Looking for something other than pub fare? There are plenty of great spots in Corvallis to try new cuisines. Or if you’re a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, there are lots of places to find a little taste of home. From Vietnamese to Mediterranean, plenty of great dishes lay ahead.
Koriander Asian Fusion
215 SW 3rd St.
At Koriander you will find an unusual and amazing combination: traditional Korean food and Italian gelato. Comfy seating and big windows provide a pleasant dining room experience. With simpler fare like udon and more exciting options like the spicy octopus dolsot bibimbap, there is something for everyone. Their lunch combos are the place to start if you want a variety of flavors on your amply-filled plate.
1702 Main St., Philomath
From the décor to the food, this tasty restaurant offers the delightful authenticity of Mexico. Along with the hacienda ambiance, the prices are great for the whole family, mostly ranging from $10 to $12. The waiters are pleasant and attentive, especially with the chips and salsa. Overall, Ixtapa provides traditional Mexican favorites, like tacos and enchiladas, in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.
1830 Main St., Philomath
Don’t let its location inside a gas station fool you; El Crucero is a quaint spot that keeps the locals coming back for more. Described by many locals as the most authentic Mexican food around, the veggie burrito is well worth the travel. The prices can’t be beat, so for a quick bite of authentic Mexican food, check out El Crucero. Grab some gas while you’re at it.
Delicias Valley Cafe
933 NW Circle Blvd.
This restaurant provides a hearty blend of Mexican and American food. While a lot of their food is great, their breakfast is definitely a high point. They offer some traditional American dishes like omelets and skillets, but they also have traditional Mexican dishes like Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Tamales, and Chilaquiles Poblanos. Can’t decide what you want? Enjoy a full breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sundays.
1875 NW Circle Blvd.
If you’re craving Vietnamese food, you will not be disappointed by the mouth-watering selection at Kimhoa’s. Nestled in the Kings Circle Shopping Center, this unassuming restaurant has a friendly staff serving authentic Pho as well as some Thai favorites like Pad See Ew. For something truly special, try the red salmon. It’s a perfectly cooked, spicy fish served with jasmine rice and broccoli. There are also great options for vegetarians.
137 SW 2nd St.
With lots of small plates to choose from, you don’t have to choose just one delicious dish at Magenta. Why not pair some Asian hot wings with pork-stuffed mushrooms? Or some coconut prawns with ricotta ravioli? With their reasonable prices, this is a great place to enjoy some finer dining without spending a ton of money. After dinner, head down to their Snug Bar for a cocktail.
529 Main St., Philomath
This former lumberjack haunt, with original lodge-like appearance, specializes in Thai food because, why not? Beloved owner, Nang, serves up a huge menu of Thai favorites like Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, and an assortment of curries. There are also hearty American options like burgers, steak sandwiches, and pasta. Plates are moderately priced and the portions are huge. Just look for the neon sign!
Evergreen Indian Restaurant
136 SW 3rd St
Get cozy with some candle-lit Indian cuisine at Evergreen. Order the slow-cooked chicken, marinated in yogurt, herbs, and spices, or if you’re feeling noncommittal, the tandoori mixed grill with chicken, lamb, and shrimp. À la carte meals include rice or naan, and the “Thali Dinner” comes with rice, naan, curry, dal, soup, raita, and dessert. (Just ask the friendly wait staff to explain any unfamiliar words.)
Local Boyz Hawaiian Café
1425 NW Monroe Ave.
This no-frills, family-owned spot at the edge of campus, offers protein-heavy Hawaiian fare. You can find Styrofoam plates brimming with marinated ribs, steak, and chicken, with rice and macaroni salad ranging from $8 to $12. The walkup counter moves people fairly quickly, but a line can form in no time. For newcomers, check out the famed Loco Moco – a hamburger patty with a large egg covered in brown gravy.
922 NW Kings Blvd.
With Mexican food made from authentic family recipes, this restaurant is one of a kind – or three of a kind if you count their Albany and Lebanon locations. Can’t decide what you want? Try a combination plate that includes a taco, enchilada, and tamale, or one with chili relleno. Picky eaters can enjoy a hamburger or chicken strips. Craving Breakfast? Chow down on some Huevos Rancheros.
517 SW 2nd St. #104
Partially hidden from the well-beaten path, this small Mediterranean café with attached grocery and lounge has quickly become a downtown favorite for lunch and dinner. The dishes are priced moderately, and portions aren’t huge, but the food is authentic, flavorful, and fresh. The Forty Thieves sandwich is a favorite among patrons, as well as the Mezze platter. The café is vegetarian and gluten-free friendly, and serves halal meat.
Tarntip Thai Cuisine
2535 NW Monroe Ave.
Open for lunch and dinner, this cozy spot serves delicious, authentic Thai food close to campus. As the months get colder, warm up with some spicy curry, fried rice, or their phenomenal Pad Thai. Portions are generous, so chances are you may get two meals for the price of one. They don’t accept cards, so show up hungry and with some cash.
Bananas Ranas Cafe
120 SW 4th St
This little cafe brings authentic street-car Mexican fare to the downtown area. Cozy up next to the giant stuffed frog in the dining area and enjoy a fairly priced menu of specialty shakes, juices, agua frescos, and licuados. Choose from a selection of walking tacos, stuffed with sauce and veggies, and made with Tostidos, Rancheritos, Takis, or Doritos. Also on the menu are specialty meals lke Chicarron, Chilangos, and Cristalitos. Curious for the ingrediants? Half the fun is finding out for yourself, the other half is consuming them.
Crystal’s Cuisine And Cafe
1425 NW Monroe Ave, #E
Crystal’s Cafe in Cobblestone Square is a casual Mediterranean restaurant with generous portions and great food. Fans of falafel can rest easy, Crystals does it justice, as they do other Mediterranean staples. There is plenty of big portions to choose from, and a patron should expect to part with around $10.
Ma’s Dairy Farm
3411 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany
Ma’s Dairy Farm is the premier dairy farm-themed bar in the Linn-Benton area, and it has some of the best Chinese food in either county. I’d bet my life savings ($36) on it. Even better, it may be the most affordable. About 5 pounds of sweet and sour chicken or lo mein, two well cocktails, and a BrightCider cost me a staggering $22. Maybe I had some $1.25 Rolling Rocks, and maybe I didn’t. Next time you’re in Albany, this food is a must-try. Take it from me, the guy who spent most of his life savings on Chinese food and cheap vodka. Ask about the $5 special!