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Dec 24, 2008 02:31 PM

Roseburg - Am I missing anywhere?

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. 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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    1. re: bbqboy

      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. 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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      1. re: ourhomeworks

        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.

        1. re: oregoncook

          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.

      2. 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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        1. re: PNWeater

          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.

          1. re: oregoncook

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

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

          2. re: PNWeater

            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!

          3. OC,
            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.


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

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              1. re: MEXfoodie

                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

                1. re: oregoncook

                  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.

                  1. re: rogerchri

                    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

                    1. re: PNWeater

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