Back in 1993, five years after graduating from Sheldon High School and moving to Florida, I missed my Oregon gal pals and came back to Eugene for a visit. My first night back in town was reason enough for all of my high school friends (and our big hair) to get together, so we met each other for dinner, drinks and good times at Sixth Street Grill. Being the hot spot that it was (and still is), the bar was wall to wall packed with young adults imbibing and having fun. A memorable night for sure, my friends and I had loads of fun being back together and reminiscing about our high school days.
By 2006, I was exhausted from the multiple hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 that forced us to board up our house both summers and live for weeks at a time without power, so my Florida native husband and I (along with our two young boys) packed-up and headed west to Eugene. Although almost twenty years had passed since I graduated, I was still friends with my Oregon gal pals I had missed so many years earlier – two of them being Local Lunch Gals, Jennifer and Maria.
Sixth Street Grill is separated into two sections: the sports bar and the dining room. The dining room is casual and welcoming with warm hues and dimly lit booths and tables. Just like it was back in the ’90s, the sports bar is all about the University of Oregon. Duck posters and fan paraphernalia cover the walls alongside multiple HDTV flat screens – it’s truly the ultimate sports bar for Eugeneans.
We opted to sit in the sports bar rather than the dining room, and we were immediately greeted by a smiling and super friendly server named Bailey. With a focus on Northwest cuisine, from appetizers and salads to burgers and sandwiches, the lunch menu is extensive. We decided to share the Coconut Prawns appetizer – six prawns dipped in coconut batter that were fried to a crunchy, crispy golden brown and cooked to perfection. A side of tasty teriyaki sauce was great for dipping, but they were excellent on their own, as well.
Jennifer and Maria both ordered the Guacamole BLT. Stacked high inside deliciously grilled jalapeño cornbread was some of the best smoked bacon I’ve ever tried; along with, house made guacamole, lettuce and tomato. The flavors fused together perfectly to create a savory, crunchy, down-right delicious sandwich. With loads of golden brown french fries on the side, this meal was a steal at just $7.95.
I ordered the 6th Street Burger, which was loaded with delectable goodies: Chedder and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato, sliced avocado, grilled onions and mushrooms, and that same heavenly smoked bacon that was on the Guacamole BLT. The juicy charbroiled burger was cooked exactly the way I had ordered it (medium rare), and everything came on a toasted bun with mayonnaise. Having had many burgers around town with the Local Lunch Gals, this is most certainly Eugene’s best burger. Well worth the higher-than-average priced burger, $10.95 will never be an issue for me – this burger will keep me coming back to Sixth Street Grill.
But it’s more than just the burger and BLT that will keep us coming back, Sixth Street’s outstanding service, atmosphere, extensive menu, specialty cocktails and local wine and beer lists are some of the many reasons why we’ll keep returning. Great memories for us life-long friends will inevitably continue to be made, and we’ll still love Jennifer even if she decides to have big hair again.
Visit Sixth Street Grill at 55 West 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401. www.sixthstreetgrill.com