One way to track down great hidden gem restaurants is to go where the locals eat. From taco shops to neighborhood diners, these 13 amazing, laid-back eateries in Oregon serve mouthwateringly delicious food that will have you coming back for more.
13. Word of Mouth, Salem
Located in Salem, this beloved restaurant serves amazing breakfasts, lunches, and brunches in a homey, welcoming environment.
12. Gyro House Mediterranean Grill, Beaverton
This gyro shop in Beaverton may not be very eye-catching from the outside, but its amazing Mediterranean food will blow your taste buds away.
11. Community Plate, McMinnville
Community Plate is a fabulous breakfast and lunch restaurant in McMinnville with communal tables and a menu sourced from local, seasonal ingredients.
10. Oregon Trail Motel and Restaurant, Baker City
This diner in Baker City is a local favorite. Stop in for some tasty, hearty traditional American grub.
9. Du's Grill, Portland
This awesome little teriyaki shop in NE Portland specializes in grilled teriyaki chicken, pork, or beef with rice and salad. It's a simple meal, but they've absolutely perfected it. Du's has been adored by locals for years.
8. Buttercloud Bakery & Cafe, Medford
Located in Medford, this wonderful cafe/bakery is a perfect place to grab coffee, baked goods, biscuit sandwiches, and more. You won't be disappointed.
7. Otis Cafe, Otis
Located in the tiny town of Otis off Highway 101, this incredible, old-timey diner serves simply amazing cooked-from-scratch meals.
6. Taste Tickler, Portland
This tiny, laid-back eatery in Portland serves fabulous sub sandwiches as well as bento boxes.
5. Ruby's Neighborhood Restaurant, Ashland
This great little community-oriented restaurant in Ashland serves delicious food made from local ingredients.
4. Palmer's Cafe, Bend
This diner in Bend is a hidden treasure. Tucked away behind a motel, Palmer's Cafe serves incredible breakfast food that will make your morning magical.
3. City Subs, Coos Bay
City Subs is a well-loved sandwich shop in Coos Bay where you can get a mouthwateringly delicious sub.
2. Luis's Taqueria, Woodburn
Located in Woodburn, this charming hidden gem taco shop serves incredible Mexican food.
1. Papa's Soul Food Kitchen, Eugene
This casual eatery in Eugene is a fantastic place to enjoy a hearty meal of barbecue, soul food, and Cajun/Creole specialties in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.
Plus, there's often live music on the weekends.