Sandwiches and burgers, nature’s most delicious food bricks. As they were meant to be, Corvallis conjures up enough scrumptious sandwichy and burgery options to stuff you six ways to Sunday, and we don’t even know what that means.
Squirrels, 100 SW 2nd St.
Since we’re talking about burgers here, the Squirrel Burger is one of the best in town. Fans of furry-tailed rodents, rest assured: it’s not squirrel, just beef, expertly grilled, smothered with three cheeses, and topped with ham, an egg, special sauce, and all the regular fixings. Have it with the curly fries, and, after your meal, head upstairs for pool or foosball, or hang out at the bar and admire the squirrel-themed decor. Squirrels is cash-only, so remember your Benjamins, or you’ll pay $2.50 to use their ATM. And order food at the kitchen window; the cook might get squirrelly if you don’t.
Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St.
The bread is heavenly at Old World Deli in downtown Corvallis. With an alluring German-style storefront and indoor picnicky vibe, Old World is a go-to for sandwich seekers. Grab a dark and dreamy Ginseng Porter from Oregon Trail Brewery, located inside, and try the to-die-for Reuben on rye. Eat-in sandwich specials run 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and include ham, turkey, roast beef, and veggie sandwiches, $3.50 each.
Natalia & Cristoforo’s
351 NW Jackson Ave. #2
Local favorite Natalia & Cristoforo’s keeps their sandwich game simple by taking Italian favorites like hot soppressata and mortadella, slicing them razor-thin, and piling them high with other delectables like balsamic vinegar and olive tapenade. Portion sizes are more than fair; the muffuletta I ordered ended up being big enough for lunch and a midnight snack.
Cheesy Stuffed Burgers, 1545 NW Monroe Ave.
What better street food at 1:30 a.m. than a half-pound burger stuffed with three types of cheese? Not much, unless you add bacon, guacamole, or sriracha in the mix. Alright, fine, throw some gushy cheesy fries on the side of that and you’ve got happiness in your hands. This food truck’s got two locations, with an Albany location at 815 SE 9th Avenue, so you’ve got no excuse to skip out on the best burger in Oregon.
The Peacock Bar & Grill, 125 SW 2nd St.
If you’re in The Know when it comes to Corvallis burgers, then you know that the Peacock is a heavy-hitter. With 15 different choices with optional chicken breast swap-outs, there is literally something for everyone. Me? I go for the veggie burger, easily one of the best in town. Did I mention they have 13 different sandwiches as well? Well, now I have. You’re welcome.
University Hero, 211 SW 5th St.
Beaver fans know, University Hero has been downtown’s savior for subs since 1981. Brown bag special with small sub, side of soup, salad, or chips, and a beverage is about $8 depending on your sandwich. Half a sandwich-of-the-day, choice of side, and drink just miss our under $6 list. Grilled panini, giant cookies, and fresh baked rolls are some other great reasons to visit them on 5th Street.