The Samurai Sword Produces Some Great Food

Ronin food truck has traveled a winding road
What do The Food Network's reality TV show, "The Great Food Truck Race," a beat-up bus in an abandoned field near Cashmere, Washington, and a samurai without a master have in common? The answer: Ronin, a Japanese Food Truck located between Skjersaas and the westside Dutch Bros. on Century Drive.

Birdie's Nests

A neighborhood breakfast spot settles into the community
On the far wall of the newest breakfast café on Bend's west side are perhaps a dozen framed photographs of pugs—and, in case that doesn't drive home the point well enough, there are large black wooden block letters stating, "PUGS RULE." These don't necessarily have anything to do with the food, nor are they are simply kitschy (the words, in fact, double as the wifi password).

A new bakery, another inch on the waistline

The Fantastic (Mrs.) Foxtail Bakeshop
The front room to Foxtail Bakeshop, a new bakery adjacent to The Lot, is tidy and looks as if Wes Anderson had designed the space to its very country-style detail: A turquoise chest of drawers serves as a front counter, three skinny chairs huddle in the corner and cookies wait in glass jars next to an even bigger bell jar encasing the granddaddy of baked goods, a divine chocolate cake stacked five inches high with smooth chocolate and another dollop of chocolate on top. "I've been told it is like crack cake," quips Nickol Hayden-Cody, the amiable proprietor and baker for Foxtail Bakeshop.

Retake at Drake

A revamped cocktail menu and new dinner specials for fall
When was the last time you saw quail on a menu in Bend? Or had a fig cocktail?

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