When it comes to Oregon food, many people think of Portland, but when visiting Oregon, food in Corvallis can be just as delectable and zany, only a little closer to home for many of us in this college town!
Come with us on a food journey around Corvallis, Oregon.
Bo & Vine Burgers
BO and Vine is located on the main drag in downtown Corvallis and is always busy. Large, juicy, delicious burgers, combined with a variety of bun choices, toppings, and of course, famous sauces, constantly elicit a wait.
Beyond burgers, Bo & Vine in Corvallis (and Eugene, and Salem,) also sells delectable grilled or breaded chicken sandwiches. Just like their burgers, they have a few signature options and a few specials that seem to change frequently.
Bo & Vine, however, is much more than a burger or chicken joint. They are famous for their delicious fries, sweet potato fries, and tots. Their fry or tot “piles” are loaded with cheese, bacon, and more on top of a heaping stack of potatoes.
If you have more of a sweet tooth, try one of their giant milkshakes. Unfortunately, I have yet to try one as we usually do delivery to avoid the lines inside the restaurant. Milkshakes are available for delivery, but I never quite trust my milkshake to arrive in good condition.
For those with food allergies or preferences, any Bo and Vine burger or sandwich can be made gluten free. They also have meatless options for those who prefer that.
COVID-19 UPDATE: During the pandemic, you can order Bo & Vine over the phone for takeout, through their website for takeout or delivery, as well as on any delivery app. It is worth knowing that calling to order or ordering directly on their website brings lower prices. It seems their prices are a couple dollars higher for burgers on the delivery apps.
Flame Mountain BBQ- Cook Your Own Asian Food in Corvallis
Don’t let the name confuse you. Flame Mountain Barbecue is Corvallis’s Asian restaurant with a a bit of a unique twist! Here you can select from a veritable assortment of pre-cooked food from the open buffet. Think traditional Chinese options, but then, here comes the twist. This best Corvallis restaurant also offers raw food that can be cooked right on your table.
Select chicken, beef, ribs, pork, and shrimp, as well as marinated teriyaki versions of the same meat, from the raw bar. Load up on veggie options as well, pretty much everything you can imagine.
Simply fill your bowl and add your sauces. There’s a variety to choose from so go ahead and create your own one of a kind flavor marinade. Then, head back to your table and cook your dinner. Food in Corvallis doesn’t get much fresher than this.
Go ahead and cook as much as you’d like. Helpful staff comes around frequently to swap out your grill with a fresh one, so you’re always ready to take on your role as chef.
Cooking your own dinner not your thing? The restaurant also offers some already-prepared dishes, serving up sushi, lo mein, rice, crab salad, crab legs, fried seafood and more. They also have a menu with prepared dishes that can be
ordered at the table or for takeout or delivery. Their delivery is amazing!
COVID-19 UPDATE: Unfortunately with the COVID-19 restrictions, Flame Mountain BBQ is no longer open for dine in. We are hoping it will reopen soon. Only time will tell what changes will occur to the buffet and the experience.
The Dizzy Hen- Not Technically in Corvallis
When categorizing food in Corvallis, we sometimes look to the neighboring community of Philomath. One visit to the Dizzy Hen, and you’ll know why.
The Dizzy Hen restaurant takes a new twist on down-home cooking. Although their menu is small, it offers full flavor and constant updates based on what’s in season. When we visited, I had a delicious omelet packed with onions and winter squash. It was unique, tasteful and satisfying. They also offer flavored sodas and juices. Plus, it is a great spot to grab some baked goods and a cup of coffee!
And to top it off, their lunch is just as fresh and homemade as their breakfast choices. And that is why even though the Dizzy Hen is in Philomath, it is on our list of best Corvallis restaurants.
COVID-19 update to the Dizzy Hen: The Dizzy Hen is currently not open Monday or Tuesday. Currently, their website claims they do have dine in, but after a drive past the restaurant, we did see patrons dining outside.
Benny’s Donuts- the Best Food in Corvallis for a Sweet Tooth
Benny’s Donuts is a small, shop, but still technically a restaurant. For breakfast, they are a must try. But really, who doesn’t love a donut at any time in the day?
Located in downtown Corvallis, these cake-like donuts are famous in the area. When you order your donuts, an employee hand dips and prepares each one right in front of your eyes.
Flavor combos include adventurous pairings such as strawberry and balsamic, lemon lavender with pepper, and marionberry with almonds. There are also more classic flavors such as vanilla or chocolate with sprinkles, chocolate and peanut butter and German chocolate.
One of my personal favorite things about Benny’s is their gluten free options! While options for gluten-free food in Corvallis is more plentiful than other areas, finding tasty options is another matter. There certainly aren’t many places you can find fresh, delicious gluten free donuts.
COVID-19 UPDATE: With the pandemic, Benny’s Donuts is still operating at normal hours, but no dining inside is allowed.
Sugoi Sushi- the Best Corvallis Restaurant for Sushi
While Oregon has many sushi restaurants, none are as affordable or as fresh as Sugoi Sushi. They offer sit down or takeout service of delicious and diverse sushi types, as well as cooked items like fried rice or lo mein noodles.
It’s also one of the few table-service restaurants where you won’t have to wait for your food in Corvallis.
When you take a seat, sushi plates drift past you on a conveyor belt. When you see one you like, you simply grab it and you’re ready to eat.
Each plate is color coded with the price of that roll. Prices range from $1.45 to $3.95 a plate, with most plates being in the middle range and specialty rolls falling on the high end. Sushi can also be ordered off the large picture menu that helps decode what you see rolling by on the belt.
COVID-19 UPDATE: While the pandemic has removed the option to see and experience the sushi parading past you on the conveyor belt, their takeout is easy to order online or over the phone, and just as fresh.
Winco- An Overlooked Place to Find Food in Corvallis
One of the first things my family members like to do when coming to visit, is stop by Winco. All us locals tend to overlook Winco as something special when it comes to food in Corvallis, but with all the bulk bin options, it is truly unique, especially for travelers.
In other parts of the country, finding good snacks in bulk is a luxury, and overpriced. But for us in Corvallis, we have access to every snack and ingredient we could dream of in an easy and affordable way. Before every road trip or movie night, Winco is the best place to stop for snacks.
So, now that you’ve taken your virtual journey of Corvallis’ zany eateries, why not Get Out and Explore some on your own?
We all know that the pandemic has caused a lot of changes in the world, especially when it comes to dining. As of February 2021, Corvallis is not allowing dine in in restaurants. Many restaurants have opted for exterior tents with heaters. But for those that have not, takeout will be your only option.
Additionally, all restaurants and stores in Corvallis do require masks upon entry, and during the duration of your visit unless eating or drinking.