October Munchies: Claim 52

Written and photographed by Alice Yeager

What do you crave when you have the munchies? Do you crave hoppy, bitter and malted? What about sweet and fruity? The same sensations as biting into a perfectly ripened peach, or the sweetness you have in candied fruit layered between frosted cake layers. Claim 52 has mastered the art of bringing these flavors to beer. Mixing delicacies and hops to create legendary local brews. Their brews and food pair perfectly with any strain. The brewery restaurant is nestled right on the edge of downtown, attracting business with other-worldly flavors in both their locally crafted beer and fusion Brewpub cuisine. 

Luis Fayad is the head chef of the Claim 52 restaurant who has brought his own spin to the menu. Bringing his cooking and food culture experiences from Boston, Ecuador and even Antarctica, he has recently dropped new recipes such as short rib nachos, caprese fried-chicken sandwich and vegetarian friendly mushroom asada tacos. 

“I personally see cooking as an art, and this to me, my way of expressing myself, and I see food as the ultimate art form. In the sense that it is art that is taken in by all five senses,” said Fayad. 

Enjoying Fayad’s food absolutely satisfies any munchies-fueled appetite. The smell of the melting beer cheese, the crunch of the golden fish taco shell, the feel of the slow baked banh mi baguettes, presented in aesthetically pleasing plates for all palettes brings the ultimate bite and whelm of taste.  These paired with the most mind blowing beer combinations truly encompass a stoner’s paradise.

“I just like making food that other people enjoy,” said Fayad. Oh, and enjoy we certainly do. 

Not only do the recipes and flavor set Claim 52 at another level, their use of local and fresh ingredients is noteworthy. Fayad explained that all the protein used has never been frozen. Produce has even been sourced from local fruit trees, and many of the recipes include the very same beer you can get on tap. Fayad encompases as many aspects of himself, the brewery and the local Eugene community into the food as possible. Creating conscious eating is a whole new level of enjoyment. 

Claim 52 itself has created a relaxing vibe in the bar and seating area of the restaurant. Large garage doors create plenty of natural light during the day creating an airy and welcoming environment. They are also a very dog friendly restaurant, it’s really a treat to kick back on their patio with humans and animals alike. It’s also a bonus that they are within walking distance of some pretty great dispensaries and smoke shops. As well as just being a block away from the bus station for safe transportation. 

Overall Claim 52 has earned the Green Eugene munchie badge of honor for its unique blend of flavors both in food and beer. The staff have created a welcoming environment that just helps keep the vibes going, and there’s great accessibility in bringing cans or growlers of beer home as well as grabbing some of their signature menu items to-go. All in all, Fayad and the staff have done a wonderful job creating a menu that is as equally unique and flavorful as the beer itself. 

If you have a must-try munchies spot please let us know @greeneugenemag! We would love to feature more local establishments that help elevate the senses in any way. 

Eugene’s Top 10 Munchie Must-Haves

by Nicole Scopelliti | photo by Lauren Bruce

When the late night cravings come calling, don’t fret. Eugene is home to many satisfying and affordable restaurants, cafes and food trucks that are guaranteed to satiate even the mightiest of munchies. Whether you’re searching for a savory burrito or looking to dive into the sweeter side of donuts and ice cream, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied. Below are some of Eugene’s  best places to grab some grub when you’ve got the munchies. Go ahead, treat yourself!

The Dough Co.

Not only does The Dough Co. serve up the best calzones around, it’s also home to the perfect combo: warm cookies and milk. For just $7.50, you can receive a piping-hot calzone delivered to your doorstep. Among The Dough Co.’s most requested calzones are the Potato and Bacon calzone, filled with bacon, potatoes and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, and the Broccoli and Cheddar calzone. For $6, you can receive a batch of four cookies. Choose from flavors including chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar and oatmeal. It gets even better! The Dough Co. delivers until 3 a.m. every day of the week.

Give The Dough Co. a call during your next munchie escapade at 541-485-7459, or visit the restaurant at 1337 Hilyard Street from 11 a.m. – 3 a.m., seven days a week.

