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8245 SW Barnes Rd. (SW 82nd Ave.) Send to Phone
A hidden gem of a café on the Oregon College of Art and Craft campus.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Early Dinner Mon.-Thurs., Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Hands On Cafe Restaurant Review

: Cooking is an art, but here art students will likely do your cooking. Located on a rolling wooded campus just a ten-minute drive from downtown, Hands On Cafe draws on a range of ethnic and regional influences to compose its menu. Dishes are dictated by what's freshest in the market, and always include three entrées (one will be a vegetarian option), two soups and a dessert. Choices may include a chicken yam stew and rice; marinated pork tenderloin with cream sauce, apple, cabbage and bacon; or jalapeño and Brie pasta with spinach and mushrooms. Sunday brunch is a treat, always beginning with homemade quick breads and a grapefruit half. When the weather is warm, there's a patio ringed with pine trees where you can take your tray. Plates and cups are all hand-thrown and fired in the school's kilns, and artwork from students and faculty decorates the café. After your meal, browse the gallery and gift shop, checking out the pottery, jewelry and textiles. Note that the restaurant is cash only.


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