A bite and booze in Bend for 10-bucks, or less

7 places to find cheap eats and drinks

By Megan Kehoe / The Bulletin


Published Mar 6, 2014 at 01:21PM / Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 12:27PM

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A few more local suggestions for a cheap bite and a drink:

• A pint of beer and a burger costs $10 on Wednesday nights at Silver Moon Brewing in Bend. On Mondays, it’s two fish tacos for $5 plus a pint for $3.

• Thursdays are locals’ night at GoodLife Brewing Co. in Bend, where pints are $2.50. While you’re there, get the cream cheese-stuffed jalapeño poppers.

• Brickhouse in Redmond holds happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and has a bunch of food and drink options for $5. We suggest a Tanqueray and tonic ($5) plus zucchini tempura ($3), which gives you enough left over for the tip!

• Spent all your money on a lift ticket? The Clearing Rock Bar at Mt. Bachelor offers a cup of the soup of the day for $5 and its canned and bottled beers cost $3.50 to $4.25.

• At The Lot — the gathering of food carts at the corner of Northwest Columbia Avenue and Hartford Street in Bend — beers are $4 and the surrounding carts offer all manner of cheap eats. Plus it’s dog-friendly!

• At the Hop n Bean in Sisters, both BBQ Nachos and the Loaded Nachos are $5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and pints of beer start at $4.50. Perfect nourishment after a day spent on the trails (and playing hooky from work).

• Say, do the words “cheesy pork fries” appeal to you? Thought so. They’re one of the $5 options during daily 4-7 p.m. happy hour at The Astro Lounge in Bend. Local drafts are $3 and some martinis are $5.

You’ve seen this type of person eating out in restaurants.

It’s all fun and laughter at the table until the bill comes. Then, the mood takes a dramatic turn and confused eyes start bouncing between bill and wallet.

“How did that happen?”

“I didn’t know that drink cost this much.”

“Did they calculate this right?”

Most of us know this person because we’ve been there ourselves at one time or another. When eating and drinking is involved, it’s easy to let local restaurants and pubs have more of your cash than you’d planned.

The good news? There are plenty of places in Central Oregon where you can eat well and have an adult beverage without breaking the bank. Here’s a list of some deals that will get you both a meal and drink for $10 or under, not including tip.

Whether you want to spend your money on a little taste of luxury, or something a little more down-home, these specials cover some of the best deals around.

Pizza Mondo

811 N.W. Wall St, Bend

Details: After Mountain Special, 3:30-5:30 p.m. daily

Deal: Two slices of pizza and a pint of beer for $7

Mondo’s pizza is a dependable standby in the world of Bend’s ever-changing restaurant scene, and its After Mountain Special is one of the best deals in town. Mix or match two heaping slices of soul-satisfying pie and add a pint of beer for only $7 total. Pizza Mondo’s draft options change regularly, but most options are made by local breweries and cider companies. Simple, classic, and above all, finger-licking good.

Level 2

360 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Bend

Details: Happy hour, 3-6 p.m. daily

Deal: Win Wings ($5) + Le Cosmo cocktail ($4) = $9

Level 2’s happy hour is full of drink and meal combinations that ascribe to the $10 and under philosophy. The Win Wings, glazed with sweet chili sauce and toasted cashews, come with glass noodles and a cucumber salad and cost $5. The bar’s Le Cosmo, one of many stylish and reasonably priced happy hour cocktails, features a blend of vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec and citrus. The portion doesn’t overwhelm and the flavor is right on.

Cascade West Grub & Alehouse

64 S.W. Century Drive, Bend

Details: Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. daily

Deal: Mini corn dogs ($5.50) + pint of microbrew ($3.25) = $8.75

The happy hour at this longtime west-side bar offers deals on beer, but it doesn’t change the price of Cascade West’s extensive menu of deep-fried delectables, including the mini corn dogs. These things belong in the bar-grub hall of fame, and there’s certainly enough to fill you (and probably a partner) up. On a recent Thursday afternoon, a discounted Lagunitas IPA provided a refreshing way to wash ’em down.

Barrio

163 N.W. Minnesota Ave, Bend

Details: Happy hour, 3-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Deal: Queso fundido with chorizo and chips ($5) + margarita ($5) = $10

A bowl of piping-hot melted cheese and chorizo plus a refreshingly sour, sweet and salty margarita almost makes you forget that it’s the middle of winter in Central Oregon. Barrio, a downtown Bend Spanish/Latin fusion restaurant, serves up plenty of good deals at its happy hour, but the queso fundido is something special. A sizable portion that’s perfect for sharing, the melted cheese starts out thin and thickens into gooey deliciousness as it cools, making it hard not to scrape every last bit from the bowl. Wash it down with a margarita, and you won’t mind that wintry weather quite as much.

Old Mill Brew Wërks

803 S.W. Industrial Way, Bend

Details: Happy hour, 3 p.m. to close Monday and 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

Deal: Blue cheese and hazelnut stuffed dates ($5) + a pint of Rabble-Rouser Red imperial red ale ($5) = $10 (See cover photo.)

If you haven’t had the sweet and salty, melt-in-your-mouth, drool-worthy dates at Old Mill Brew Wërks, then you’ve really been missing out. Stuffed with blue cheese and hazelnuts, wrapped in bacon (which, as most of us know, makes everything better), drizzled with honey, then roasted, this satisfying fare is worth every penny.

Throw in a pint of the brewery’s Rabble-Rouser red ale to accompany said dates, and you’ve got a classy brewery meal for under $10.

Anthony’s at the Old Mill District

475 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, Bend

Details: Happy hour, 3-6 p.m. daily

Deal: Mussels and fries ($6) + pint of beer ($3) = $9

If you’re hankering for some seafood mid-day, Anthony’s has plenty of low-cost options. The mussels and fries are one of those, and you get plenty of both during happy hour. The mussels are roasted with shallots, herbs and white wine, and are served with a heaping helping of fries. Wash it down with a pint of beer for $3.

The Phoenix

594 N.E. Bellevue Drive, Bend

Details: Happy hour 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. to close Sunday and Monday.

Deal: Two prime rib sliders ($6) + pint of microbrew ($4.25) = $10.25. (Yes, we cheated.)

This restaurant is tucked behind an Arco filling station near the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and 27th Street. It’s not exactly scenic, but once you’re inside and surrounded by sports on TV and friendly staffers, it’s easy to get comfortable and pick from an extensive happy hour menu. The best choice might be a pair of heavily loaded prime rib sliders, served with excellent jus and horseradish for $6, plus a pint of GoodLife’s Sweet As Pacific ale for $4.25. (A domestic beer would’ve been $2.75.) Yup, that adds up to more than $10. Why did we break our own rules here? Because PRIME RIB SLIDERS AND SWEET AS, that’s why.

— Reporter: 541-383-0354, mkehoe@bendbulletin.com

— Ben Salmon contributed to this report.