Burrito Boy

After picking up a new strain at Cannabliss’ the Sorority, head to the nearby Burrito Boy location, located right across the street from The Hub. Whether you want all the fixings or you like to keep it simple, Burrito Boy has it all. If you’ve got a case of the super-munchies, try a Chile Relleno or Taquito Combo Plate. Burrito Boy also has an impressive array of side and snack items, which are perfect for a lighter pick-me-up. The quesadillas and nachos are great choices, especially for those wishing to forego meat. Burrito Boy is located at 510 E. Broadway and is open 5 a.m. – 12 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 24 hours a day from Wednesday through Saturday and 12 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Sy’s New York Pizza

If you live close to campus and are craving an authentic slice of New York-style pizza, stop by Sy’s. Enjoy a slice of your favorite pie or grab a whole pizza and enjoy it in a casual, chilled-out setting. Sy’s also sells garlic knots alongside their renowned pizza, which are the perfect fix for an intense case of the munchies. Order Sy’s New York Pizza via HungryDucks.com, or visit the restaurant at 1211 Alder St. on Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Whole Foods Market Hot Bar

Health-conscious cannisseurs can conquer the munchies, too! The Whole Foods Market Hot Bar offers a variety of options, from salads and vegan mashed potatoes, to roasted chicken and macaroni. Whole Foods Market is conveniently located near The Hub and is a short distance from campus, making it a viable dining option for students. Choose to eat in the bright, modern eating nook located near the Hot Bar, or purchase the food to go. Pro tip: it’s best to hit the Hot Bar in the afternoon and earlier in the evening, as the food tends to be the freshest then. Whole Foods Market is located at 353 Broadway, and is open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Cheba Hut

Cheba Hut is the perfect spot to grab some grub in a relaxed, cannabis-inspired environment. With over 30 “toasted” subs and a variety of “cotton mouth cures,” Cheba Hut is guaranteed to curb even the most extreme case of the munchies. Try Cheba Hut’s Dank sub, featuring marinara, Genoa Salami, pepperoni and provolone cheese, or the White Widow sub, featuring grilled chicken breast covered in ranch dressing, mushrooms, bacon and provolone cheese. Cheba Hut also offers many vegetarian options as well, including the Magic Mushroom sandwich filled with portabella mushrooms. Check out Cheba Hut’s chilled-out vibe for yourself at 339 E 11th Ave from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Prince Pucklers

Stop by Prince Pucklers for a late night snack that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. With an outdoor patio, it’s the perfect spot to hang out during the warm evenings of spring term. Explore a wide variety of gourmet ice cream flavors such as Peppermint Stick, Green Tea, Salted Caramel and Red Raspberry Cheesecake. Prince Pucklers’ Euphoria Ultra Chocolate Sundae, a cult favorite topped in warm dark chocolate sauce, is guaranteed to please. Dairy-free options are also available. Prince Pucklers is located on 19th and Agate, and is open daily from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Voodoo Doughnut

When the munchies strike, head to Voodoo Doughnut for a classic Voodoo Doll doughnut filled with raspberry jelly or the ultra-delicious, fruit-loop covered The Loop doughnut. The menu is affordable and the downtown location isn’t too far from campus. Visit Voodoo Doughnut and order the Maple Blazer Blunt doughnut, a doughnut rolled into a blunt shape and covered in cinnamon sugar, with a tip dipped in maple frosting and red sprinkles. Voodoo Doughnut is located at 20 E. Broadway and is open 24 hours Thursday through Sunday and 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Uly’s Taco Shack

Although a popular spot for those who have the “drunchies” after a night at the campus bars, Uly’s is also a satisfying grub option for the munchies. If you find yourself near campus on Friday or Saturday night, you can expect to find the Uly’s Taco Shack food truck parked across the street from Taylor’s Bar from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Be sure to order the ever-popular Trifecta which includes one of each taco from the menu. Even though the menu is small, the portions are satisfying. Uly’s Taco Shack is located at 894 E. 13th Ave and is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Maple Garden Chinese Restaurant

Takeout food: the stereotypical “munchie meal,” for good reason. When you’ve got the munchies, you need a quick, convenient and delicious cure. Maple Garden serves up quality, authentic Chinese food at affordable prices, making it a perfect option for those with refined tastes but a college student’s budget. Try the Szechuan Spicy Beef Noodles if you’re looking for a kick. If you’re feeling mellow, try any variation of Chow Mein and a side of Pork Egg Rolls or Veggie Spring Rolls. Maple Garden Chinese Restaurant is located at 1275 Alder Street and is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday. You can also order from their menu via HungryDucks.com.

McMenamins E. 19th Street Cafe

If a warm basket of tater tots and a cozy atmosphere appeals to you, look no further. McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe offers a relaxing space to hang out and eat delicious food with friends. Whether you’re ready to chow down on a burger or prefer hummus and pita bread, McMenamins will fulfill your munchie needs. Check out its happy hour from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and after 10 p.m., where you’ll find discounted food and drinks. McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe is open 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Sunday. Check it out at 1485 E. 19th Ave. Their food is also available for takeout.