Spring has finally arrived in Eugene! Winter’s gone and so are the soups, stews, and warm food. Who doesn’t love a perfectly crafted sandwich on a beautiful spring day? Lucky for us, there is no shortage of bomb sandwich eateries in the area.
Here are some of my favorites:
The Bier Stein
It’s certainly a rite of passage for every U of O student (once they turn twenty-one) to grab an awesome sandwich and a couple of beers at the Bier Stein. Located right next to Cheba Hut on West 11th Avenue, the Bier Stein offers 10 Panini’s and 10 cold sandwiches, along with the largest and most diverse beer collection south of Portland and north of San Francisco. My personal favorite is the “Turkey Up in the Club,” which consists of thinly sliced turkey, peppered bacon, and cheddar and Swiss cheeses topped with a to die for garlic aioli on grilled ciabatta bread for $8.95. The bar is always packed with students and the workingmen and women of Eugene, though service is quick and pleasant. The Bier Stein is a must for every beer and sandwich connoisseur! Follow the Bier Stein on Twitter to receive updates on daily specials and events @biersteineugene.
Cheba Hut, the marijuana-themed sub shop, arrived in Eugene just two years ago but has quickly become the favorite for many U of O students. Their signature sandwiches come in three sizes and consist of a variety of delicious yet off combinations. My preferred sandwich is the Thai Stick – teriyaki chicken breast, green bells peppers, pineapple, and pepper jack cheese for under $10. In addition to their amazing sandwiches, they have mouth-watering “munchies,” red Kool-Aid, and delivery until 2 a.m. on weekends.
Located next to Mazzi’s on Amazon Drive, Hideaway Bakery offers the most amazing homemade breads, baked goods, pastas, pizzas, and top of the line organic sandwiches. All ingredients are fresh, local, and prepared to perfection. My personal favorite is the black forest ham, Gruyere cheese, arugula, and garlic aioli sandwich for $6.75. The bakery is tiny and usually crowded no matter what time of day, but outdoor seating, friendly service, and delectable eats make the wait absolutely worthwhile.
Barry’s Espresso & Bakery
With two locations, Barry’s Jewish deli services both the South Eugene neighborhood and the campus area. Barry’s offers a variety of baked treats, homemade soups, sandwiches, breads, and other assorted delicacies. They have the best challah bread and thinly sliced kosher meats. I always order a half ham sandwich on challah with a cup of matzo ball soup for $7.75. Barry’s is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat in between classes!