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Off Campus Eateries: Eugene’s Finest Breakfast Restaurants

-Diana Roure

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially after a night out.  Who doesn’t love going to brunch on weekends with all your hung-over friends in sweatpants, rehashing the events of the night before while indulging in as much water and carbs as possible?  Well, there is certainly no shortage of amazing breakfast or brunch restaurants in Eugene.

Here are some of my faves:


Located on the corner of 17th and Willamette, Brails has long been voted the “best hangover breakfast” by The Eugene Weekly. It is always packed on weekend mornings, although with plenty of large rooms and tables you’ll be seated pretty quickly.  Everyone that works there is so sweet and does an outstanding job of getting you in and out swiftly.  The menu includes both American and Korean classics, mostly under $10.

Studio One (Personal Favorite)

Situated on 19th Avenue, in between McMenamins and Agate Alley, Studio One offers one delicious brunch.  The dining area is small and always jam-packed on weekends, but I guarantee it’s 100% worth the wait. Service is pretty good, though it does get a little hectic at times.  Their menu includes American favorites like French toast, benedicts, omelets, scrambles, etc. but with a unique Pacific Northwest twist.  This is one of the few breakfast establishments that I’ve been to that allows customers to choose healthier, vegetarian, or vegan options for their meal.  Everything is under $10.

Agate Alley

Located on 19th Avenue, next to Studio One, Agate Alley is surely one of the finest bistros in Eugene. However, anyone that’s ever eaten there will tell you to beware the painfully slow service.  They have an especially remarkable drink menu.  My favorites are the “Build Your Own Bloody Mary” and “The Nutty Professor.”  The menu is top of the line including benedicts, hashes, scrambles, French toast, etc.  All dishes have clever names and unique ingredients.  Prices range from $10 to $15.

Eugene City Bakery

Also on 19th Avenue, next to Prince Puckler’s, lies Eugene City Bakery.  It’s not really a sit down place, though there are tables.  They offer a diverse selection of freshly baked goods including artesian breads, pastries, cookies, and the most amazing croissants.  They also have a lengthy cold and hot drink menu.

The Original Pancake House

The Original Pancake House, situated on the corner of Franklin Boulevard and Alder Street is a must-try for every University of Oregon student.  Don’t be afraid of the long wait, again I promise you it’s worth it.  There is an abundance of diversity in their pancake options, like chocolate, peach, pecan, pumpkin, bacon, and blueberry – to name a few.  For those not into pancakes they have other typical breakfast dishes, which are equally as amazing.  The service is fast once seated and prices are usually under $10.

Honorable Mention: Humble Bagel, Hideaway Bakery, June/Midtown Marketplace

Professor By Day, Foodie By Night

Photo courtesy of Saúl Cepeda

-Jamie Hershman

She’s known around campus as Professor Jennifer Burns Levin, but she’s better known globally as an international foodie and blogger. Growing up, Levin’s grandmother introduced her to the world of cooking, and Levin became increasingly interested in recipes and food along the way. During her high school days, she became a passionate collector of ethnic cookbooks at garage sales and has continued her life through her passion of food.

Levin recently returned from a week long food tour in Taiwan, after being personally invited by the Taiwanese Government Information Office. From her appealing food blog to her adoration of food, Minister Philip Yang jumped at the opportunity to have Levin experience Taiwanese food and blog about all of the delicacies and treats Taiwan has to offer.

She has said that there is “nothing better in life than eating a dumpling.” So naturally Levin’s favorite part of her trip was going to a dumpling house called Din Tai Fung. Watching them prepare the mouth-watering delight right before her eyes would be enjoyment for anyone outside the realm of epicurean.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Levin

In her attempt to bring some of the Taiwanese culture back home to Eugene, Levin went to multiple markets in Taiwan to find some sichuan peppers. But it turns out sichuan peppers are hard to find even in Taiwan, a country where sichuan is a popular ingredient. Luckily, after much search and help from the locals, she discovered a man who produces seventy percent of the Taiwanese sichuan supply. Levin hopes to bring some of his business out here to increase sichuan pepper circulation in the pacific northwest.

Her food influence doesn’t end at blogging; in her free time she loves to freelance for the Register Guard and the Eugene Weekly with food-related stories. She teaches food preparation classes with the OSU Extension Master Food Preservers and also co-hosts a radio show titled “Food for Thought.”

A double-threat, Levin’s passion for food and teaching is more than obvious. And all this time I thought she was just my literature professor.