Time to break out of your downtown dining cycle and explore new options on the north and east sides, where you'll find some familiar faces, and a new one.
10 Barrel opens second local pub
You may have noticed 10 Barrel's gorgeous, new 60,000-square-foot building on the east side. The majority of that space will be used for brewing and packaging lots of beer, but they've left plenty of room for their new pub with lots of indoor and outdoor seating. Guess what else you'll find at this new locale? Plenty of parking! Go ahead, do a little happy dance; we've all experienced the parking crunch at the Galveston location.
If you want to be one of the lucky first people to gain access to the new facility and take a tour, buy tickets to their Central Oregon Beer Week Fancy Beer Pairing Party on Thursday, May 25. Tickets are available online for $30. The new pub officially opens to the public Memorial Day weekend, so make some time to check out their new space. It's pretty damn cool.
10 Barrel East Side Pub
62950 NE 18th St., Bend
COBW Fancy Beer Pairing Party
Thurs., May 25, 6-9pm, $30
Raganelli's Pizza moves from Tumalo to Bend
Tumalo residents have to be sad. After five years, Raganelli's Pizza relocated to the east side of Bend, on the corner of Highway 20 and 27th Street. Patrick MacCrone, the owner and self-proclaimed chief pizza czar, channels his Italian roots to create stone oven pizzas with made-from-scratch dough and sauces topped with a signature blend of fresh shredded mozzarella and provolone. Locals rave about their fresh baked bread and huge calzones. You'll find plenty of space to hang out in the restaurant or on the patio so stay a while and enjoy one of their 10 craft beers and ciders on tap. If you don't have time to stick around, fill up your growler and grab your pizza to go or ask for a take-and-bake.
547 NE Bellevue Dr., Suite 107, Bend
New Restaurant: The Backyard Brick Oven & Pizza Pub
The Backyard is a new, family-owned pizza pub in a bright, modern space on the north side of town, just off of Boyd Acres. Their menu is full on comfort food: pizzas, sandwiches, deep-fried crispy appetizers and a huge selection of chicken wings. Almost all of these indulgences are made from scratch, including the pizza dough, sauce and dressings. They don't use frozen vegetables, the meat on the pizza is hand sliced, and even the huge mozzarella sticks are hand cut, breaded and fried. Their pizzas, which have a gluten-free option, are crisp and the edges have that bubble burnt crust only possible with a brick oven. Check out the taco pizza; it may sound a bit weird but if you enjoy taco Tuesday and pizza night you won't be disappointed. The Backyard atmosphere is family friendly, with plenty of high chairs and booster seats, and with 21 TVs, it's a great space to chill out or meet for game day. They have a full bar with 16 beers and ciders on draft, four wines on tap and a signature cocktail menu with twisted classics. Happy hour is every day from 3-6pm and 9-close.
63130 Lancaster St., Bend
Midtown Market opens with bakery vibe and local charm
You may remember Bruno's Grocery, Deli and U-Bake Pizza on NE Sixth Street, there for almost 40 years. Bill Kurzman (previous owner of The Village Baker) bought the place and now it has a new life as Midtown Market. Kurzman is fine-tuning his vision, but for now you can find fresh baked goods and a small market with craft beer, wine, frozen homemade soup, candy and a few bulk items such as nuts and granola. The vibe is totally chill, unpretentious and neighborhood friendly. The place may be unassuming but the baked goods are stellar. Kurzman experiments daily with variations on sweet and savory scones, cookies, muffins, hand pies, tarts, pretzels, bagels and bread sticks. The bread sells out quickly, so get there early. We'll be keeping an eye on this place; it has so much potential. If we're lucky Bill will be offering sandwiches soon.
1709 NE 6th St., Bend