You can read the general introduction to this series here.
Why the Eastside Rocks #13:
No, the Eastside might not have the fanciest restaurants in town, but there’s certainly no lack of interesting food (and experiences) to be found. Here are some prime examples:
- Texas Doughnuts
These monsters are found, as far as I know, only at Erickson’s Thriftway on Greenwood. As you may or may not be able to tell from my grainy cellphone pic there, they’re about 4 times the size of a regular doughnut, yet are priced only slightly more. Where else can you find such giant doughy deep-fried goodness in one package?
- Taste of Thailand
AKA Thai on the Fly, Trailer Thai… whatever you call it, it’s the only Asian restaurant… heck, the only restaurant restaurant (aside from the ubiquitous coffee stands)… that’s housed in a trailer. As in, drive-through. Exclusively drive-through. And it’s good, from all accounts; check out the Bend Restaurants review for more.
- And speaking of coffee stands…
…the one on the corner of Greenwood and 8th sells biscuits and gravy.
- Demetri’s Greek Cusina
The only Greek place in town, snuggled in on the Eastside Windy Knolls area.
- Elvis Cinnamon Roll
Remember this? Jake’s Diner has ’em. Giant cinnamon roll. Peanut butter and banana. You pretty much can’t go wrong.
And that’s not even speaking to the Rico’s Taco truck, or Pilot Butte‘s 18-ounce monster hamburger, or the insanely cheap meals (and free samples) at Costco, or the bakery thrift store, or… well, you get the idea.