Five Local Dishes Perfect for Summer - The Bend Magazine

Five Local Dishes Perfect for Summer

Sorted by mood and occasion, we're breaking down five dishes to try throughout the last month of summer

By: Editorial Team Photo via: Bellino Ristorante e Bottega

Whether you’re looking for a quick and refreshing bite after a day at the beach or you’re searching for the perfect summer date night meal, we’ve got you covered! Sorted by mood and occasion, we’re breaking down five dishes to try throughout the last month of summer. 

For a Summer Date Night

The next time you and that special someone are planning a night out, grabbing dinner and drinks at Bellino Ristorante e Bottega is always a great choice. For the more adventurous eater, we always recommend ordering The Chef’s special. You’ll end up with a meal like the one featured in this article’s header photo: Linguine with octopus, mussels, clams and red potatoes sauce. Curated by owner Chef Francesco himself, going this route guarantees a delicious meal full of surprise. 

For a Pre-Beach Bite

Before heading out to the beach, a stop worth making is Surfside Sandwich Shoppe. Opt for a lighter lunch prior to hitting the waves and order the Blackened Ahi salad! Blackened and seared Sashimi grade ahi tuna is served over a bed of mixed green leaf lettuce and spinach, with mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers with your choice of dressing. 

For a Post-Pool Day Refresher

After a long day in the sun, refueling the body is a must and  Lucy’s Snackbar is always a great idea for doing just that. The seasonal grain bowl features tri-colored quinoa, sautéed chicken, local tomatoes, cumin spiced zucchini and tzaziki and is the perfect way to end a long day. Don’t forget to browse the cooler for an array of delicious brews, wines, and sparkling botanicals to pair!

For a Meal with a View

Dinner with a view gets even better when it comes with a side of South Texas sunsets. Be it a family night out or catching up with friends, Grumbles Seafood Co., makes for the perfect outdoor, summer meal. This new, dreamy waterfront spot offers a variety of excellent dishes. However, our pick might have to be the Port A Shrimp Bowl. This dish combines blackened shrimp with their house black beans and rice, three mix lettuce, cucumber, tomato, corn and their famous Grumbles slaw, all topped with spicy ranch dressing. 

For a Summer Brunch

There are very few things in life that motivate us to get out the door on the weekends, and brunch is high on that list. For a summer brunch spot sure to give you Instagram-worthy photo ops, MUSE Bistro has you covered. We suggest ordering a brunch classic: chicken and waffles. Except for over at MUSE, this brunch dish is served with mini waffles skewered in between lightly fried chicken tossed in Cajun seasoning served with honey butter syrup.