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The Ultimate Dining and Drinking Guide to Oregon City

Here’s where to eat and drink like a true pioneer

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When the pioneers finally reached Oregon City, we’d like to think they celebrated the end of their journey with a pint of beer and a hearty meal. After all, the city marks the terminus of the Oregon Trail, the famous 2,000 mile wagon route that stretched from Missouri to Oregon, and later inspired the computer game that kept ‘80s kids glued to the screen.

2018 marks the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, and what better way to celebrate than to eat and drink your way through Oregon City?

Plus, the eating and drinking options are probably substantially better now than 175 years ago: there’s everything from Scandinavian cuisine to old-school burgers and shakes, with plenty of libations in between.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Feckin Brewery & Smokehouse

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Last year, Feckin opened their own smokehouse right next door to the brewery, making for great freshly smoked meat and beer pairings. Offerings include turkey drumsticks, pork shoulder, brisket, potato salad, and slow cooked barbecue beans. The brewery is open Thursday through Sunday only.

The Highland Stillhouse

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Perched atop the cliffs overlooking Willamette Falls, this cozy pub has an old-timey feel, with Scottish-inspired decor and mahogany woodwork. The menu features Scottish favorites with a Northwest twist, like cottage pie, pasties, and salmon coated in a barley grist — that grist is even shipped here from an isle in Scotland.  Prepare to be amazed by the pub’s collection of single malt scotch, as it’s the largest selection to be found in the Portland area.

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Thirsty Duck Saloon

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Dubbed the “newest old bar in Clackamas County,” the Thirsty Duck Saloon opened in 2017 but with a cozy neighborhood bar vibe that makes it feel much older. The long narrow room displays prints of birds on its wall, and there are enough televisions set up to catch the game of your choosing. There’s also a decent tap list selection. Order the half pound beef burger, a brisket and short rib patty that comes with all the fixings, topped with house-made thousand island sauce and Tillamook Cheddar, and sandwiched between an onion bun.

Mi Famiglia Wood Oven Pizzeria

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This family-owned and operated restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas, and everything is made from scratch. Expect classics like margherita or pepperoni, as well as prosciutto and fig pie, in addition to panini, salads, and calzones. There’s also a very affordable list of wine and beer selections, cocktails, and coffee drinks, including the Italian coffee, made with amaretto and Baileys.

Ingrid's Scandinavian Food

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While the Portland food cart located at the now-shuttered Tidbit Food Farm has closed for good, that craving for Norwegian meatballs and lefse wraps can be appeased at the brick and mortar in Oregon City, in the historic Bank of Commerce building. The restaurant also has a cocktail list featuring Scandinavian-inspired drinks. Diners have the option to either eat in the restaurant or have food brought over to the adjoining Arch Bridge Taphouse when it’s open.

Pho Thi

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If it’s a heaping bowl of pho you’re after, this understated Vietnamese restaurant makes flavorful noodle soups, in addition to rice dishes, and vermicelli noodle bowls. The menu also includes a selection of Thai noodle and curry meals, and there’s a discounted lunch special during the week with select menu items. More importantly, there’s a happy hour and a decent cocktail menu with things like Drunken Thai iced tea, along with some beers and wines.

Nebbiolo Restaurant & Wine Bar

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This family-owned and operated restaurant is set in the historic Weinhard Building, where it’s said Portland brewer Henry Weinhard ran a small tavern back in the day. In 1885, it became a retail space for Tom Busch Home Furnishings. The restored building shows off the original hardwood floors and bricks walls, adding warmth to the restaurant’s warmly hued interior. The restaurant serves tapas featuring cured meats, cheeses, and local seafood, in addition to entree selections ranging from mushroom ravioli to pan-seared salmon. In addition to wine, there are artisanal cocktails, beer, and espresso.

Yvonne's

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Yvonne’s dishes up locally sourced scratch breakfast and brunch meals, featuring a classic array of pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, and scrambles, including a vegan tofu scramble option. The lunch menu has a selection of organic green salads with house-made dressing as well as hearty meat and cheese sandwiches. You also can order a boozy mimosa with a choice of flavors like strawberry, mango, and lavender, to name a few.

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Super Torta

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A local favorite, this casual Mexican eatery serves burritos, tacos, telera bread sandwiches, and a variety of entrees like enchiladas and chimichangas. The portions are generous, service is quick, and everything is under $10. The menu is rather meat-heavy, so this may not be the best spot for vegetarians.

Singer Hill Cafe

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A family-owned restaurant, the atmosphere at Singer Hill Cafe is just as comforting as its meals. A cozy space decked with vertical gardens both inside and on the back patio, the cafe offers pastries, soups, salads, and hearty breakfast fare, such as quiches, bagel sandwiches, and scrambled eggs. Lunch options include hot or cold sandwiches. Check out the art gallery and gift shop inside the cafe, operated by Three Rivers Artist Guild.

