until 4/23

The Victorian CafeHeads up, as they posted on Facebook, The Victorian Café will be temporarily closed through Thursday, April 23: “The Vic will be temporarily closed until the 23rd to make some repairs to better enhance your Vic experience.”

Haven’t been to The Vic in awhile, but the westside establishment has long been one of my favorite breakfast spots in town (and many Source readers agree). No mention of what types of repairs are being made but if they are only closed for two or three days everyone will be getting their eggs benedict and man-mosa fix in no time.

In the meantime there are some other terrific breakfast places to hit, including the McKay Cottage, Café Sintra, and Pilot Butte Drive In.

High Desert Maker Mill – Opening & Meetup

After leading and participating in meetups and local events throughout Bend, the High Desert Maker Mil is planning to open their physical Makerspace on May 1st. In preparation, they are hosting a meetup tonight (April 20th) and they invite the public to participate.

Here’s the full announcement:

I am proud to announce that High Desert Maker Mill has secured a building and is preparing to open to the public beginning May 1st. With the recent opening of Bend’s first makerspace-DIYcave, the expansion of S.T.E.A.M. support from multiple partners throughout the tri-county area, and a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, 2015 is looking to be a banner year for Makers in Central Oregon!

High Desert Makers has partnered with Cascade Divide Datacenters to make a 15,000sqft building available on SW Columbia St. Over 7,000sqft is dedicated to the makerspace, with additional space configured as offices, storage, rentable workbenches, and even some large rentable shop spaces. In fact, Onboard Dynamics ( has already selected this building to continue their research and development!

We’re hosting a meetup on Monday, April 20th to give everyone a chance to see the building, and help develop the buildout plan. We’re building a community makerspace…come be a part of it!

More information:
Press Release
Bulletin article
Meetup group information


BackDrop Distilling launch party tonight, Saturday 4/11

BackDrop DistillingBend’s latest distillery, BackDrop Distilling, is kicking off with a splash with their “launch shindig” tonight at GoodLife Brewing from 6 to 9pm. Why GoodLife? Simple—they are located inside GoodLife! They have a specially-sectioned off area towards the front of the brewery (just outside of the Bierhall/tasting room), and part of the relationship with the brewery includes GoodLife producing mash (fermentable malt syrup, basically) that BackDrop ferments and distills for whiskey.

For tonight’s launch party, here’s what their Facebook pages says:

Don’t mind Mother Nature, we’ll have a CIRCUS TENT!!! courtesy of Incredible Events

Bottles will be spinnin’ & flippin, live music playin’, cocktails pourin’, tasting tastin’ & cool people celebratin’ as we proudly unveil BackDrop Distilling to our fans, friends, fam & the spirit lovers of Central Oregon!

Live music by Harley Bourbon and AVERY JAMES AND THE HILLANDALES!!

Good grubbin with EsTa BiEn and Dump City Dumplings

Excited to reveal the bottle up close and personal. (Special Thanks To Universal Packaging for bring our design to life with honors!).

Sounds like it’s going to be fun party, and if you wanted to check out our newest distillery, head on over to GoodLife tonight starting at 6.

Bontá Natural Artisan Gelato opens shop downtown

Starting today the popular Bontá Natural Artisan Gelato expands from being a mobile gelato cart to a brick-and-mortar “Scoop Shop” in downtown Bend, and they are celebrating today with a grand opening featuring $2 cones!

Bonta Gelato

Here’s from the press release that was sent out:

Things will be getting a whole lot sweeter in downtown Bend. Bontá – Natural Artisan Gelato will be debuting their new brick and mortar location, at 920 NW Bond, Suite 108 on Friday, April 10th.

To kick things off, owners Jeff and Juli Labhart plan to host a fundraiser donating a portion of Friday’s sales to Central Oregon Locavore, who has helped Bontá grow as a company from their early beginnings. In celebration of the grand opening, Bontá will be offering $2 cones all day long.

The new location will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with their signature, locally made, small batch gelato, sundaes, milkshakes, pints and tubs to go. Bontá has also recently finished building a new creamery at 924 SE Wilson, Ste. A, where all the gelato will be made fresh daily. The creamery will also feature a future tasting room where customers can pick up pints and tubs to go.

Bontá’s gelato carts are available for catering parties and events.

I like that they will still have the cart(s) as well. Make sure to stop in to their new location today and this weekend!

“Bend Beer” book signings at Paulina Springs Bookstores

This weekend I have two book signing events for my book Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon, taking place at the excellent Paulina Springs Books locations in Sisters and Redmond. Have you been to Paulina Springs Books (either one)? They have a terrific, wide selection of books, toys and games and more, and host quite a few author events, so I’m excited to be a part of that as well!

Paulina Springs Books

The first event takes place tonight (Friday, April 3) at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters, starting at 6:30pm. I’ll be signing books and talking about beer and history (possibly I’ll do a reading), and as a bonus, Sisters’ own Three Creeks Brewing will be on hand pouring beer samples as well! So come out and see me and say “Hi!”, sample some beer, and get a signed copy of the book!

And tomorrow night (Saturday, the 4th) I’ll be at the Paulina Springs bookstore over in Redmond for another talk and signing—and Redmond’s Juniper Brewing will be on hand, pouring beer samples. It’s going to be a fun evening, come on out!