It might be a sign that the economy is turning around when new restaurants start popping up. Proving that Bend can never have enough Mexican food options, earlier this month, Super Burrito cut the ribbon on its third restaurant, located on Highway 20 in the former home of A&W on Auto Row. Owner Patty Moreno, who worked at her father's downtown shop for years, jumped on the opportunity to expand the family business by opening an eastside location with her husband, Gama. The Morenos will serve up the same delicious breakfast burritos, tacos, supreme burritos and Mexican specialties as the downtown and Redmond locations, as well as margaritas and other traditional libations. The new joint will also feature a drive-thru window for when you need your carne asada on the quick. Open 8am-8pm. 2100 Highway 20.
Vegetarians and Indian food lovers will be rejoicing come May 3 when the former Hurricanes location in Century Village on Bend's westside opens as Spice Box, a home-style Indian food restaurant. With Soba-style counter service and dishes based on owner Mrinal Patel's mother's Indian recipes, Spice Box will feature vegetarian, vegan and meaty Indian favorites. Patel's parents hail from the state of Gujerats in central India and while Patel grew up in California, she was raised on traditional Indian fare. Named after the mainstay spices available in every Indian household - turmeric, roasted cumin and coriander powder, red chili powder, whole cumin seeds and more - Spice Box will highlight Dals, a thick Indian stew served over rice. Patel plans to serve fast, hearty meals from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and prices will be in the $6 to $8 range. Look for a possible grand opening on May 1. 133 SW Century Drive Suite 204. 541-419-2542.
Jackson's Corner groupies rejoice: the Westside favorite just rolled out a new menu. Starting this week, the Delaware Avenue eatery will be expanding its breakfast and dinner selections as well as their breakfast hours. Focusing even more on using local and sustainable ingredients, Jackson's will be serving a larger breakfast menu from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays and until 12:30 p.m. on weekends. The dinner menu has some welcome additions as well, including an achiote chicken sandwich ($10) using antibiotic-free chicken and the classic Spanish sauce. Local never tasted so good.