You can read the general introduction to this series here.
Why the Eastside Rocks #5:
This might come as a shock to some, but the fact is that Bend still has cheap places to eat that are unpretentious, casual, and colorful slices of classic Americana. These are the places that offer homestyle, down-to-earth comfort food more in tune with giving you a good hearty meal for your money than worrying about how it’s presented and what $12 glass of wine best accompanies it.
Places like Black Bear Diner, Jake’s Diner, Sargent’s Café, Palmer’s Café, The Breakfast Club, and even Shari’s and Denny’s. These are the places you go when you want those biscuits and gravy with a side of greasy sausage for breakfast, or a giant chicken-fried steak and coleslaw for dinner. And the best places for this—maybe the only places left in Bend—all live on the Eastside.
(Okay, I’ll grant you that the Shari’s locations should probably be classified as north side and south side rather than east… but I figure if you’re going to point to Denny’s then you have to point to Shari’s and I’ll make the exception.)