Mike's Drive-In

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The old-fashioned drive-in has been serving up elevated burgers and shakes in Oregon City since 1989. Just be prepared to wait a bit longer than you would at the average drive-in, given the motto: “All food cooked fresh to order, so it’s fresh and hot for you!” All meat and vegetables are bought from local purveyors. While Mike’s Drive-In is noted for its high quality hamburgers, there are also hand-prepared halibut baskets like fish and chips, battered and breaded daily in the restaurant kitchen. And let’s not forget the old-school milkshakes, with over thirty flavors to choose from.

OP Wurst/Oregon City Brewing Company

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In 2016, Olympia Provisions’ sausage offshoot OP Wurst opened its second location at Oregon City Brewing Company, pairing its signature frankfurters with fresh pints of craft beer. The hot dogs range from classic sauerkraut bratwurst to more creative offerings, like sausage smothered in roasted pumpkin yellow curry. Other menu items include charcuterie, salads, and house made pretzels — all well-paired with the brewery’s selection of draft beers.

Tony's Fish Market

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Family-owned since 1936, Tony’s Fish Market specializes in quality smoked fish and seafood, all prepared in an Enviro-Pak smokehouse, with the smoking process including the original smoke or a flavored smoke option. A lunch menu offering chowder, sandwiches, and fish baskets is available, and diners have a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. The markets also sells a number of freshly canned and jarred seafood products, as well as gift packs.

Grano Bakery and Market

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Open since early 2017, Grano serves a rotating menu of sourdoughs and tender pastries. The small batch bakery sources local ingredients for its breads and baked goods, as well as for its market shelves, where you can find locally-made cheeses, jams, and wines. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there’s a rotating lunch menu of soup, salad, and sandwiches, which changes daily. The bakery also hosts a Sunday Supper Club every third Sunday of the month, featuring a multi-course farm-to-table meal starting at 6:30pm. It’s recommended to purchase Sunday Supper Club tickets in advance due to limited seating.

Fat Cupcake

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This whimsical bakery is adorned with warm pastels, chandeliers, and big comfy chairs, in addition to a pretty glass case showcasing all kinds of treats. Far from a run-of-the-mill cupcake shop, there’s a choice between sweet and savory offerings, along with a few breakfast items like Hot Mess, a medley of cream cheese, sausage, and eggs baked in a butter pastry and topped with Hollandaise sauce. If it’s a sweet fix you’re looking for, try the Charlie Brown cupcake, a chocolate cupcake with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup baked inside and then garnished with peanut butter buttercream. The bakery also makes a variety of cakes, including custom-designed wedding cakes.

Feckin Brewery & Smokehouse

Last year, Feckin opened their own smokehouse right next door to the brewery, making for great freshly smoked meat and beer pairings. Offerings include turkey drumsticks, pork shoulder, brisket, potato salad, and slow cooked barbecue beans. The brewery is open Thursday through Sunday only.

The Highland Stillhouse

Perched atop the cliffs overlooking Willamette Falls, this cozy pub has an old-timey feel, with Scottish-inspired decor and mahogany woodwork. The menu features Scottish favorites with a Northwest twist, like cottage pie, pasties, and salmon coated in a barley grist — that grist is even shipped here from an isle in Scotland.  Prepare to be amazed by the pub’s collection of single malt scotch, as it’s the largest selection to be found in the Portland area.

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Thirsty Duck Saloon

Dubbed the “newest old bar in Clackamas County,” the Thirsty Duck Saloon opened in 2017 but with a cozy neighborhood bar vibe that makes it feel much older. The long narrow room displays prints of birds on its wall, and there are enough televisions set up to catch the game of your choosing. There’s also a decent tap list selection. Order the half pound beef burger, a brisket and short rib patty that comes with all the fixings, topped with house-made thousand island sauce and Tillamook Cheddar, and sandwiched between an onion bun.

Mi Famiglia Wood Oven Pizzeria

This family-owned and operated restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas, and everything is made from scratch. Expect classics like margherita or pepperoni, as well as prosciutto and fig pie, in addition to panini, salads, and calzones. There’s also a very affordable list of wine and beer selections, cocktails, and coffee drinks, including the Italian coffee, made with amaretto and Baileys.

Ingrid's Scandinavian Food

While the Portland food cart located at the now-shuttered Tidbit Food Farm has closed for good, that craving for Norwegian meatballs and lefse wraps can be appeased at the brick and mortar in Oregon City, in the historic Bank of Commerce building. The restaurant also has a cocktail list featuring Scandinavian-inspired drinks. Diners have the option to either eat in the restaurant or have food brought over to the adjoining Arch Bridge Taphouse when it’s open.

