Around the World in 80 Bites

We welcome the melting pot in Corvallis, and especially cherish authentic foods that melt in our mouths. What better way to honor other cultures than to eat what they’ve cultivated? We’re lucky we don’t have to travel far for these global flavors:

El Crucero • $
1830 Main St, Philomath

Don’t let its gas station location fool you; El Crucero is described by many locals as the most authentic Mexican food around. The prices also can’t be beat, and the gas just adds to its offbeat charm. Head on over; you look like you could use a fill ::wink::.

Delicias Valley Cafe • $
933 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis

This restaurant provides a hearty blend of Mexican and American food. Try an omelette or skillet, or opt for the Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Tamales, and Chilaquiles Poblanos. Can’t decide? Try a bite of everything during their full breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sundays.

Local Boyz Hawaiian Café • $
1425 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis

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. For newcomers, check out the famed Loco Moco – a hamburger patty with a large egg covered in brown gravy.  

Taqueria Alonzo • $
922 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis

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.

Bananas Ranas Cafe • $
120 SW 4th St, Corvallis

This little cafe brings authentic streetcar 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.

Crystal’s Cuisine And Cafe • $
1425 NW Monroe Ave, #E, Corvallis

Crystal’s Cafe in Cobblestone Square is a casual Mediterranean restaurant with generous portions and great food. Fans of falafel can rest easy—Crystal’s does it justice, as they do other Mediterranean staples. There are plenty of big portions to choose from, and a patron should expect to part with around $10. 

Little Morocco • $
517 SW 2nd St, #104, Corvallis 

Somewhat off 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.  

Kim Hoa’s Kitchen • $
1875 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis

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.  

Evergreen Indian Restaurant • $$
136 SW 3rd St, Corvallis

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.

Koriander Asian Fusion • $$
215 SW 3rd St, Corvallis

Koriander brings an unusual, yet delicious combination of traditional Korean food and Italian gelato to downtown Corvallis. Comfy seating and big windows provide a pleasant dining room experience. Try something exciting, like their spicy octopus dolsot bibimbap. Or if you’re looking for a variety of flavors, try their lunch combos. 

Tarntip Thai Cuisine • $$
2535 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis

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. 

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar  • $$
250 SW 3rd St., Corvallis

Ready for a surprise? Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar has arguably the best happy-hour deal in town. Seriously. Every evening at 8 p.m. they offer great sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigiri for incredible prices. They also provide hibachi-style cuisine that adds to the ambiance and feel of authentic Japanese food. The service is great, and so is the hot sake, especially when it’s only $4. 

Sada Sushi & Izakaya • $$
151 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis

Beautiful, quiet, and delicious, Sada Sushi brings all the usual sushi rolls, and plenty of flavor-and-fish-packed special rolls. The joint can accommodate intimate pairings to large groups, and offers aquarium fishes for the eyes’ feasting.

Aomatsu Sushi & Grill • $$
122 NW 3rd Street
 

Aomatsu stands out with its large collection of unique rolls, like the Popcorn Roll – a California roll topped with crunchy fried scallop, and drizzled with a spicy aioli and unagi sauce. You can also satisfy your hunger for Korean cuisine by munching on a seafood pancake or some delicious Bibimbap. Planning on eating a lot? Check out their happy hour for some great deals.

See something we missed? Let us know for next time at editor@corvallisadvocate.com.

By Stevie Beisswanger

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