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Grad Guide 2015: Places to take your last bite in Eugene

There are only a few short weeks left in the beautiful land of Eugene. We’re all thinking about what we’re going to miss most. Our beautiful campus, the incredible hiking views, how close the bars are to campus, the food… especially the food.

Eugene has some amazing restaurants. It’s home to all different types of cuisines that are offered at an affordable price. It’s going to be tough to find a place that has as many inexpensive, delicious eats.

So when the weekend of June 15 rolls around and your family is here to support you during this huge transition, treat them to one of Eugene’s most decadent.

Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen and BBQ

Is it possible to talk about food in Eugene without mentioning the holy Mecca? No. The answer is no. Pulled pork, fried chicken and that corn bread. Treat yourself and your family to a few extra sides of mac ‘n’ cheese. You deserve it, grad.

Beppe and Gianni’s Trattoria

Fresh pasta made daily and a personal bowl of parmesan cheese sounds like the perfect way to send yourself off. Show your parents how mature you’ve become by sharing a candle lit Italian dinner with some wine. It’s also right across the street from Prince Puckler’s. Perks.

Killer Burger

This place is worth the hype. Where else can you order a burger smothered in peanut butter, the Teemah with melted blue cheese or the classic Killer Burger? Not to mention the fries… Oh, the fries.


Game changing tacos. They put orange slices on a taco and do it well. These tacos are seriously no joke. You can mix and match and pair it all with a bomb house margarita and thick tortilla chips.

Falling Sky Brewery

Pastrami cheese fries, poutine, warm pretzel sticks… and those are just some of the appetizers. This classic Eugene brewery will not disappoint. You’ve gotta get a taste of the beer you might not get to have once you move.

McMenamins North Bank

An Oregon staple. You have to visit a McMenamins before you leave, and why not do it with a beautiful view of the Willamette River? Cajun tots on Cajun tots on Cajun tots. Also, all of their beers and ciders are amazing.

There you have it. Some of Eugene’s best eats and drinks. Treat yourself and your family to something great that will remind you of why you love this place so much. Say farewell to Eugene with a big ol’ bite.





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Bayley Sandy

Bayley Sandy

Bayley is the Emerald's opinion editor. Her passion for opinion writing began when she won the "Why I am Proud to be an American" essay contest in the 8th grade. She is also a self-proclaimed Joe Biden enthusiast.