Lets face it we're all getting strapped for cash. Still there's nothing worse than a long day in the mountains and coming home to a house sans food, piecing together some farce of a meal from a packet of ramen a week old hot dog and a carrot.
So as my gift to you I have rated my top 5 post-shred cheap eats.
#1 The Taco Stand
The Taco Stand is an institution in Bend. They've been wrapping delicious burritos for years, decades even, and are still the best deal in town.
A restaurant only open until 4 p.m. might fly under most people's radar for after mountain food, but the $2.50 bean rice and cheese and delicious daily specials are worth calling it a day a little early.
#2 Inn of the 7th Mountain
They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. That may be true, but when you're looking for some post mountain munch there is free chili. The Inn's Rimrock Bar offers complimentary chili chips and cheese during it's après ski hours (3-6).
An added bonus is the resort's participation in the Mt. Bachelor "Flash Your Pass" promotions. A season's pass will get you 20% off anything.
One dollar Pabst pounders. Two dollar tacos. The possibility of live music. Need I say more, because I will... Pitchers of margaritas.
#4 Pizza Mondo
I once got in an argument with some dude at Sidelines over beer and pizza. He claimed the two weren't a good combo. I think we can all agree the guy was an idiot. Or I was the idiot for arguing with him. Either way Mondo still has a killer after mountain slice and brew special.
The downtown location is also a plus so you can hang out in your snowpants and boots and show everyone how cool you are.
#5 Ray's Deli
Ray's has a special place in my heart. Not for having the only Westside liquor store, not for the cornucopia of choices, or for their bulk food/free sample aisle, but for their bagel sandwiches and cheap coffee.
Sandwich and coffee for under $4. Yes please.