Eugene Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide
My favorite places in Eugene to grab a good meal or snack.
OHOP – Original House of Pancakes 782 E Broadway, #541-343-7523. It is only open till 2 pm and go early or you will wait for a table.
A trip to Eugene is not complete without a breakfast at OHOP. The omelets are huge but you can order a half-order for a more reasonable portion. However, most runners go there to fuel up after a long morning run so the regular is perfect. I usually get the veggie and a side of salsa. They do have GF pancakes but not GF prep/cook-top. The fresh berries are always a treat but to sweeten the deal you can add whip cream.
LUNCH OR DINNER near the U of O:
These are a short walk from the U of O or Franklin Blvd
Café Yumm – There are 4 locations in Eugene. 730 E. Broadway is the closest to U of O. The other locations are: 296 E 5th street, 130 Oakway Center, 1005 Green Acres Road #107. They say that the Original Bowl is the only one they can guarantee that is GF but I have had the Jazzy Bowl with no problems. Café Yumm is a restaurant that starts with base of rice and beans and layers flavors on top. On a side note, Café Yumm is a LEED restaurant with solar panels and an EV charging station.
Market of Choice – 1960 Franklin Blvd is the closest to U of O and Hayward field. The best place to stock up on gluten-free groceries for your stay in Eugene.
Mekala – 1769 Franklin Blvd, #541-342-4872. The closest Thai restaurant to the U of O. They don’t have a formal GF menu but they have a small list available to choose from.
Wendy’s – On Franklin Blvd across from the Mathew Knight Arena. Wendy’s is always the go-to place on the road when nothing else is open or available. You can have the chili, baked potato, some salads and frosty.
LUNCH OR DINNER away from the U of O:
Olive Garden – 1077 Valley River Drive, #541-349-8929. It is a across town from the U of O but if you are staying at the Valley River Inn you are really close to it.
Most athletes coming to Eugene will be with a group and more than likely end up at OG at some point during the trip. The good news is that OG has 5 items on their Gluten-free menu. I have tried the pasta and it is a decent meal. I added the shrimp but was disappointed in the 5 little shrimp added to my meal. The salad is the same without the croutons.
McGrath’s Fish House – 1036 Valley River Way, #541-342-6404. This is also by the Valley River Inn and shares the parking lot. They have a lot of gluten-free choices and fresh fish. Don’t leave the NW until you have tried local fresh salmon.
PF Changs – 124 Coburg Road, #541-225-2015. This is located near Pre’s Trails and Alton Baker Park. PF Chang’s was one of the first restaurants to have a gluten-free menu. They do a great job with making sure the meal is safe for Celiacs. PF Chang’s GF menu has expanded to include soup, chicken, veggie, fish and meat options. They also have a few dessert options for that post race or post workout treat. PF Chang’s is my go to pre-race meal. It is located by Trader Joes and the Nike store.
Go Healthy Café – 3802 W. 11th Ave, #541-683-3164. This café is a bit of a drive from the U of O but worth the trip if you are in the need of a healthy gluten-free meal. The gluten-free choices include: sandwiches, salads, undressed burritos in bowls and a GF teriyaki chicken bowl. The sandwiches are toasted and include chicken, turkey, and grilled cheese. The salads are Greek, California surfer, Caesar and all the salad dressings are gluten-free. This was one of my favorite finds in Eugene.
Holy Cow – 2621 Willamette Street, #541-852-4659. It is located on Willamette Street near Market of Choice. This place has a fun collection of organic gluten-free food and vegan food. The gluten-free choices include: red lentil dhal, vegetable curry, sa’ag paneer, chicken curry, arroz con pollo, phad Thai and Thai tofu. It is really good.
Glenwood Restaurant – 2588 Willamette Street, #541-687-8201. It is located across the street from Holy Cow. This is a great diner with gluten-free options including GF rolls and bread for sandwiches.
Tasty Thai – 80 E 29th Ave, #541-302-6444. It is on the corner of Willamette and 29th near the adidas trail. This was my favorite GF Thai restaurant. They have a huge GF menu. I loved the spicy curries and the variety of choices.
Outback – 3463 Hutton Street, Springfield. #541-746-7700. It is a bit of a drive to get here but if you want a GF steak or ribs head that direction.
SATURDAY MARKET: Open every Saturday 10 AM – 5 pm from April to Mid-November at the intersection of 8th and Oak. There are a couple City Parking garages near the Saturday market. The least crowded one is between 10th and Broadway on Oak St. You get 1 hour free parking every day but Saturday and Sunday is free all day.
Sara's Tamales – This is a great tamale and fruit salad stand. The fruit salad is $4 with real whip cream. A tamale plate is $4.50 with your choice of pork with green salsa, chicken or veggie/tofu. The gourmet tamale plate is $6.50 and includes black beans, corn salad and salsa.
Candy Farm – This is a place to sample a vegetable cooked in a special seasoning. They usually sell fresh bok choy and the seasoning packets for you to take home to make a yummy 3 minute recipe. The seasoning packs