So one of the shows we watch on Food Network is $40 a Day, where Rachael Ray has a budget of “only” 40 dollars and traipses around the city du jour looking for the meal deals. The tourist-y part of the show is interesting, but the fake-suspense-building (will she go over her budget? Will she??) annoys the hell out of me.
So far I know of three Oregon towns they’ve filmed episodes in: Portland, Salem and Ashland. I think they should do an episode right here in Bend.
The question is, then, where could you go to get three meals and an afternoon snack or drink with a 40 dollar budget, and still capture the essence of Bend? Without consulting the budget (so I may be off), my own choices would be:
- Breakfast: either the Original Pantry or the Victorian Cafe.
- Lunch: hmmm. Pilot Butte Drive-In.
- Afternoon whatever: another hmmm. Perhaps a brewery tour at the Deschutes Brewery?
- Dinner: The Pine Tavern.