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Pure Genius

A smart approach to downtown dining

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With a diverse menu that offers up delectable small plates, a cocktail list as long as my arm, a late-night menu and weekend brunch and Bloody Mary bar, Pure Kitchen is a catch-all for downtown drinking and dining.

Owners Krit Dangruenrat and wife Bua Karoon, come to Bend via New York City, where they own the successful Thailand Café in the East Village with their family. The big-city vibe of Pure comes through in the black-on-black table décor and fancy cocktail menu, but the eclectic small-plate menu featuring everything from bruschetta to tacos is a perfect fit for Bend's downtown.

"It's hard to say what kind of food it is," said Dangruenrat. "We're all over the map."

Dishes are innovative, like a ravioli coconut soup topped with Indian fry bread; what looks like a pot pie ends up tasting like a creamy cheese-filled Thai-style soup. The grilled pork salad is rich, filled with asparagus, black beans, corn and tomato topped with pork strips, and the mini-empanadas are stuffed with vegetables and are tart and tasty when dipped in their accompanying vinegary sauce. The best part? The prices: $6 for any specialty mojito, plates from $3-$15, and $2.50 for a good sized taco are approachable for most anyone.

The diverse approach is a good one. Split between a restaurant and a bar, it's as easy to stop in for one of Pure Kitchen's signature mojitos (lychee, coconut, pineapple and more) as it is to order a few appetizers or a full meal. While there's a lot happening, the vibe isn't confused; Pure knows exactly what it's doing.

Pure Kitchen

550 NW Franklin Ave. Ste. 118

Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-12am

Fri: 11:30am-1am

Sat: 10am-1am

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