Pho Thi

If it’s a heaping bowl of pho you’re after, this understated Vietnamese restaurant makes flavorful noodle soups, in addition to rice dishes, and vermicelli noodle bowls. The menu also includes a selection of Thai noodle and curry meals, and there’s a discounted lunch special during the week with select menu items. More importantly, there’s a happy hour and a decent cocktail menu with things like Drunken Thai iced tea, along with some beers and wines.

Nebbiolo Restaurant & Wine Bar

This family-owned and operated restaurant is set in the historic Weinhard Building, where it’s said Portland brewer Henry Weinhard ran a small tavern back in the day. In 1885, it became a retail space for Tom Busch Home Furnishings. The restored building shows off the original hardwood floors and bricks walls, adding warmth to the restaurant’s warmly hued interior. The restaurant serves tapas featuring cured meats, cheeses, and local seafood, in addition to entree selections ranging from mushroom ravioli to pan-seared salmon. In addition to wine, there are artisanal cocktails, beer, and espresso.

Yvonne's

Cream cheese-stuffed French toast
Yvonne’s

Yvonne’s dishes up locally sourced scratch breakfast and brunch meals, featuring a classic array of pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, and scrambles, including a vegan tofu scramble option. The lunch menu has a selection of organic green salads with house-made dressing as well as hearty meat and cheese sandwiches. You also can order a boozy mimosa with a choice of flavors like strawberry, mango, and lavender, to name a few.

Cream cheese-stuffed French toast
Yvonne’s

Super Torta

A local favorite, this casual Mexican eatery serves burritos, tacos, telera bread sandwiches, and a variety of entrees like enchiladas and chimichangas. The portions are generous, service is quick, and everything is under $10. The menu is rather meat-heavy, so this may not be the best spot for vegetarians.

Singer Hill Cafe

A family-owned restaurant, the atmosphere at Singer Hill Cafe is just as comforting as its meals. A cozy space decked with vertical gardens both inside and on the back patio, the cafe offers pastries, soups, salads, and hearty breakfast fare, such as quiches, bagel sandwiches, and scrambled eggs. Lunch options include hot or cold sandwiches. Check out the art gallery and gift shop inside the cafe, operated by Three Rivers Artist Guild.

Mike's Drive-In

The old-fashioned drive-in has been serving up elevated burgers and shakes in Oregon City since 1989. Just be prepared to wait a bit longer than you would at the average drive-in, given the motto: “All food cooked fresh to order, so it’s fresh and hot for you!” All meat and vegetables are bought from local purveyors. While Mike’s Drive-In is noted for its high quality hamburgers, there are also hand-prepared halibut baskets like fish and chips, battered and breaded daily in the restaurant kitchen. And let’s not forget the old-school milkshakes, with over thirty flavors to choose from.

OP Wurst/Oregon City Brewing Company

In 2016, Olympia Provisions’ sausage offshoot OP Wurst opened its second location at Oregon City Brewing Company, pairing its signature frankfurters with fresh pints of craft beer. The hot dogs range from classic sauerkraut bratwurst to more creative offerings, like sausage smothered in roasted pumpkin yellow curry. Other menu items include charcuterie, salads, and house made pretzels — all well-paired with the brewery’s selection of draft beers.

Tony's Fish Market

Family-owned since 1936, Tony’s Fish Market specializes in quality smoked fish and seafood, all prepared in an Enviro-Pak smokehouse, with the smoking process including the original smoke or a flavored smoke option. A lunch menu offering chowder, sandwiches, and fish baskets is available, and diners have a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. The markets also sells a number of freshly canned and jarred seafood products, as well as gift packs.

Grano Bakery and Market

Open since early 2017, Grano serves a rotating menu of sourdoughs and tender pastries. The small batch bakery sources local ingredients for its breads and baked goods, as well as for its market shelves, where you can find locally-made cheeses, jams, and wines. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there’s a rotating lunch menu of soup, salad, and sandwiches, which changes daily. The bakery also hosts a Sunday Supper Club every third Sunday of the month, featuring a multi-course farm-to-table meal starting at 6:30pm. It’s recommended to purchase Sunday Supper Club tickets in advance due to limited seating.

Fat Cupcake

This whimsical bakery is adorned with warm pastels, chandeliers, and big comfy chairs, in addition to a pretty glass case showcasing all kinds of treats. Far from a run-of-the-mill cupcake shop, there’s a choice between sweet and savory offerings, along with a few breakfast items like Hot Mess, a medley of cream cheese, sausage, and eggs baked in a butter pastry and topped with Hollandaise sauce. If it’s a sweet fix you’re looking for, try the Charlie Brown cupcake, a chocolate cupcake with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup baked inside and then garnished with peanut butter buttercream. The bakery also makes a variety of cakes, including custom-designed wedding cakes.

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