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Roseburg - Am I missing anywhere?

oregoncook Dec 24, 2008 02:31 PM

I have lived in this area for over 2 years and have really searched for restaurants. In my opinion, there's just not much here. On the up side, most are rural, rather than urban, $ values. I must admit that I really just hit lunchtimes.

Here's my list now:
1. Bronx Bagels, Sutherlin, EZ On/Off I-5 next to Dutch Brothers, breakfast and lunch. TERRIFIC NY bagels - I grew up on Long Island. They have sandwiches and soups. But their bagels are outstanding. IMO, they beat Nate 'n Al's and Canters in LA.
2. Alexander's, downtown Roseburg, new location. Good Greek and Greek inspired. A jewel in this desert.
3. Pedotti's, Sutherlin, 1/2 block from Bronx Bagels, EZ On/Off I-5. Good, solid Italian-American, good pizza.
4. Los Dos Amigos, DOWNTOWN Roseburg. Good, solid Mexican. I've not particularly enjoyed their other locations.
5. Historic Oakland Tavern, Oakland, not too far off I-5 by taking uni-directional On & Off ramps. Good, pretty sloppy sandwiches in historic downtown Oakland.
6. Charlie's BBQ, Roseburg, EZ On/Off I-5. Pretty good ribs and chicken, not so much their sides, so I take-out and use my own sauce, if any.
7. Bangkok West (Thai), Roseburg. Pretty good, weekday buffet tends to get cold, I usually prefer to order off the menu.
8. Mark V, downtown Roseburg. Pretty good, a bit more expensive for here, does some tapas, tries to use local.
9. Brix 527, downtown Roseburg. Fairly good, breakfasts, soup, sandwiches, a bit less pedestrian than most places.

Anyone think I'm missing something worth trying?

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  1. bbqboy RE: oregoncook Dec 25, 2008 09:24 AM

    thanks for the list, OC. I'm always looking for a RB stop when I'm motoring between the Rogue Valley and points north.
    Charlie's I have tried, but their rub was way too salty.
    If you ever make it down to the RV, I'll take you on a taco truck tour.

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      oregoncook RE: bbqboy Dec 25, 2008 09:31 AM

      Thanks, bbqboy.
      Admittedly, I agree about Charlie's rub, but they did change ownership about a year ago, in case you haven't tried it since then.
      Occasionally I get down to the RV, you never know.

    2. ourhomeworks RE: oregoncook Dec 26, 2008 07:58 PM

      OC - We don't live in Roseburg (we live in Eugene) but have traveled through a few times. My husband mentioned a decent Italian restaurant (name escapes me). Also not in Roseburg but totally worth the drive is the Steamboat Inn. Their winemakers dinners are fantastic and really fun. They serve them family style and typically have top West coast chefs cook the meals and pair it with NW wines.

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        oregoncook RE: ourhomeworks Dec 27, 2008 09:13 AM

        OHW - Re: Italian restaurant - Anthony's? Dino's (only dinner)? I've had lunch at Steamboat Inn - good - but have not yet had their dinner, but really should. Thanks.

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          ourhomeworks RE: oregoncook Dec 27, 2008 07:23 PM

          Oregoncook - By process of elimination (showing husband Anthony's website with photo of their restaurant), my husband thinks it was Dino's. He said the gnocchi was really good. Highly recommend going to Steamboat Inn.

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            oregoncook RE: ourhomeworks Dec 29, 2008 08:02 AM


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        PNWeater RE: oregoncook Mar 30, 2009 03:03 PM

        Anthony's is a fave for us. Friendly, good food and now they have Bella Serra which has more of a "loungey" feel. Brix has good food but at times the owner can be a bit snippy. When her sister waitresses it is much friendlier. Mark V was better before his sons took over. Made it less friendly. The food is still good but the atmosphere now lacks the original comfort. D's Magnolia has great dinners and friendly service. If you want to drive to the Glide area, try The Ilahee. Very good local fresh food.

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          oregoncook RE: PNWeater Mar 31, 2009 11:33 PM

          Thanks, PNWe, I'll have to try Anthony's and The Illahee (haven't made it there - yet). BTW, Dino's has been advertising that they're open for lunch on Wednesdays. Will have to try it.

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            PNWeater RE: oregoncook Jul 18, 2010 09:11 AM

            D's Magnolia is now closed. Just thought I should update this posting.

            D's Magnolia Restaurant
            647 SE Jackson St, Roseburg, OR 97470

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            jabsosteel RE: PNWeater Aug 3, 2010 03:28 PM

            Agreed on Anthony's. I make sure to hit Anthony's on my way back to Portland from California (a couple times a year). Service is friendly, location is convenient (just across the bridge from the freeway), and the food is really good. Good pizza!

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            runninrob RE: oregoncook Apr 1, 2009 08:04 AM

            I somehow missed this outstanding report in December. Thanks. Totally agree about the bagels. Driving from Ashland, I always stop on my way north.
            I did think Roseburg was devoid of anything houndish.


