Posted By: Tony Blakey | Apr. 1 2011
Our Willamette Valley bike tours often start in or around Forest Grove. Here are some of our favorite places to eat in town.
There are a cluster of places to eat are around Main Street between 21st and Pacific Ave. Nothing is super gourmet though you should be able to find a nice meal.
For breakfast or lunch Maggie’s Buns is our favorite option. The funky, laid-back atmosphere is popular with locals and the coffee is Stumptown – which Portlanders swear by. Most things are freshly baked the menu changes daily and includes soups, salads, quiches and sandwiches as well as more substantial entrees. 2007 21st Ave. (503) 992-2231. Monday-Friday: 6:30AM – 5:30PM. Saturday: 7:00AM – 2:00PM.
Another breakfast/lunch spot is the Carolyn’s Deli (formerly Deli in the Grove). Breakfasts are on the traditional side: Beef Hash, Biscuits and Gravy, Omelets, Pancakes etc. Lunches are sandwiches, Soups and Salads. But go for the food not the décor. 2014 Main St. (503) 357-3513
For competently prepared and consistently good Thai food, try Pac Thai. 1923 Pacific Ave. (503) 992-1800.
Izgara has nicely prepared Middle Eastern food – including excellent hummus – in a casual atmosphere and is our favorite pick for dinner. On a hot day, the iced mint tea is refreshing and the buffalo kebab comes from a local herd that you may cycle by tomorrow. If you’re there Friday, you may even catch some belly dancing. 2036B Main St. (503) 352-9306.
Pizza Schmizza is a local chain that serves thin crust, New York style pizzas as well as pastas. 2042 Main St. (503) 359-5320.
Head to Grendel’s for English pub-style food in a cozy-quirky atmosphere. Think bangers & mash, pasties and chicken and dumplings. 2004 Main St. (503) 357-7095
For American bar food, head to the Cornerstone Pub & Grill. Though more a student diner than pub they nevertheless have good burgers and a large selection of beers. 2307 Pacific Ave. (503) 357-4742.
Mandarin China Restaurant has reasonable Chinese food but service can be slow. 2338 Pacific Ave. (503) 357-1820.
If you’re staying at the McMenamin’s Grand Lodge – a sprawling former Masonic retirement home – you may want to eat at one of their two restaurants that serve American cuisine: pub grub and more. Movies shown some nights. 3505 Pacific Ave. (503) 992-3425.