The Cannery
345 E 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 345-5435

Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 5

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The Cannery is sometimes good, sometimes just ok, and on rare occasions bad. If only they could post a sign outside that indicated their daily status.

The Cannery, located in Bier Stein’s former location, is sorta a pub food type place with lots of beer on tap. They also like to can stuff, like sauerkraut and pickles, hence the name The Cannery. Can someone explain to me why “canning” means putting stuff in glass jars? Why isn’t it called “glassing” or “jarring” instead of “canning”? Nevermind. I’m not that into sauerkraut, but their pickles are nice. I think you can buy jars of the “glassed” stuff to go, but I’ve never asked the details.

Anyhoo, the decor is sorta dark wood Germanesque pub. The table setup is definitely more geared towards restaurant seating; they do have a short bar, but I’ve never really seen anyone sitting there. Overall, it’s comfortable enough though not really much to look at. On the other hand, the sound volume is perfect for conversation and fun. It’s not too quiet/dead but also not too loud like so many other places around town (Bier Stein, Sam Bond’s, Elk Horn, etc). Probably the sound atmosphere is THE best reason for going to The Cannery if you want to have some fun, chat, drink beer, and still have your voice intact the next morning.

The food, as indicated above, is better-than-pub-food quality, BUT it lacks consistency. So, for example, one day you can get a delicious tasting Rueben sandwich with a decent amount of properly cooked (falling apart) meat, but the next day, the exact same item will have rubbery undercooked baconesque meat inside (That’s my second pretentious use of “esque” as a word ending…in case you’re counting). Same thing with the delicious kale caesar salad. Sometimes you get just the right amount of dressing, and sometimes you wonder if you accidentally told them to hold the dressing. It’s perplexing and adds a certain amount of unwelcome risk to the idea of eating dinner at The Cannery.

On one rare occasion, I did get very sick from eating their falafel sandwich. I emailed them and several days later (hmmm…slow response much?) they responded with a corporate double-talk email that would make Donald Trump proud. So I guess they don’t want to admit any possibility of responsibility, but hopefully they got the message and fixed the problem.

The beer is quite nice. Usually some Boneyard, some various other IPA’s, some lagers, the requisite not-ironically-funny-anymore PBR, a stout or two, and some disgusting cider or mead items (I’m not much a fan of cider or mead. Could you tell?). Sometimes I wonder about the freshness of THAT many kegs in such a relatively low volume establishment, but I’ve never actually felt like any of the beers are not up to par.

The service is also quite nice at The Cannery. The servers are typically young and leaning a bit towards hipsteresque (third time) which can be a problem in other establishments (i.e. servers give good service to their fellow hipsters, but look right through the apparition-like non-hipster customers. See Wandering Goat front counter for a lesson in this.). Fortunately, The Cannery has very few hipster customers (they’re mostly next door at Cheba Hut), so the servers are forced to be nice and friendly to the non-hipster customer base. Score one point for non-hipsters.

Summary: Go there for the perfect sound volume, reliable beer, and good service. Roll the dice on the food.

Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 51 vote, average: 3.50 out of 5

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