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place. Summit has more than a dozen local, regional and Northwest microbrews on tap at any given time. They also make one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town. Perfect for sipping while you watch a Flyers playoff game with this distinctly pro-Philly crowd. The Dish: Happy hour food and drink specials, 3-7 p.m. daily, lunch Sat.-Sun. and dinner daily.
Sumi’s Japanese Restaurant JAPANESE
1444 NW College Way, 541-385-9191 sumisrestaurant.com
$$ Some people will look at a Japanese restaurant and assume it’s merely a sushi joint. That’s not the case with Sumi’s, located on the westside of Bend, just below the college. Sumi’s, owned by the eatery’s namesake, Sumi Douglass, features a full menu of Japanese standards, ranging from noodles to rice bowls, in addition to chicken, pork and tempura dishes. New to the restaurant is their Monday through Wednesday night all-you- can-eat sushi dinners that cost only $24.99 per person and includes most of the rolls on the menu. Be sure to also stop by for Sumi’s excellently affordable rotating lunch specials for only $6.95. The Dish: Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m.-close. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Szechuan Restaurant CHINESE
1600 NE Third St. 541-383-9033. Also 61160 S Hwy 97. 541-312-3391. bendchinese.com
$-$$ A blend of Szechuan, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hunan styles make up the menu at this longstanding Third Street Chinese restaurant. House-made pot stickers and traditional Szechuan dishes including great Kung Pao Beef are the highlights of a menu that can also be delivered to your door throughout much of Bend. The Dish: Lunch (specials as low as $5.50) and dinner daily.
Taj Palace Restaurant INDIAN 917 NW Wall St. 541-330-0774. $-$$ If you're feeling both ravenous and indecisive, the all-you-can-eat buffet at Taj Palace is the perfect choice (lunch $7.95; weekend dinner buffet, $14.95). Entrees range from Tandoori chicken and Tikka Masala to vegetarian options like Aloo Saag (potatoes with spinach and spices) and Dal Curry (lentil-based vegetable curry). With a heap of pakora (vegetable fritters) and samosa, Sambar (lentil soup), bins of basmati rice and nan (flatbread), and a variety of chutney and raita (yogurt sauce) to mix and match, there's no appetite this buffet can't vanquish. The only restaurant serving Indian food in Central Oregon, the Taj also has an extensive menu of classic Indian dishes from a variety of regions that can be ordered a la carte or in meal combos. The Dish: Lunch and dinner daily.
Tart Bistro FRENCH 920 NW Bond St. 541-385-0828. Tartbistro. com $$ Tart Bistro is Bend’s newest French-based, globally inspired eatery and libation destination. Corey Donovan and Amy Christensen are the husband-and-wife team behind the latest fusion spot in Bend– combining fare from the French countryside with Pacific Northwest cuisine. The décor is fun, the servers are friendly and the atmosphere inviting. If you are looking for something unique, try the watermelon and arugula salad, tossed with shredded
manchego cheese and finished with citrus vinaigrette. For dinner entrees you will find simple French ingredients such as flat-iron steak, caramelized onions and fingerling potatoes. Or try The Board, the chef’s selection of artisan cured meats, cheeses and fruits served with preserves and baguette, accompanied by sliced sable fish carpaccio layered with cantaloupe and drizzled with ginger and lime puree. The Dish: Open Tues.-Thurs. 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. 11:30-12 a.m. Closed Sun. and Mon.
The Taverna at Maragas Winery 643 NW Colorado Ave. 541-306-6552. maragaswinery.com
. $$ After moving his winery operation north to Jefferson County, owner Doug Maragas wrestled with what to do with his company’s original location on Colorado Avenue. It appears he has hit on a solution with The Taverna, an intimate small-plates restaurant that draws from Maragas’ Mediterannean roots. The Taverna, as Maragas has dubbed the new bistro, serves up a range of Greek- influenced dishes, such as the delicious bacon-wrapped dates, and pairs it with Maragas’ award-winning wines. The Dish: Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sat.
Taylor’s Sausage DELI/PUB 913 NE Third St. 541-383-1694. taylorsausage.com/bend.html
$-$$ This purveyor of 80 different types of sausage in addition to ribs, bacon, hams, smoked turkey, jerky and beef snack sticks, Taylor’s Sausage is a five-generation family operation now run by brothers Terry and Scott Taylor with a reputation that spans the West Coast. The simple, diner-like interior allows all the focus to be centered on the incredible meat options served with beef and pork sourced from all over Oregon and Washington and recipes developed over 80 years. Meat products are also available for purchase for home barbeques and camping trips. The Dish: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Tetherow Grill AMERICAN 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd. 541-388-2582 ext 120. www.tetherow.com
$$-$$$ Just a few minutes from downtown Bend, the Tetherow neighborhood centers around the award-winning David McKlay Kidd golf course and clubhouse. The environment is that of a relaxing resort with outdoor seating in the summer and fireside tables during the winter months. Just a few of the items you’ll find on the locally focused menu are a savory steelhead, Muscovy duck breast and a bone- in New York steak. The Dish: Lunch 11a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. Dinner 5 p.m.-close daily.
Thai Thai THAI 745 NW Mt. Washington Dr. 541-633- 7722. Thaithaibend.com
$-$$ The newest Thai restaurant in Bend is making a splash with its picturesque views of the Cascades and tasty authentic dishes. New owners and longtime Bend residents Corey Bock and Vivah Bachiraseneekul, who moved to the U.S. from Thailand ten years ago, have added some flair with elephant candleholders and wall decorations, photography of a floating market in Bangkok and other small touches. But the highlight is of course, the food. From satay chicken to drunken noodles, Thai Thai is certainly sticking to some originals–and doing them well. Guests rave about the Mussaman Curry, with its creamy coconut milk sauce drenching potatoes, carrots, onion and peanuts. And be sure to save room for the homemade
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