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              MEXfoodie RE: oregoncook Apr 6, 2009 06:57 PM

              Haven't lived there 20 yrs, but would like to know where best seafood is now for visit this summer

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                oregoncook RE: MEXfoodie Apr 7, 2009 03:21 PM

                I haven't found any seafood I like here. You might try and see if Steamboat Inn up on the North Umpqua may have some sometimes (maybe just trout?). Personally, if I want seafood, I either go to Eugene or Winchester Bay.

                In Eugene, we like Newman's Fish Co.'s fish and chips a lot, some find them too greasy, but they also have a couple of grilled items on their menu. The place is totally informal and is "primarily" a fish market, but the one on Coburg Rd. has 3 tables and a counter.

                In Winchester Bay, we either hit Unger's Bay Fish N' Chips (french fries) or Griff's, which sometimes has grilled fish and has generally been pretty good though a bit less consistent when busy. Some like their chowder a lot, but I really just like Manhattan. I have not tried any other fish places in Reedsport or W. Bay.

                BTW, I'd like to add Tina's taco truck to my working list in Roseburg. It's been good the 2 times I've tried them. They're parked during lunch and early dinner next to the Shell station in front of the 780 Garden Valley Blvd. mall (Ross, Michael's, Pier 1, etc.).
                Good Luck, OC

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                  rogerchri RE: oregoncook Feb 11, 2010 02:28 PM

                  Tino's Tacos, a cart/truck by the Shell station at the Garden Valley Blvd. turnoff. Only 3 tables outside, can be chilly in winter, but you could get food to go and eat it in the Canteen in Building 16 at the VA. I think their food is really good.
                  Has fish taco with grilled fish not a coated fish stick like a lot of others places - very good.

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                    PNWeater RE: rogerchri Oct 16, 2010 06:07 PM

                    Tinos was on Stephens this week., I think they may have moved right across from China Palace.

                    China Palace
                    968 NE Stephens St, Roseburg, OR 97470

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                      elimcfli RE: PNWeater Nov 17, 2010 10:51 AM

                      Stephens St. is a second location. They still have a truck at Garden Valley.

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                tikiginny RE: oregoncook Jul 21, 2009 01:52 PM

                Exit 125, Roseburg. Go West on Garden Valley Blvd about 1 block. Just West of the Chevron, and adjacent to the Shell station is Tino's Taco's, a big white van filled with piles of limes, avocado, tomatoes. The best fish tacos ever!

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                  oregoncook RE: tikiginny Jul 21, 2009 02:34 PM

                  Correction noted tg (which I realized after my last post in this thread) that it is Tino's Tacos.
                  Please also see the following regarding the Lighthouse Center Bakery, Cafe and Country Store:

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                  elimcfli RE: oregoncook Aug 4, 2009 11:58 AM

                  I second (or is third) the vote for Tino's Tacos. Another good place is Los Nopolitos on the 700 block of Jackson St. Dowtown Roseburg. Service is a bit slow, but the food makes up for it. Fresh, not your average cheesy, saucy, Mexican food. Lots of Veggie/Vegan choices too.

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                    elimcfli RE: elimcfli Apr 15, 2010 10:18 AM

                    Unfortunately Los Nopalitos closed in March 2010.
                    Up the street was D's Magnolia, which also closed in April 201 "due to the economy"
                    Fortunately, The taco truck "Tino's Tacos" is still located at Garden Valley Shell. Ate there yesterday and it was as good as ever. Had a fish taco and a veggie taco.

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                    lovebbq123 RE: oregoncook Oct 13, 2009 07:41 AM

                    Have you been to the new Smokin' Friday BBQ in Roseburg? You should try it--Food was great. Had the pulled pork sandwich and it was so tender it melted in my mouth. The service was so wonderful they really made you feel like family--can't wait to try their other items on the menu!!!

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                      oregoncook RE: lovebbq123 Oct 17, 2009 12:00 PM

                      Nope, can't say I've tried Smokin' Friday yet. Will have to do so, thanks lovebbq.

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                      roseburgblond RE: oregoncook Mar 20, 2010 06:54 PM

                      We live in the Green District, which is south of Roseburg off exit 119 (I-5). We've found Ocampo's restaurant on Carnes Road to be one of the best Mexican restaurants in the area. It is locally owned and operated. A small, cozy restaurant where the waitresses get to know your name after only a couple of visits. Another great place to eat just up the road from Ocampo's is the Winston Drive-In. While Charley's BBQ in Roseburg has fantastic food, the Winston Drive-In now serves smoked pulled pork and tri-tip sandwiches and gives Charley's a run for their money with those sandwiches. Their hamburgers are huge and all are fantastic. They have great french fries which you can order with a variety of toppings. The 50's theme and the great service make the Winston Drive-In a wonderful, casual family place to eat.

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                        PNWeater RE: roseburgblond Oct 16, 2010 06:09 PM

                        I have to agree! O'Campos has been around for years and it very good!

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